Bible Study Notes:
Weapons: # 15
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Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! We're studying spiritual warfare! TONIGHT: The mind of Christ part 4.
I know what you mean Jill, the enemy has been on my back BIG time - just blew a THIRD hard drive on my computer. But in Jesus we ARE victorious and I REFUSE to accept defeat in Jesus Name!!!
KA-POW!!! One more holy bomb explodes in satan's face!
Father we just rejoice in your love tonight. No matter what our circumstances or feelings may say, We believe what the Word says about us! And by your grace we will stand firm no matter what storms rage around us! Father thank you for bringing me relief from a migraine so we could meet over your Word tonight.
We come against satan and all his plots and plans against this study and demolish them in Jesus Name. devil we take authority over you and bind you and rebuke you and cast you out of this holy place. By the blood of Jesus, satan you are defeated. We claim victory in all areas of our live in the blessed mighty Name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Holy Spirit we open our hearts to the Word tonight, plant much seed that will grow victory in our hearts and lives. As we study the mind of Christ, we desire to allow that mind to also be in us, that we might be fruitful workers in your kingdom. Holy Spirit help us focus on the Word and bring insight and understanding we pray in Jesus Name! AMEN
OlePappy - Father, thank You for this time of study in Your beautiful Word tonight. Thank You for those gathered here tonight. Lord, Bless each and everyone and their families. Lord give us the wisdom to use the knowledge You give us tonight in our walk with You. Thank You Lord in the name of Jesus. AMEN
Jill - Anyone ever feel God forgot about you?
Lena - Jill- yes sometimes.
Jill we walk by FAITH not by sight, in times when we don't FEEL God's presence, that's when faith kicks in and says: The Word says that God is always thinking of me, He knows the number of hairs on my head. I WILL NOT be dismayed or discouraged in Jesus Name!
For several weeks, we've been looking at the mind of Christ as a spiritual weapon. First of all we discussed the place of suffering in the Christian life. Our attitude to suffering makes us realize that it is necessary to perfect or mature our faith, and sooner or later in the Christian life we will face some suffering.
We learned that suffering is not a sign of failure or lack of God's love, but a GIFT given to help us grow. We also found that suffering is an outcome of the Christian life because we have an enemy who seeks to use suffering to destroy us.
And we looked at the life of Christ, who is our example, and saw that He actually learned obedience through the things He suffered.
Another attribute of suffering is that it cleanses us from sin teaching us the consequences of following our lusts - and no longer live for them, but seek to live for the will of God.
Then we began to talk about ARMING ourselves with Weapon #15 The Mind of Christ: 1 Peter 4:1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, ARM YOURSELVES ALSO WITH THE SAME ATTITUDE, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.
Lena, well I'd rejoice! LOL We don't have to SEEK suffering, Lena, it comes of itself. But when we DO suffer, we need to ask God what lessons should we learn from it.
If we arm ourselves with the attitude, mind, understanding, manner of thinking and feeling that Jesus had, we will be victorious over the enemy of our souls. If we are ARMED to expect suffering, we will receive it with rejoicing, knowing all of the good character traits that it is developing in us.
Besides suffering, there are several other components that the Holy Spirit has testified as being part of the mind of Christ. They are humility, sacrificial love, acceptance, submission to the Father's will, unlimited intellect, and power, dominion over sin and authority over the devil. We'll look at each one in depth.
We spent nearly 2 sessions discussing humility. Humility is part of having the mind or attitude of Christ: Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
We learned that the opposite of humility is selfish ambition or vain conceit. A person who is walking in selfish ambition will do whatever it takes to get to the top, no matter who he/she has to step on and hurt.
A person filled with vain conceit wants the praise and honor and glory whether they deserve it or earn it or not. They want the "high place" and are never willing to take a place lower than they esteem themselves worthy of.
Ah Lena, I've been searching for God and with God and through God for 40 years and am not perfect yet! Be obedient to what you know to do and be patient as Jesus transforms you into His image.
