The only way that we can live this life in Christ is to die. This sounds counter intuitive, but Paul told the church of Philippi, that they must have the same mind that Jesus has. Anyone knows that you can’t have two minds operating at the same time. If we are called to have the same mind as Christ this means that our current mind must shut down.
The thought of trading your ideals and thoughts for Christ’s and losing your identity sounds irresponsible and ignorant if you are looking at it from the wrong perspective. We believe that our natural mind is rational and reasonable enough to make decisions that will benefit our society. We can see through time how humanity has failed in this department. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
We have to understand that our natural tendencies are selfish and deceitful. When we are void of the mind of Jesus Christ and His love, our thoughts are lead with sinful intentions. Jesus came with grace and truth. The truth of the matter is we were born in sin and shaped in iniquity. (Psalm 51:5) The grace He gave us allows us to renew our minds to reflect Him and His love.
Our faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) As we read and study more of God’s Word, we build our faith. Our faith is made stronger in Christ Jesus and we’re assured that God is pleased for without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)
Our faith will become strong enough to stand in the face of opposition. We can say, “Even if things don’t work out the way I want them to, I know that all things are working together for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) We can say, “Even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you Lord are with me.” (Psalm 23:4)
We can say, “Even if…” to all of life’s problems and obstacles as we build our confidence and most importantly our faith is Jesus. Make the choice today to say, “Even if…”
Make today great!
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