Having the mind of Christ
One of my most viewed posts is related to today’s topic
https://whoareyoulord.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/think-godly-act-godly-the-opposite-is-true-too-eph-417-24/ so I am including it here. When you consider what our battle is against in this world, you will note that it is all in the mind. Yes, there are physical hardships and temptations of every sort that you may be going through today. Like I always say, “Anyone can be a Christian when things are going well.” How do everyday hardships influence your thoughts and what do you allow your mind to dwell on because of them? What you dwell on will incite you to react in fear, rage, grief, revenge, or empower you to respond in peace, love, joy, mercy and grace. If people are to see what you are truly made of internally, it will be by your reactions to hardships and those reactions come from your emotions which are controlled by what you allow your mind to dwell on. So how do you have victory in the mind so as not to react to the world’s pressures? Vs 4, 5 are the key. When we give way to certain tendencies and weaknesses in our flesh, we give Satan a stronghold in our lives. We provide him with the tools to destroy our spirit, resolve, and victory in those areas. Thus they become our habits, our character, and eventually our destiny of failure. Only when we refuse the thought, deny access to our brain, and yield our mind to the Holy Spirit do we have victory. The million dollar question is: Which thought do you want more? The choice is yours. Deny selfish thoughts to gain victory and peace and health – improving your testimony, or wallow in the temporary pleasure of anger, personal rights, temptations, and sin which all lead to a lifestyle of death. We will talk of the “How to” below.
Taking captive every thought
10 1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: 2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
As we ponder God’s character from the above passage, I wonder if God would answer our signature question below in the following way…
Who are you Lord?
I AM the God who gave you victory over the flesh, the world and the devil. Now walk in it as I would. Know what I have done for you. Know who you are in Christ. Know the promises of my word. Know your citizenship is not of this world, so don’t let this world’s problems get you down. Don’t be a friend of the temporary pleasures of this world; fighting for and thinking of how to get ahead. Live for eternity and me. Live for my glory. Let my Word transform your thinking. Seek first my kingdom and my righteousness and I will take care of your needs here on earth. I know what you need better than you do, so don’t fight and worry over them. Peace be unto you, but not as the world gives. My peace overcomes the world. Know that the hardships you go through are to give your faith the opportunity to express itself in peace and I am pleased by it, and will reward you one day for it, even if your faith is not realized in this lifetime – see Heb 11:39.
You are what you think
Let me make a distinction here. We are not talking about some sort of mental gymnastics, or to channel some inner spirit or to conjure up an inner peace as a religious metaphysical exercise. Yes most of the world’s religions promote some sort of meditation which has some physical benefits as it is said that 66% of all illnesses are caused by our mental instability. But they only have benefits for this life only. This passage is talking about victory over the effects of the evil one himself in your mind and life regardless of your physical circumstances. We are talking about victory that overcomes the world. This victory is only found in the promises of Christ and what he has procured on your behalf permanently. We are talking about allowing your heavenly position in Christ – Col 3:1-4 to dictate how you will respond to any trial thrown at you in this daily life. How you take captive your thoughts will determine your emotional status in any given situation Phil 2:1-5; Phil 4:8; Ps 19:14. Then your attitudes, words and actions will respond accordingly. You will speak into situations down from the throne of God, you will love others from the heart of Christ, you will give no place for the devil to get a foot hold in your mind, and you will shine with supernatural joy (not defined as happiness but peace and confidence in God) and others will see the glory of God. Only then can you willingly deny yourself in traffic jams or other hardships because you have yielded your personal space and rights up to God. It is a daily choice only available to you as your focus is on Him and your position in Him. Victorious people have a different attitude and walk differently than those who do not know their position in Christ
More to come,