Humility means to have a humble opinion of one's self, a deep sense of one's (moral) littleness, modesty, humility, and lowliness of mind. It doesn't mean to think NOTHING of yourselves, as if you are a lowly worm or piece of dirt.
God considers us worthy of His grace, time and attention. and has given us all the measure of faith. But don't think of yourselves MORE HIGHLY than you ought to. Be sober in your judgements of who you are in God's kingdom.
We discussed the fact the God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. Humility begins with a decision, "God I WILL submit to you". As you will yourself to submit to God, and to the godly leadership He has placed you under, you will develop that humble, submissive spirit that is of great worth in God's sight. However, if you are proud and rebellious, God will OPPOSE all you do. What a frightening thought!
Jesus was humble and not only did He not think of Himself more highly than He ought, He deliberately took a lower position in order to bring us salvation. He did not grasp at equality with God - he "made himself nothing" and took on the form of a servant to bring us salvation.
And this is the same attitude we should ARM ourselves with. We should be willing servants of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, willing to associate with those of "low repute", willing to "roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty" if necessary, and willing to give up our pride and self-respect to win someone to Christ.
Humility is used as a defense weapon and protects us from such things as rebellion, pride, and envy, and also from inferiority, weakness, and self-hate. To know WHO you are in Jesus and to abide there brings GREAT peace to your heart!
Being humble before God is a source of great spiritual power in offensive warfare. As we yield to God in obedience, and draw closer to Him, we are increasingly empowered against the wiles and stratagems of the enemy.
It also strengthens our bond with each other and presents a unified front towards the enemy. We can begin to advance and take back the territory in our lives and families that the enemy has stolen!
Now the information about suffering and humility that we've covered may not seem too exciting to you, but the devil has fought these studies like never before. I sense a real victory ahead!!!! GET READY FOR GLORY!!!
Then we spoke about another attitude that Jesus had: sacrificial love. He manifested His love for us by dying on the cross for our sins, and when we show love we demonstrate that we are children of God.
This sacrificial love is a defense against many things: offenses, bitterness and hatred. It is also an offensive spiritual weapon. As this love extends itself out to the lost, it re-captures them from the dominion of darkness, and opens them up to be able to receive God's love and forgiveness.
Now we are up to date with our review and will look at another part of the Mind of Christ. Along with an attitude of obedience in suffering, humility and sacrificial love, the Lord Jesus Christ has an attitude of acceptance. The GOOD news about the gospel is that it is INCLUSIVE rather than exclusive. That is, Jesus is seeking the lost, seeking to INCLUDE everyone possible, Jesus is NOT looking for excuses to kick people OUT of the kingdom of God.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that WHOEVER believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
So who can receive eternal life?
AMEN! Everyone that believes, whoever chooses to believe. Lena, that's a good question - and the answer is the kind of love - agape - that is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This love transforms us into loving neighbors.
A little of both, I think DL! The Holy Spirit pours the love forth in our hearts and as we willingly walk in that love, the move love we can contain and also share.
hopin, good question. The devil believes that Jesus exists, BUT he doesn't believe IN Him, hasn't repented of his sin, and doesn't obey Jesus.
Yes, hopin, believing IN Jesus is more than just mental agreement that He exists. It is repenting, turning from your old life of sin, and turning towards Jesus and living your life FOR Him. The devil doesn't do that!
John 3:17-18For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. WHOEVER believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
WHOEVER believes IN HIM is NOT condemned - WHOEVER is saved. One lesson the church needs to learn today is acceptance. Jesus said that WHOEVER will may come to Him for salvation. WHOEVER includes people that you and I may not like, may find offensive, may disagree with, and may wish lived on another planet.
NOW HOPIN!!! I didn't say you COULD! LOL But we need to put away these bogus attitudes, and see beyond the surface to the men and women for whom Christ died. Since He invites and accepts WHOEVER will, we must be prepared to accept WHOEVER, whether we like them or not. So another aspect of the mind of Christ is ACCEPTANCE.
