“For those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are in accord with the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5).

This evaluative statement looks back to a mindset Paul holds forth as necessary in the life of faith; that we must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus (6:11). Mentioning it some eleven times in Romans, with four of those in chapter 8, Paul has a continuing emphasis on the role of the mind in the life of faith; a mind that must be shaped by the Spirit if we are to live triumphantly. By definition, a mindset is an established orientation that exercises exclusive dominion over a person’s life. There is no middle ground. One’s mindset is fully established by either the flesh or the Spirit, but never both (Gal. 5:16-17).

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