The Enemy Is Me “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law” (Romans 8:6-7). Scripture Focus: Romans 8:5-8 “Lord, deliver me from myself.” So pleaded 17th Century physician and writer Thomas Brown. He obviously understood that often our biggest hindrance to knowing God is our stubborn rebellion against His ways. Perhaps we need look no further than our mirrors to discover the culprit stalling our spiritual growth. The writer of Romans explains that we must set our minds on the Spirit's desires, not on our own flawed dispositions. Spirit promptings such as contacting a hurting friend, entering our prayer closets, or reading our Bibles should take precedence over other desires of the moment. After hearing some disturbing news, I recently received an encouraging e-mail from a friend. “God brought you to mind and you are in my prayers.” I'm thankful she had her mind set on the Spirit's desires that day! The goal of God-seekers is to not allow their lower natures to shape their decisions or to mold their conduct. The Spirit's ways are much higher and satisfying than earthbound perspectives. Insight: Submitting to God is not demeaning. It means to fit in with another's plans, and God's plans for us bring peace and life.