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The New Way of Thinking is Letting the Mind That Was in Christ Be in You.

Having the mind of Christ is the new way of thinking differently for the followers of Christ. That is to think on things with the same mindset and views as Christ. Although Jesus was the Son of God and equal to God, He did not think He was being robbed when He was humbled as a servant and gave His life for others. He submitted His will to God’s while trusting in His love knowing that God would be faithful to His word. Wetoo must submit our will to God and ask in prayer that He would give us a mind to think differently and have the mind of Christ.

Jesus is God and Man. As God He is the essence of Holiness,the way to God and the truth of God. He is part of the God-Trinity and is always in agreement with respect to the will of God His Father. As Man and part of mankind, Jesus was given a will to choose and decided His direction and chose whom He would obey.  It was in His humanity that Jesus suffered as a natural course of this fallen world as all who are born into this world. 

The things Jesus suffered as a man taught Him to submit His will and problems to the will of God the Father. Jesus walked in meekness, not looking to do as He wished but as His Father had ordained. The challenges that are set before us in life will display our life choices, whether we choose the new mindset of Christ or continue in the ways of this fallen world. It is in the things we go through that we are able to be taught how to trust God and it is shown in our obedience to God’s will.  

Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. NKJ

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage. NIV

We must change from the negative ways we view ourselves, our lives and how we view others and convert from the ways been have been taught to God’s kingdom ways. We must come to know who we are in Christ; we are children and heirs in the royal family of God. Though the world has taught us that we have no worth and our lives are without merit, God has paid a great price to show our value to Him. We are told that we may be persecuted, abused and despise, the same as Christ, but we are to know who we are in the royal family of God. We are look toward eternity and the joy of bringing others into salvationthrough our obedience and walk with God. 

It is in persecution we can show the love of God to a lost world by living according to God’s kingdom ways by loving and forgiving others.  These are things that baffle and bewilder those who are in the world. Those who see us live differently in forgiveness and love are confounded because it is not thenatural way doing things in this fallen system. As we display God’s love some people may come to a saving knowledge of Christ because of the light of His life that is displayed throughus. 

Hebrews 12:2 -3 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

For consider Him who endured such a hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discourage in your souls. NKJ

Prayer is the work and strength of our will that allows us to lay our pride, selfishness and prejudices before God in the light of His word. We can change the way we think by submitting our will to God in prayer.  The world has been operating in darkness but the light of God’s truth is revealed to us and through us by His word. We must look to reformat our method of operation and our way of thinking so that we are able to perform and walk in these truths. This is done by making a decision to submit our old thoughts and ways to God and askHim to renew our minds and give us a new heart. 

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. NKJ

Submitting is an act of changing our past thoughts andrecognizing our inability to perform or to be righteous before God. It is realizing our own worthlessness and helplessness in our fallen nature to do what is right and that we are in need of a Savior. It is through repentance, the change from doing thingsour own way, to submitting our desires and thoughts to Christ and allowing Him to align our thoughts and hearts according to His kingdom ways.

Submitting is saying to God, we cannot do this on our own, it is not in our nature to love or forgive unconditionally.  When we yield what we have been taught, our right to hate and take revenge, and offer the situation to God, it then allows Him to intervene. Our prayer of submission permits God to come into that situation, in agreement with our will and He give us the authority and power to change and perform these truths. 

Submitting to God is resisting the devil. It is a one step process when we turn to God, we are rejecting the schemes and tricks of the enemy. The mind can only process one thought at a time, though it has been said we multitask but we are only doing one thing at a time, faster.  When we focus our minds on God, wewill be filled with His truth but if we focus on the hurt, the lies and the darkness we give a place for the enemy rule. The world is fed a constant diet of hate and fear which is meant to keep people in torment but God has given us a way out. We are told to keep our minds and meditate on the things that are true, pure, lovely and praiseworthy. 

Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. NKJ

Whenever a new truth is revealed to us, a battle in ourconsciousness and mind will ensue. A decision of the will, our thoughts and inclination as to who will we obey will be made. Every person will settle this fight in their own mind whether to accept or reject the truth of God’s word.  The process is a simple act of the will in our mind, whether conscious or unconscious to obey God. We can choose truth by deciding topray and ask God to create in us a clean heart and a right spirit regarding these truths. It is a simple step but is not easy in that the essence of our fallen nature fights against humility, meekness and submission to God. Pride and selfishness are the ways we have been trained to think and believe by this fallen world.

God’s ways are so far from mankind’s natural way of thinkingthat these revelations and truths most often seem too hard to obtain. Some people will give up rather than persevering andpressing through the obstacles to the end and to see how the Lord will settle the matter. 

