The Mind of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Did you know it is available for believers to actually have the mind of Christ? This is a foreign concept for all too many Christian people, yet the Epistles are full of encouraging statements to inspire us to begin thinking in terms of having the Savior’s thoughts be also in our own minds so that we as individual believers can be more than a conqueror in daily living. One such thought that I think about daily is “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). I think about this verse when doing the most challenging task that is before me as well as when I am relaxing and enjoying the life God has afforded me so that I can be at spiritual peace with Him (Colossians 3:15).

Where does the Bible say the life of a Christian would be easy? The Bible does not say that standing for God is easy (Mark 10:29–30, and II Timothy 3:12), but the life of a Christian man or woman can be strengthened with joy, peace, love, and grace through life’s challenges and adversities (I Corinthians 10:13). Even though life is filled with challenging pressures and pleasures by way of venues offering many temptations, by utilizing the mind of Christ we can overcome such obstacles and be successful in our personal endeavors.

I Corinthians 2:16: For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Who knows the mind of the Lord (i.e., the mind of God Himself), and who has instructed Him? Well the definitive answer is that no one has ever been His teacher or completely understood everything about Him. The word mind is the Greek word nous and means the entire mind; the whole of God’s thoughts is known only to Him (Romans 11:33–36). Then the Scriptures say, “but {in contrast} we have the mind {nous} of Christ.” This means that we can understand the mind of Christ completely and intimately, for we have the God-given right to have the thoughts of Christ in our minds. The reason that we have this ability is that we have Christ within, and Christ’s mission has always been to reveal and explain God (John 1:18, 17:25–26, and Hebrews 13:8). So then when we retain in our minds the Word of God, we will be experiencing the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” thus, the Bible encourages believers to put on in our minds the thoughts of Jesus Christ that are exclusively revealed to us from the Scriptures.

Romans 13:14a: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ . . .

To put on the Lord Jesus Christ is to put the thoughts of Christ into our minds. The Word reveals Christ (John 5:39) and Christ reveals glimpses of God for our understanding (John 14:6). Christians have Christ within by virtue of receiving the gift of holy spirit, and as we go to the Scriptures and begin understanding the words therein, we will discover the mind of Christ is the express lane on a paved highway to godliness.

II Corinthians 1:21–22:
-21: Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
-22: Who hath also sealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

God sealed us with holy spirit so that we can be with Him for eternity, establishing every believer by a spiritual anointing to have and to know the mind of Christ who can become such an integral part of ourselves. So as we have Christ in our minds via the teachings of the Scriptures we will begin to realize that “Christ who is our {spiritual} life” (Colossians 3:4), is the way to manifest the power of God. We are encouraged to enjoy access to the mind of Christ, who is eternally alive and spiritually energizing believers as he indeed is the physician of the heart.

Some people think in the heart of their hearts that success is not forthcoming and that they must suffer their way through this life and believe themselves destined to failure as their true lot in life. But this is just not so for you ― you have the ability to have the mind of Christ and he is no failure, God made no failures, and with the mind of Christ, you can think and believe that for once – NO – from now on, victory is in your grasp. Think this, say this, and begin to believe this until you actually triumph over something ― anything, and then start riding on that momentous wave of success that will rise up on the winds of your positive confessions of the Word, for the fresh air of God’s Word inspires you to achieve. Yes, it WILL happen for you ― you who believe to receive. Repeat to yourself, “I am successful and I am more than a conqueror because this is my lot in life ― I was born to be a winner and become triumphant and I am just going to have to learn to live with that destiny!” And then – begin living with this mindset ­­– as this is your true lot in life, allotted to you by God Himself.

You can reward yourself by being your best for your God, for your Savior, and for yourself! You already have been awarded the God-given permission to have the mind of Christ, and with him, you may be at rest as he helps lift your burdens and he will lighten the load you carry.

Matthew 11:28–30:
-29: Come unto me {says Jesus}, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
-30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

When the thought arises to either do your best or take the easy road and the simple way out of something, think about that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you and you will be empowered to succeed, and you will “mount up with wings as eagles” with the mind of Christ. This is the renewed mind in its wonderful manifestation. This is the powerful permission and commission you have been given through God’s Word; this is following through with Jesus’ instruction in John 14:12, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” And he has gone unto his Father (Mark 16:19), and so we can ― do!

Isaiah 40:31: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Recall Philippians 4:13 encourages that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. If we are really going to believe this verse ― it will take some action on our parts because believing is a verb that signifies action. When we believe on what the Word encourages in our renewed mind, then all kinds of things that used to defeat us, things that seemed too big and appeared unobtainable suddenly seem to become reachable because Jesus said “all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

When we have the mind of Christ by placing God’s Word on in our minds, then we will understand the true spiritual knowledge that is within the mind of Christ, and his thoughts give men and women true spiritual understanding with heavenly glimpses of God. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7). When we know that we have the mind of Christ, we will enjoy a spirit-to-Spirit connection with our God, one that gives us spiritual power and love that is empowered by sound thinking.

