War in the Mind/Walking in the Spirit:
Subject: “Set your Mind on the things of the Spirit”
Scripture Reading: (Philippians 2:5)
a). Don’t Give Up:
Whether you’ve already seen incredible breakthrough in your thought-life, or you still have a long way to go, don’t give up! Because no matter how bad things may seem, it is possible to regain the territory the enemy has taken from you. If necessary, regain it one inch at a time, always leaning on God’s grace and not your own ability to get the desired results.
You’re Going Through
And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. (Galatians 6:9)
Whatever you may be facing or experiencing in your life, I am encouraging you to go through it and not give up! What to Do If You’re Tired of Toughing It Out?
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b). Thinking is great, Doing is better:
Let’s be honest, sometimes what God is showing us to do doesn’t always make sense. We must learn to trust God even when things don’t make sense to us. We must remember that God sees the big picture and He has our best interest in mind. So, as you face this battle in your mind, start walking out what you find in Scripture. Before long, you’ll start to see things change in your mind and your life.
But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. (James 1:22).
I have found out that God wants me to obey Him, whether I feel like it, want to, or think it is a good idea.
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c). Don’t Choose Doubt:
Doubt isn’t something God puts in us. The Bible says that God gives every man a “measure of faith” (Romans 12:3 KJV) God has placed faith in our heart, but the devil tries to negate our faith by attacking us with doubt. We can choose to have faith and trust that God will do what He said He will do, instead of believing the lies of doubt. What will you choose?
Faith isn’t always getting what you want:
In the early dawn the next morning, as He was coming back to the city, He was hungry. And as He saw one single leafy fig tree above the roadside, He went to it but He found nothing but leaves on it [seeing
that in the fig tree the fruit appears at the same time as the leaves]. And He said to it, never again shall fruit grow on you! And the fig tree withered up at once. When the disciples saw it, they marveled greatly and asked, how is it that the fig tree has withered away all at once? And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying on trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done. And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive. (Matthew 21:18-22).
Since you can choose your own thoughts, when doubt comes, you should learn to recognize it for what it is, say “No, thank you” and keep on believing!
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Let’s Walk in the Spirit:
Setting our minds:
In addition to having faith in and acting on the truth of the Word, we must take a stand with the Holy Spirit against the use of our old or fleshly minds. The Word tells us that the Holy Spirit is zealous to resist our old nature. “For the flesh sets its desire against [strongly opposes] the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh…so that [the
old] you may not do the things that you please” (Gal. 5:17). If we stand with the Holy Spirit, He will render inoperable the “old,” thereby allowing the “new”—the mind of Christ—to rush in and fill the void. But we must agree to having the “old” confined by the Holy Spirit, as a prisoner is on death row—without reprieve. We are to learn to “take every thought captive and make it obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5, Good News Bible). By this means, all our words and acts will witness to His character.
We need to realize that living above in Christ is the normal Christian life—the only life we have at this stage. Anything else is subnormal and unreal.
It is not a goal that only the most aspire to. It is the gift of God to all believers who will seek it. It is simply to abide where we have been placed in Christ.
Often, we have been so conditioned by our former life that we think if we “set our minds on things above,” we will be evading earthly responsibilities—something akin to “sticking our heads in the sand.” Nothing is further from the truth.
Living above in Christ while we still walk and work on earth is “the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14, NASB). The foundation of this highest calling for every believer is to “keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1).
The ability to set one’s mind on things above comes from a heart that “is fixed,” or steadfast, on God, as David’s was. “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise” (Psalm 57:7, KJV). David also said, “I have set the Lord always before me” (Ps. 16:8). The word “set” means to put someone in a particular place. To set the mind means to cause it to pass into a given state or condition and remain there.
Having the mind of Christ:
How can we know if our minds are “set”? Here are some of the signs that the mind of Christ is operating in our lives:
Singing to God. A joyful heart prompts the mind to sing or make melodies to God whenever the mind is not required to speak to others or concentrate on some tasks. During much of every day we are doing routine things that leave our minds and voices (when we are alone) free to sing thanks and praise for all things. We begin to speak less to people and sing more to God.
Pulling away from the world, the world system that exalts the human loses its attraction, and we let the passing panorama of Earth go its way.
Simplicity, life on earth becomes simpler and our needs fewer.
Love, love, and peace are in us not only for all the saints but also for lost humanity because we see the lost as potential saints in Christ.
Change in focus. There is less needed to call attention to ourselves or claim any good as our own. There is less prayer for self, and there are more petitions for Christ to be exalted in everything.
Cessation of striving, there is a lack of striving, worry, or haste because we are doing all in God’s presence and for His sake.
Avoidance of sin, sin becomes more and more unthinkable and painful. There is a holy fear of dishonoring or profaning God’s character (name).
Quiet spirit, a gentle quietness is in our spirits as we rest continually in Christ. Acknowledging God, we place less emphasis on how much we are doing and more emphasis on who is doing it–acknowledging God in all things. The unseen becomes more real than the seen.
Abandonment, we entrust the whole of our earthly existence into God’s hands so that Christ is glorified through us. Focus on God. Some of our deepest pain comes from realizing at day’s end how much time went by during the day when we were not thinking of, praising, or thanking God.
Our new lives in Christ bring with them a whole new way of living. Much of what we learned in our “old” lives becomes obsolete as we take our positions in heavenly places and begin to operate with the mind of Christ.
Wise Thoughts: Philippians 4:8; Proverbs 12:5; Psalm 48:9; Romans 12:3; Psalm 119:59
Spiritual Mind: Romans 8:6; I Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5
What led us the wrong way?
Evil Thoughts: Psalm 94:11, 15:26, 24:9; Isaiah 66:18; Jeremiah 4:14; Matthew 9:4, 15:19.
Evil Heart brings evil characteristics such as stubbornness (Ecclesiastes 8:11), Madness (Ecclesiastes 9:4), Depravity (Jeremiah 17:9), Source of unbelief and covetousness (Hebrews 3:12; 2 Peter 2:14). The fountainhead of all evil (Mark 7:21-23). Extortion and excess, (Matthew 23:25).
Romans 8:5-9, Matthew 4:1-11; 21:18-22, 2 Corinthian 4:3-4, Philippians 4:19, Hebrews 9:27, James 1:22, Galatians 6:9.
Week # 2 Questions:
1). When you give up, what are you doing?
2). Read (Galatians 6:9).
3). What to do if you’re tired of toughing it out?
4). What should we remember when we are going through?
5). If God doesn’t give us doubt, where do it comes from?
6). Read (Matthew 21:18-22).
7). Explain (Galatians 5:17) within your knowledge.
8). Explain (II Corinthians 10:5) within your knowledge.
9). What is the goal of the calling of God in Christ Jesus?
10). What do the statement “my heart is fixed,” means?
11). Read (Psalm 57:7).
12). How can we know if our minds are set? Explain.
13). Read Philippians 4:8; Proverbs 12:5; Psalm 48:9; Romans 12:3; Psalm 119:59
14). Read Romans 8:6; I Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5
15). Read Psalm 94:11, 15:26, 24:9; Isaiah 66:18; Jeremiah 4:14; Matthew 9:4, 15:19.
16). Read this week devotion for more information on Satan strategy.
Weekly Reading: WEEK # 2 Romans 4-6 Monday-Wednesday-Friday