Isaiah 55:7- 8 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. 

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. NKJ

By Thinking Differently, We Can Live Differently

Why are we so amazed and perplexed when we see hatred and violence against a person or a nation because of their race, gender, social status or other disparities? It is the nature of the fallen state of mankind to be self-centered. God’s created world system descended into chaos where people are looking to gain what they can at the expense of others. It is the course this world has taken as a result of the fall. God sent Jesus to speak truth and to show humanity “the way” back to the kingdom of God and how to show His love and compassion for others.

We can look at every society in the world, in the western cultures and as far east as we can go and will still see division that promotes disparity, biases, prejudices and hate. The enemy of God has caused division among those created in His image in every area and every arena so as to bring division amongfamilies, generations, cultures and people. It is perverted pride that causes disunity and division among people that allow someto be exalted in wealth and pride while debasing and belittling others only to maintain their status.

Pride is the very thing that initiated Satan’s attempt to rise above God in heaven but failed. In pride Satan wanted to lift his throne above God and he persuaded a third of the angels to follow him in his perversion only to be defeated and thrown out of heaven. Now his hatred is toward all who are created in the image of God. Satan tries to entice mankind into the same trap,by using pride and hatred which led to his destruction, so that they too will be destroyed.  

Jesus brought back God’s kingdom, God’s principles and God’s operating system into this world in the spirit realm. Now there are two world systems in operation on earth, the fallen one that everyone is born into naturally and God’s spiritual kingdomwhere a person must be regenerated and born again through faith in Jesus Christ. 

At birth children are taught to think according the culture and customs they are raised. All these cultures and societies are rooted in this natural fallen world which is dominated by Satan and his lies. All nations and societies, their teachings and trainings have been infested with lies and deceptions of Satan who is the prince of this fallen world system. These fallen practices and methods perpetuate and cultivate corrupt ways of thinking that hold people captive to self-pride, fame and fortune. 

Ephesians 2:2 In which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, NKJ

It is through a new birth and into a new kingdom with the knowledge of God’s operating system in this world and His kingdom principles we are able to change the way we think. When we change the way we think, we can live, work and conduct ourselves differently in this world.  We must convertour old ways to think in God’s ways and principles so to enable change regarding our perspective and attitude, how we look at the things that are going on around us and that are happening to us. Mature followers of Christ will have a different view, a spiritual and kingdom perspective that sees things according to the teaching of Christ and not the world. 

Philippians 2:5, 7b, 8b Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. ….made Himself of no reputation…. He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJ

In some cultures, we see some irreligious views of Christianitywhere they teach being born again is merely saying a prayer so that a person may go to heaven when they die. Also, that they will not have to suffer any trouble but this is not the word of God, many have lost sight of the truth. Christ said, we will be delivered into trouble because the world hated Him and they will hate us too, but He would be with us and never leave us. 

Jesus tells us to not crave the things others may have but to be content with where God has placed you and the things, He has given you. If there are things we need, we are to seek after Him,for the Lord is our helper. There is nothing that we will go through that Jesus has not made provision. Jesus overcame all the obstacles of this world that we may have peace in Him andcan overcome this world through His word.   

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ESV

Hebrew 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” NKJ

Jesus never promised to keep us from trouble but that He would be with us in our troubles and be a shelter in the storm. We must know God’s truth and His ways to know how to enter into His rest and shelter. The Christian’s mindset must be changed from seeking self-interest, a better life and more blessings to seeking the word of God, to show the love of God and to reflect His image. 

Psalm 31: 19-20 Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You. In the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. NKJ  

Rev 2:10 ​Don’t be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to through some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you a crown of life. WEB

This old-world system has lost sight of mankind’s created purpose and has been taught to live a lie as to why they exist. People are naturally self-seeking, self-serving and full of pride. Many people are blinded by the lies of this world and are living as though this is the only life they have. Many spend themselves on these fleeting moments that are like passing vapors and they build their lives as castles on sand that will soon be washed away. We are to pass our time here as foreigners and sojourners, people who are passing through this space and time to do the will of God who created us to fulfill His purpose. 

1 Peter 1:17 If you call on Him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man’s work, pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear. WEB

Matthew 7:26-27​“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Jesus told us to take His yoke and learn of Him. Jesus was humble and trusted God to faithful to His word. We are to be as a good solider, one who is about the business of their captain’s mission and not their own selfish desires. 

Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

2 Timothy 2:3-4 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ Jesus No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. NKJ

Jesus Came That We Would Know the Truth of God’s Kingdom on Earth

Mankind was created in the image, love and truth of God, then came the fall into perversion, hatred and pride after rebelling against God and following Satan in his lies. From the fall until Christ came, this world system was under the influence of the lies of Satan as he had perverted God’s creations into disharmony, disunity, hatred, selfishness and pride.