Romans 13:14: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and {then you will} make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

By putting on the thoughts of Christ today, we will recognize the true wisdom and power of God (I Corinthians 1:24). Men and women individually find the wisdom of God with the wonderful mind of Christ.

Isaiah 40:31 (The Amplified Bible):*  But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

Philippians 4:13 (The Amplified Bible):**   I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Rejoice and Be Glad in Thankfulness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Thanking our God for His abundance upon our lives is a terrific way to begin each and every day. Sometimes we can get so “balled up” when we simply look at the negatives in which we may find ourselves that we can forget to be thankful. However, positive light dispels darkness!

Mark 11:24:
Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Jesus is teaching us to believe that we already have the things we desire even before we actually have them in our possession. To the average person this may sound ridiculous because it is backwards, yet it is the very key to changing our circumstances. “What things soever ye desire” is an open-ended request for exactly whatsoever we need – whatsoever we really want can become ours as we apply positive believing in our prayers and actually make room for things that we pray to receive. If and when we actually believe that we have received our prayers in advance, then the promise is that we shall have them. Changing our attitudes sometimes is the only difference between one who does not receive and one who receives.

Psalms 118:24: This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Recognizing that today is a miracle, that God created the very air we are breathing, that today is the day that God made for us to enjoy our lives, will cause our hearts to bubble over with thankfulness experientially and we “will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalms 118:28–29:
-28: Thou art my God {this is confessing our trust in God}, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
-29: O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

There is a wonderful Psalm of David’s written in I Chronicles, and I would like to share some of it with you from the Amplified Bible, where David is being so thankful because he recognizes that being positive is a great way to enjoy this day and every day.

I Chronicles 16:7–9, 30–36 (The Amplified Bible): *
-7: Then on that day David first entrusted to Asaph and his brethren the singing of thanks to the Lord [as their chief task]:
-8: O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known His doings among the peoples!
-9: Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them!
– 30: Tremble and reverently fear before Him {highly respect God}, all the earth’s peoples; the world also shall be established, so it cannot be moved.
-31: Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice {let the angels of heaven be glad, and let the people of the earth rejoice}; and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigns!
-32: Let the sea roar, and all the things that fill it; let the fields rejoice, and all that is in them.
-33: Then shall the trees of the wood sing out for joy before the Lord, for He comes to judge and govern the earth.
-34: O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
-35: And say, Save us, O God of our salvation; gather us together and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name {in everything your name represents} and glory in Your praise {of us}.
-36: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel {Israel means the beloved of God, as we are in I John 3:1–2}, forever and ever! And all the people said Amen! and praised the Lord.

So today, please Rejoice and be Glad in Thankfulness!

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

The Fullness of God (The First Principle)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In this study, we will be looking at some of the spiritual principles from God’s healing Word regarding giving and receiving from God’s point of view. Let us venture to look at the Scriptures with a hearts’ desire to receive all that God would have us enjoy. In Ephesians 3:19 we read: “that ye might {or may} be filled with all the fullness of God.” This verse will be our standard and guide as we plant and then water the seeds of abundance, with a further view of reaping the harvest of all the fullness of God.

The first principle that I wanted to share with you is that we must believe that God was telling the truth when He said that we may be filled with all His fullness, and that we can ask, seek, and knock and the result will be that the actual spiritual door to God’s abundance will open to us.

We cannot wonder, daydream, or simply hope that maybe God’s Word is telling us the truth regarding His fullness, but rather we must know that God’s Word means what it says and that God does not make promises that He cannot fulfil. So, do we believe God’s Word? Believing God’s Word is planting the seeds of abundance, which in turn opens up the floodgates to His abundant healing Word along with our absolutely enjoying His fullness.

Matthew 7:7-8:
-7: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-8: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

The Apostle Paul considered himself in the New Testament as the believers’ father in the Word of God (I Thessalonians 2:11), in the sense that he raised the believers up to the standard of the Epistles. In II Corinthians 12:14 Paul says, “I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.” Paul was not after “yours,” meaning that he was not after their finances or the things they owned, but rather he was concerned about their spiritual wellbeing as his spiritual children. This is the highest calling of leadership today, to desire “above all things that thou {God’s children} mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (III John 2).

Giving is a partnership between the giver and his or her heavenly Father, not between Paul, God, and the believers, nor is giving between you and me and God, but rather connects an individual to his or her God and His fullness to enhance their personal relationship.

