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Devotionals by Greg Laurie

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Preoccupied... in a Good Way

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (Romans 8:14 nlt)

I’m adopted. A man named Oscar Laurie, one of my mother’s husbands, adopted me and treated me as his son. That is where I got my last name. He’s in Heaven now, and I still feel a great love for him.

In the same way, God chose us and adopted us as His children. This is important to remember when we’re going through something stressful that causes us to worry. God wants to hear from us.

The apostle Paul wrote, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5 nkjv). That’s what it means to have the Holy Spirit dominate our minds.

Setting our minds on the things of the Spirit is to be preoccupied with things that preoccupy the Holy Spirit. And what would those things be? The rest of Romans 8 answers that question.

For example, verses 15–16 tell us that God removes the fear of rejection and assures us that we are His children. Then verses 26–27 tell us that the Holy Spirit gives us confidence to approach God in prayer.

God wants us to think about the fact that He has adopted us, loves us, and welcomes us.

The opposite of this is thinking about sinful things. A lot can fall into this category, such as lust, anger, or hatred. Or, it can be empty things like fame and fortune.

Jesus said, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs” (Matthew 6:31–32 nlt).

Spirit-led people are spiritually minded people. So be preoccupied with the things of God.

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Greg Laurie pastors Harvest Christian Fellowship (one of America's largest churches) in Riverside, California and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. He has authored several books including the Gold Medallion Award winner, The Upside Down Church, as well as Losers and Winners, Saints and Sinners and The Best Is Yet to Come. You can find his study notes in the New Believer’s Bible, The Seeker’s Bible, and the Start! Bible.

Host of the television program GregLaurie.TV  and the nationally syndicated radio program A New Beginning, Laurie is also the founder and featured speaker for Harvest Crusades — contemporary, large-scale evangelistic outreaches, which local churches organize nationally and internationally — and Harvest America, which offers churches nationwide the opportunity to host a crusade event simultaneously from their own local venues.

Whether speaking or writing, God has gifted Pastor Greg Laurie with the ability to apply biblical principles to current events in a way that is relevant and easily understood by people of all ages, from all walks of life. The trademark of a Greg Laurie sermon, book, or broadcast is his contemporary, yet straightforward style and format. He resides in Southern California with his wife, Cathe.

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