We not only need to know who we are in Christ, but what we have in Him!
All of us have very active minds. We constantly try to analyze things to figure them out. However, when it comes to spiritual things, God doesn’t want us to rely on our own reasoning because He doesn’t see things and do things the way we do. The Prophet Isaiah wrote:
” ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’ ” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV)
When it comes to understanding the will of God for our lives, the best source is found in God’s Word. Still, sometimes there are occasions where we need to know specifically what God wants us to do. In those cases we should ask God what He thinks about the situation!
Thankfully, He has given us the ability to know His thoughts and plans for us. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he might instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16 NKJV)
God has given us the mind of Christ so that we can know what He wants us to do. Isn’t that exciting? If we look at the entire second chapter of 1 Corinthians, we soon realize that the mind of Christ is revealed to us through the Holy Spirit. Jesus explained the role of the Holy Spirit this way:
“He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:14 NKJV)
The Holy Spirit has been sent so that we can know the mind of Christ! He shows us what the Lord thinks about our circumstances. The more sensitive we are to the Holy Spirit, the more we will know the mind of the Lord. This does not happen overnight it is a growing process. We cannot do this by human reasoning, we must learn to discern these things in our spirits.
Many times when we encounter some dilemma or decision that needs an answer, we rely upon our own abilities to figure it out. The problem is that we often choose what is convenient for us, but not necessarily the will of God for our lives. We have to be obedient to the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit because we are here to do the will of the Lord, not just what we want to do. That is a great challenge for all of us!
The Apostle Paul wrote:
“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” (Colossians 1:9 NKJV)
When it comes to the will of God, the Holy Spirit always leads us in line with the God’s Word. However, when we need to know specific details about what God wants us to do in a situation, it is the Holy Spirit who fills us with the knowledge of God’s will. This is why we need to develop a deep, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit!
Paul experienced one of these dilemmas during his second missionary journey:
“Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ ” (Acts 16:6-9 NKJV)
Notice that Paul didn’t preach the Gospel wherever he wanted. He was completely dependent upon the Holy Spirit to reveal the mind of the Lord to him. It wasn’t until he received a vision from the Lord that he knew what to do.
“Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.” (Acts 16:10 NKJV)
It was Paul’s sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that enabled him to discern the mind of the Lord, and know where Jesus wanted him to preach the Gospel. We can do this as well, if we learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and be determined to obey Him instantly. Jesus expressed it this way:
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” (John 6:48 NKJV)
Ultimately, the reason we have the mind of Christ is so that we can think and talk and act just like Jesus, and do the will of God just as He did in His ministry!
You are holy, dear saint!
P.S: Make this your confession every day: I have the mind of Christ! Then be sensitive in your spirit to obeying the mind of Christ in every thing you do. The more you do it, the more you will sense His will for your life.
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]