Lena that's a toughie! Maybe it's a good opening to tell them what the Lord means to you and why it pains you to hear His holy name used as a cuss word.
Ephesians 1:5-6 (KJV) Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praiseof the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
We are ACCEPTED in the beloved! What makes us acceptable and accepted in the beloved company of the saints? God does, by regeneration of our human spirits and adoption in His family. Now if God has adopted your brother and sister, and if they are believers in Christ He has, who are you to reject them?
You're accepted, I'm accepted, WHOEVER believes IN JESUS is accepted in the beloved family of God.
Well hopin, sometimes that's not easy! But often God uses the things we dislike in others to polish us. Like gemstones in the rough, we need quite a lot of polishing to really shine!
Romans 14:1 ACCEPT him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.
Paul said to ACCEPT your brother or sister, even if their faith is weak, and not to pass judgment upon their opinions in matters of dispute. Paul specifically talks about eating meat or worshipping on a certain day in this chapter, but the point of it all is ACCEPTANCE of your fellow believers.
Philippians 4:2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord.
Now Paul doesn't reveal what these two women were squabbling about. It apparently wasn't a concrete point of doctrine, or Paul would have pointed out which doctrine was correct. Whatever the argument was, 2,000 years later, their "claim to fame" was that they were fussing and fighting with each other! I certainly wouldn't want to be remembered for THAT, would you?
At any rate, Paul not only pleads or begs them to make up, but to come into agreement with each other IN THE LORD. We often use differences of opinion as an excuse for not accepting one another. But this masks the fact that our disagreements and nonacceptance of one another is displeasing to the Lord and contrary to the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be NO divisions among you and that you may be PERFECTLY UNITED IN MIND AND THOUGHT.
Paul's appeal to the Corinthians was to be in agreement, and without division, so that they could be perfectly united in mind and thought. There's nothing that scares the devil more than our unity! Jesus said that a house divided against itself CANNOT stand. We MUST seek unity and agreement with one another or the devil CAN and WILL devour us!
Yes hopin, a miracle I'm praying for and working towards! Praise the Lord. I believe that we CAN agree over the Word and in the Spirit!
Amen redeemed! gman if you read the New Testament, you'll see they had a hard time with it too!
As part arming ourselves with the mind of Christ, acceptance of one another is a powerful weapon against the enemy who delights in and labors for DIVISION. I think that one problem is that we are trying to perfect doctrine BEFORE accepting one another in love. WHOEVER believes IN JESUS is our brother and sister, and we need to remember that Christ died as much for him or her as He did for us.
gman I think it's a very good starting point! Praise the Lord. So I can truly and deeply from the heart say I love you all even if we may not at times agree on doctrine!
Amen redeemed. Far too often our "discussions" become battles where we take sides and beat each other on the head with the Word of God! Beloved, this should not be!
Amen gman! to love Jesus AND one another!
Redeemed, true, but remember that our teacher is the Holy Spirit, and when we argue to try to teach, it doesn't work!
Father we ask you to bring a spirit of agreement and unity upon all of your children, that you heal the divisions and the contentions, that we become perfectly united in mind and thought, taking on the attitude of acceptance that Jesus has, in the Name of Your Son and by His blood. AMEN
Along with an attitude of obedience in suffering, humility, sacrificial love, and acceptance, the Lord Jesus Christ is committed to following the Father's will.
Matthew 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done."
We are all familiar with the agonizing prayer that Jesus prayed in Gethsemane as He faced the torture of death by crucifixion and the bearing away of our sins. Another attitude that Jesus had that we should have is complete submission to the Father's will.
Part of the prayer that the Lord taught us to pray in Matthew 6:10 says "your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." God doesn't have any problem with His will being done in heaven, it's earth that gives Him so much grief!
This is difficult for men and women any time, but particularly today with our culture of greed, ambition, and self-promotion. But Jesus did not for a second do His own will - He came to earth to do God's will and win our salvation.
