He has put His thoughts in my mind and in my heart He has established them.God has put His thoughts in my mind, and in my heart He has established them. The prophets of old spoke of the day that a New Covenant would come, a day when men would be turned back to know God and would serve Him with all of their hearts. In that day, God would make men His own dwelling place and give them a new heart and a new spirit. That day has come! God has put His thoughts in our minds, and in our hearts He has established them...Download Now
He has put His thoughts in my mind and in my heart He has established them.
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He has put His thoughts in my mind and in my heart He has established them.
By Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
God has put His thoughts in my mind, and in my heart He has established them. The prophets of old spoke of the day that a New Covenant would come, a day when men would be turned back to know God and would serve Him with all of their hearts. In that day, God would make men His own dwelling place and give them a new heart and a new spirit. That day has come! God has put His thoughts in our minds, and in our hearts He has established them. God's word expresses His thoughts. His thoughts come from the nature of His heart. Through this New Covenant, He has put the laws of His nature in our minds and He has written them upon our hearts (Hebrews 8:10; 10:16). They are not written on tables of stone, as in the First Covenant, but on fleshly tables of the heart - this is the New Covenant purchased by the blood of Jesus! (2 Corinthians 3:3).
Who can be so bold as to say they have the mind of God? Who can proclaim that they know the thoughts of God, and are submitted to them? Are not these things concerning the knowledge of God far from us and completely out of reach? For the scripture says, "Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! Who has known the mind of the Lord?" (Romans 11:33-34). Yet we can confidently say that those who have been born of the Spirit have been given this mind of Christ, and have been renewed in the knowledge of the Lord (1 Corinthians 2:16)! We have put on the new man, which is RENEWED in KNOWLEDGE according to the image of Him that created him" (Colossians 3:10). Now, in Christ Jesus we can boldly say that we have "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:2-3). These treasures of the knowledge of God are all hid in Christ Jesus, and only those who have Christ dwelling in them have this knowledge. Flesh and blood cannot boast of this knowledge. This knowledge is not found within our intellect, or in the realm of our own reasoning. These thoughts are not our thoughts, they are the thoughts of God; ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' says the Lord. 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts' (Isaiah 55:8-9). Through the New Covenant, God has put His Holy Spirit in us; we have been joined unto the Lord and made one with Him, and through the Spirit, we now have the knowledge of the Lord. We have been given an understanding heart that we might know Him! And now, if we will put on the Lord Jesus Christ, those things that are in the heart of God will flow out of us like rivers by the Holy Ghost (Galatians 3:27; Romans 13:14)!
Through the free gift of salvation, we have been given all the unsearchable depths of God. All those things in God which man could never discover or ever attain to are now ours by the Holy Spirit. As it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them who love Him. But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10-11). The Holy Spirit has come with the assignment of the Father to take everything that belongs to the Lord Jesus and our heavenly Father, and reveal them unto us (John 16:13-15). Many will say that this cannot be. They will look to the arm of flesh and say "impossible!" They will strain and wrestle to achieve these things, but they will remain out of reach until on bended knee we accept what God has given. Then, in obedience to the word, we confess those things that God has spoken, and faith arises and makes the impossible possible. This knowledge that is too wonderful for us arises and says within our hearts: "Christ is in me!" In this communion of faith with the Most High God, we discover the unsearchable riches of Christ!
Even as the heavens are higher than the earth, the knowledge of God far surpasses man. Men can give themselves to study and develop their faculties to the highest level of academic achievement, but they will not begin to even touch the realm of God’s knowledge. Even the foolishness of God is greater than the wisdom of men, but there is a realm of the Spirit that has been given and if we will yield ourselves like little children, then we will be taught of God. If we will forsake the realm of self-reliance and no longer lean to our own understanding in an attempt to find our own answers, then we can walk in the mind of the God. We have been trained to logically and rationally figure out and solve the problems set before us, but this is not the way of God. We must forsake our way and our thoughts if we are going to be found in Him having His ways and His thoughts. We must learn to yield and be led by the Spirit of the Lord, not our own self-will. If we are going to walk in the things of the Spirit, then we cannot be guided by things that are logical and rational. If we are going to walk in the Spirit, then we must be led by the Spirit. The Spirit of the Lord will show us things that go far beyond the boundaries of our understanding. The Spirit of the Lord will show us the answers that the Father has for all our problems, questions and concerns. He will lead us in wisdom and knowledge and will give us divine understanding. He will reveal the highest heights and the deepest depths of the knowledge of the Lord; these are the thoughts of God. Oh the depths of the riches and the wisdom of the knowledge of God that has been put into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
We must be willing to surrender ourselves to the will of the Father if we are going to function in the mind of the Lord. It is the Holy Spirit alone that can teach us these things that belong to the eternal ways of God. At best all we can do though our own efforts is to distort and pollute what God would say. Instead, we must come and sit at His feet and learn from Him. It is a great challenge for a person to stop being reactive and learn not to operate out of their own impulses. The realm of self-defense and quick thinking will not work here. We have been given this great privilege to understand with all of the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; to know the love of Christ that passes all knowledge, but it demands a radical obedience and a submission to God. It is more than just a submission during altar call or a statement of submission because we know that it is what God demands. This kind of knowledge demands submission to God and to His will. When before we would have done what we thought best, now we stop and wait on God. To know this kind of love and see with such depth of insight we must remain in a posture of humility looking to God for every decision. Instead of reacting on the basis of the measure of our own response, with calm and repose we humbly ask the Lord what we are to do and wait before Him for His direction. There in the stillness of this submission we hear the thoughts of God arise up from our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The knowledge of God and the mind of Christ will not be hidden from us if we refuse to pursue things out of our own self-interest. Our posture before the Lord and consecration unto Him must always be “to do your will oh God.”
