The Mind of Christ

1 Corinthians 2:16 — For we have the mind of Christ (NLT).

Whether we ever have a revelation of this truth or not, believers actually do have the mind of Christ. When we receive Him as our Lord and Savior, Paul said, “Now all things are of God” (2 Corinthians 5:18). “All things” includes our minds.

This does not mean we become perfect thinkers. We will still have wayward thoughts, but the mind of Christ will cause us to stop those trains of thought and submit them to Him. Having His mind also means we have the ability to make godly decisions in everyday life.

If you and I put our faith in the transformation that took place in us at salvation, and truly believe we are able to think God’s thoughts, we will begin to think, talk, and act differently. Embrace God’s way of thinking today. Doing so will radically change your outlook on life.

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Participate, Don’t Spectate

Romans 8:29For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren (NKJV).

God has prepared and planned some things for you to do, and He places certain dreams and desires inside each of us. The Holy Spirit will reveal them to you through prayer and by abiding in His presence.

Many people are overwhelmed by or afraid of what God has called them to do. (This is a recurring theme throughout the Bible as well.) In fact, if what you feel He has called you to do doesn’t scare you just a little, it probably isn’t a God-sized plan or dream. If you can accomplish it in your own strength, you don’t need Him.

On the other hand, His plans will force you to make bold statements of faith in order to fulfill your purpose. Then, after your confession, you must set goals and deadlines to reach your target. His perfect will for your life is not going to drop on your head or come to pass by chance.

I don’t know what God as called you to do, nor do I know your past successes or failures. What I do know is that it’s never too late to do the right thing. You are still breathing; you still have time, and His purpose for your life has not changed. Start now. Rather than be a spectator, become a participant in God’s plan.

Jeremiah 29:11“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV).

—Heidi Jonker

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Eager Expectation

Romans 8:19For the creation waits in eager expectation (NIV).

What are you waiting on in expectation? Many people wait on things; however, not everyone waits with expectation. Expectation is the act or state of looking forward to or anticipating, and one of its synonyms is confidence.

When you have confidence, you know that what you are waiting on is coming. It may not happen in your timing, but it will happen. God has been, is, and always will be faithful to do everything He has promised. Hebrews 10:35 says, “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded” (NIV). Without confidence, you are unlikely to wind up at your final destination.

My father-in-law battled cancer for about five years, and he was initially given only six months to a year to live. Doctors, nurses, friends, family, and strangers were all amazed at his progress and determination. He beat the odds! Why? It was his expectation and confidence—his optimistic outlook—that brought him victory. He refused to lie around feeling sorry for himself, though he had every right to. Instead he made every effort to make each day count.

Many people start; some people finish, but few finish strong. I believe it’s because they lack confidence. Again, what are you waiting on in expectation? Don’t cast away your confidence, but rather finish strong.

Proverbs 3:26For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught (ESV).

—Heidi Jonker

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Accumulated Blessing

2 Corinthians 9:8God has power to shower all kinds of blessings upon you, so that, having, under all circumstances and in all occasions, all that you can need, you may be able to shower all kinds of benefits on others (20th CR).

At the end of May 2017, our family traveled to Yosemite National Park—what a glorious and beautiful sight it is! Once inside the park, we quickly made a short hike straight to the base of the iconic upper and lower Yosemite Falls. We joined a crowd of people and let the water from the falls mist and splash our faces. It was exhilarating!

As we stood there, I began to think about the source of this amazing experience—snow accumulation from the recent winter months. If the snow had not fallen, the falls would not have flowed so liberally. In fact, I overheard a park ranger tell a guided tour that it was the greatest flow and supply of water he had seen come over the falls in over twenty years!

This flow reminded me of our heavenly Father, who loves to amply supply all of our needs. God has an accumulation, a mass quantity, gathered that He has reserved to pour out in abundance over your life. He wants to bless you so much that not only your every need is met, but also the needs of those connected to you. Glory!

Philippians 4:19 — And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (AMP).

—Heidi Jonker

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Don’t Revert Back

Exodus 2:11-12 — One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own peopleGlancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand (NIV).

