Romans 8:5 “5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.’” (NASB) 

A visit to any bookstore will turn up an entire section devoted to self-help.  The predominant theme you will find when browsing through its various offerings is “The Power of Positive Thinking.”  

From seminars, to motivational speakers, to corporate trainers, this concept of positive thinking has become a driving force in our culture, particularly in the business and education fields. It is a pleasant enough thought, and certainly thinking positively is important; however, we as Christians must not get so entangled into thinking positively that we forget to think spiritually. 

Our starting point must become “what will help me be holy” not “what will help me be happy.”  This is not to say that we can’t enjoy life, or have a good time, or be positive people.  However, we cannot fall into the trap of linking our spiritual health to our emotional happiness.  

Mixed in with the unmatchable joy of heartfelt worship and revival will be moments of unspeakable hardship and sorrow.  Moments of frustration and feelings of inadequacy will happen, and if your mind is on the flesh, it will completely sabotage your faith.  

Make a determination in your walk that your mind will be on the things of the Spirit, and that your faith will not be defined by self-help, but instead by self-surrender.