God would cause us to know that all the depths of His knowledge and fullness is found in the love of Christ; not just His love for us, but His love in us. We are not to know this love in part, but in every dimension of His eternal glory and power (Ephesians 3:17-18). We are not to possess just some part of the person of Christ, but to be filled with all of His fullness. How will He accomplish this? How will we receive? He will do this by the mighty working of His power within us, and all we must do is yield. We will learn to rely upon the unseen world of the Spirit. With confidence and assurance we can freely receive of all the fullness that God supplies (John 1:16). All these things can only be received as a free gift, otherwise they are unavailable and out of reach! They cannot be earned, they will never be attained; they are received because we believe that they are ours - given to us liberally by the Spirit.
Now, if we are going to experience the things that are not of this world, then we must be willing to be consecrated to not being of this world. Our vow and purpose is to be obedient to the heavenly calling and pursue those things that God has revealed to us. We must resign ourselves, both in thought and conduct, to the reality that we are in Christ and He is in us; a conscious recognition that He is present in our lives, dwelling in our body! If we are going to walk in the ways of God, then we must consciously, day by day, forsake our own ways to walk in His. If we are going to have His thoughts, then we must dismiss our thoughts and hold tightly to His word. This is the act of obedience that the Father is looking for, this is submission to do the will of the Father and a willingness to be taught by the Holy Ghost.
What God has done must be believed and accepted. There are too many people that continually backslide in their minds. They find themselves continually influenced by religion and devils. Men say these things of God are out of our reach. Satan lies against the truth, continually slandering the most High and His saints. We have to determine that we are not what others say we are, but what God says we are. We must believe that we look like that which God described in His word and that we have all that the New Covenant has freely given. If we remain in a state of trying to attain what God has given, then it will never be ours. Therefore, we know that those things described by Ezekiel are ours now; not based on anything that we see or feel, we have those things that God has spoken, “A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you: I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statues and you shall keep my judgments and do them” (Ezekiel 36:26). This is what God did, not only for Israel, but for all that would believe, for salvation in Christ Jesus is the same for all, both Jew and Gentile. God took the sinful heart away and gave us a new heart, but we must believe that and confess that it is finished. We cannot backslide in our thoughts and go back to a place of hoping for someday. This good news must be our confession and song of thanksgiving and rejoicing everyday.
The heart of stone cannot hear the voice of God. The stony heart cannot be sensitive or yielded to the leading of the Spirit of God. The natural man cannot receive these things that God has freely given. If our mind is caught away with doubt and we live somehow believing that we have less than the new heart of the new covenant, then we will not receive those things that have been freely given. Rather, we will live our lives locked away in the prison of unbelief. It is time to stand up and boldly proclaim that what God has said is ours. Stop waiting for another day, that day has come and the day now waits for you to believe! Will Satan lie against the truth? Will His attacks and his meaningless words of defeat assail our thinking? Yes, but what we must do is hold fast to the confession of our faith and not let it slip no matter what kind of evidence or slander Satan may throw up.
Jesus has come and cut away even the smallest part of that stony heart, it does not exist today! The circumcision of Christ has removed the sin and separation, we are now one with the Lord (Colossians 2:13). Harden not your hearts that have been made new and hear His voice today! Step into your inheritance, do not allow yourself to be turned back by the giants that are in the land, or by the fear of man. There is no rebellion within you that would refuse the voice of God. In your heart is only yieldedness and tenderness toward the voice of your beloved. This must be you disposition, let no one take your confidence! We are not from beneath, we are from above! We are not of this world, we are citizens of heaven. This is the faith wherein we stand. It is this faith that can comprehend and lay hold of all the promises of God. We have been transformed from an old man into a new creation. It is only the new creature that can have the mind of Christ and be yielded to the Holy Ghost. The struggle in your thoughts must come to an end if you are going to have His mind. You must believe what God has said so the faith of the new creation can work within you.