We all were born into a world of sin and were cultivated into a system that taught us social caste system, racial bias and national division, disparity and hate based on economics and status. It is a world system that Satan perverted to destroy the beloved of God and God’s image bearers on the earth. It was the only system we knew from birth; this lie was the only way we knew because we were separated and apart from God. We were trained as children to put self and pride above all else and to belittle and destroy all that is unlike or against self. Yet, self is still setting up systems and perpetuating systems that allow some groups to advance while systematically hindering and destroying others in the name of progress, patriotism, wealth and pride.  

Mankind knew no other way because the fall they were blinded by the prince of this world and could not see the truth of God’s kingdom and His purpose for them on the earth. Throughout the ages God provided men to proclaim His way and to be an example of how they should live in relationship with one another and to reflect the image God on the earth.God gave His law to the Hebrew nation, prophets and teachers to represent Him in the world would be drawn to seek the light of God. Though God’s law is perfect, mankind was imperfect and lacking the ability to walk perfectly without fault before this world. In the process of time God sent His Son to be the way, the truth and the life for all mankind to see.

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time had come God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law. NKJV 

God created the earth, this planet, and set up a kingdom and a world system that would reflect His likeness and His kingdom in heaven. Jesus came to reestablish the kingdom of God upon the earth and now with the return of Christ there are two world systems operating upon the earth. The fallen world system of Satan and the kingdom of heaven, which are the principles of God where Christ is King. Jesus has provided a way back to God and the ability for mankind to choose the kingdom they will live in. 

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” NKJV

Jesus came to establish the kingdom of heaven on earth and to show humanity how-to live-in God’s kingdom on earth. Jesus taught to bring conversion to renew their minds and change the way we think about ourselves and our God.  Jesus will alter the very nature of a person because their bloodline has been changed. The heredity of their forefathers is no longer their lineage but they are a new creation, sons of God. True followers of Christ will function in the kingdom of God and betransformed by the way they think and live in this world. Jesus’ death brought regeneration, rebirth and restoration and provided the way into the kingdom of God. 

2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. NKJ

Many people will receive Jesus as their Savior and will be regenerated and reborn into the kingdom of God, but are slow to transform their minds. They are also slow to convert the way they live, act and think in God’s kingdom ways and principles. It is a sad and heartbreaking thing to see children born and throw into this world unwashed, unnourished, untaught and left to live or die according to the ways, customs, rules and situations of the world around them. So it is also spiritually when a person is born again into the kingdom of God they are rejuvenated and redeveloped into a different bloodline, family and world.  If they are not taught and their way of thinking have not been converted, they are left without nourishment, knowledge or understanding of the kingdom they were born into.

Ezekiel 16:6 When I passed by you, I saw you kicking around, covered in your own blood. That’s when I told you, ‘Live!’ – while you were wallowing in your blood. I commanded you to live, even as you lay there in your own blood. ISV

Some of us may have been counted as one not worthy of life and reckoned unfit to be associated with prestigious families or in privileged communities.  We may have been seen as outcaste, as unclean and unwashed but God looked upon us in our polluted state and said, “Live and not die.” He has called us clean, reborn into the royal family of God and what God has called clean no person can make common. Satan cannot change who we are, he can only beguile and lure us into believing the lies about our worth and value. 

We are told to have the mind of Christ. Jesus was called the illegitimate child of Mary whose father was not her husband Joseph; thought to be an outcaste and troublemaker and said He was of the devil. Jesus was spat upon, beaten and marred beyond recognition and killed because of His convictions and commitment to the true and living God. Jesus did not commit Himself to the praises or rejections of men. 

Jesus understood His suffering was according to the will of God and He committed Himself to God as His faithful Father, Creator of all and continued to do good.  We are told that we too will have trouble in this world because we are not of this world. The problem lies with followers of Christ trying to fit into and be accepted by a world that hate their Master and their very existence. We are to take heart when we are troubled because Jesus has overcome the things of this world and has provided a way out for those who trust and seek in Him.

John 16:33 “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” NIV

1 Peter 4:19 “So then those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” NIV

Jesus came to open our eyes to the light of God’s truths. The truth of God’s love for us as His beloved. The truth of our identity as image bearers of God and our created purpose to reflect His likeness. The truth of our will and the ability to choose our path in this world but our destiny for all eternity. 

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. KJV

Souls are Saved but Minds Have Not been Converted or Transformed!

