For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5).
In Genesis 25:29-34, when Esau was asked for his birthright, his reply showed that he didn't place any value on sacred things. Genesis 25:32 (AMP) says "Esau said, See here, I am at the point of death; what good can this birthright do me?" Esau knew that the birthright had blessings, but it didn't mean anything to him. So he sold his birthright to Jacob for a morsel of food and didn't consider the spiritual implication of that act and it cost the inheritance, which his younger brother got in his place.
Hebrews 12:17 says "For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears." Esau was sense-ruled. The Bible refers to him as profane (Hebrews 12:16). He allowed the desire, need and pleasures of his flesh to govern him. He treated sacred things irreverently or with disregard. Esau didn't esteem the blessings and that forever caused him his right as firstborn.
Not to esteem spiritual things is what the Apostle Paul describe as being carnally minded. It is set your mind on natural things of life; on the things you can perceive with your senses that gives immediate gratification. The Bible says, "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." (Romans 8:6). This isn't referring to physical death but spiritual death, which is separation from the life of God (Romans 8:8). Carnality is the road to destruction, because the carnal mind is enmity against God.
So, refuse to condescend to the low level of being led by your senses; rather, let God's Word be your motivation because you're no longer ruled by the flesh but by the Spirit (Romans 8:9). Be about the spiritual like Jacob. He was after the blessing, which is spiritual.
I'm spiritually minded. I don't base my opinions, judgements and responses on what my physical senses tell me. Rather, I live according to the information passed to my spirit from the Word of God, in the Name of Jesus.
Rhapsody of Realities June 21, 2011
-Pastor Anita Oyakhilome