Mind of Christ

17 March 2012

Mind of ChristMind Of Christ

Christian Bible Teaching By Sharon Hood
March 17, 2012

Do you ever have days when your mind wavers back and forth, thinking will she follow through with her words or will she go back on her word. Wanting to trust someone to do what they say, is becoming harder and harder. The Bible warns us of such issue. It’s called double mindedness. What does it mean to be double minded? Let’s see what the book of James says.

 James 1:7-8 ”let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

I believe a kind of double mindedness was displayed back in Isaiah’s time. The people sought God’s nearness and they wanted just decisions from Him. They fasted and humbled themselves but complained that God didn’t seem to care about all that good stuff.

Isaiah 58:3 (a)”Why have we humbled ourselves and Thou dost not notice?”

Sometimes we ask God a question and really don’t want to know the truth. Reason being, when God answers some just acknowledge that He has answered then do the opposite of how He directs.

Isaiah 58 (b)”Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire, and drive hard all your workers.”

You see they were living double lives, operating in double mindedness. God goes on to tell them the kind of fast that would matter.

 Isaiah 58:6 ”Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke?”

God is saying, your lip service, doesn’t impress Me. Been there done that, not going back. Take for instance, singing high praises in Church service, get in the car and tune into channel OMGOODNESS?? You know what I’m saying, that just won’t cut it anymore? You can’t judge someone’s bad habits and overlook your own. You can’t give your tenth when the offering plate goes by and turn around and cheat on your taxes, or not pay your child support? You can’t have one mind to serve God and another mind to serve your flesh “a double mind?” Are you beginning to see the big picture? I believe we all can say guilty to some degree or another of double mindedness.

Luke 10:27 ”You shall love the Lord your God will ALL your heart, and with ALL your soul, and with ALL your strength, and with ALL your mind; and your neighbor as your self.”

Now that is the perfect example of being single minded. For those of you who have continued to keep reading, I have great news. We serve a God full of grace and mercy. He is faithful and true to forgive us when we choose to repent. We must turn away from our old nature of double mindedness and turn to Him. Today is the day to walk with Him in one mind one accord in total agreement of His word. Of course, change isn’t easy, but it will be one of the best decisions that you’ll ever make.

Let’s focus on putting on the mind of Christ. If we have the mind of Christ, we’ll have the life of Christ. That’s a life of obedience and of joy. It’s also a life of persecution.

As Paul told his spiritual son Timothy.
2 Tim. 3:12 “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life will be persecuted.”

That’s another side of the cross: not only did Christ die on the cross for our sins, he calls us to take up our crosses and follow him (Luke 9:23).  In other words, Christ died to save us from our sins, not to save us from the cross. If you have fought a successful battle to keep the Spirit from working in your heart, the idea of carrying a cross is foolishness. But if we have the mind of Christ, it’s pure joy.

All my love Sharon

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