You are born of the word and the word is written on the tables of your heart. The words that are the expressions of the Father’s heart must be allowed to rule your heart and mind. The word of Christ must be your governor. If you have to fight all of the lies against the truth that are assailing you all day, then fight. God will triumph in you the word of God will overthrow the lie the darkness will not be able to remain in the light of the word. Having done all to stand, stand and don’t back down, you are more than able to overcome and possesses this land of grace. The same word that framed the universe dwells in you right now. The eternal word that was incarnated into flesh dwells there in your heart!
God’s thoughts that are conveyed to us by His word, it must become our meditation and what we know and believe about ourselves. It is a wonderful privilege to know what God is thinking and to be certain of what He wants us to do. It is God’s word that conveys all these things to us. Those things that have proceeded forth from His mouth have been engrafted into our souls. That word which is quick and powerful would instruct every dimension of our passions and attitudes, if we will yield to its training. The living power of His word that is spirit and life would now master all our thinking (John 6:63). We must let His word work effectually by believing what it says. The word is near us at all times, in our hearts and in our mouths; therefore, we must refrain from speaking other things that are lies against the truth. It is this word that is near to us that is the Higher Thoughts of God, but we must forsake all other thoughts if we are going to have His. Let God train you in His knowledge by agreeing with His word. Let the understanding of Almighty God be your understanding now.
Jeremiah spoke of this day that would come when a new temple would be built in the heart of man. God would no longer tabernacle in a tent that was made with hands, but would come and live and dwell on the inside of man. Jeremiah said, “ I will put my law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts…” (Jeremiah 31:33). Our inner, being the nature and construction of who we are, has now been hardwired with the ways of God. The law of God is not merely some rules and ordinances that God came up with so that men can get along and do what’s right. The laws of God are the expressed ways of the nature of God and the code of life that He demands. These laws that express His nature could never be written with ink, but must be imparted to the nature of man by the Holy Spirit if men are to be different. These things cannot be understood, much less truly observed, if they are written on tablets of stone; they must be written within the heart and nature of men (2 Corinthians 3:3). The unseen realm of the nature of our life, which is the source of all our motivations and inspirations, has become just like God. However, faith that produces the miracle will never be activated until we believe and say it’s so. If we are going to walk in the ways of God, then we must believe that we have been miraculously changed by the power of God and begin to give ourselves to the conduct that God has described in His word. If we are willing to obey God, then we will find that the Holy Spirit is a real companion and teacher that will lead us and guide us into all the ways of God.
We must gird up our thoughts and be ready to stand against three areas that will assault our thought-life and attempt to lead us away into captivity: 1) The direct assault of Satan that comes at us as fiery darts. Even Jesus was tempted by Satan, but it was the word of truth that broke the power of the satanic lie and cast down the unholy thoughts. 2) The hearts of wicked men are also a source of every vile thing and wicked imagination (Matthew 15:19). These things of men pour out in a modern society from many different sources. 3) Finally, there are the memories of the past that would be a temptation to us to yoke us once again with sin. God has made it possible for us to be strong in His strength, so that we may effectively deal with these unholy thoughts, and find ourselves more than conquerors in every battle of the mind (Ephesians 6:10; 2 Corinthians 10:4).
Our thought-life is of vital importance to us and to God. It is within our thoughts that those things that we will ultimately do begin to take shape, and it is here within our thoughts that we will encounter the lies and deceptions of Satan. The temptations that would come to pollute our purified souls begin as thoughts, whether they are audible suggestions or unheard imaginations. These diabolical deceptions that would try to infiltrate our pure minds must be cast down. It is here in our thoughts that the battles are won or lost. Therefore, it is essential for us to define for ourselves what things we are going to think on, and what things we are going to cast down. If we are not careful, the strongholds of the unredeemed life could take us back under their dominion, and we would lose the place of sweet communion and fellowship with God that God has given us with this new heart and mind (Hebrews 8:10; 10:16; 2 Corinthians 3:3; 6:16).
Our thought-life should be a sacred realm of conversation with the Lord. We should think on those things that pertain to life and godliness, and there be taught by God. The meditations of our heart should be holy and acceptable to our Lord. Every thought that would grieve the Holy Spirit should also grieve us, and be viewed as an imagination contrary to God and the new heart. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, we have been given divine power to bring into captivity everything contrary to the obedience of Christ. However, if we hold on to unforgiveness and do not cast it down by obedience to the love of God, it will take dominion over our thoughts; and we will not be able to bring it to an end. Out of that unforgiveness, every imagination that is a violation against relationship will continue to work and affect our conduct, until its power is broken through repentance. We will never be overtaken by these evil things if we will allow the love of Christ to rule our hearts and minds. These things contrary to His love will be a reproach to us, and will never be allowed to work within our minds. Forgiveness and mercy will flow effortlessly from the soul of anyone whose mind is governed by the Word, and whose heart is continually filled with the love of God at every turn of reproach and violation. Likewise, if we regard lust and covetousness as anything other than an offense to God, and give them place within our thoughts, then these wicked devices will force themselves upon us and go unchecked by the power of God that resides within us. We have not been given this mighty power of God to mitigate what Satan would attempt to do through his treachery and deceit - but to demolish it!
