Michael continues by asking: Are our minds set on the things of the flesh and of the world or are our minds set on the things of the Spirit of God, in Christ, in us? God works behind the scenes and we don't see or understand what He's working in us and through us. In this life we are unaware of the things that God is orchestrating behind the scenes. We are being carried along according to His grace and mercy. He carries us as we put our faith and trust in Him. He will not let us sink if He says "come walk on the water with me." He will lift us up and sustain us as long as our eyes and our focus are on Him in the midst of the storms of life. God is still faithful to His word. He said "I will never leave you nor forsake you.” These are the lessons that we learn through the storms of life.
The options are to be men and women of fear or men and women of faith. The choice is ours. The battle rages on for the flesh lusts against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh. God has given us the “spiritual armor” to protect through the “spiritual battle”. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness from on high. We are on His mission; not our own. Our challenge is to make His mission, our mission. We will fail some of the tests in this life. However, there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. Who is he that condemns? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
God allows the unsaved to rebuke us when we are not walking in fellowship with our Lord God Almighty. Through the trials of this life, God says, "I've got this." He will carry us through the storms of life and through the fiery trials and tribulations. Our purpose in this life is the true good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Paul said, whether I live or die, my purpose is "the furtherance of the Gospel." May our lives be a true witness and a testimony of the grace and mercy of our living Lord. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
May God richly bless you!
Your brother in Christ, Michael