We are living in trying times. Evil abounds and surrounds us. So, even more so, we should cling to the Lord and share the Gospel, that others may be saved before it’s too late.
Rejoice in the joy of the Lord and cover yourself and your family in prayer. Your prayers are being answered even at this moment. See our prayer If God is for you, who can be against you
Philippians 4:13 reminds us that: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
1 Corinthians 2:16 For “who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
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Loving Father, I prayerfully come into Your presence, petitioning the power and beauty of the mind of Christ, bestowed upon me by Your Holy Spirit. Give me the strength to rise above every trial and temptation thrown my way. Shape and mold me, Lord, into a true disciple of Christ.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
1 John 2:6 Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
I hunger for You. I thirst for Your divinity. Quench me, Oh Lord. Fill me with the springs of living water and develop my mind to be like Christ, to fully understand Your Word. Change my mindset so I can become greater in You. Allow me to spread Your message across the land so it can touch, change and save the lives of many.
Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him
Grant me wisdom as I seek Your face. My soul cries out and long for You. Hear my prayer, Oh Lord. Have mercy upon me and answer me, for I need You right now. Change my heart. If I am stubborn, strengthen my will to go on. Allow me to embrace Your mighty power and let Your will be done. In Jesus’ holy name I pray, Amen!
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Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Hillsong Worship: Jesus, I Need You
The Christian has the mind of Christ. The Scripture says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”* (Philippians 2:5); “But we have the mind of Christ.”* (1 Corinthians 2:16) These words contain a very deep thought. It is too deep for our finite mind to fathom. We can readily see, however, that it means to be humble-minded, meek, lowly, patient, longsuffering and loving, like Jesus. Yes, it means to have a disposition like His, but it means more. A deeper thought is that we have such a union with Jesus that we can think His thoughts. We are one body with Christ. “We are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.”* (Ephesians 5:30) This is mysterious, but it is true. Jesus being the head of this body, His will is to be done throughout the whole. Our minds are to be in harmony with the great mind of God. Between our mind and the mind of the Lord there is a connection something like the nervous connections in the human body. Through this union God conveys His thoughts to our minds.
“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit.”* (1 Corinthians 2:9-10) In the spirit and eternal world, many beauties and glories are awaiting our vision. We here see through a glass darkly, but even so we can see some heavenly glories. The glass is not so dark that we can see nothing of God. The Spirit of God reveals to us something of the scenes we shall see hereafter. We catch far-away glimpses of them, so to speak. The closer we live to God in this life, the farther we can see into the life beyond. By His Spirit, God shines into our hearts and gives us some knowledge of heavenly things. In speaking of the great celestial city, the Revelator says. “ had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it.”* (Revelation 21:23-24) That light which shines in the eternal city of God has been seen here upon earth. It was the light which shone around the Judean shepherds on the night of the nativity. It was that light which shone around Saul on the road to Damascus. It was so bright that it blinded Saul. Some years after, when relating this circumstance to a heathen king, the apostle said, “At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun.”* (Acts 26:13) I, too, can testify to the brightness of this heavenly light, for I have seen it. One morning as my heart was in communion with God, a light, more mellow, more radiant, than sunlight, shone round about me. Also, one night, the night when my little child was instantly healed of a broken bone, a light very much unlike that of the lamp filled the room for half an hour. It was the glory of the Lord. Many others have seen this light. In this life we can see and know something of God and of the world beyond.
The mind of the Christian is in touch with the mind of the Lord. The minister who preaches under the anointing of the Holy Spirit is but expressing the mind of God. The thoughts of the Lord become his thoughts and he expresses them. Prayer is the most essential means of keeping the mind of Christ. If the preacher would have the mind of the Lord while he is preaching, if he would minister grace to others in conversation, he must live much in prayer. God is able to direct in conversation so that it will be the most helpful to those engaged. The same is true in testimony and in preaching. Thus the mind of God controls the mind of His servant. That our minds may be most perfectly imbued with the mind of God, our life needs to be one of unceasing prayer. The mind needs to be stayed on God. Our life can never be successful unless we have the mind of Christ in the sense in which I have been speaking. The work of our life can be carried on under the direction of the Holy Spirit. No other life is successful.
