Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on April 2, 2014.
_Reading: Romans 8: 1-11 (Click to read text)
The mind of the sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. --Romans 8: 6
I never managed to finish the book, Battlefield of the Mind, by Joyce Meyer. Most likely because there was a battle going on in my mind: Should I be sitting here reading this book or tending to my lengthy to-do list? It's a battlefield alright and the dustbunnies won.
Remembering an Amy Grant song from way back, Old Man's Rubble:
Are you living in an old man's rubble?
Are you listening to the father of lies?
If you are then you're headed for trouble;
If you listen too long you'll eventually die.
But if you're living as a new creation;
If you're listening to the Father of light,
Then you’re living in a might fortress
And you’re gonna be clothed in power and might.
There now! Who needs that battlefield book? I just typed out those lyrics completely from memory. The message IS in there; IN my mind! And I have always found with the Spirit and a song in my mind, there truly is life and peace. --Ruth Gates, frequent Camp Mount Luthe
Closing Prayer: Dear God, there is a battle going on for our minds and the voice we listen to is going to win. Help us to hear the voice of your Spirit louder and clearer. Thank you for the life and peace that brings. We rejoice in the Spirit and pray in Jesus' name. Amen
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