Satan will throw his darts of wickedness and deceit, and we must have a shield of faith to quench all His fiery thoughts (Ephesians 6:16). Satan wages a war against the saints to pollute and taint our thoughts with his unholy deeds (1 Peter 2:11; Ephesians 6:11). He speaks out threats and slanders against God and His saints. He is the spirit that works in the children of disobedience, and his fabricated lies must be identified and cast down. We must recognize that these are not our thoughts, but the thoughts of the wicked one. They must be renounced and sent away by the blood of Jesus - or they will lead us into bondage and allow Satan to reconstruct His stronghold. Satan will attack us with these thoughts: either by a direct assault, or indirectly through the unredeemed.
One of the indirect ways that Satan attacks us is through the unredeemed, whose hearts are wicked and are a direct link to the spirit of disobedience. Out the heart of the unredeemed proceeds every evil thought and imagination (Ephesians 2:2; Matthew 15:19; Mark 7:21). We must be careful not to be influenced by the opinions and wicked imaginations of the lost. It is our responsibility to not only refuse the counsel of the ungodly, but also all their influences. We must recognize the importance of not walking in their counsel or being influenced by their worldly lust. Although they are the target of God's affection, and we are sent by Him to reach the lost - we must take the word of our testimony and the blood of the Lamb, or their influence could turn our hearts instead of the power of the gospel turning them.
Another source of unholy thoughts is the memory of our past sins. Although all our sins are washed away, our memory can bring them back into our minds. Satan can entice us through the memory, and we must be ready to deal with these things the moment that they come. When these thoughts arise from past experiences, repent of the deeds that were done as though you are repenting for the first time. Command the thought and the memory of sin to leave in Jesus' name. Let the word of God wash your mind, and in the fear of the Lord these things will go and never return; and if they do attempt to return, they will fly by so quickly their influence will have no sting. If we submit ourselves to God and resist the devil, he will flee from us!
We must always make sure that we know that our thoughts are the things described in the word of God, which has been written on our hearts. All other thoughts are from outside, and do not belong to our desires. Our thoughts that come forth from our hearts are those things that are taught to us by God, and all other thoughts must be renounced and sent away. God both speaks to and through the new heart that He has given to us, and we cannot allow a mixture. The new heart is the place where God dwells, and His thoughts and deeds should flow like rivers (Proverbs 4:23; John 7:38-39). It is His dwelling place, the sacred room of His holiness; and out of it flow His rich treasures of life. We now serve God with a pure heart, and through it we know Him and fellowship with Him (Matthew 5:8; Ezekiel 36:26; Deuteronomy 30:6; Colossians 2:11). Out of this purified heart, we love the brothers with pure love, and our relationships are untainted by deceit and vile imaginations (1 Peter 1:22; Hebrews 10:22). At the core of all God's desires and commands for us is His desire that we would do everything out of love, and thus fulfill all His commands. It is "love, out of a pure heart" that God commands, and it is this love that He has given us (1 Timothy 1:5; Romans 5:7-8). It is from the heart that we do those things that please Him, and so we must keep our hearts with all diligence. It is from the heart that we must forgive (Matthew 18:35). It is from the heart that we follow "righteousness, faith, love, peace, with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart" (2 Timothy 2:22). It is from our hearts that our affections arise; and so let all your affections be for God. With a single eye of affection, let your whole body be filled with light. When darkness would come to attempt to lure your desires away, recognize the deception and the ploy of your enemy. Do not be enticed; but keep yourself in the love of God, obeying His commandments. These matters of the heart are of utmost importance to God, and we must be consecrated to keeping our hearts with all diligence - for out of them proceed the issues of life.
From the word of the Lord comes wisdom, and it is the Holy Spirit who will lead us into all the knowledge of God. There is nothing more valuable than wisdom: it is the first and most important thing in life (Proverbs 4:7). It was by wisdom that God created everything in the universe, and it is by His wisdom that everything functions (Psalm 104:24; 136:5). Wisdom is knowing what God knows and doing what He does. God calls out to us and asks us to receive the wisdom that He has. He also in turn asks us to look to Him and ask for wisdom in everything that we do, and then promises to give it to us liberally if we ask in faith (James 1:5). Wisdom will show us how to be successful in everything that God desires for our lives. Wisdom will give us sound judgment and allow us to see the goodness of God and also the ugly consequences of sin. Wisdom will allow those who have it to see things as they really are - instead of how we might imagine them to be.
