Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The Mind of Christ

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2 v 14 - 16:  "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
 15  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 
 16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."

Our minds are exceedingly complex and capable of great creative thinking; ability to solve mysteries; manoeuvre arguments and debates, and comfort a little child. We can make split second life-changing decisions and long term progressive unravelling of crime as well as absorb and memorise huge quantities of data.

Strange to think that its been measured that the normal human mind only uses 10% of its capacity in its lifetime. A mind like Einstein used perhaps 15%!! So why do we have such a great waste of brilliant space inside our heads?

When Adam fell under the Serpent's power in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3, he was sent out of the Garden to earn a living by the sweat of his brow. He lost his companionship with God and had to get creative on his own soul level. All mankind dropped from the spiritual heights they could potentially reach to the more mundane soul level.

Jesus was the last Adam, and the second Man - 1 Corinthians 15 v 45 - 47. So Jesus was the last human born under the fallen Adamic race, and the firstborn of the new creation - Romans 8 v 29. Adam was the first Man and he fell causing every human born after him to be born at a lower stature and be subject to sin.

Jesus' death ended that curse. His resurrection gave every person who believes He is the Son of God the potential to be restored to the sinless stature Adam had with God before the fall. We must be born again, baptised in water and the Holy Spirit to have the fullness of the original creation.

When we discover this simple pathway to God and endeavour to live sin-free lives we begin to have more of our brain power restored to us. The gifts of the Holy Spirit reopen the Divine Life within us to possess the Mind of Christ.

We enter into His thoughts and flow with His will for us when we allow Him full control of our lives. Entire days are spent in effective prayer when you are constantly in tune with the mind of Jesus, aware of His plans, being made party to overall outworking of the lives of all people who on Earth do dwell.

To know what Jesus is thinking and desiring about people and situations is 90% of the solution to problems. The 10% is to pray it through with Him before the Father. If the Father hears our petitions which should be according to His will, we will get whatever we ask for.

We perceive the operation of the mind of Jesus Christ in our being available at any time of day or night to receive His instructions.  He wakes us up to pray through urgent events or dire emergencies.  He informs us through the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 
1 Corinthians 12 v 8 - 11: "For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
 9  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
 10  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
 11  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."

The first instruction could come through a word of's just one word like "earthquake", or we wake up dreaming of being in one.  This happened to me many years ago when the Lord was teaching me about intercession.

I was in a very realistic dream about an earthquake all around me.  Suddenly my older son, Sean, was in the room for real shaking my shoulder and saying: "Wake up Mom we need to pray now as there is going to be an earthquake!"  He saw a vision of a map of Africa and a black stripe where this earthquake would happen.  We prayed until the black stripe disappeared and to this day there has not been an earthquake there.  

The Bible says out of the mouth of two witnesses the truth is established.  We give the glory to Jesus because He woke us and showed us what to pray about and through this we knew what was in His mind.  He responds to prayer because He gave His authority, His power of attorney, to His people, and His answer was to stop an earthquake.  

Satan wants to tear this Earth apart in hatred of God's creation.  Jesus seeks those who help Him protect it. 
2 Thessalonians 2 v 7 - 10: "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
 8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
 9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
 10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."

In v 7 above Satan's Antichrist is already at work back 2000 years when these words were written.  'only he who now letteth will let' is interpreted as the restraining power of the Holy Spirit who prevents Satan from utterly destroying us.  'Until he be taken out of the way' means when the Holy Spirit takes the born again Christians in the Rapture, then will that restraint be removed.  That is when the second half of the tribulation known as The Wrath of the Lamb, will occur.  At this time the loving merciful Father will be with His children, those who are deluded by Satan will have tribulation.

It takes time to get into the flow of staying tuned in to the voice of the Lord especially with the many distractions of the world to contend with, but when your spiritual life is enhanced by the Holy Spirit your involvement with worldly pursuits decreases remarkably. 

We have to want the Mind of Christ with all our hearts to come up to it but when we do, and we receive it, there is nothing to compare with that adventure of Spirit. It is joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Prayer: Heavenly Father we need to walk in truth with the Mind of Jesus Christ. Help us to get to this place in our spiritual lives where we are using the full capacity of our minds so that we can turn this world upside down for You and rescue the sinners for eternity in Heaven. In Jesus' name. Amen.