Romans Lesson 13 Day 3
My answers to BSF study questions
6. Two ways of thinking and living
The “mind” here is “PHRONEO,” and it means “to exercise the mind, i.e. entertain or have a sentiment or opinion; by implication, to be (mentally) disposed (more or less earnestly in a certain direction); intensively, to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience)” (Strong’s Concordance, emphasis added)
Carnal mindedness doesn’t just tend towards death. It is death.
- The mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. (Verse 5 AMP)
- Focused on the flesh, the fallen corrupt nature
- Controlled by unholy desires of the flesh
- Mind that is set on the pursuit of things that satisfy the ego and bodily appetites.
- Trying to get one’s own way all the time
- Obsessed with what benefits self
- Focusing on self is the opposite of focusing on God. (MSG)
- A mind focused on the flesh is declaring war against God; it defies the authority of God’s law and is incapable of following His path. (Verse 7 Voice)
- Cannot please or satisfy God
Spiritual mindedness doesn’t just tend towards life. It is life.
- The mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. (AMP)
- Focused on seeking first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness
- Controlled by the desires of the Spirit
- Set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. (AMP)
- Lives the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within [directs and controls you]. (Verse 9 AMP)
7. The difference between the two
The works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity,promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. (Galatians 5:19-21 HCSB)
But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions:
joy that overflows,
peace that subdues
patience that endures,
a life full of virtue
faith that prevails,
gentleness of heart, and
strength of spirit.
Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless. (Galatians 5:22-23 TPT)
“It’s like looking at a person’s garden. What was planted is what grows there.” (Andrew Wommack)
Although I have so far to go, I feel like I’ve made more consistent progress since I began BSF. The lessons cause me to meditate on the Word. I’ve read and listened to scripture fairly consistently over the years, but this study method has made a huge difference for me.
8. ‘We can evaluate our carnality or spirituality by examining where our minds are focused.”
If the Anointed One lives in us—
- We are not living the life of the flesh.
- We are living the life of the Spirit.
- The Spirit is infusing us with life now that we are right with God. (Verse 10 Voice)
- We receive this “quickening power of the Holy Spirit for this life as well as the ultimate victory when our physical bodies will be resurrected.” (Commentary on Verse 11 Andrew Wommack)
Sanctification isn’t a do-it-yourself project.
God’s desire in saving us is that we would progressively grow closer to the image of Christ (Romans 12:1-2), becoming increasingly spiritual and decreasingly carnal, a process known as sanctification. Until we are delivered from our sinful flesh, there will be outbreaks of carnality. For a genuine believer in Christ, though, these outbreaks of carnality will be the exception, not the rule. (Thomas Vanleer)
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 13 Day 3 ~ Romans 8:5-11