Wisdom gives us the ability to understand what things look like in the spiritual realm. It gives us a special ability to know how to take hold of that which is unseen, and interact with it as though it was our everyday experience. God gave this unique kind of wisdom to Bezaleel so that he could make things that had never before been seen on earth or experienced by men (Exodus 31:3,6). Wisdom is one of the expressions of the Spirit of God dwelling in the lives of men (Exodus 35:31). The Spirit of wisdom and revelation will give us the ability to see things and understand things that otherwise we could not grasp, and that at best we would have a difficult time relating to - because they are in the unseen realm of God (Ephesians 1:18; Genesis 41:38; Daniel 4:8; 5:12). When Moses laid his hands on Joshua and imparted the anointing that he had received, Joshua was filled with the spirit of wisdom (Deuteronomy 34:9). With this insight and understanding, he could command the stars and they would obey. The wisdom that God delights in is ours today if we will lay hold on its ways.
Wisdom can be called the secrets of God (Job 15:8). It is these secrets that He whispers to the hearts of His children. This wisdom cannot be found apart from relationship with God, for it belongs only to Him and to those whom He chooses to give it to (Job 28:12-24; 38:36; Proverbs 2:6-7). When we speak the word of God and declare the ways of righteousness, these are the words of wisdom (Psalm 37:30). When we meditate on God's word, we are giving our thoughts to His wisdom (Psalm 49:3). God desires that we take hold of truth and for it to be the make-up of our soul; and then, when truth is established in the inward parts, He causes us to know wisdom (Psalm 51:6). A man cannot know wisdom unless he will know the fear of the Lord (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). He cannot receive the instruction of wisdom until the word of God becomes a delight to his soul (Proverbs 2:1-5). He must love righteousness and hate iniquity, otherwise the wisdom of God will be a dark hallway that he will not venture down.
God greatly desires for all of us to receive wisdom. There could be no greater gift for us to receive than to know these thoughts of God. God's wisdom so desires to fill our lives that it lifts up its voice and cries out to the sons of men to allow it to come in (Proverbs 8:1). Wisdom, like the Spirit of God, is a wellspring of life to those who have it (Proverbs 16:22; 18:4; John 4:14). If we are going to walk in the wisdom of God, then we must submit ourselves to humility and recognize that the insights of logical and rational thinking will not lead us into the wisdom of our God (Proverbs 11:2; 23:4). Wisdom will not dwell with a person who scorns or despises their neighbor (Proverbs 11:12; 14:6). There is no envy, strife, or self-importance in this wisdom that comes down from above, for it is pure and gentle and merciful; teaching peace and the ways of God (James 3:15-17). God will correct us and teach us to walk in all of His ways. If we will not despise the chastening of our God, we will respond obediently to the instruction that He gives. It is in this relationship with God that we learn to walk in the direction and the insights of the Lord, instead of foolishly pursuing our own way (Proverbs 3:11-13; 29:15; Hebrews 12:5; 1 Corinthians 11:32). Like the voice of the Spirit, wisdom cries out to us, pleading with us to walk in God's instruction, and too many times we ignorantly ignore what God has freely and abundantly given to us.
If you take hold of the wisdom of God by giving place to the things that the word of God declares and that the Holy Spirit would lead you into, then you will have the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:5). We may freely eat from the fruit of this good tree and enjoy the wisdom and insights of the Spirit of the Lord. Only those born of the Spirit can know this wisdom. The person who sits in darkness is alienated from the life and knowledge of the Lord. But when God made this New Covenant through the last Adam, Christ Jesus, He poured His life and wisdom into our hearts. He has given us liberally of all His fullness, but we must yield to the Spirit of the Lord. Men in ancient times sought diligently for this wisdom that is now the gift within our hearts. They sought for it as one who looked for treasures of silver and gold; should we take for granted these unsearchable riches of the Lord? Once we discover the riches of wisdom, then those things that have come from the thoughts and meditation of the Lord and have proceeded out of His mouth will also be our daily delight (Proverbs 2:6; 8:30). Wisdom does not enter into our logical and rational mind through the instruction of men, but is poured into our hearts by the Spirit of the Lord (Proverbs 2:10). The knowledge of the Most High that has been given unto us allows us to understand a far deeper dimension of life than what the mortal eye can see and the heart of men can comprehend: we understand righteousness, judgment and equity; yes, every good path (Proverbs 2:9). When we were created in righteousness and true knowledge after His image through the new birth, this wonderful gift entered into our hearts (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10). Now we know and understand how to walk in all the paths of righteousness, and how to dwell in true holiness by the Spirit of the Lord. The seven-fold anointing of the Holy Ghost has filled our hearts with a wellspring that flows out like rivers with the knowledge of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2).
The knowledge of Good and Evil is a burden to every man. It came into the life of mankind through disobedience and it remains a challenge for every born again believer to deal with until this day. The subject of the knowledge of good and evil is highlighted each time we are confronted with dividing between good and evil, between light and darkness, obedience and disobedience, or righteousness and sin. It is the subject second only to that of being redeemed and made a new creation, for every man still has a choice to make between good and evil. Jesus showed us the life of consecration and submission to God that is essential if we are going to walk with God and do that which is pleasing in His sight. The evil must be refused, and the good must become the way of our life in Him. God teaches us to hate evil and to love righteousness, but we must be willing to learn. Unless we will embrace the life of Christ and walk in the Spirit, this discernment will not be ours and we will find ourselves continually caving into the demonic lies that suggest that sin is good.
