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“…But we have the mind of Christ,” (1Corinthians 2:16 NKJV).
Is not the rebuke from the Lord of greater value than the praise of men? What benefits the soul more — correction or empty praises? Of this, the soul must choose. Some will follow their carnal desires that will have a great impact on their choice, but those who seek the mind of Christ find folly in fleshly things.
Paul puts the concept in such a beautiful way; For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? (1 Corinthians 2:11a NKJV)? Yes, true. His thoughts and intentions are revealed only through his behavior or words spoken through his tongue. Paul continues to explain the mind of Christ is understood through His Spirit. Wow! Isn’t that simply amazing? Now the analysis stands – so what do we learn from this? Following the mind of Christ brings humility, discernment, peace beyond measure, and great testimonies!
This Spirit is given free to those who seek Him. We have the freedom to access it through faith in Christ. This is where the battlefield begins as the carnal mind is overcome by the mind of Christ. The greatest fear of the carnal mind is judgment. It keeps a person from living in the freedom that comes through the Spirit.
The flesh is born with a sense of judgment which grows stronger and deeper as long as it lives in the world. Freedom in the Spirit is seldom understood by fleshly wisdom because freedom is not relatable to chained minds. It leads to confusion for the carnal mind too weak to comprehend the dealings of the Spirit.
Stay connected to the Spirit through the Word and with other believers, for the Lord is always ready to lift you up. “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth,” (Colossians 3:2 NKJV). Striving against the Spirit is produced with a fleshly mind and not with a Spiritual mind. As the Word says – “…The battle is not yours, but God’s,” (2 Chronicles 20:15 NKJV). Amen.
by Deepika Emmanuel Sagar
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India - firstname.lastname@example.org
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