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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mindset

We live in days of turmoil. Entire nations are falling apart: Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and others are on the brink of insolvency; France, Portugal, Ireland, Italy and perhaps the USA? What are Believers to do in these circumstances?


Isaiah 26:3 says, "Thou (God) will keep them in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon Him."


This peace does not speak of a surrender to things the way they are; it speaks of a peace that is of such effect that it has great influence upon those who see it operate in us. The word "stayed upon" means to lean hard upon, to stand fast. Another passage that comes to mind is "stand still and see the salvation of the LORD. No one can save like He can!


Our mind is our intellect, our will and our feelings. It also means in the original Hebrew our deep thoughts, imagination and even our understanding; the way we perceive things as when Christ talked about our mind when He said, " You shall love the LORD your God with all of your heart, and all of your soul, and all of your mind." He has to be all encompassing for these promises to have effect upon our human mind.


Paul said, " I thank God through Jesus Christ our LORD. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin..." He said there is another law in our members, warring against the law of our mind, and it brings us into captivity to the law of sin which is in our members. Who shall deliver us from this body of death? We know the answer; we thank God through Jesus Christ our LORD!


The Holy Spirit has a mind! Romans 8:27 says " And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God..." The LORD has a mind, Romans 11:34 says, "For who hath known the mind of the LORD? and who has been His counsellor?'


Again Paul in his writings to the church in Corinth says, " For who hath known the mind of the LORD, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ." Amazing! We have access to the mind of Christ!


Our battleground is the same as the Apostle Paul's and every true follower of Christ, especially those who want a deeper walk with Him, as Paul said, the mind of the Spirit is constantly at war with the mind of our flesh. This battle will soon be won.


" For behold, (pay attention, remember, do not forget!) God is creating a new heavens (plural, more than one) and a new earth (just one), and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. (Isaiah 65:17)


Our goal - the mind of Christ!

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