The Required Spiritual Mind

on 4/27/2012

Recently Blogger has changed the "dashboard" look for its account holders.  Blogger, which is owned by Google, is the host for this blog.  It's very easy for me now to see which pages have the most views.  It's pretty surprising, and I don't have explanations for why certain posts are most popular.  But I believe these recent posts are absolute revelation from God, and I believe they will bless you if you meditate the Scriptures and ideas presented in them.

That probably sounds like a bold claim, but that's o.k.  There are different forms of revelation.  The form I most commonly receive is when something in God's Word is just laid bare before me.  We can spend our whole lives reading the Bible, but until we truly study and meditate its contents we won't understand them as God intends.  My meditations lately on God's will and the Holy Spirit have brought life changing revelation.  I'm so excited and I hope these posts bless you.  I'm glad the revelations I receive are the kind I can share with others.  I know that clear explanation of God's Word will help all people, and I hope that's what I can regularly deliver to you in this blog.

I've focused lately on 1 Corinthians 2 and Romans 8.  I encourage you to read our last few posts and see some basics about the Holy Spirit's importance to our lives.  I understand now from 1 Corinthians 2 that the Holy Spirit is God's key communication mechanism to His people.  If I'm going to live in all that God has for me, I must be able to receive from the Holy Spirit.  If I could simply flip a switch and suddenly have an open channel between my mind and my spirit, I could clearly see God's will and experience His full desires for my life.

Consider these points for a moment.  God's Spirit knows everything about God (1 Corinthians 2:10-11).  God's Spirit will reveal to us everything God has for our lives (1 Corinthians 2).  God's Spirit will communicate with us not based on what He thinks, but based on what He hears directly from God and Jesus (John 16:13).  Our spirits are born again, directly from God, without spot or blemish (John 3).  God's Spirit communicates directly with our spirits (Romans 8:16).

Put these ideas together.  God wants you to know everything you need to know so that you can live in His perfect, specific will for your life.  God has given you His Spirit to give you the required information.  God has perfected your human spirit so that you can have perfect fellowship with His Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17).  God's Spirit will give all the information to your spirit.  Therefore, I need perfect hearing of my spirit man.  I know my spirit man was perfected.  I know he's communicating with God's Spirit.  But I need to get his information to my mind, it's just that simple.

You really can't do anything in this life unless your mind is involved.  I know people might debate the role of the mind in a Christian's life, but it's really an amazing gift from God.  I believe Jesus would have used 100% of His brain and would have been a genius the likes of which the world has never otherwise seen (He had no sin nature.).  It's true God will bypass your brain and deliver something directly to your spirit.  It's true that healing and even prosperity come from spiritual development.  We live from the "inside out" so to speak.  But for you to do anything in this life, even stand up, or pray, or go to church, requires mental involvement.  For your spirit to have any impact on others or the physical world, it must use your body, and your body is not doing much without your brain, at least not deliberately.  We are not God's puppets, we are God's free moral agents who choose to serve Him.

So, we need a clear channel from our spirits to our brains.  We need to get the information from God's Spirit, to our spirit, to our brain.  This is how we obtain what we might call "actionable intelligence."  I need to know God's will for my life, then I can act on it.  It's just that simple.  Now here is what I clearly see in the Word - to develop this channel, I must become "spiritually minded."

"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be Spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."  (Romans 8:5-7). 

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."  (Romans 12:2)

We know that our destiny is to be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).  We know that God's Spirit works to bring about that change in us, as we spend time in God's Word (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).  We must realize that our part, in the conforming to the image of Christ, is to renew our minds. 

I've talked about this before, but now we can see clearly the role this plays in us living out the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.  I used to think that God had all these separate requirements, but we see now they weave together as one giant beautiful tapestry, which says God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.

The original Greek word for "renew" is better translated "renovate."  We must change our thinking.  We must change from carnal thinking to spiritual thinking.  As we change to spiritually minded people, we will live more and more in God's perfect will.  Not only will we be conformed to the image of Christ and live correctly, but our spiritual minds will now be open to hearing our spirits.

Consider again the words from Romans 8.  The carnal mind is not subject to God's laws, it truly can't be.  Another translation for those words might be, "a carnal mind cannot marshal itself under God's commands or God's leading."  This is even more apparent as the chapter further discusses being led by God's Spirit (Romans 8:14).  As you give yourself to the Spirit of God, and as you become Spiritually minded, now you can follow the leading of God, which is given you by God's Spirit. 

Your mental development is key.  Become Spiritually minded, your mind is now open to receiving spiritual leading.  Glory to God.  Now that you can hear from your spirit, which hears from God's Spirit, you can both know God's will and do it.  Renovation of your mind is key to being conformed to the image of Christ and to living in God's perfect will for your life.

I'm so glad that God, by His Spirit which guides us into all truth, opens His Word to us to reveal His will.  God wants us to live in His perfect will more than we do.  The more I know God, the more I see His love, mercy and grace.  I hope to hear what God has shown you in His Word, as I know it will bless us all.  You might be asking now what being spiritually minded means.  Meditate these Scriptures and God will show you.  And perhaps I will write on that next time.  God bless you and keep you.


God's Spirit and You

on 4/19/2012

Recently I have been looking at God's Spirit and its influence on our lives.  If you run a simple study on the words "spirit" or "ghost" in the New Testament you will be amazed at the impact God wants the Holy Spirit to have on you.  There is simply no overstating the importance of our relationship with God's Spirit.

