Renewing your mind in God’s Word is vital to the season we, as Believers, are in. In order to fully utilize the faith God has given us, we must have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5).
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV)
One of the key words in the above scripture is: obedience.
Christ’s obedience not only led Him to death, but death by the cross. The significance of the element of the cross is in the fact that the Bible says in Deuteronomy 21:23 and Galatians 3:13 that he who hangs on a tree is cursed. Therefore, Jesus obeyed God to the extent that he temporarily forfeited his godly form in order to become a curse so that we would not have to live under the curse.
Just as Christ knew God’s Word and operated accordingly, we must renew our minds in order to do the same. As stated in an earlier post (Be Ye Transformed), renewing your mind has to do with changing yourself inwardly, more specifically, what you feel and think. Just as Jesus submitted His thoughts and feelings to the Word of God and His actions followed suit, we must and are expected to do the same. In order for this to occur and for us to experience and walk in the fullness of God, we must be reading His Word and seeking His perfect will for our lives so what we feel and think will be grounded in Him. Feelings such as fear (See 1 Kings 19:1-4), doubt (Matthew 14:22-33), anxiety (Philippians 4:6,7), shame (Romans 10:11) etc. cause thoughts that are not pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, amd/or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).
Just as faith fuels our obedience, feelings fuel our thoughts and thoughts fuel our actions. Therefore, if we stay in God’s Word and apply It to our feelings, our thoughts and actions will thereby be influenced, allowing us to operate in obedience as well.
How exactly is this applicable to your life today?
You must have an understanding of the specific purpose God has for your life as well as a grasp on His Word and you must live accordingly. The enemy wants you to remain in ignorance of these two factors that are really vital to living a life of peace (fullness, wholeness, completeness). If he keeps you in ignorance, he is able to get in your ear and speak to you (Genesis 3:1-5). Jesus knew that He was to come on the earth and at an appointed time, suffer persecution, humiliation and crucifixion. However, He was not only aware of His purpose but He was also aware of who He was. This allowed him to withstand attacks from the enemy.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. (Matthew 4:1,2,8-11 NKJV)
Satan offers the world to Jesus. The thing is, He is the Son of God (God in human form). Nothing that Satan offered Him could ever come close to what He already had. Jesus already ruled and reigned and He knew that; so, when Satan offered a false sense of authority, He denied it and continued to live in obedience.
Satan does the same thing through the serpent within the garden. He says,
For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5 NKJV)
Satan offers Eve what she already had.
God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27 NKJV)
Adopting the mind of Christ involves several factors. You must first
1. Gain an understanding of God’s Word through reading the Bible (Romans 10:17; John 17:17; Psalm 119:9-11)
2. Develop a personal relationship with God in order to receive specific instructions for your life (Genesis 12;1-4)
3. Accept your position as an heir of God and joint heir with Christ (Galatians 4:7; Romans 8:17; Ephesians 3:6).
4. Act in obedience (Deuteronomy 7:12; 1 John 5:3; John 14:15).
5. Resist the devil (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8,9).