When you fast you're hungry all the time. When you sign up to pray you become the most lethargic you've been in months. People get in your face with nonsense when you join the new program of "I will not speak negative words this week" which you honestly want to accomplish. Point is, once you declare it, unseen forces rush forward with one agenda - to defeat you! They realize too well that failure will bring guilt, and guilt will shame. With those two you may just give up and stop trying to be the spiritual giant that only God sees. The giant who looks like a child clothed in armor that doesn't quite fit. His heart warms at the sight of you because He sees your heart. He knows you desire to please Him and "fight the good fight of faith." 1 Timothy 6:12 He's ready to go with you into battle each day. He has the plan that will bring you victory over every attack. Look to His Son. Think like His Son.
One truth that takes years for many to thoroughly comprehend and believe is that Christ lives His life in us! Don't just hear this with your ears. If you've been to church for most of your life then you have heard this many times. What I hope is that all of us will sit quietly, without distractions or words, and think on this miraculous truth - Jesus, right now if I have come to Him in faith, is living His life in my mortal body! He sent His Holy Spirit to live in us. What He does upon the earth, He will do through us. What He speaks upon the earth, He will speak through us. Wherever we go on any day, He goes along with us. What we choose to participate in, He is there. Sobering!
"Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. For, who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him? " But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ." 1 Corinthians 2:15-16 NLT
God has rocked my world with a new insight about having the mind of Christ. First I must believe that it is true. I do! Next I allow God to make me keenly aware of Christ's presence in my daily life. He's there! When temptations beckon I remember how He overcame them in the wilderness. I use the same weapons He used. His Word. When insults are hurled or cruel treatment comes from someone and threatens to injure my soul and spirit, I ask to have His mind in the matter. I ask what is really happening? How does He see it, and as importantly, how does He see the person? When He brings total peace that we have done nothing to deserve it, we resist the attack with prayer which also includes praying for the other person. He may not lead you to be someone's close friend but He will always lead you to show kindness and grant forgiveness. A voice that pushes you and convinces you to gossip or speak words of revenge or hate is Not His Voice!!
How will living with the mind of Christ change your life today? Tomorrow? Among your family and friends, at work, at home, and yes, with your enemies. And remember, if you truly desire to commit yourself to this life then attacks will come. They have come to me this week. By now I expect them. I have battled through the attacks to get here to write this blog. I have lost this post four times since I began. Four! God has a word for us, do we hear it? We have the mind of Christ but will we believe it and appropriate it? He sees us as He sees His own dear Son. Isn't this too glorious for words!
Together on the journey ~ Betty