You choose where you dwell

Romans 8 calls us to recognize the depths of God’s goodness and how he has empowered us for all things.

It is a matter of choosing where you dwell. 

People whose lives are based on selfishness think about selfish things, but people whose lives are based on the Spirit think about things that are related to the Spirit. (v. 5, CEB)

Focusing, dwelling, imagining, are all great human abilities. Where we dwell in our minds is crucial.

We can dwell on the “flesh”, or “selfish thinking”:

19 The actions that are produced by selfish motives are obvious, since they include sexual immorality, moral corruption, doing whatever feels good, 20 idolatry, drug use and casting spells, hate, fighting, obsession, losing your temper, competitive opposition, conflict, selfishness, group rivalry, 21 jealousy, drunkenness, partying, and other things like that. I warn you as I have already warned you, that those who do these kinds of things won’t inherit God’s kingdom. (Gal. 5:19-21, CEB)

Or, we can dwell on life-giving, Kingdom producing thoughts and actions:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. (Gal. 5:22-23, CEB)

We choose where we dwell.

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