The act of salvation is an instant transaction in time that gives birth to a living spirit in Christ. Conversion is a process that is done over a life time. The soul may be saved and yet the mind has not been renewed, trained or converted to the things of God and His way of living and thinking. This is why we see some people who say they are saved, and very well maybe, and yet they live their lives the same way as the world, without anyadherence or loyalty to God, His kingdom ways and principles.

Salvation is a regeneration, an act, a fact that transpires in a moment in time like the birth of a child. Once the child is born the process of learning and training of life begins. A new born baby is a person, yet the mind and body is under developed and need to be feed, taught and trained to live a responsible and productive life. We are all born into this fallen world system and have been taught according to a system that was established with the fall of mankind, when Satan became the prince of this fallen world.  Salvation is a gift from God given instantly to those who by faith receive Christ as their Savior. It is being born spiritually as infant in a childlike state, unlearned and untaught regarding the things of God and His kingdom on earth.   We are to feed on the sincere milk of the word that we may grow.

1 Peter 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye  may grow thereby: KJV

Conversion is to change from one thought or belief; to turn around completely; to alter the nature of or to change from one form of functioning and thinking to another. Therefore conversion, for a true follower of Christ, continues to be a lifelong process of renewing the way we think and transforms our minds from the fallen ways that we were taught. We have been schooled and educated in this life to the fallen waysand now our minds need to know and be taught how to operate in God’s kingdom principles and ways. Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Him. Jesus came and brought a new way of living and thinking to those who are born into the kingdom of God on earth.

John 14:6   Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” NKJV    

Conversion alters one’s heredity and changes their nature, their ideology, their family ties and their social and economical positions. To be born of God is to have a change in your bloodline, old things are passed away and all things become new. True followers of Christ are no longer led by theirfallen human nature and character that is rooted in the old way of thinking and in the lies they were taught that cultivates division, hatred, conceit and self-importance.   They are converted through the knowledge of Christ which alters the mainspring of a person’s heart and soul which, will not only change their actions but their motives also. They will no longer ruled by their natural affirmations but to being led by the spiritual and supernatural nature of God. They will begin to desire to know their God, His principle, His kingdom ways and to do the will of the Father. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, (that) I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. KJV

Acts17:30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent. NKJV

Many people will judge life and say it is not fair that some people are born rich while others are born in poverty. Saying that God is unjust in allowing such situations to be but it was not God that created this disparity and disunity, it was mankind fall to the wiles and ways of Satan. Though mankind made the choice to obey Satan, God did not leave us in that fallen state without hope. God has provided a level playing field for everyone and has given every person another chance to choose a new life, a new way of living and not only regarding how they will live life in this world but in the world to come for eternity. 

God has given this life as a prelude to eternity. With this life every person by their choices, their will and their actions will choose their place in eternal. In this natural life we are born into a family, race, nation and culture with no say in regrading where, how or to whom we are born. However, in the spiritual realm we have a choice and the ability to choose to be in the family of God, a disciple of Christ and to teach all nation to observe the true commands of Christ.  

In this world God tells us to choose life or death, blessing or cursing. God tells us to store up treasures in heaven where natural disasters cannot destroy our wealth. He also tells us if we want to be masters in eternity, then we should be a servant now and if we want to be first, we should choose to be last in this natural, temporal life we now live. This life is an introduction and a preparation for the choice that we will make for our destiny and standing in eternity. 

Matthew 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said unto them, if any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. KJV

Matthew 20:16 So the last will be first and the first last. For many are called, but only a few chosen. NKJV 

Jesus told us to take His yoke upon us and learn of Him. We are told to repent (change the way we think) and thereby also change the way we liveand what we do. In this fallen world humanity lost sight of its purpose and has been trained with a lie as to why we exist. Fallen mankind is self-seeking, self-serving and it is all they know as they follow the prince of this world, Satan who is full of pride and hatred against God and those created in His image. 

When we learn better, we do better. People are destroyed by the lack of knowledge of God’s truth and His kingdom principles. God’s word says some people may be saved as one who has gone through a fire, because the work they did was self-serving and not the will of the Father. 

We are not do good things to be saved, Christ saved us, we do good works because we are saved and want to live a life that glorifies God, walk according to His kingdom principles and draw men unto Christ. If peoplelive according to this natural world’s system the work that is done in the natural may be burn, even though they themselves may be considered saved. Like a person who has been saved from burning flames, though they still have life their bodies may have been marred by the fire. So, will those who are believers but do not transform their minds or convert their actions to invest in the spiritual kingdom of God they too may suffer lossor be marred.  

1 Corinthians 3:15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved: yet as through fire.

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