The Christian believer is not instructed in the Scriptures to give until it hurts. Giving is not a form of penance, nor can the act of giving relieve a person from sin and condemnation because God does that freely (Romans 8:1, I John 1:9).

Giving according to the Scriptures is always meant to be a profitable blessing and adventure to the giver first. Giving with the correct heart of understanding the Scriptures will indeed invoke God’s true spiritual blessings and power upon our lives.

Philippians 4:17:
Not because I {the Apostle Paul} desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

The subject here in Philippians 4:13-20 is about giving and receiving, and Paul is expressing the true spiritual perspective in the absolute will of God for godly giving, and that is that fruit may abound back into your accounts. The primary biblical truth about giving is that fruit may return and abound in your life.

In Philippians 4:17, Paul wanted the believers to understand thoroughly that the blessings for giving will always return to the giver. The word fruit represents the result, the product of their labor of love that inspired giving. Paul said, not because I desire a gift, because he taught the Scriptures and gave the healing Word of God to people freely. However, he did his best to show people how to have fruit abounding back into their accounts.

I Corinthians 9:18:
What is my reward then {for preaching the Gospel}? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

Paul’s reward came from God because he gave the Gospel; that was his ministry and he made the Word of God available to people freely. People themselves are solely responsible for deciding whether they want to give, not only in monetary ways but also in whatever capacity they feel comfortable. Paul’s responsibility was simply to give the Gospel freely to others and God would continue to care for him, and the same is true with anyone who believes God’s Word. The more understanding we receive from the Scriptures, the greater our receiving from God becomes.

The New Testament’s emphasis relating to giving and receiving is always on the receiving first, having our needs supplied by God is foremost before we are ever encouraged to give anything, as Philippians 4:19 states: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We want to learn how to receive the abundance of God’s promises for our lives, our families, and for our surroundings, rather than simply learning to give out of fear or give reluctantly.

Jesus Christ gave one hundred percent for you and me; he gave his all in all. He never gave his life for ten percent of our money, but much rather he gave everything for us so that we could freely walk with God. We were not redeemed with tithes, but with all of the precious blood of the Redeemer (I Peter 1:18-19). We were redeemed with every fragment of Jesus’ being; he paid the ultimate price for humanity’s salvation so that we may “freely” walk with God and with our Savior and enjoy the more abundant life (John 10:10).

A professional athlete would not just give ten percent of their abilities or talents, they give one hundred percent. God does not require ten percent of what you own or earn, He wants all of you (Romans 12:1-2) in the sense that you already belong to Him because of the work of Christ, and this God desires that we know.

I Corinthians 6:19-20:
-19: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost {or the holy
spirit} which is in you, which we have of God, and ye are not your own?
-20: For ye are bought with a price: therefore {give, give, and give until it hurts – no – but rather} glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

All we own is already God’s: “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof” (Psalms 24:1ff), and all Christian people are His children. The very best that we can return to God today is glory, praise, and honor, and commit our ways unto God with thankfulness that He indeed is our heavenly Father. When we get to the place in our own minds that we believe all we have is God’s in the first place (after all He did create everything), then through our believing, God will become our true sufficiency in life (at one hundred percent).

When people give ten percent of their incomes and an hour or so of their time to God each week, then they inevitably will end up ninety percent short, and receive only sporadically. However, as we acknowledge God as our true sufficiency of all that He has given for us to enjoy in our lives, we will experience the more abundant life.

First and foremost, what God has given to us is meant to sustain us! Then as we become genuinely thankful for whatever abundance we have, even more of God’s abundance will come our way. Having a heart of thankfulness and gratitude for knowing God, recognizing that we will live with Him throughout eternity can cause us to become cheerful givers who are inspired by God’s divine love (II Corinthians 9:7).

Galatians 6:9:
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season {at the appropriate time} we shall reap, if we faint not.

This verse is a spiritual principle and promise from God that we will reap and that we can receive from Him for standing faithful to God “in well doing.” For as believers “commit the keeping of their souls {their lives} to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19), we will discover that God our Creator is indeed our sufficiency, and our every reason to remain faithful to Him day by day.

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established,” even if our thoughts are, “I wonder if God is real, is He really my sufficiency, and does He really hear my prayers?” God can establish even these to you personally and prove to you that He will never leave or forsake you.

Psalms 37:4-5 states: “Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of your heart} to pass.” The more we commit ourselves into the care of God, the greater the blessings become manifested in our lives. In II Corinthians 8:5 it says of the believers that they: “first gave their own selves to the Lord,” this is when (and how) believers truly begin receiving abundance from our Creator.

