July 22, 2010

Kingdom – Minded Christians

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“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”  3 John 1:2.    That is a great thing to wish for someone, but how does our soul prosper? And what is the soul, anyway?      

 First, we are made up of three parts:      

  1. We are a spirit being.  This is the real, true us.  How do we know this?  In Matthew 26:41 Jesus said, Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  From this we know they are two separate parts of a man.   And in John 3:5:  “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” so we know the spirit and flesh are separate parts and that things of God are dealt with in mans spirit.  This is where the Holy Spirit talks to us.  When one dies it is the spirit that leaves, rendering the body useless, yet the spirit is present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).
  2. We have a soul.  It is made up of our mind, our will, and our emotions.  the Bible tells us that we must control these.  This means that the soul is part of the flesh when we talk about flesh vs. spirit.
  3. We have a body.  God gave man dominion on the earth.  This has not changed.  Jesus had to come to earth as a human being in order to have authority here.  We use our body to function on the earth.  The body is the other part of our flesh.   When we are “in the spirit”, or led by the Spirit, it is somewhat like an astronaut in a space suit, with the spacesuit being our flesh, the obedient part or the tool, and the astronaut being a separate entity joined to the suit and controlling it.

 This is a very brief covering of that topic, but it gets the point across.  Why is it so extremely import to know this, though?       

” 7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.     

8. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”  Romans 8:7    

This is why I can not stress the importance of this topic enough.  

 Now, back to the question at hand:  How does our soul prosper?  First, it must be crucified.  NOT the body, mind you, but the soul.  This is accomplished by fasting – denying it what it wants.  (I have written  a really good article on fasting which will answer most questions about it.[1] .)  Next, one must become Kingdom minded.  The Bible tells us that we are to have the mind of Christ[2].  It also tells us how to do this:  “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Rom 12:2.  We renew our minds by the reading of the Word when it is done in conjunction with prayer, praise, and worship.  It takes all four to be balanced.     

When one becomes Kingdom minded , and only then, is one’s soul prospering.  Jesus himself explained what this means.  I can see Him now, explaining to His disciples telling them that as they pray they are to say, “Thy kingdom come.”[3]  and getting nothing but blank stares.  When this happened, he sighed and re-worded it for them:  “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” [4]  At this point, they all said, “Oooh!  O. k.  I get it now!”  If only the Church would get it, too.   This is, after all, our whole purpose for being.  Or it should be, anyway.    

Once one is truly Kingdom minded, one will get on the path to prosperity:  physical, mental, spiritual, and financial.    

What is this path?  

  1. Physical:  Eat right and in proper portions.  Exercise.  Don’t smoke, dip, or drink to excess.
  2. Mental:  “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  Philippians 4:8.  Why?  “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 You will act out what you read, watch, listen to, and speak.
  3. Spiritual: Keep the flesh put down (fast), pray, praise, and worship.  Stay balanced!  By doing so you will draw closer to God.
  4. Financial:   
  •  Tithe. That means 10% of everything you get.  This is not an option.  Stealing from God is a major no-no.  (The firstfruits is 100% of the very first.)   
  • Give.  “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”  Luke 6:38. This shows that you trust God to provide and keep His word. 
  • Save.  You actually have to do your part.  Matthew 13:12 says, “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.”  He that hath is a saver.  How do you make sure you have some money to save?
  • Spend within your limits.  Yes, this means a budget.  If you have trouble with this, watch for my soon-to-be-published book written for people just like you (and me!). [5]

Those in the Kingdom of God will be blessed (fortunate, well-off)[6].  The Amplified Bible defines blessed as “happy and to be envied”.  This means that it is obvious, for all to see.  Many don’t want to admit it, but it will be the physical manifestations of the blessing are what will win many to Christ.  (This does count joy, peace, etc. also)

Interesting thought!  Knowing all of this now, just how Kingdom minded are you?

[1] Fasting: What is it? Who should do it? Why do it? How do I do it?  You can read the article  here.      

[2] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5       

[3]   Matthew 6:10       

[4]Hopefully to be titled  GO A BETTER WAY.  I will leave a link when it is a done deal.       

[5] Strong’s Greek dictionary, entry 3107    

[6] Romans 14:17

©Copyright 2010 Lisa Ritchey and Bare Bones Gospel

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