I'm reminded of a sermon I once heard about tithing.  The preacher quoted 1 Corinthians 14:8, "For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to battle."  His point was that if many people preach many different things about tithing, then the Body of Christ on the whole won't tithe, and the body of Christ on the whole will then lack.  I believe the same is true of the Holy Spirit.  We have all heard different preaching on the Holy Spirit.  I hope you heard that the Holy Spirit is God's gift to you so that you can successfully live this Christian life.  I hope you heard that developing your relationship with the Holy Spirit must be one of your life's primary endeavors.  What have you heard about the Holy Spirit?  Go through the Bible and look at all the references to God's Spirit.  If you use e-sword it will be very easy to do.  Spend some time and let God's Word teach you about God's Spirit.  This topic is so important you need to study it in the Word for yourself.

I'm going to briefly summarize some of the benefits of having God's Spirit in your life.  Simply put, the Holy Spirit is God Himself inhabiting you (Ezekiel 36:24-30).  God's Spirit brings God's power and love and puts them into you (Acts 1:8, Romans 5:5).  God's Spirit knows everything (1 Corinthians 2 and John 16:13) and will give you God's knowledge and wisdom.  God's Spirit will guide you into God's perfect will and show you things to come (Romans 8:14, John 16:13).  God's Spirit will show you everything God has for your life (1 Corinthians 2).  God's Spirit will teach you to pray (Romans 8:26).  God's Spirit will illuminate the Bible to you (John 16:13, John 17:17).  God's Spirit will give you the power and desire to do God's will (Philippians 2:13).  God's Spirit will make you like Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).

If you haven't heard those statements clearly, they should be enough for you to realize the importance of the Holy Spirit to Christians.  Don't let anyone lie to you and diminish the importance of the Holy Spirit in your life.  God promised that He would send His Spirit to His people thousands of years before it happened, and second only to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is the greatest gift God will ever give you.  I'm convinced now more than ever that union with the Holy Spirit is the master key to walking in the fullness of God's plan for our lives.

Today I want to focus on just a few verses that illuminate the importance of the Holy Spirit to Christians, as designed by God Himself.  I'm not talking about specific benefits of His presence, I'm talking about God showing us the kind of relationship we should have with the Holy Spirit. 

Before Jesus came John the Baptist told how Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Ghost.  Jesus said that after He returned to Heaven He would send the Holy Spirit and that we would be baptized with the Holy Spirit (John 16:7, Acts 1:5).  Baptism is an act of complete immersion.  Jesus was saying that He would immerse us completely in the Holy Spirit.  If you are immersed in water you will eventually dry, but your immersion in the Holy Spirit will mark you for the rest of eternity.  God isn't going to simply sprinkle some Holy Spirit on your head.  Nor will he let even your heel stay dry.  He's going to immerse you completely, so that the Holy Spirit touches every aspect of your life.  The Holy Spirit should impact every part of you and every part of your life.

But we aren't just immersed into God's Spirit, God's Spirit also fills us.  On the day of Pentecost, when the first Christians were immersed into the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit also filled them and even caused them to speak (Acts 2:4).  The apostles repeatedly spoke of being filled with the Spirit.  Ananias, the man God used to witness to the Apostle Paul, said that God wanted Paul to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17).  Later, Paul told the Ephesians that they shouldn't be drunk with wine, but should be constantly filled with God's Spirit (Ephesians 5:8).  It's not enough to have God's Spirit on you.  God's Spirit must be in you.  God's Spirit must impact you inside and out, so that you can be changed and then change the world for Jesus.  Glory to God. 

My friends, we probably all go through similar struggles.  We see where we are today but don't know how long this will last.  We long to know God's plans for our life.  We long to be in God's perfect will.  We wonder about the future.  We try to have faith and not fear.  I know beyond any doubt that if I can live in harmony with the Holy Spirit, which is God's will for my life, that I won't miss anything God has for me.  The Holy Spirit will always lead me.  The Holy Spirit will always comfort me.  The Holy Spirit is the answer to humanity's need for constant contact with God.  He is the answer to your needs.  Learn to hear His voice, then trust Him and obey.  I don't know what God has for me next year or even next month, but I now see that the Holy Spirit is the map to Godly success and fulfillment.  I must follow study Him and follow Him closely.  I am so thankful that I see this clearly. 

God loves us so much, more than we can imagine.  God sent His perfect son to die on the cross for us.  But it wasn't just so that we could receive forgiveness of sins.  Along with the removal of our sins, God Himself gave birth to our spirits, and we have God's seed in us.  Our bodies still have a sin nature and the impact of sin on them, but our hearts are pure before God.  We can come boldly into His presence and fellowship with our Heavenly Father, knowing He will always smile on us now that He sees us as perfect in Jesus Christ.  But God doesn't want to just be your friend or even your father, God wants to be united with you.

"He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit (with Him)."  (1 Corinthians 6:17)  We all know how man and woman become one flesh in marriage, but God wants to marry our spirits.  God wants to become one with us.  That says so much.  It says that God has truly perfected us so that we can be one with Him now.  It also shows how much God loves us, and how God doesn't ever want us to run from Him again.

Run to Him.  Embrace His Holy Spirit that is within you now.  Speak to a trusted friend or Christian elder about the baptism of the Holy Spirit if you need more information.  If they belittle the Holy Spirit or tell you this baptism is over or doesn't exist, they are wrong and have shun the relationship God wants to have with them. Follow the Holy Spirit, and He will always lead you to God and Godly success.  Yield to God and His desire for union with you.  "In God's presence is fullness of joy, at His right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Psalm 16:11)