Bible Ballistics: BBs #145 The Mind of Jesus???
Ephesians 6:17-18, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
How do we serve and speak for the Lord faithfully? We must have the armor of God on—especially this helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit—“which is the Word of God”—the Bible. We must approach the scriptures with the Mind of Christ to receive, understand and recall them to good purpose. Without the mind and heart of Jesus I cannot understand and apply God’s Word appropriately—with grace and salt.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
Only God’s Spirit can reveal His Word to those who are His, because the discernment to understand God’s Word is imparted by His Holy Spirit alone. He also gives me the ability to apply them to my life and everyday living!!! Through Jesus, I can speak right and well.
“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6
And taking this helmet of salvation means that I keep my mind on Jesus. As Paul tells us in Philippians 2:5 & 8,
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:….. 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
The mind of Christ Jesus was humbly obedient–unto death, and I must do the same!!! I must die to ‘me’ and live for, with and through Jesus Christ’s power, wisdom, strength and courage. I can do this only as I follow Paul’s advice in Galatians 2:20:
“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not ,I but Christ liveth in me:, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Give me to HIM!!!
And when we think about the life that Jesus lived, how did He ‘go about’?
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Matthew 9:35
Jesus went about preaching repentance and “the gospel of the Kingdom” of God. And just how did he do that? When we study the gospels, we see that Jesus used scripture—from the beginning of His ministry when He called John to baptize him to “fulfill all righteousness”, to the temptation in the wilderness, where He answered all of His temptations with scripture. Even when people asked questions, He often answered them from the scriptures, either in pointing them to God’s exact Word or the principles from it.
We must learn that it is
God’s Word, which will empower us,
through the working of God’s Holy Spirit,
to walk right,
speak right and
behave in a Holy manner.
There are things that I could do, that I don’t because of my love for Jesus and my longing to have a holy testimony for my Lord Jesus.
There are words I don’t speak because they don’t bring honor to my king.
There are places that I don’t go because I would dishonor the one who lives within me. Why?
Because God saves and calls me to do all for HIM.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
My life filled with His Spirit,
filled with His Word,
ready and empowered by His Spirit,
to be His witness
wherever HE leads me.
Oh precious Lord, may we ever be ready to live and work for you—through you! It’s what YOU have called and equipped us to do.
“But ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me
both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judaea,
and in Samaria,
and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
So??? Here’s our shot for the day.
Are you HIS witness?
HIS empowered witness???
Do others see Jesus in you???
Or something or someone else???
Put on your helmet of salvation,
get into His Word
and HE WILL bring it out.
That’s the problem with most of us—what we’ve been putting in does come out, and it’s not Jesus or HIS Word!!! What about YOU??? What are you putting in?