July 30, 2010

Having The Mind of Christ – Do You?

Posted in Christian Living, Christianity tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:21 pm by Lisa Ritchey

Having the mind of Christ means knowing and doing what God wants done, and knowing and not doing what He does not want done.  How do we know what God wants us to do? Do you hear the voice of The Holy Spirit when He speaks to, leads,  prompts, and/or quickens you?  If not, how can you know what it is that you are to and are not to do, what God’s will is?         

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”(Proverbs 16:25.)  This tell us with no other way to interpret it that even though something looks good, sounds good, and you see nothing wrong with it, it can still go against God’s will for you to do it, buy it, get it, or whatever applies here for that particular situation.  How can we Know the good and perfect will of God for our lives, jobs,  cars, homes, mates, etc., etc., etc.?  How do we make sure that we get it right then?  Is that even possible?

Romans 12:2 says. “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.”  This tells us that it is an unequivocable possibility, and He means in every aspect of your life, not just for you to go out and witness and go to Church.  “But how do we know?  Is it possible to actually hear His voice?” you ask.  Absolutely!

King David wrote [1] , “For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.”  Isaiah 58:11 reads, “And the LORD shall guide thee continually, …”  But how does He do this?  How can He actually guide us in our daily lives, with decisions we have to make that the definitive answer is not in the Bible?

We know through the Logos Word, the Bible, that we are not to work in a strip joint, or sell drugs because these are not pleasing to God[2] and we are to avoid the very appearance of evil,  but how can I know if I should take the job that is being offered to me in this particular factory.   Is it the right one?  Is this the car that I am to buy?  They are a Christian, but is this the man or woman I should marry?  Or even date? Jesus, again, answered that question for us in John 16:13. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”  “But did He mean He will literally speak, as in talk to us, and we will actually hear?”  Yes.  And hear Him just as clearly as you hear anyone else speaking to you.  “How is that possible, though?”

Jesus Himself said, “My sheep hear my voice and know me, and a stranger they will not follow.”  When He said this, He was not talking about hearing His voice in the Scriptures (The Logos Word) only, He was also referring to the Rhema or spoken Word.  “But how do we hear Him?”  Luke 4:1 answers that for us: “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,”

I hear you out there: “Ok.  But He is Jesus.  Of course He is ‘full of the Holy Ghost’, but what about me?”  God tells us in Romans 8:14 that it is possible for us too: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”  “For as many” is another way of saying, “whoever”, and that includes us.

Luke 4:1 tells us that we must be “full of the Holy Ghost”.   The Strong’s Greek dictionary defines the word “full” here as actually meaning “covered”.  Let me explain:

Imagine that you have an empty glass.  If you pour some water into it, that water represents the Holy Spirit when you, the glass, accept Jesus as Lord.  Now, imagine taking that glass and throwing it into a big swimming pool filled with water.  The glass is now filled and covered with the water.  Acts 1:8 says, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:” I really like the way that Jesse Duplantis explained this:  You are so full of Him, that He comes up and onto you:  you are literally running over with Jesus!

“Again, how do we get this filling and covering?!?!” you ask.

Acts 19:2-7 tells us:

2. He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

3. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

4. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on  him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

5. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

6. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

7. And all the men were about twelve.

From this Scripture we learn that:

  • First, you must be a believer, as these men were.  In fact, they were disciples!
  • They had been baptized, but I don’t think they really understood the purpose of it, so Paul baptized them in the name of Jesus, dead with Christ (dying to the old), and being risen a new man.  Note: This is not a have to for salvation, but it is the first commandment given to new believers, and will make such a difference in your life and walk.
  • You have to know that there is more of God that you can have than you have now.  “We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.”  And you have to want it.
  • You have to ask for it.[3]
  • You have to know that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is received the same way as salvation: by faith.  Once you ask, you believe that you receive.  If you do this, then it will not be long before He starts to manifest, or show Himself in and through you!

“Wait a minute, He said that ye shall receive ‘power’.  What is that all about?”  For a really good explanation of this, please read my articles Where is the Power in the Church Part 1 and Part 2

Through the gift [4] of the Holy Spirit we, too, are able to have the nature of Jesus, which is the Fruit of the Spirit[5]   and the ministry of Jesus which are the Gifts of the Spirit.[6]

Let’s all have the Mind of Christ.[7] , then, always doing only the perfect will of the Father, and have Jesus just oozing out of us onto all we get around. What a wonderful world it would be!

{1]Psalms 31:3

[2]  Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

[3] Lk 11:13

[4] Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

[5]  Galatians 5:22-23

[6] 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

[7] 1 Corinthians 2:16. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

©Copyright 2010 Lisa Ritchey and Bare Bones Gospel


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