Can you imagine what might have become of the plan of salvation if Jesus had not fully followed the Father's will?
Instead of reserving our ministry and calling for when we get old, or after we have accomplished our worldly goals, we should seek God's kingdom first and then God will add to us all we need and a lot that we don't really need, but that are the desires of our heart.
Jesus said inMatthew 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."
Not only is doing the Father's will a part of putting on the mind of Christ, but it is necessary for entrance in the kingdom of heaven. We won't get there by just a surface religion, we must seek and do God's will from the heart.
Dear Father, sometimes we mistake our opinions and ambitions for your will. Sometimes we let our pride get in the way. Father help us to seek to know and do your will in our lives. Help us to be willing to sacrifice if need be to win the lost for you. In Jesus Name AMEN
So we've looked at Jesus' attitudes of obedience in suffering, humility, sacrificial love, acceptance, and a commitment to the Father's will. Also, the Lord Jesus Christ has unlimited intellect, and we have access to this Mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus had unlimited intellect on this earth because He had access to the Father by the Holy Spirit. By the time He was 12, He was teaching the elders in the Temple. By the time He was 30, His teachings turned the world upside-down and it has never been the same since!!! Through the Holy Spirit, our finite minds have a contact with the infinite, all knowing mind of God and we can receive wisdom and knowledge far beyond our normal abilities.
I Corinthians 1:6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
The wisdom of God that Paul was talking about here is far above and beyond the wisdom of the world. It is given to us as we mature and grow in the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The world thinks that it is pretty smart doesn't it? And that the wisdom of the present time is far superior to all other ages. We do have a greater accumulation of facts than ever before, but are we truly wiser? Our crime rate is soaring, immorality is raging and people in general are more unhappy than ever before.
And who are the rulers of THIS age? Not only the governmental leaders, but the spiritual powers behind them. We can tell where those powers come from by the corruption and injustice they produce.
I Corinthians 1:7 No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
BEFORE TIME BEGAN, what a long time ago! God created the wisdom he has freely given us and kept it in secret, reserving it for us until now!
AMEN hopin! You got it sis!!!! We are told in another scripture that God has given us EVERYTHING that pertains to life and godliness. EVERYTHING we need to live a victorious life!
hopin, this is wisdom available to us here and now! In Heaven, we will "know even as we are known"! It's on THIS planet that we need God's wisdom to be victorious.
I Corinthians 1:8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Now if the rulers of this age had understood God's wisdom - his plans and purposes, they would have never crucified Jesus! But they didn't seek God and HIS wisdom, they tried to figure it all out with their own little peaked heads!
I highly recommend the book of Proverbs for everyday kinda living wisdom! If I had read and put it into practice, I would have made a WHOLE LOT LESS mistakes and caused myself a whole lot less grief!
LOL @ hopin, guess I'm quite a character, huh?
I Corinthians 1:9-10 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"-- BUT GOD HAS REVEALED IT TO US BY HIS SPIRIT. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
The concept of "revelation knowledge" is hard for us to grasp at first - that some things are only known by being revealed to us by God. Notice that this verse states this wisdom cannot be obtained through the senses - what we see or what we hear. This is quite a stumbling block to those who are sense oriented.
Like Thomas, they will believe if they SEE it first! Also note that it is something that you cannot obtain by merely thinking. This is a real stumbling block to the intellectual. They try to figure it all out logically - and get really "hung up" because you can't completely understand God with your mind alone.
BUT GOD HAS REVEALED IT TO US BY HIS SPIRIT. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. Revelation knowledge comes to our spirits by the Holy Spirit after we are born again.
Until we are born again, we are spiritually dead. That is, the part of us that can know and communicate with God is deactivated, dead, unresponsive, deceased, etc. because of sin. We can't know God, talk to God, or understand God when our spiritual "knower" doesn't work!
