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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Mind of Christ

Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him? But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. 
—1 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT)

         God’s thoughts are higher than anything you might imagine with your natural mind. His ways are also beyond the ability of your logical mind to conceive. However, you received the mind of Christ when you were spiritually born again. Until your natural mind allows the spiritual mind of Christ to have control, peace is elusive. 

         “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?” believers in Corinth asked Paul. “We understand these things,” Paul affirmed, “for we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16, NLT). 

         You have a natural mind, and you also have the mind of Christ. One mind will outweigh the ability of the other in controlling your thoughts. If you respond to what you physically see, hear, and feel, then the spiritual mind of Christ will not grow stronger and impart greater faith to believe in the promises of God. When you choose to believe the Truth of God’s Word, it gradually alters your perception of the natural realm. You think beyond your physical senses. When you act upon a revelation inspired by His Word, your faith strengthens. You have exercised the mind of Christ, and you are renewed in the spirit of your mind by the Holy Spirit. Your natural perception surrenders to God’s perception. You see with His eyes, hear with His ears, and understand His thoughts with your mind.

         Is it impossible to know the Lord’s thoughts? Paul says that it isn’t. Before Jesus opened the way into God’s presence, God’s thoughts were too high for you to grasp. God was distant and unapproachable. But the Grace of Jesus changed everything. The ability to trust God beyond what you see, hear, or feel becomes real when the mind of Christ controls your thoughts. Then Grace is abundant living. It is joy without comparison. Faith believes in what the world cannot acknowledge—the unconditional love of Christ, which loves with reckless abandon.

         And peace? No longer elusive. You have the mind of Christ.

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

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