Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Mind of Christ

It is a good thing to remember what Christ has done for us when He saved us, the changes He worked (and is still working) in us, the promises given along with those being fulfilled on a daily basis. No where in Scripture is there a finer or more complete accounting of this than what is said in Ephesians 1, 2, & 3. We have been blessed with EVERY spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus (Eph.1:3), nothing left out or held back; no special treatment of the "spiritually elite" since there is no such thing in the Kingdom of God. We are all on equal footing, blessed by the Father in Christ for all eternity.

One of the benefits of our "common salvation" (common in the sense that all believers share the same salvation and never in the sense that it is seen as something of little value) is the fact that He has put His law into our mind and written them on our heart---Heb.8:10 & 10:16; Jer.31:33 &32:40; Ezek. 36:22-32. This 'writing of the law on our hearts' is done with "indelible ink," never to be removed, smudged into obscurity, or rendered meaningless. It's there forever and a grateful redeemed heart rejoices in this fact. Peter tells us to "gird up the loins of our mind and be sober..." (1 Peter 1:13). With persecutions and trials seemingly multiplying on a daily, sometimes hourly basis, this is not always an easy thing to do, nor is it the first thing that comes to mind, but perhaps it should be. Many find themselves swept up in the heat of the moment and are carried off by "every wind of (false) doctrine" with the latest craze being that of "unity" no matter the cost. [This 'unity craze' is in preparation for the antichrist and his one world religion.] It may take some time for a believer to 'come to his senses' and see the fallacy he is expected to accept, nevertheless, the Spirit of God will lead him through this "shadow of death" (falling for the lies) and bring him back to right thinking. Just as the Law was a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ in the first place (Gal. 3:24), so now the Word of God written in our heart will cause us to seek the Lord in times of trouble.

Have you ever requested of the Lord to be given the Mind of Christ? Do you want to see as He sees, to think as He thinks, to judge as He judges? No doubt this is the goal and desire of every believer, so do not hesitate to ask Him for His Mind on any given situation. Is it not our Father's good pleasure to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32)? Certainly it is and this extends far beyond the meeting of physical needs into the real need of our heart---holiness. Phil. 2:1-5 tells us where the real, godly unity is to be found as it concludes with these words: "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." The mind of Christ will NEVER seek unity with those outside His kingdom, who live to rebel, mock and fight against Him, and neither should the genuine believer.

1 Cor.2:16 tells us plainly: "But we have the mind of Christ." Do we avail ourselves of this treasure? Do we even realize that we have His mind? If you don't think like you did before you were saved it's because of the mind of Christ in you. When your former sins became repugnant to you it was because the mind of Christ was at work in you. As the love and care for your fellow believers wells up in your heart, it is the mind of Christ at work in you. When your heart and mind are calmed in the midst of your trials, it is the peace of God that passes all understanding that has been given you from the mind and heart of the Lord Jesus (John 14:27). It is the mind of Christ that causes us to run to Him when we are in trouble, or in need, or seek blessings on behalf of others. It is the mind of Christ that makes us hungry for His Word, His righteousness, and the opportunity to walk with Him one more time. May it please the Lord to open our minds to all that He has done for His Beloved, His Bride, His Church.

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