How can our lives be Transformed? Part three
The Mind of Christ –we all have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor. 2: 12, 16. Tells us that as Christians we all possess the mind of Christ in order to get God’s Life from our hearts out into our lives. “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; WHY? That we might know the things that are freely given to us from God.” Verse 12. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that He may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.” Verse 16.
Even as believers, most of us have been completely ignorant, not only as to what the Mind of Christ is, but also what it does and how it works. And because of this ignorance, we have not been able to use this incredible gift God has given us. So, we’ve gone on depending upon our own thoughts and our own emotions, again playing right into the enemy’s hands.
If our basic thinking patterns are not changed, then our lives will not change either, no matter what we do. Isaiah 59:10 graphically describes this, “we grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes; we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.” Eye in Scripture is often referred to as our mental vision or our mind.
And it’s true; we do grope for the wall as if we had no eyes because we don’t know how to put off our old thinking and put on the Mind of Christ …our new “eyes.” Provers 3:5 declares, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
How it works.
Take every thought captive. Another reason why many of us continue to depend upon our own thinking rather than God’s, is that we seldom “Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” as 2 Cor. 10:5 exhorts us to do.
Now, when God says take every thought captive, He doesn’t mean examine every single thought we have. He means stop and take a good hard look at the anxious thoughts, the hurtful ones, the doubtful ones, the frustrations, the anger, the pride, and all the other “emotional” and self-centered thoughts that take away our peace.
Lack of peace is a good barometer for us to see which thoughts God wants us to deal with. Romans 14:23 teaches, “what is not of faith is sin.” So, any thought that is not of faith and take away our peace is a thought that we need to deal with.
Chain Reaction. The reason our thoughts are so important to God is that our thoughts are the first to be triggered in the chain reaction of our souls. Our thoughts stir up our emotions; our emotions then cause our desires ; and our desires produce our actions. This is why thoughts are so critical. If we can catch our negative thoughts when they first occur, then we’ll stop the whole chain-reaction of our souls before it begins.
What happens, however, when we don’t take every thought captive, is that we end up being carried on by the tide of emotion (that chain-reaction), quenching God’s Spirit, and His Life in our hearts is not able to come forth. So, yes, we all have the Mind of Christ, but we won’t be able to use this incredible gift, unless we recognize, first of all, that own emotional way of thinking is totally opposite from God’s and recognize the importance of taking every negative thought captive.
Our Basic Goal and Purpose of being a Christian. 1 Tim.1:5; 1 John 4:16.
A. Being conformed into Christ’s image. Romans 8:29; Gal.4:19; 5:14
1. Being emptied of self-Life and filled with God’s 2 Cor. 4:10-11; Jon 3:30
2. Being filled with Life Eph. 3:17-19. Knowing His Life as our own Phil. 1:21;Gal.2:20
B. Walking in God’s Love and truth. Bearing witness of the truth John 13:35; 18:37; 14:6.
C. Showing forth God’s Life, not our own. 2 Cor. 4:10,11; John 1:4,8,17.
D. Proving what is the “good, acceptable and perfect and perfect Will of God.” Romans 12:1,2; 1 John 2:12-14.
1. What is God’s will? Eph. 5:17-18, “Be filled with the Spirit”
a. God’s good will is bearing fruit “Thirty-fold” (as children) Matt. 13:8;1 John 2:12.
b. God’s acceptable will is bearing fruit “sixty-fold” (as men/women) 1 John 2:13a; Eph.5:9.
c. God’s perfect will is bearing fruit “a hundred-fold” Heb. 5:14; 13:21.
2. Walking in love is proof we are doing God’s will. 2 Cor. 2:8,9; 1 john 4:12,17.
3. Walking in truth is proof we are doing God’s will. 2 John 4:3; 3 John 3,4.
Satan will do anything to prevent our transformation. 2Cor. 10:3-5.
A. When we don’t know how to renew our minds , we give Satan many holes to attack. Luke 11:24-26.
B. We are ignorant of things in the hidden part of our soul. We must allow God to expose our “whole” man. Psalm 19:12,13.
C. Our warfare is mighty to the “pulling down strongholds.” 1 John 4:4; 2 Cor. 10:3,4.
Our Mind is the Link to this transformation.
A. A renewed mind is the only way we can be transformed into Christ’s image. Romans 12:1,2; Eph. 4:22-24.
1. The natural mind is hostile to God. Romans 8:7.
2. The natural man doesn’t receive the things of God. 1 Cor. 2:14
B. Our mind is the connection between God’s Life in our hearts and its expression in our lives. Romans 7:25; Eph. 2:2-4.
1. God’s Life does no good if its blocked in our hearts. Psalm 119:70. Amplified says, Their hearts are as fat as grease; their mind is dull and Brutal; but I delight in the law of God.
2. This causes us to live a lie in our souls—showing forth =self-Life. 1 John 1:6.
We all have the Mind of Christ.
A. The mind of Christ helps to get God’s Life from our hearts out into our Lives. 1 Cor. 2:16;Proverbs 3:5.
B. AS Christians, however, many of us still depend upon our own thinking, rather than God’s. Prov. 3:5; 30:12; Jeremiah 10:23.
C. And we end up grouping for the wall like the blind. Isaiah 59:10.
The Holy Spirit will continually remind us of the critical importance of setting aside our own natural, emotional way of thinking and beginning to think with the Mind of Christ. If we can learn to do this Romans 12:2 tells us we will be transformed into God’s image.
Transformation is God’s will and His goal for all of us. He wants us to constantly take off our self and put on Himself. He wants us living the truth and walking in His Love. The only way this is possible, however, is by the constant renewing of our minds.