NOT LIKE A PSYCHIC! at all. Sometimes God does give us knowledge of the future, but normally it is the ability to know and understand God in the here and now.
Psychics depend on the elemental or demonic spirits of the universe to obtain knowledge (that is, those that are not outright frauds). But revelation knowledge comes to us directly from God through the Holy Spirit.
No hopin we can't. And neither can psychics -- the best they can do is get knowledge from demons. The dead don't talk TO US, no matter what movies you might have seen.
hopin, we have three parts: body, soul (mind, will and emotions) and spirit. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were completely alive in all three parts UNTIL they sinned. Then they died spiritually first, later died mentally and physically.
So we all inherit that sin nature, or spiritual death from Adam until we are born again, when our spirits are reborn and can commune with God our Father.
Yes Adam and Eve died spiritually FIRST, and we all inherited that spiritual death because we are all their children.
Exactly hopin, then we are born from above, reborn, saved, become a new creation - a lot of different terms, but basically become spiritually ALIVE!
I Corinthians 1:11-12 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
Now the Holy Spirit knows God's thoughts, and searches them for the answers we need. Just like my spirit knows my thoughts, and when you ask a question, my spirit does a search for the answer.
If I don't have it in the ol' cranium, my spirit cries out to Abba Father for the answer, and the Holy Spirit searches for the answer and drops it into my spirit.
Right OP! And sometimes the Holy Spirit will drop an answer into my spirit in an instant that literally takes me hours to get down on paper! Greatly increasing our intellect and understanding!
hopin, you test what you hear by the Word. The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Word, and He doesn't contradict Himself! God WANTS us to understand! He wants us to cry out for knowledge and wisdom! He WANTS us to search the Word and ask questions and understand!
I Corinthians 1:13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
So we have the mind of Christ - we have access to His intellect through the Holy Spirit when we are born again - and it's called revelation knowledge, it comes by the Spirit, not by our senses or minds.
We should strive to have the same attitudes that Jesus had towards suffering, humility, sacrificial love, acceptance, and obedience to the Father's will. We should also rely on the MIND of Christ that is available to us by the Holy Spirit, as we follow Jesus and obey Him.
Good point joyfulami! That is part of it also! Taking our false traditions and unwise thoughts under control of the Spirit!
So tapping into the mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit would be a defensive weapon because it would protect us against false doctrine and lying spirits. It would be an offensive weapon, as we "download" strategies and knowledge used to defeat the devil.
The limits are off! Through the Spirit, you can search the mind of Christ for WHATEVER you need! What an awesome gift!
HB, the mind is the battlefield, and satan tries to erect strongholds against the knowledge of Christ through false traditions, unwise thoughts, immoral fantasies, etc. But by the Spirit we take offense against these strongholds and demolish them, bringing every thought to the captivity of Christ1
II Corinthians 10:4-5 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. ON the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient toChrist.
HB, ANY thought that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, including lustful thoughts, as well as false doctrines, arguments, anything that rebels against or resists God.
One thing that Paul often discussed was legalism - teaching that you have to follow the law to be saved. Paul also talked about false religions that involved worship of angels and abuse of the body.
OK, we've been talking about spiritual weapon #15, the mind of Christ for several weeks. We've discussed suffering, humility, acceptance, obedience to God's will, and revelation knowledge. Next time we'll talk about Jesus authority over the devil and sin, and how that applies to us. Now there may be more aspects to the mind of Christ that we haven't covered, but if we will try to obey what the Holy Spirit has revealed, we will increase our ability to defeat the enemy in our every day life.
OlePappy - Father, Thank You for the blessing of Your Holy Word. Lord abide with us in the coming week as we strive to fulfill Your will. Thank You for Our Salvation in the name of Jesus. AMEN
Father thank you for the knowledge and wisdom you have given us. Help us to put it into practice in our every day lives. AMEN
Remember, whenever God gives us a revelation, the devil tries to steal it from us. Guard your hearts and meditate on what you've learned! And put it into practice.
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