Sin is responsible for death. God is responsible for life. When we truly understand these two statements, we will realize why it is so important to throw off everything that hinders us from running the race that God has set before us (1). Since God is responsible for life, we should immerse ourselves in God’s thoughts (2) and constantly be filled with the Holy Spirit (3). “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6, NIV).
So many times we find it hard to do this because we have been caught in the web of our natural thoughts and plans, which will come to nothing. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purposes that prevail” (Proverbs 19:21, NIV). We cannot bring anything of ourselves into the plan of God. We must completely take on God’s nature. “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2a).
We have the privilege of partaking of His divine nature by being transformed. This produces life. The opportunity is there for us because we are new creatures. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17). This is our promise for life.