Sunday, March 20, 2011

Be Of the Same Mind.

Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  1 Cor. 1:10

     What is the reality of the new creation in Christ? Unity. Joy. Power. Love. Suffering. We have the same Spirit, the same Lord, the same baptism, and we have the same mind.  Paul pleads with his brethren to speak the same thing, that there would be no divisions among them, but to be perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgement.  As we walk in the Spirit, we will have the same mind. We will begin to sound the same.  Why? Because we all have the same mind, the mind of Christ given to us through the Holy Spirit.
     Just as Jesus only said and did exactly what the Father said to say and do, God is also bringing us to this same experience of walking in complete faith with our Creator, listening to Him, speaking what He says to say and doing what He says to do.  The Holy Spirit knows the mind of God and He reveals the mind of God to His people.  We have this mind in us.  We are sealed in His Spirit and He fills us with His Spirit.  As we walk in the Spirit, abiding in Christ, believing Him, we do not carry out the deeds of the flesh. We walk in unity together because we are unified.  We have the same mind in Christ, and this mind lines up perfectly with the will of God.
     We are perfectly united in the body of Christ. Perfectly. How do we walk in this unity?  By being who we truly are in Christ; believing that what God said He has done, He actually did within each of us in His body, His church.
     We have no wise thought apart from God's thoughts. We cannot even come close to conceptualizing His thoughts, can we, unless He reveals His thoughts to us?  But when He reveals, we are transformed in our thinking and we begin understand things we never could see before and we walk more fully in the newness we have in Christ.
     So we are to lean not on our own understanding, putting no confidence in ourselves, our abilities, our wisest thoughts. We know that we have been crucified with Christ and that we no longer live, but Christ now lives in us. We have His mind. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. We have no wisdom in and of ourselves that even comes close to the wisdom of God which He reveals through His Spirit. So we sit and listen to Him, letting our words be few, our requests be few, and we come to Him as little children, eagerly listening so we can learn His mind and His ways.
     How beautiful are the thoughts of God.  How amazing that He would reveal His thoughts and enable us to understand the mystery of His gospel and His kingdom.
    

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Spirit Being

Romans 12:1,2    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

        You are a spirit being housed in an earth suit designed for the planet, with a soul that has also been trained by earth. The Soul has a mind, will and emotions.  All the information you have been taught through education, through your family and through your life experiences resides in your soul and it has become automatic to your life on the planet.  Through your will, you have directed your own steps, learned to provide for yourself and make your own decisions.  When you surrendered your life to Christ, your soul submitted to the Truth of God’s word and stepped out of the driver’s seat of your life.  Christ entered your life and became the Driver. He is now in charge. He is reigning in and through you and you are being conformed to His image, with or without permission from your soul or body. 
        Your soul resists this process. It wants to reign still, but now it has to submit to who you really are in Christ.  You are commanded to not let it reign.  This is the struggle you feel. Within your soul, you have conscious and subconscious parts of your mind.  The subconscious must now be renewed by the Word of God.  You have only one source of truth now, one reliable system for the Christian life. All else will not be filtered through the Word of God. 

The Beauty of the Gospel

Wow... The beauty of the gospel just astonishes me.  The  mystery of it. The power of it to transform lives.  Knowing that we are just a voice, just a vessel to deliver this message in love and God raises the dead and gives the blind sight. He sets the captives free.  I am so amazed by the power and beauty of God! By His amazing gospel.  Just Christ and Him crucified. That's all we can know.  Yet it is enough to transform the world, to transform those who are called out of darkness by God Himself.

And the reality of the gospel for us who believe.  The freedom and joy, the power and life.  The reality of reigning with Him, of being seating with Him, of dwelling forever in Him.  How do we fathom such beauty, such a gift as this?  It blows my mind. The beauty is overwhelming, the brilliance of His plan so great.  I am so in awe of God and so incredibly grateful to Him for what He has done in Christ.