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Put to Death
What Is Earthly

“Put to death, therefore, the components of your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience. When you lived among them, you also used to walk in these ways. But now you must put aside all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”
Colossians 3:5-8

Our desire to look to earthly things, instead of heavenly things, comes from two flaws in thinking: we either look to earthly things because we think they will serve us somehow—such as bring us comfort, identity, pleasure, etc.—or we look to earthly things because we forget who we serve. However, we are a new creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works (2 Corinthians 5:17Ephesians 2:10). Therefore, the first step toward setting your mind on things above is to rid yourself of your old self, and the sins and habits that accompanied it.
Sin impedes a growing relationship with God, and keeps your eyes on lowly things. Believer, cast them off. We cannot be fully God’s and remain part of the system of sin we have been delivered from. Imagine trying to climb a ladder toward freedom with heavy weights upon your feet. You are burdened, dragged down in your every effort to reach for the higher rungs. The ways of heaven and earth are opposed to each other. You cannot achieve a heavenly mindset while persisting in your earthly actions.

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