During Israel’s journey to the Promised Land, Moses was a humble man with godly intentions. He knew the voice of the Lord and walked closely to Him, but that was not always the case. As you just read in Exodus 2, Moses struggled with anger early in his life. He became so angry one time that he murdered an Egyptian guard who was mistreating a fellow Hebrew.

After the murder, God handpicked and anointed Moses to be the leader of Israel’s deliverance. With the anointing came the ability to deal with difficult circumstances in a godly manner. Time passed, and Moses led Israel out of bondage. They faced many hardships as they traveled, but Moses was a model of patience. The Israelites complained, and he brought their requests to the Lord. He seemed to have left the past behind him.

Some time later, God gave Moses the chance to prove his character. Unfortunately, he flopped. Moses was armed with a word from the Lord; he was anointed to handle the situation properly, but anger caused him to revert back to his old ways.

Your true character is revealed when you’re under fire. All is well with your attitude as long as life is going as you think it should, but it is only a matter of time before your character will be put to the test. Times of testing reveal what we are made of.

Maybe today you are close to giving up on living a godly lifestyle. God has brought you through so much! Don’t revert back to your past because you are angry. He has anointed you to do what is right. Cast your cares on Him, and allow Him to guide you.

1 Timothy 2:8 — I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy (NLT).

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Anger Breeds Disobedience

Numbers 20:7-8, 11 — The Lord said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water”…Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff (NIV).

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, it’s okay to get angry. But when anger becomes sin, you have a problem. Moses demonstrated this truth perfectly.

Moses had seen the hand of the Lord at work time and time again on behalf of the Israelites, but here they complained against God again. Moses was sick and tired of Israel taking God for granted. He took their ridicule personally and got angry. He was justified in his anger, but because he lacked self-control, his anger became sin. He disobeyed God.

Israel was thirsty, so God told Moses to speak to the rock and water would pour out for them to drink. Out of frustration, Moses struck the rock twice instead.

Many times we have legit reasons for being angry, but the minute we lose control and lash out, we step out of God’s will. Psalm 37:8 says, “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil” (NIV). Giving into anger will lead you down a path to destruction. Anger often causes us to ignore God’s command and take a path of our own design.

Perhaps you know all too well what it is I’m talking about today. You’re upset and have been disobedient, and you might even have legitimate reasons for being angry. If you have acted out and ventured away from God’s will, this is your opportunity to get back on track.

I encourage you to repent and receive forgiveness. The only way to correct disobedience is to obey. Do what He has commanded you to do. Get your life back on course today.

James 1:20 — For man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires (NIV).

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Residual Frustration

Numbers 20:10-11 — He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff (NIV).

Moses was mad. He yelled at the Israelites, and then he beat a rock with his staff. But why was he so upset? Israel was complaining again. In Numbers 20:2-6, you can read how the Israelites moaned and groaned about there being no water. They went on and on about how Moses had led them into the desert to die. Unfortunately, this was not an isolated event.

The Israelites were an ungrateful bunch that frequently grumbled against Moses. Their complaints were constant, even though God gave them great victories. Moses listened to their nagging, but he finally had enough and blew his top.

This brings me to the first truth you need to know about anger. Anger often results from residual frustration. Moses allowed Israel’s complaints to pile up one on top of the other, and it eventually broke him. He lost his temper.

There are many well-meaning Christians who are irritated and dangerously frustrated in their personal lives. Maybe your nerves are depleted because of your current economic or social status, or the boss is riding you at work. Perhaps your teenager is rebelling, school is demanding, or the baby is crying again! Frustration is mounting, tension is building, and an emotional tirade is looming. Now…take a deep breath. Frustration does not have to birth anger.

Perhaps you have been lashing out as Moses did. You may not be smacking people or objects with sticks, but your words may be hurtful at times. I encourage you to deal with frustrations as they come. Don’t hold everything in until you are at a breaking point. Exchange the nagging pressures of life for the peace of God. You, and those around you, will be glad you did.

1 Corinthians 10:13 — And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand (NLT).

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