5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
Romans 8:5 (NLT)
In this article we shall continue with the study on God’s view on sin. The above verse confirms what I have written in the previous article. Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things. It is natural for sinners to think sin and do sin. The only way for sinners to be free from the dominion of sin is to turn to Jesus and not try not to sin. Sinners who try not to sin will have the same results as dogs that tried not to behave like dogs. It is totally impossible. So, the only solution for sin is to believe in Jesus. The religious way of threatening people into not sinning can never work. If they do work, then Christ died for nothing and the above verse is false.
The second part of the verse tells us that those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. This refers to us, Christians. We were sealed with the Holy Spirit the moment we believed in Jesus as our savior. We choose willingly to abide by him. Therefore, we who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. Our thoughts are pleasing to him.
His thoughts are our thoughts. His will is our will. This is why it is natural for Christians to think positive. No matter how bad the situation around us seems to get, we should always think like God thinks. We think prosperity in the midst of poverty, health in the midst of sickness and success in the midst of failures. If you are a Christian and you are not thinking positive, then I suggest you start to read the Bible, other related literatures like this blog and listen to faith messages. It is unnatural for Christians to think negative. A pessimistic Christian is a contradiction in terms.
The above verse also means that God’s will and desires are also our will and desires. God will never impose his will on us from the outside. Why does he need to do that since he is already dwelling in us? Whatever he wants us to do, he gives us the desire to do it. This means we will never be able to tell the difference between our will and God’s will because both come from the same place – our hearts.
Therefore, if anyone (most likely religious people) is to ask me whether certain desires of mine like wanting to help the poor comes from me or God, my answer shall always be: I don’t know. I cannot tell the difference. The Father and I are one. His thoughts are my thoughts, His will is my will and His desires are my desires. This means when I desire for great riches, it must also be God’s will as well.
Aren’t you glad that you are a Christian?