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Are You in His Right Mind?

As Christians we have probably all heard that we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). I think too often though we gloss over the magnitude of what that means for us.

Think about for a moment that  as we face challenges and difficulties or opportunities for advancement and blessings–we’re not bound to our own thinking, solutions, or ideas.

Your natural mind is a fascinating thing. It is home not only to logic and facts but to your creativity and interpretation.

Consider that when your eyes look at anything, the information comes in upside down. All day long your brain is constantly interpreting everything you see on the basis of available facts and experience. That’s why your eyes can play tricks on you and optical illusions will throw you off.

If that is true in the physical sense, how true is it in the spiritual! Without the mind of Christ, we exponentially increase our propensity to interpret circumstances, situations, and even relationships wrongly. Without the Holy Spirit guiding us, we walk down the well-worn human path of fear, complacency, and conventionality.

How do we remain hopeful, optimistic, and creative in our situations and circumstances? We keep our eyes focused on the eternal. Jesus didn’t interpret natural events or circumstances by simply applying human intellect and reasoning. His eyes saw beyond.

Remember 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (emphasis mine)

I believe there are things we are waiting on God to do that He is watching and saying, “Don’t you see yet? You have all my creativity and word on your side! See the unseen! I’ve given you the ability and every resource of mine is at your disposal. I can show you things you never even dreamed before.”

Our minds get stifled anytime we have a sense of impending inevitability. As we embrace more fully His mind, all that is blown away. Both in perceived good situations and bad, we rejoice in the promise God gives us then we make effort and preparation to see it fulfilled as He guides our steps.

Trouble comes and we have to decide. We can say, “I guess that wasn’t God” or we can get tenacious and ask God for expanded creativity to interpret things rightly and respond appropriately so that His Kingdom might advance. We don’t have because we don’t ask.

His victory and Kingdom are the only inevitability. Whether you partner with it or embrace apathy is your choice.

Ready? Let’s do this! In what areas do you need to allow the mind of Christ to work? What are your thoughts on all this?

 

16 Comments

  1. Pretty mind blowing post for me today! I need to re-pray and re-look at some things going on in my life. Thanks
    TC Avey recently posted..I’ll Be Seeing YouMy Profile

    • Awesome! Thank you so much, TC.

  2. Where to begin. :-) All I can say is that this spoke volumes to me today. I know these scriptures and I’ve seen the signs. I think that things don’t come “naturally” to me, but maybe I should look at that as a good thing.
    Philip recently posted..Meeting a HeroMy Profile

    • Yeah, totally! I like how you said that. :) Thanks Philip.

  3. The mind of the Father is one that was a big thinker the last couple of weeks he has shown me things in the word of what he had his servants do and build and nothing was of small capacity. Noah built the first yacht, Solomon built his house with guidance from The Father. And everything Jesus demonstrated was in a big crowd. In Romans 12:2-4 (complete Jewish bible) In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the ‘olam hazeh. Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed. 3 For I am telling every single one of you, through the grace that has been given to me, not to have exaggerated ideas about your own importance. Instead, develop a sober estimate of yourself based on the standard which God has given to each of you, namely, trust. 4 For just as there are many parts that compose one body, but the parts don’t all have the same function; (Complete Jewish Bible)
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  4. I hear you. While all the difficult times weren’t enjoyable in my life, I can say I got big things out of them. God is in control and is building in us the things of His priority. When our priorities match His we see things differently, through the eyes of our spirit, not our flesh.

    It’s taken a long time for me to figure that out and still struggle at times. “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

    • Everyone struggles I’m sure! This world in its current state is not conducive to seeing everything in God’s perspective, but our eyes are opened through the blood of Jesus. And we get the privilege of changing the world around us by establishing His heart and Kingdom wherever we go. Thanks Floyd!

  5. “I can show you things you never even dreamed before.”

    Man…is that true or what? When we REALLY believe our eyes are open to see things His way…with His vision…with His focus…I want to see that way more and more!

    Thanks Jason!
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    • It is so incredibly true and I could testify all day long about it! Thanks Jay.

  6. Two words: Free will. I have to allow the mind of Christ to work in me and reveal that while I have the free will to accept certain things, sometimes others may not have the same mindset

    • We certainly choose His heart, His mind, His will. He won’t force us, but choosing Him will always be to our benefit. Thanks Ed.

  7. This is really good and it makes such an good point! Thanks!
    ifightforgod recently posted..Warriors of GodMy Profile

    • Thanks so much!