September 28, 2007
The final characteristic which is identified in (Phil 2:8) as it pertains to the mind of Christ is: He was totally obedient. Jesus was obedient all the way to the cross or until the day He died. And if we are to hear the Lord say “well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord”, we too must be obedient until death or until the rapture, which ever comes first. You see we won’t get to heaven for any less than what Jesus did. If obedience is the price, then we must pay the price as well. Also, we must realize that obedience is the main currency in heaven; in other words, it causes God to move on your behalf. Obedience in God’s eyes must be total; there is no such thing as partial obedience; it’s either all or nothing, and that’s the thing I like about God, He leaves no grey area. In fact, (James 2:10) says whosoever keeps the whole law yet offends in one point, is guilty of all the law”. We have to obey the whole word of God, and it is possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Obedience is so important to God that (Samuel 15:22) says “Behold to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams”. Thus, God would rather have you come to Him in obedience, than to bring your best offering in disobedience. Because an offering made to God in disobedience is unacceptable anyway. Therefore, obey God, because it is the only way you will be proven to be worthy of heaven.
God Bless You.
September 27, 2007
The third attribute we find in (Phil 2:8) as it pertains to the mind of Christ is: He humbled himself. Jesus operated in humility during his time on earth; and I think the first thing I need to do is define humility. Humility is characterized by modesty or meekness in behavior, attitude and spirit. Another word which I think of when I hear humility is meekness, because a believer that’s meek will exhibit humility; and we know the word of God says “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”. Thus, when a believer exhibits true humility, it gets the attention of heaven, because humble Christians are hard to come by. Humility doesn’t come naturally; it comes about supernaturally, when Christians submit to the power of God. Humility is so important to God that (1Pt. 5:6) says “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you in due time”. You see when we bow down our lives totally to the will of God, even as Jesus did, He eventually lifts us up and causes us to be what He desires for us to be. However, the exaltation won’t come until the humility is evident on earth, in hell, and in heaven. You see when true humility is evident, people can tell, demons can tell, and God certainly can tell. Finally, humble Christians are those who are approachable, teachable, gentle, and loving; humble Christians don’t think too highly of themselves, neither do they operate in low self esteem, but they look for balance in their lives.
God Bless You.
September 26, 2007
The second attribute we see in (Phil 2:7) as it pertains to the mind of Christ, is He had a mind to serve. The scripture says “He took upon him the form of a servant”. Jesus didn’t come to be served, He came to serve. In fact, (St. Mark 10:45) says “For even the son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and give his life a ransom for many”. Thus, if we as Christians are to have the mind of Christ, we must become well acquainted with serving; even the word minister means servant or to serve. All who call themselves Christians are servants of God, meaning we are all ministers whether we carry an official church title or not. Many believers associate the term “minister” with pulpit ministry, when that is not always the case. You see God needs somebody to feed the hungry, to visit the sick, to provide food and shelter to the homeless; He needs somebody to clean the bathrooms at the church, somebody to mop the floors…etc; you see that’s ministry as well. Additionally, Jesus gave us probably one of the greatest examples of servant-hood when He washed the disciples feet in (St. John 13:5); and then he told them “If I then, your Lord and master, have washed your feet; ye ought also to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (St. John 13: 14-15). Thus, if Jesus rolled up his sleeves and served, we must be willing to get a little dirty for Jesus sake as well. Somehow today it is assumed that everybody who is called to the ministry, is called to preach (Pulpit ministry), however, God didn’t call us all to preach, but He did call all of us to serve; and if you are not willing to serve, but you are looking to be served, you need to check the motives of your heart; for service is one of the attributes of the mind of Christ.
God Bless You.
