6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
Romans 8:6 (NLT)
This article is a part of the series in Romans 8. Earlier verses tell us that we have been given the power over sin. As Christians, we are no longer obligated to live under the dominion of sin. We are free from sin. This means we don’t have to sin anymore. At the same time, freedom in not sinning must also means the freedom to sin. Otherwise, it will not be qualified as freedom. Some Christians may ask, “Why can’t I use my freedom to sin?”
The above verse answers such questions. If we choose to surrender to the sinful nature and allow it to control us, we will be lead to death. Please note that this is not a threat. Religious churches will turn this into another threat to threaten their members into obedience but that is not the truth.
If you read the first part of the verse carefully, you will see that it is the sinful nature that leads to death, not God. God will never kill us if we allow our sinful nature control our minds. Our killers are our sinful nature, not God. Let me give you an example. In Singapore, the government has decreed that every cigarette pack must have a health warning that says “SMOKING CAUSES CANCER”. If anyone gets cancer from smoking, it does not mean that it is the will of the government to give cancer. The government does not promise cancer to those who smoke. It is only reminding the people the risk of smoking.
Likewise, God is not threatening to kill us for letting our sinful nature control our minds in the above verse. He is only reminding us of the danger of it. Sin leads to death. God wants us to live. This is why he asks us not to sin. He loves us so much that he wants us to live long lives. He knows sin is bad for our longevity. He wants us to stop sinning so that we can live long. This is about good intention and not threats. Despite the lies of religion, God is not a terrorist.
The second part of the verse says letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. This is a good reason for us to let the Spirit control our minds. It means thinking what the Spirit is thinking. If you read the Bible, God is a very positive person. He thinks positive. Sometimes he expressed his disappointments and distress over the rebellion of his people but he had always turned positive. He was always ready to deliver his people whenever they asked for his help regardless of how bad their past was. Even in the darkest moments, God promised restoration for his people.
Therefore, when we let the Spirit control our minds, we will think positive thoughts. We will think thoughts of hope, joy, prosperity and restoration. The result of this will be life and peace. This tells us that the origin of life and peace is from our minds, not our environment. This is good news. We do not need to have good environment to have life and peace.
If you happen to be in a bad situation right now, like under the bondage poverty, sickness and other forms of oppression, the most important think you must remind yourself is not to allow these oppressions to get into your mind. As long as these oppressions are at the outside, you can overcome them if you are still thinking God’s thoughts. However, things will be more difficult if you stop thinking God’s thoughts and start thinking negative. This is where the oppressions become bondages in your life.
You may be very poor right now. It is imperative for you to keep the poverty outside your mind. Do not allow your mind to think poor. You have to keep reminding yourself that God wants you rich. Jesus died poor at the Cross for you to live rich. Poverty has no right to oppress you. You must be determined to be rich because this is the will of God for you. God is working behind the scenes right now to bring riches into your life.
Keep praying, believing and hoping that God will bring riches into your life. Do everything you can to build up your faith. If you don’t give up, you will live to see the will of God manifesting into your life. You will have exceeding and abundant riches into your life. The prosperity of your mind will result in the prosperity of your environment.
Letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.