God alone knows how to properly deal with the knowledge of good and evil. The author of life understands the threat that evil is to all of life. That which appears to be good and desirable in sin will only work death and destruction. Look around, the paradise that God created for man to dwell in was filled with only good things, but when sin entered into the world death also came with it; the two are inseparable. Sin will turn every beautiful and lovely thing into a world of destruction. God who also has the knowledge of Good and Evil has given to us His knowledge, His wisdom and understanding so that we can deal with the knowledge of good and evil in the proper way (Genesis 3:22). The way to properly deal with the knowledge of good and evil is to hate the evil and love the good, to refuse the evil and hold fast to the good. Even unto this day is set before us life and good, and death and evil (Deuteronomy 30:15). God has renewed us in His knowledge and filled us with His Spirit so that we would be so much more resolved to choose life and good and walk in His way.
As the days of apostasy come upon us, men have less discernment between good and evil than ever before. They call that which is good evil and those things that are evil they call good. They also put darkness for light and light for darkness. This can be observed in every walk of life: in government, the education system and every social media. What is worse now more than ever is that this lack of discernment appears in the pulpits of our churches. The knowledge of good and evil dominates with no discernment between the two. The knowledge of the Lord will increasingly be forsaken until they will kill the righteous and say that they do God a service. Those who preach the way of righteousness are viewed as a hindrance to church growth and a reproach to the grace of God. Even as in the days of ancient Israel, but in a more subtle way, men regard iniquity and forsake the good. God’s people are found loving evil more than good and lying rather than speaking righteousness (Psalms 52:3).
Those who have been born of God and who walk in the Spirit of the Lord must depart from evil and do good (Psalms 34:14,27; 1 Peter 3:10-11). We must learn to choose the good and refuse the evil (Isaiah 7:15). We have been given the special diet of the good word of God and the laws of the Spirit of life have been established within our hearts so that we may learn His ways. We have the unstoppable power of God dwelling in us so that we may overcome everything that belongs to the realm of darkness. The knowledge of God is ours, and it is only by His knowledge that the knowledge of good and evil may be properly understood. The deception of evil and the illusive lure of sin will lose all of its power as we are taught of the Lord and walk with Him. If we choose the way of God, the fruits of His knowledge will be revealed in our lives. The fruits of the Spirit and the fruits of righteousness will reveal that we are His trees - the planting of the Lord (Isaiah 61:30; Matthew 3:10; 7:17-19; Luke 6:43; Proverbs 11:30). The day is fast approaching that God will destroy everything that is evil and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the water covers the sea. Choose the knowledge of God, discern the destruction of evil and come let us follow on to know the Lord.
Jesus revealed His consecration to the Father and how His relationship worked with the Father when He said, “I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will but the will of the Father that sent me” (John 5:30). The realm of the self is one of the most misunderstood subjects and is often confused with the sinful nature and the flesh. However, the self is the essence of who we are as an individual and it must be denied so that we may, as the servants of God, do His will instead (1 Peter 4:2; John 1:13; Colossians 1:9). Unlike the flesh nature that was crucified with Christ, the self that makes us distinct from all other individuals goes on living forever. While we are here in our earthly sojourn, it must be denied that we might learn the ways of the Father. All of us have many choices that we can make about our vocations, the things that we are going to do with our spare time and how we are going to spend our money. By definition, none of these choices may have anything to do with a sinful action, but neither would they necessarily be the will of God for our lives. If we are going to follow Jesus the way that He has called us to follow Him, then our own ideas and choices must to come to an end. We have to be willing to learn a servitude and a submission to God where we do it all His way. We must be willing to come to a place where we are not going to decide anything for ourselves again. If we are going to live out the life described in the Bible of being those who are the witnesses of the resurrection, then we must learn that we can do nothing of ourselves (John 15:5). It is important that each of us understand how this impacts us individually with respect to the choices that we make and how we live our lives. We can make the whole subject simple by saying "walk in the Spirit and mind the things of the Spirit." However, the identification of those things about ourselves that we overlook and refuse to deny will continue to remain somewhat abstract and unattended.
