get so earthly minded at times, I literally forget about spiritual things, my mind gets so preoccupied with every day life, with all my troubles and trials that my prayers are short and my reading and studying of God’s word is weak and shallow. It is very difficult to do both, to be earthly minded and spiritually minded at the same time, I generally will lean the wrong way. I don’t believe that there’s a balance here with being both…. We live in this world but we are aliens and strangers as Peter writes “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11.
You see on the inside we as Christian are different, we’re not earthly minded like the unbelievers, we have the Spirit of God living in us. When I start to feel that I’m leaning the wrong way, I will always go to the Psalms and to follow Davids lead to find my way back on track and bring myself into submission to the things of God.
I always start with Psalm 100… Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. Psalms 100:1, 2, 3 and 4
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
I draw near to Him, seeking His face and seek to come into the presence of God, the Psalmist says do it with singing, thanksgiving, and praise for who God is. Look what James 4:8 says Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
One writer says it this way… Dirty hands and defiled hearts! That’s the position that many, many Christians are occupying these days. Their hands are dirty in that they are doing worldly things, things that are out of keeping with God’s ownership of their lives. They go to places to which they ought not to go. They say things they ought not to say. They do things they ought not to do.
That shouldn’t be me, I’m called as a Christian to conduct myself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ and not to be earthly minded, not to be double minded, but to draw near to God, so I echo what David says in Psalm 103: 1, 2, 3 and 4
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3 Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4 Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
When I am earthly minded my craving and appetite for sin are fueled and I start being conformed to this world, but Paul says no we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12: 2. I want a mind that is informed by the truth in God’s word, not from the world.
When you get like I have on occasion and begin to be pulled by this world, confess your sins 1 John 1:9 and draw near to God and He will draw near to you, Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name and let everyone who has breath praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria