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Philippians 2:5-8 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

One morning, years ago now, I awakened to those words. “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. I really didn’t know that verse..I mean it wasn’t my life verse or anything. I mean, I recognized that it was scripture, and it didn’t sound like the gospels, so it was probably written by Paul. That’s about all I knew about it…and yet I could hear it over and over again…until I woke up!

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus! Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus! Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus!”

“Ok, LORD, I hear you…now what does this mean for me?”…I said.

Needless to say, I couldn’t stay in bed. I was up already…even if I was in bed…so I might as well get out of bed and seek the scriptures for this order. I mean, it sounds like an order…or command…doesn’ it?

I went to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. If I needed to know what a word meant in the Bible, or I needed to know if it meant the same thing in different verses, I could always check it out in my Strong’s. Over the years, I’ve worn out 2 and my 3rd one is well-worn. I use the internet a lot now since it is on the internet..the Strong’s …I mean.

I found it in Philippians, and I read the next verses that went with it. I knew that this was not an ordinary conversation the LORD was having with me. As I read about him making of himself no reputation and taking on the form of a servant…and then, the most important of all He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. He laid down His life…surrendered it unto death…His death on the cross. He had to die for us to have eternal life.
How do I do this, LORD, was my question. How do I surrender my life unto death? Is that what is expected of me? If so, how do I do that?

I remember the scripture about taking up my cross and following Him. I remember the song, Wherever He leads I’ll go! Though none go with me, still I will follow. He has been so faithful always to remind me that when I feel alone..that’s what I promised…to go even if I go alone.
All around me, people are in some pretty sad and depressing circumstances…some have lost jobs…some children…some siblings…some parents…some mates. Darkness has hovered …and yet, the LORD cries out to pierce the darkness with the sword of the Spirit…the Word of God! He commands me to take the Word and slay the enemy.

He says in 1 Cor. 2:16:
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

I don’t always feel like I have the mind of Christ. I don’t always think Christian thoughts! Sometimes, I feel myself being drained…fatigued in spirit…and as I begin to fall into that pit of depression..I hear..Rejoice!!! The Joy of the LORD is your strength. I have to begin to sing…dance…confess Bible promises…to run off my adversary.

My enemy wants me down…depressed…gloomy…and in the darkness…afraid… escaping…isolating myself from the Word…praise and worship…friends that encourage me…becoming more hopeless…and helpless…

There’s only one antidote for that poison! We find it in Isaiah 26:3:
You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.

Romans 8: 6 tells us:
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Now, just how do I stay my mind on Jesus…on my God? How do I trust in Him at all times?

Our answer is in Philippians 4:8:
May the Word of God take root in our hearts and fill our minds with things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy.

As we abide in the WORD, studying, singing, and praying it everyday…shouting the solution into the heavenlies instead of the problem…we will walk in the spirit and have a sound mind.

Commit with me daily to stay in the Word…to pray it so much that we hear it as we sleep.
To God be the Glory..Amen and Amen.

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