There was nothing evil about Jesus, no matter how He was examined everything was perfect. Yet, He denied His self. Though He was one with God and God incarnate, yet He showed us the perfect submission of a Son who would live only by the mind and will of the Father. He would choose no earthly goal for His life other than to do the Father’s will. How much more must we deny ourselves? We have spent our lives imitating man and now we must choose to imitate God (Ephesians 5:1). The mind and will of the self, which is not necessarily evil, must be submitted to the will of the Father. God the Father has chosen the best things for us and we must do as He says if we are going to inherit them. When it comes to doing heavenly things, we of ourselves can do nothing. Within ourselves we function out of a logical and rational thinking that is trained by life’s experiences and circumstance. There is nothing wrong with the logical and rational mind, other than that it is severely handicapped and grossly limited when we want to consider the things that belong to the spiritual, such as walking on the water and raising of the dead. The rational and logical mind will never concede to the notion that you can command the wind and the waves and they will obey. It will not expect that enough money to pay your back taxes can be found in a fish’s mouth. To do these things we must be taught of God. We must be willing to learn how to step beyond that which is limited to a natural realm. Remember the first time you went swimming and began to adjust to a whole new dimension of movement, it was scary! Now God wants to moves us past the elements of the earthly into the dimensions of the heavenly, but we have to be willing to step beyond the limitation of what we can physically and mentally do of ourselves and learn how to rely on the Holy Spirit.
That which is carnal or natural is not necessarily bad; it is just earthly and temporal (Romans 15:27; 1 Corinthians 9:11; 15:44). The natural mind would more eagerly look to a human answer or earthly remedy to supply a need. The natural mind is governed by what it sees, hears, and has physical evidence for, and therefore would not be submitted to the Spirit of God. We have to be willing to stop trembling with fear as we clutch the side of the pool and rather stretch ourselves out over the vast expanse of the heavenly and walk in the Spirit. To do this the self must be denied. It does not need to be put to death, it just needs to be refused so that we might learn how to function in a whole new way of life. The spiritual mind that accepts the impossibilities of the word of God without the need of any other proofs far exceeds the limitation of what self can understand. The spiritual mind functions in a realm of faith and depends upon the unseen power of God to supply all that we have need of.
If we confine our thinking to those things that belong only to our own self- interest and self-preservation, then we will focus on those things that we can accomplish through our own efforts and abilities. These limitations of self realization will then govern what we will believe and ultimately what we will do. Without being aware of it, we will even filter God’s word through the perspective of these self-serving interests. Many of God's children are stuck in this place that has robbed them of their maturity in God. It has limited their confidence in God and dependence upon the Holy Spirit. It is impossible for the realm of self to live in a confidence in God that takes no thought for what they shall eat or what they shall wear. It is a place of fear, condemnation, limitation, failure and even defeat. There is little room for faith and submission to the Holy Spirit in the realm of carnal, human thinking where men seek their own interest and rely upon human abilities to accomplish their goals. The natural mind is that state in which men hold on tightly to themselves to preserve their own well-being, and whose securities are their earthly possessions. The carnal mind and ways of men will altogether shut down those things that the Holy Spirit has come to teach us (1 Corinthians 3:1).
Anything that is taught to us by God concerning Himself is spiritual and in stark contrast to those things that we learn of men, the natural. All that the Holy Spirit does and ministers is that which is spiritual. One day we will exchange a natural body for a spiritual body, but right now we must exchange a natural mind for a spiritual one. The things of the spiritual are foolishness to the natural mind, because they are not governed by natural laws. Everything concerning the will of the Father is spiritually discerned. The spiritual is the unlimited realm of divine ability and supernatural provision in which nothing is impossible (1 Corinthians 2:13-15). We are commanded to learn this new way of thinking, but we must recognize those thoughts that would confine us to the limitations of what we can do of ourselves and deny them (Ephesians 1:3; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 14:1,12; Galatians 6:6). God is a Spirit, and we must interact with Him in the realm of the spiritual. Any interaction with the Holy Spirit, or manifestation of the Holy Spirit, is by definition spiritual. Knowing that we are to walk in the Spirit and be led by the Spirit is evidence enough that God demands us to be spiritual in the way that we think and conduct ourselves. It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us the spiritual and gives us access to the realms of the spiritual: from which all the gifts of the Spirit flow. We learn to think according to the spiritual (or the manner in which God thinks) by the word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual mind is the mind of the Holy Spirit, the mind of Christ, the life governed by the Spirit of God - where every thought is brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ and the will of the Father.
Our lives are sacred to God. We are the temple of the Holy Ghost and we must recognize how important our thoughts are to God and our continual communion with Him. It is time that we start thinking on a higher level and not on earthly things. Our minds must be consecrated to the life that God has given. We cannot be conformed to this world and meditate on those things contrary to the ways of God, we must instead be transfigured by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1; Matthew 17:2). We have been renewed in the knowledge of God (Colossians 3:10). We have been renewed in the Holy Ghost, and we are to be renewed in the spirit of our mind (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 4:23)! Just as we wait upon the Lord and our strength is renewed, our minds are renewed by putting on the new man (Isaiah 40:31; Ephesians 4:24). Like our inner being that is renewed day by day as we mature in the things of the Holy Ghost so our thoughts and the way that we allow ourselves to think is also renewed (2 Corinthians 4:16). The living word, God’s laws and His ways, that has been inscribed in our hearts and in our minds must be allowed to rule us everyday.
