Romans 8:5 –
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
It’s crazy how much Paul has had an impact on this generation. Every book in the bible that he has either written or contributed to, has profound relevance for this generation. This verse speaks to me on a mad level. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on things of the flesh. Wow. In one sentence Paul is summarising the entirety of our selfish ambition. We live in a generation that is consumed by self driven motivation, to gain for our own benefit, we live for ourselves or at least we think we do. By living for ourself, we end up falling into the pattern of being consumed by society’s rules and regulations and end up chasing a life that, in actual fact, everyone else is chasing as well. We chase identities that are already taken and ambitions that lead to anxiety. We end up in a vicious cycle of discontentment and a constant feeling as though we were never good enough to fulfil anything of worth. We hide from our weaknesses because we fear if anyone finds out about them, they will disqualify us from reaching our dreams. We have fallen into a pattern of thinking that is so far from what will actually get us to where we are DESTINED to be. I say destined instead of desire because there is a major mix up in those two words. We often confuse our desire with our destiny because we conform our destiny to the environment in which we live , and our environment, our society tells us who we should be. Therefore, our destiny has been dictated by society’s moral objectives and our craving to stand out. Bro… how did i even just write that? No idea where that came from but I like it!
It seems as though our generation struggle to grasp the meaning behind destiny. Destiny is your pre determined future. Your ability to access it though is down to your willingness to be available to God. Your willingness acts as the bridge into where God has called you. Thats why I call our generation, The Joshua Generation. Joshua lead his people to the promise land and is a modern day representation of what it means to pursue destiny. You see, this generation has a call to pursue destiny on a level in which the world will not be able to ignore. His name will be echoed and reverberated for generations to come. We are called to enter into our promise land. But are we prepared to experience what God has to before we get there? ‘Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.’ Fixing our minds on the spirit sounds like it’ll mean we get to where we need to be no problem… right? Nuh uh. Nobody said it’d be easy. In fact, Paul knew this too. Paul often spoke of his own troubles but the letters of Corinth show his incredible transformation from weakness to using his weakness to strengthen him. 2 Corinthians 4:16 -17′Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all..’ In other words we can take comfort when things get tough, because we know that God is crafting our character ready for a life living in the promise of our destiny and it is temporary. Our journey in faith will 100% lead to obstacles, but it is our ability to flip our perspective that really encourages growth. By seeing our obstacles as something that will bring your character closer to God’s purpose for your life, you’ll be less focused on your pain and more focused on your relationship with God. Perspective is everything. Your perspective will drive your faith to reach it’s potential. Not human potential, God given potential. Potential that goes far further than your expectations.
This is the key difference between living a life according to the flesh and living a life according to your purpose or destiny. It is my prayer that this generation hears God loud and clear. Because if we do, this world will be changed dramatically. Countless people will come home.