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Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Paul says let the message of Christ dwell among you richly. How do we do this?

The key is found in Romans 8:5, which is saying you are either “spirit led” or “flesh led”. Paul says it depends on the “mind” and whether you are setting your mind on the things of the Spirit or the things of the flesh. 

When your mindset is on the things of the Spirit, you allow the Holy Spirit to flow in your life. He is the one that influences your spirit, soul, and body as follows:

Holy Spirit -> your spirit -> your soul -> your body

We are designed to be led by the Holy Spirit and not by the flesh.

When you are living a Spirit-led life, it is going to completely and radically transform you from the inside out. Instead of carrying worry, anxiety, and fear in your heart, you will carry faith, joy, and peace…these will naturally begin to flow out of you.

It’s not about you trying to produce these things of the Spirit – just set your mind on Christ and His word and the Holy Spirit of God will produce these things in your life for you (Galatians 5:22; John 15:5).

Paul goes on to say “with gratitude in your hearts”.

Gratitude is a thankful attitude. It is being thankful for what you do have, rather than what you don’t have.  

The world is miserable and unhappy because it always seeks after what it doesn’t have and lacks gratitude for what it does have. Life becomes a contest of stressing and striving to out-do the next person.

Israel in the wilderness typified this lack of gratitude. The Lord provided miracle after miracle but they were never thankful. Whenever another problem arose, they would immediately complain becoming critical. 

But gratitude is setting your mind on the things of the Spirit. It totally changes your perspective!

David says “Bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 102:3).

We see David here demonstrating a spirit of gratitude and how to set your mind on the things of God – he is not complaining about what he doesn’t have – rather, he’s thanking the Lord for what he does have.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


Gratitude always takes you toward the Spirit, not the flesh.