Yes, it does take time for people to put their trust and believing in God Whom they have never seen, yet Jesus encourages, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:29). The more we receive and understand from God’s healing Word, the easier it becomes to allow God and His blessings into our lives. “Whom {Jesus} having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). When we learn to give God our first thoughts in the day, and thank Him in Christ’s name for the day that He has made for us, then we will be experiencing joy that is truly beyond words.

Proverbs 3:5-6:
-5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
-6: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The more we commit ourselves to God, the greater our trust in Him will grow effortlessly and without compulsion. As we begin acknowledging Him in all our ways, the clearer our daily paths in this life will become lit up in the light of God’s healing Word and guidance (Ephesians 1:18-19). By learning to put our trust in God with all our hearts, God then can begin directing our walks with Him on the path that will be most pleasing to Him and to us.

When we share our hopes and dreams with God and allow Him to work within our lives, He will most assuredly give to us the desires of our hearts, for God is able to do more than we could ever think of asking or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). As we give God our earnest prayers, our continued love, and our daily thanks — believing that He has received them — then God begins to work mightily in our lives. When we begin making room in the heart of our hearts for God, we will also discover that we were formed, made, and created to be the actual habitation of God (Ephesians 2:22).

Then, becoming a cheerful giver (to God first), will be a continuous blessing to us. This is why I believe that Christians can become the most generous and giving people on the planet. As we learn to trust in God and become good stewards of what He has given, He will inspire us to become “cheerful givers.” From a biblical point of view, it does not cost a Christian who gives to God, but rather pays in eternal dividends.

The more we begin believing that all we own are gifts from God, and that He has made us stewards of His gifts, then He can inspire us in love to be cheerful givers. We will know within our hearts that when we share of our God-given abundance, or of our God-given talents, or of our God-given time with others, we will literally be giving His blessings to others, blessings He gave us to share.

II Corinthians 9:7-8 (The Amplified Bible):**)
-7: Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].
-8: And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no {additional} aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

The greatest giving that Christians can possibly give is to dedicate their lives to God. This thankfully does not mean that we need to change our lifestyles because God loves us the way we are. He not only accepts us with our hopes and dreams but with all our shortcomings and frailties as human beings. God simply wants you to begin enjoying life and simply desires that you take Him with you.

Romans 12:1-2 says that we can “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” If we were to give God our prayers in the morning, and spend a few moments in His healing Word, thanking Him for the upcoming day, then God will be proving to us that He is with us throughout the day. This is how (and when) God begins showing us that His good, acceptable, and perfect will can indeed be enjoyed moment by moment, day by day.

Psalms 34:8:
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

One who has placed his trust in God is one whose life is blessed (by God) to the point that God’s gracious Word and His many promises becomes truly palatable spiritually, physically, and even mentally.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but {man shall live} by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). So, God’s wonderful Word can be feasted on and savored in the heart of our hearts. No wonder the Word is called “the bread of life” (John 6:48), and “wholesome words” (I Timothy 6:3). Jeremiah confessed: “thy words were found and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). It seems he thoroughly enjoyed the Scriptures. When a believing soul puts his or her trust in God as their sufficiency in physical matters of life, God also fills to the full the true spiritual matters of the human heart such as having inner peace between man and his God.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” As we taste our heavenly gift of righteousness, of holy spirit, of the joys discovered from the Word of God, and the immensity of the powers of God (Hebrews 6:4-5), we cannot but be inspired to continue trusting in God’s gracious Word. Our thirst for the fullness of life with God in Christ can and will become a reality within our lives.

I Peter 2:2-3:
-2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
-3: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

There is genuine milk (i.e., whole milk rather than skim) within every ounce of God’s winsome and delectable Word! God is so wonderful and gracious to us in so many ways that are at times beyond our comprehension, yet we may assuredly know that we have received from God (II Corinthians 9:15; I Peter 1:8).

God’s desire for us is that we take Him at His Word, allowing Him and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, into our lives, and permit the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God into our hearts and lives in our day to day adventures.

Let us be men and women of God who have decided to give Him our inner hearts’ trust. Agree to continue allowing God Himself to show us how to be the kind of cheerful giver we personally desire to be, and give God His rightful place in our lives, giving Him all our love and our hopes and dreams as we continue savoring the taste of His divine graces upon our lives.

Hebrews 13:5 (The Amplified Bible**):
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

What a comfort it is to realize that God is with us always, this indeed is savoring the taste of God’s grace upon our souls.

Isaiah 30:18 (The Amplified Bible*):
And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

The translators of the Amplified Bible have done a tremendous work on this verse of Scripture that demonstrates we are now in receipt of His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship, for with Him we may receive and experience the abundance of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:19 (The Amplified Bible**):
[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

For more on this topic, see: God’s Blessings and The Seeds of Authentic Abundance (What Is Not in the Scriptures Is so Often Just as Important as What Is in the Scriptures!)