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Seek the Mind and Heart of Christ

Jesus came to bring us GRACE, but also to bring us TRUTH. Jesus came to bring us Father's LOVE but also His MIND!

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Suicide as a Counterfeit Gospel.

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Suicide is the counterfeit gospel: Die! Kill yourself and you will be free!

The true Gospel is "Die and you will be free". This refers of course to how we have been crucified and resurrected with Jesus.

Satan's message is similar, but destructive - and must be rejected. Further, know that those thoughts DO NOT COME FROM YOU! I Corinthians 2:16 says we have the mind of Christ".

The mind of Christ does not say 'kill yourself'. Those thoughts are the enemy's, put into your mind to destroy you. 

Sadness is understandable. Jesus was described as a man of sorrows... this is a sad world! It is ok to be sad, but as we look to Christ in the midst of our sadness, we will discover Joy that operates AT THE SAME TIME as our sorrow.  Christians are the only ones in the world who can have tears of sorrow streaming down their cheeks while singing praise with joy at the same time.

When we fix our eyes on our sorrow, we stay focused on the horizontal. Don't do that. Rather, go vertical: fix your eyes on Father, and discover how well He meets you in your sorrow with His peace and joy.

I know this from personal experience.

You are loved,

Frank.

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The Secret Things Belong to God

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There is so much in this world that I do not understand...

So many things I see and experience that I find hard to harmonize with what I know of the true character of God as revealed in His Word. I was musing over this in prayer to Him and this verse popped into my mind; a verse I often use in counseling...

"The secret things belong to God; the things revealed belong to us."

....and then the still small voice that comes in the thought processes of the mind... "I NEVER called you to understand, I called you to trust..."

Yes, sir.

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Heart to Mind

The battleground in the New Covenant economy is the mind.

The battleground in the New Covenant economy is the mind.

It is often said, "I know it in my mind, but I have got to get it to my heart." 

According to that great modern-day theologian Tim Chalas, that is not true. It is the wrong battle and that is why so few people win that battle. The truth is that God has already placed life, joy, peace, righteousness, goodness, love, mercy, etc... IN MY HEART (Cf. Ezek 36, Jer 31). 

The real issue is getting it from my heart to my mind.
The battleground in the New Covenant economy is the mind. 

That is where the enemy seeks to defeat us, by placing thoughts in our minds that are contrary to truth. 

That is why the exhortations of the New Testament are ALWAYS to set the mind, fix the mind, renew the mind... NEVER to fix the heart, or set the heart. 

The key to victorious living in a New Covenant economy is NOT getting truth from our mind to our heart, but getting truth from our heart to our mind. 

Phil. 4 says to think on the things that are good, lovely, true, etc... and the God of peace shall be with you.

The only way to win a battle is to fight the right battle...

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Experience and Express

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It seems to me that there are those that gain the "mind of God" but miss the heart of God. They minister truth, but they do so very often in a harsh and critical spirit and misrepresent the God that they claim to have come to know.

Then, there are those that gain the "heart of God" but miss the mind of God. They minister love, but they do so very often in an overly tolerant spirit that misrepresents the holy, loving God that they claim to have come to know.

We desperately need both the mind and the heart of God, not only to experience the fullness of His holy love but also to express the fullness of His holy love, so that we can more completely represent Who He really is to those who desperately need Him so much. We desperately need to be made whole, which by the way is what the word "saved" - "sozo" = really means.

"sozo" = to return to wholeness.

Wholeness will only fully occur within us as we more completely comprehend fully Who He is to us and who we have become in Him.

Jesus came to bring us GRACE, but also to bring us TRUTH.
Jesus came to bring us His LOVE but also His MIND!

Oh, how we need the Holy Spirit to help us know... REALLY KNOW not only the mind of God but the heart of God, so we can become and minister wholeness through the Person and Work of Jesus!

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Love Keeps No Lists

But what happens when we keep lists?  Those lists minister tremendous emotional power to our lives and they are not healthy emotional powers

But what happens when we keep lists? Those lists minister tremendous emotional power to our lives and they are not healthy emotional powers

I Cor. 13:5 - "Love thinks no evil" KJV

The word is "logizomai" = an accounting term

It would be used in the keeping of a perfect record for financial purposes (very necessary for us in terms of the IRS, but very damaging for a walk with God).

Let's be honest, it hurts when someone hurts us. And we don't want to get hurt again because after all, it hurts!

But what happens when we keep lists? Those lists minister tremendous emotional power to our lives and they are not healthy emotional powers! Hurt! Anger! Fear! Which in turn lead to anxiety and bitterness.

These "emotions" trigger us to build walls around ourselves in order to protect us from others. We say things like, "I will never let anyone get close to me again. I will never give my heart away again!"

Case in point:

Proverbs 18
"It is easier to win a fortified city than it is to win a wounded brother."

Put simply, the walls we build work. They keep people out!

Let's put this verse into history. Alexander the Great decided to conquer a greatly walled city named Tyre and it took 10 years to build it. And what did the Proverb say? It is easier to win the city of Tyre, than it is to win a wounded brother.

THE WALLS WE BUILD TO PROTECT OURSELVES WORK! They keep people out.

The verse has a final phrase though:
"and his contentions are like bars"

Did you see it?

When we build our walls to protect ourselves, our walls, our fortresses that we build to keep people out, morphs into a prison. This prison locks us in, and this beautiful creation that God made, CANNOT GET OUT OF THIS PRISON OF HIS OWN MAKING! Why would we want to do that to ourselves? Why would we want to put ourselves in prison?

Love keeps no lists.

If we keep a list and refuse to forgive, not only are we most likely going to fail in loving the one who hurt us, but we will also fail to be loving ourselves.

Getting Serious About Jesus

... the key to walking out the truth is in   setting the mind  .

... the key to walking out the truth is in setting the mind.

Proverbs 23:7 is perhaps the most transformational verse in the Bible in terms of our living the Christ- Life! It says, “As a man thinks within himself, so shall he be.” In other words, the key to walking out the truth is in setting the mind. That is why all over both the Old and New Testaments we are exhorted to set our mind and be transformed by the renewing of our mind.

Well then, what should our mind be set on? Well, SIN of course! At least that is what far too many in the church think. We have got to stop sinning! Put sin to death! Avoid sin! And I trust you know, that when you say the word “sin” – you have to do so in a high pitched, nasal twang and drag the word out like this, “s-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-n!” It really helps as well, to put a glare on your face with wrinkled up nose like your’re smelling something foul!

Now, I understand the pre-occupation with sin in the Old Testament. Sin is what separated us from God and there was no way to permanently remove it.  So man had to always be aware of their sin and offer sacrifices for them! But with the coming of the New Covenant and Jesus removing our sin from us, taking them away completely and forever, sin is no longer to be the dominating thing we set our mind on. When the writer of Hebrews finished his theological treatise in chapters 1 – 11, how did he begin his application? Did he say, “Therefore, fix your eyes on sin?” NO! A resounding NO! He said to lay aside sin and fix our eyes on the Author and Perfecter of our faith! Our mind is no longer to be set on sin, but on Jesus.

As we fix our eyes on Him and live in dependence upon Him,
let me say it simply, “The Christ-Life in us does not sin!”

Well then, why do we sin? Because we make a choice to live contrary to who we are, and live as independent creatures from God, we in the moment of unbelief choose to sin. If we are really serious about sin, the thing we need to do is become even more serious about Jesus. Remember, He did not just come to be our Lord and our Savior! He came to be our very LIFE! (Col. 3:3-4) Oh the glory of this reality!  He enables us as indwelt men and women to experience and express His own abundant LIFE!