September 25, 2007
We can learn a lot about the mindset of Jesus during his life on earth from (Phil 2:5-11). If we are to have the mind of Christ, which we have to obtain if heaven is to be ours, we must understand a few concepts. The Apostle Paul shares with us vital steps in order to have this mind of Christ. The first step I would like to share today is He made himself of no reputation: Though he was with the Father from the beginning, though he was God incarnate; Jesus hid his heavenly fame in an earthly frame and submitted his whole life to the will of the Father. Jesus didn’t spend a whole lot of time talking about himself and what he wanted; he spent his time talking about what the Father wanted. In the Gospel we constantly read where Jesus said “He didn’t come to do his will, but the will of the Father that sent Him”. What we learn is in order to make yourself of no reputation, the ministry can’t be about you, but it must be about the one that sent you. To all the believers’ out there, it was Jesus Christ sacrifice which saved you and it was He which called you and said “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature”. Therefore, you too must make yourself of no reputation and operate in the ministry which is above you; which is the ministry of Jesus Christ by the leading of the Holy Spirit. If you are saved, your life, your ministry can no longer be about you. You must let go of the life you have known and allow the Holy Spirit to re-shape your life, even your thought process. Finally, to make yourself of no reputation means you must decrease so the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to increase in your life. Because as long as you are in charge of your life there can never be increase, and as Christians we need increase.
God Bless You.
September 24, 2007
(Isa 26:3) says “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee”.
Your level of peace is determined by where your mind is. You see as Christians, we must understand whatever captures the mind captures the man. Show me a man/woman which sets their mind on things above, and not on things of the earth, and I will show you a man operating in peace. Conversely, show me a man/woman which spends their time thinking about earthly things, and I will show you a man which lacks the peace of God. This is the reason God spends so much time talking about our thought life in the scriptures, because He knows “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he” (Prov. 23:7). A mans’ mind is central to whether or not he will serve God with his whole heart, or whether he will serve God at all. A man is often no more than what he thinks he is; and as believers we have to bring our mind under subjection to the Holy Spirit, because we want to be what God said we could be in His word and it all starts in our head. Therefore, if we are to keep our mind on the Lord for any length of time in our daily pursuit of life, we are going to have to read it out (the word of God), write it down (the word of God), pray it in (the word of God) and work it out (the word of God must be applied to our lives daily). Thus, it’s not easy to operate in perfect peace in this life; however, it is possible because the word of God says so. We must consistently, insistently and persistently find time to meet with God daily in order to maintain the perfect peace which God speaks of.
God Bless You.
September 21, 2007
In the world in which we live in today, man (which includes woman as well) seems to think they know what’s right for their lives. They seem to think they have the majority, if not all of their lives figured out; some how the thought is “I know what’s best for my life”. However, God is not impressed with our autonomy (independence) God understands without Him you are headed down a dangerous path. He knows you were not created to govern yourself, because He told King Solomon in (Prov. 14:12-16:25) “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”. Thus, without the Lord Jesus Christ leading our lives (for real) we could possibly believe we are headed in the right direction, when in fact, we are headed in the wrong direction. All of us have made this statement at one point and time in our lives “if I had the opportunity to do it all over again, I would have done it differently”; that’s because when we had the opportunity to do it right the first time, we didn’t or ask God what He thought about it; we didn’t count up the cost of what we were really trying to do, thus, we wasted years of our life trying to accomplish something that God was never in agreement with, and this is happened since you’ve been saved. In essence, man needs to see his life from God’s perspective. Listen, I don’t speak to you has one who has arrived, because I have tried to operate in a way which seems right (outside of the will God) only to find out later on that I was just wrong. Therefore, I have decided to follow the God who knows my down-sitting and my up-rising; the God who knows my thoughts before I think them; the God who knows the words that will come out of my mouth before I speak them; the God who is acquainted with all my ways. Finally, the God who created me and told me I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
God Bless You.
September 20, 2007
As a youth growing up, when I would get a little loud with momma, or say something I had no business saying, momma would say “watch your mouth, because your mouth is going to write a check which your behind can’t cash”. As an adult (especially a Christian) that statement has never been truer. Christians need to watch their mouth! There is so much power that comes from the mouth of the believer, before we open our mouths we need to think about what we are going to say first. Because the word of God has told us that there is destiny in our words, life and death is our words. (James 3:8) says “But the tongue no man can tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison”. Thus, you need the Holy Spirit to control what comes out of your mouth; you can’t do it under your own power. King Solomon tried to warn us about this mouth when he said “A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare to his soul” (Prov.18:7). Thus, your words will play a major part in whether or not you go to heaven or hell. Listen, we must understand that every-time we speak, our words are being used by either the Kingdom of Light, or the Kingdom of Darkness; there is nothing that comes out of your mouth that’s not being heard in the spirit realm as a believer. Therefore, watch your mouth, because the words you speak will speak for you or against you on some level at some time.
God Bless You.