Tag Archives: Spiritual

Philippian Right-mindedness: The Spiritual Mind

December 20, 2014

Comments Off on Philippian Right-mindedness: The Spiritual Mind

...he will come to us as the showers,  as the spring rains that water the earth...

…he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth…

Let us know;
let us press on to know the LORD;
his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth – Hosea 6:3

In Philippians 3, Paul starts taking apart the differences between spiritual and fleshly things. If we are going to have The Single Mind and The Submissive Mind, then it follows that we need to concentrate on spiritual things. We want to possess The Spiritual Mind.

The word “spiritual” gets tossed around to the point of it losing its proper meaning. Vine’s Dictionary has this to say about it:

(b) things that have their origin with God, and which, therefore, are in harmony with His character, as His law is, are ‘spiritual,’ (Romans 7:14)

Paul surely would have agreed with that definition as demonstrated in Philippians 3:3-4. He says if anyone should be have confidence in what he has done in this life it should be Paul himself. He goes on to give us somewhat of a resume of his “qualifications.” (Philippians 3: 5-6) He was:

  • a Hebrew of Hebrews
  • circumcised
  • of Israel
  • of the tribe of Benjamin
  • a Pharisee
  • a Persecutor of the Lord’s church
  • blameless under the law

He eventually realized these things were of no value in a Spiritual sense – why? – because knowing Christ has value beyond anything earthly (or of the flesh.) Knowing Christ is where we get the righteousness that is from God. (Philippians 3:9) It will be through Christ that we:

  • know the power of his resurrection
  • share his sufferings
  • become like him in his death

Paul wants us to do anything possible to attain the resurrection from the dead! (Philippians 3:10-11)

Like all of us, even Paul knew he wasn’t there yet. (Philippians 3:12)


The spiritual mind forgets what’s of the flesh and strains forward to the final goal – heeding God’s call the Christ.

This spiritual mind is the one that is mature and thinks about following Christ (Philippians 3:15)

Although we are not there yet, working toward perfection through focusing on spiritual things will insure we get to experience those “spring rains” Hosea was talking about.


Continue reading...

13 more Spiritual Vitamins

February 26, 2010

Comments Off on 13 more Spiritual Vitamins

This is part two see the first 13 spiritual vitamins

Nervous? Take Vitamin N
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)

Overwhelmed? Take Vitamin O
Overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

Perplexed or puzzled? Take Vitamin P
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

Quitting? Take Vitamin Q
Quit ye like men, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)

Restless? Take Vitamin R
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:7)

Scared? Take Vitamin S
Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard. (1 Samuel 22:23)

Tired? Take Vitamin T
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Uncertain? Take Vitamin U
Understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. (Isaiah 43:10b)

Vain? Take Vitamin V
Vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. (Acts 5:16b)

Wondering what to do? Take Vitamin W
What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8b)

Exhausted? Take Vitamin X
Exercise thyself rather unto godliness. (1 Timothy 4:7b)

Yearning for hope? Take Vitamin Y
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

Zapped? Take Vitamin Z
Zealous of good work. (Titus 2:14)

Continue reading...

13 Spiritual Vitamins

February 19, 2010

Comments Off on 13 Spiritual Vitamins

Anxious? Take Vitamin A
All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Blue? Take Vitamin B
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. (Psalm 103:1)

Crushed? Take Vitamin C
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Depressed? Take Vitamin D
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. (James 4:8)

Empty? Take Vitamin E
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Psalm 100:4)

Fearful? Take Vitamin F
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

Greedy? Take Vitamin G
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38)

Hesitant? Take Vitamin H
How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things. (Romans 10:15)

Insecure? Take Vitamin I
I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me. (Philippians 4:13)

Jittery? Take Vitamin J
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

Know nothing? Take Vitamin K
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (Psalm 100:3)

Lonely? Take Vitamin L
Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:20)

Mortgaged? Take Vitamin M
My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

See thirteen more spiritual vitamins

Continue reading...