Consecration to the ways of God is essential to the renewing of the mind. The renewing of the mind is all about the way that we think and the way that we perceive ourselves and the world around us. The meditations of the heart are those things that belong to the sweet waters of the word of God. The fountain of our heart is sweet, and the bitter waters of the world must not be allowed to mix with it. Our minds that are inscribed with the word of God must be consecrated to the governorship of the Spirit and the rulership of the word. We must not think like the world thinks, but give ourselves to thinking as God thinks. Through the mind of the Spirit that we have been joined unto, a whole new universe of possibilities are opened unto us. We can see what eyes have never seen before and hear what ears have never heard. It is our privilege to understand what has never entered into the heart of man. Be conformed to the image of the Son and not to the world. Be renewed by thinking differently about yourselves in the light of Christ in you - this is a transfiguration that transcends every earthly care (Ephesians 4:23; Romans 8:29; 12:1).
God demands purity of mind and purity of body, He gave it to us and we must be willing to keep it. We could have never erased the iniquity of our past. We could have never been rid of a mind trained wrong and a body given to unholy deeds. God in His mercy came and broke the bonds of sin so that we might begin anew. In the amazing mercy of God we have been translated into this wonderful and mysterious realm of the Holy Spirit wherein we are continually moved and beckoned to learn these ways of life. The Holy Spirit pleads with us and pulls on us to come and follow Him. The word of God is visible before our eyes and made understandable in every human tongue. The presence of the Lord and His goodness surrounds us with the glory of His ways. The light is contrasted against the darkness, the good against the evil. It is up to each individual to choose if they will walk with God. Will you follow the Holy Spirit into this divine and unending life? Will you respond to His inspirations and strong convictions? He alone knows the way of life and the narrow path thereof, will you come and follow Him? The voices of hell scream out along this narrow way demanding that we harken to their lust. You must be girded up in the spirit of your mind to give no thought to them. The word of God and His presence is your sword and shield.
God desires that we think differently about ourselves, will we obey? If we continue to think of ourselves as anything less than co-inheritors with Christ, then we are not thinking according to God’s plan. Through the weapons of our warfare we are able to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4). We must recognize that Satan continues to go about with his lies and slander against the truth, we must refuse to hear the voice of demon spirits. If we will believe the report of the Lord and hold fast to the confession of our faith, then we will see every miracle of God supplied to us as a result of our obedience to His word. By the power of the new man, the former behavior and lust may be laid aside so that we can walk in God’s image. We must be willing to take hold of the image of God and be renewed by the knowledge of that image (Colossians 3:10). To continue to view our selves as weak, carnal and unable to please God is the wrong way to think. If we do so we are giving place to the devil and allowing sin to have dominion over us (Romans 6: 14; Ephesians 4:27). We are to move in faith and say as Mary did, “be it unto me according to your word.” If we are unwilling to obey God and think of ourselves as new creatures who are called to the fullness of the maturity of Christ, then surly we will never realize such maturity and we will find ourselves being tricked and misled by deceivers (vs.14). God demands today that we be conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).
Come now, let your thoughts be bathed in the goodness and mercies of God. Be saturated with the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Let the utterances of God pour out of your heart and mind like the flowing rivers of paradise that produced every good fruit. You have been made partakers of His divine nature, you have escaped the corruption that is in the world through its lust (2 Peter 1:4). Now give yourselves to a new kind of pleasure, that which only comes from above. God who dwells with in you, the Spirit of the Son will show you how to walk in every strong desire and passion of the Holy One!
It does not matter who you are, God calls out to everyone saying, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteousness man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). The chief theme of the gospel is repentance. God has made a way where there was no way. He has granted repentance unto life for all who will receive (Luke 24:47; Acts 11:18). There is no reason to be controlled by evil and destroyed by sin. Your thoughts do not have to be dominated and ruined by strife and envy. The immorality and gross violations against your soul and all humanity can be broken off right now. You can begin to enjoy the sweet communion of the Holy Spirit and the pleasantness of His life.
There are those who want God to receive them without any change. They have been deceived to believe that they can have a relationship with Jesus and continue on with their wickedness. However, this is far from being true; as far away as darkness is from light. Unfortunately, those who would believe and even teach such things have never tasted the pleasures and the goodness of this life of God. God cries out to us even as He did to ancient Israel saying, “…return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquities and their sin” (Jeremiah 36:3). God has not changed His mind, but demands all the more in this New Covenant. The ways of wickedness and sin will never be accepted by a Holy God. He has provided a way to be made new, not a way to remain the same and yet be forgiven! The wages of sin is death and the gift of eternal life is now available through Jesus Christ the Lord. You must be willing to accept this new and abundant life and forsake your wicked ways. The unholy thoughts of lust and iniquity must not be allowed. If you are willing, God will fill you with His own life and divine power. If you will forsake wickedness and sin, God will have mercy and abundantly pardon.