MIND OF CHRIST
It is not difficult to have the mind of Christ. He lives in every Believer, and you are in Him because He has made you one with Himself, our Father and Holy Spirit. We are marinated in God. The important thing is to live in Jesus and not in the externalities and additions to His gospel. This gospel is simply that Jesus is exclusively our life. This can be difficult if we have equated Jesus with externalities. But we must unlearn and undo this dilution of Him and live in the fullness of Christ Himself.
Any subtraction from His fullness, any diminution of His completeness as the way and the life makes us smaller and shrinks our brain. The mind and the brain contact under the influence of law, legalism and religion because our spirit is smothered and our soul stultified. We were never meant to live from a draft board of good and evil or from the law of Moses or from our personal and group activity in the cause of God. In the fullness of time we were presented with a new life to call our own: Christ our life.
Jesus is not your means to the good. He is your good. Because He is the light of the world he makes your world alight with His truth.
‘So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God’ Gal 4.3-7 NIV.
It is a serious thing to choose our own way over the new and living way of Christ our life. It smothers life and ministers death. When we preach ‘another gospel’ in the name of Christ's gospel we minister death in the name of life. We become, despite our best intentions, ministers of iniquity and allies of Satan's attempt to shut down the sons of God and their kingdom life.
I am amazed at the dullards who rise to the top in some organisations, becoming blind leaders of those who can see. They are the children of another gospel, another christ and a lesser kingdom.
Living from the law and legalism is more serious than we can think. It smothers Christ in us, depersonalises our person, promotes a mechanical mind-set and depletes us of intelligence. Culturally law-mongering depletes a community of imagination, creativity and vision. And also of intelligent leadership. It favours compartmentalised, bounded and restricted thinking over life and conformity over vision, promoting a Dad’s Army of the Dull. Worst of all it shuts down the Spirit of wisdom and revelation - the spirit that differentiates the sons of God from sincere folks who remain workers and slaves. Seated in the law we cannot expect to speak in the spirit of wisdom and revelation or be multipliers of spirit and life.
Jesus warns that the law (flesh) extinguishes spirit and life. This is Paul's point in his letter to the Galatians. As Paul says, "The law (letter) kills people." He means that it kills the spirit of sonship by strangling our being.
Dr Caroline Leaf writes, ‘What would you do if you found a switch that
could turn on your brain and enable you to be happier, healthier in your mind and body, more prosperous, and more intelligent?
What you think with your mind changes your brain and body, and you are designed with the power to switch on your brain. Your mind is that switch.
You have an extraordinary ability to determine, achieve, and
maintain optimal levels of intelligence, mental health, peace,
and happiness, as well as the prevention of disease in your body
You can, through conscious effort, gain control of
your thoughts and feelings, and in doing so, you can change the
programming and chemistry of your brain.
Science is finally catching up with the Bible, showing us the
proof that "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and
of love and of a sound mind" (2 Tim. 1:7).
Breakthrough neuro-scientific research is confirming daily what we instinctively
knew all along: What you are thinking every moment of every
day becomes a physical reality in your brain and body, which
affects your optimal mental and physical health. These thoughts
collectively form your attitude, which is your state of mind, and
it's your attitude and not your DNA that determines much of the quality of your life.’
‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV. When Christ is our life we are alive with these qualities of sharpness, discernment, vision and intelligence.
Holy Spirit lives to bring us into alignment with Jesus and all that He has accomplished for us. One with Father our minds are capable of infinite development and profound sharpness. Let's be clear. If we have the mind of the law, we do not have the mind of Christ and if we do not have His mind, we do not have the Kingdom of God but a substitute gospel that dulls sonship and robs people of their inheritance and God of His Kingdom.