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 Christ's mind to have more control, understanding spiritual Truth is difficult, and 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 Christ's spiritual mind will not grow stronger and impart greater faith to believe in God's promises. 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 with His mind.
Paul says that it is possible to understand the Lord’s thoughts. Before Jesus opened the way into God's presence, God's thoughts were too high for you to grasp. But the Grace of Jesus changed everything. The ability to trust God beyond what your natural mind sees, hears, or feels becomes real when the mind of Christ controls your thoughts. Your understanding of spiritual Truth in the Word abounds. Grace gives you abundant life and joy without comparison.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” Paul writes (Philippians 2:5, NKJV). Allow the mind of Christ to transform you. He humbly rendered forgiveness and new life at the cost of His own life. Trust in what the world cannot acknowledge—Christ's unconditional love, which carried sin to the Cross and loves with reckless abandon. Peace is then no longer elusive. You will have the mind of Christ.
©2020 Lynn Lacher