There is a sense in which God rules the minds of men. He puts it in the mind of the unregenerate to befriend His praying children. In such an act, sinners are performing what God has in mind. We who live and walk in the Spirit can so have the mind of Christ that we can always be acting out what is in the mind of God. The church of God is to execute the design of God. When the church is turning her attention, strengthening her forces, and redoubling her efforts in a certain direction, we know the mind of God is turning that way. Sometimes God’s children all over the world are moved to pray for a certain line of work or a certain cause. This is the mind of God flowing into the minds of His children. Prayer keeps the channel open; it keeps the line of communication continuous so that we can always be in the will of God.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,…” Philippians 2:5 (NKJV)
What was I thinking?
Perhaps you’re like me and have wondered at times how you could have been so absent-minded, wrong-headed, misinformed, or thoughtless. For example, I left the apartment on Sunday morning to go to my car to come to church for a meeting. I was deep in thought about the events of the day, my sermon, people with whom I needed to speak, etc. as I got on my way. The next thing I knew I was halfway to the Zoo train station! With my mind focused on something else, I had absent-mindedly forgotten what I was doing and where I was going. When I came to my senses, I laughed at my mistake and went to find my car.
On a different level…but in the same way…we are absent-minded, wrong-headed, misinformed, or thoughtless about our journey of following Jesus. At worst, we buy into lies and un-truths that have their origins in our selfishness and/or the sins of others and we are blindly going a different direction. We may say we’re following Jesus, but we’re headed the wrong way. We need to come to our senses and renew our minds!
Paul says we need a “mind transplant,” that is, replace our minds…our thoughts…with the mind of Christ…the truths of God. Instead of seeing things according to the lies and untruths of selfishness and sin, we should look at things from the perspective of God’s truth. Our thoughts should conform to the truths of God.
How do we change our patterns of thinking? Below are some suggestions that assume that you will invest the time and effort necessary to cooperate with God’s work in you to transform your thinking. It won’t happen automatically. No, you have to devote yourself to being in God’s presence, getting into the Scriptures, and meditating on its truth. It will require that you surrender yourself to the indwelling Holy Spirit in order to partner with God’s work in your mind.
Review the list below. Reflect on the meaning of each statement. Let the Holy Spirit make it come alive in your mind. Then, by faith, begin to experience the transformation…the sanctification…that God wants to work in your life to make you more like Jesus Christ in your thinking.
- List your thoughts— prayerfully reflect on the thought patterns underlying your feelings and actions
- Identify selfish tendencies of “My Mind”—ask the Spirit to convict you of self-centered thoughts, un-truths, and worldly lies
- Get rid of “My Mind”—pray that Christ will transform your mind by eliminating lies, un-truths, and worldly thoughts from your thinking
- Have the “Mind of Christ”—pray that the Spirit will shift your perspective to that of God’s truth as seen in Jesus Christ and in Scripture
- Take action—follow Christ’s mind rather than your own; experience truth and put into practice God’s truth
May you have the mind of Christ,
The Man in Christ-The Mind of Christ Benny Hinn Ministries 2016-10-07T17:51:43-05:00
As you give more of your life to God, He will give you more of His. This beautiful exchange happens when you draw nearer to God through understanding more about the often mysterious and great Holy Spirit. In this insightful study, discover how to gain these three essential components to a radical Christian faith:
- Spiritual sight
- Spiritual life
- Spiritual union
Join Pastor Benny for 2 Hours of Powerful, In-Depth Study in This New Course!
- Lesson 1: The Man in Christ
- Lesson 2: The Mind of Christ
Progressing towards Christ as your destination means not only having Christ in you, but also being in Christ as well, as is written in John 14:20.
“At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.”
God asks that you be a participant in your own salvation by renewing your mind and being one with him. Begin partnering with Him today and accelerate your spiritual growth through these powerful truths delivered by Pastor Benny Hinn.
Lesson 1: The Man in Christ
Lesson 1: The Man in Christ
Growing in the Lord requires seeing spiritually, living spiritually and becoming one with God. These three qualities cannot be conjured up through confession or hard work, but are instead a gift of God produced by faith.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
In this lesson, discover how through your faith God develops the spiritual traits necessary for a life lived in dedication to Him.
Lesson 2: The Mind of Christ
Lesson 2: The Mind of Christ
Surrendering to the Lord begins in a surprising place: our thoughts. Thoughts become acts that can eventually determine our character and ultimately our destiny. In this powerful study, discover how to take command of your thoughts and renew your mind in Christ.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)