Arm Yourselves “The Mind of Christ”

Back in January, I wrote a blog entitled Arm Yourselves. Last night in church, I saw the piece of paper that I had scribbled notes on about this subject and I realized that I didn’t share them all with you yet. So today, I am going to finish my thoughts on this subject.

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The word ‘arm’ in this phrase means to furnish or equip with weapons, to furnish with something that strengthens or protest, to equip or ready for action or operation, to prepare oneself for struggle or resistance.

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”

I Peter 4:1

In the previous post of Arm Yourselves I talked about how we need to arm ourselves with the Word of God. Today, I want to talk about arming yourself with the ‘mind of Christ.’

What mindset did Christ have?

If we can figure out the mind that Christ had and arm ourselves with it, we will have a better chance of living a perfect, pleasing life unto God.

Arm yourselves with the mind of a SERVANT. When I think of Christ and His mindset while He was here on earth, I think of a servant. If you follow the life of Christ, He was concerned about helping others, about serving others. “After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.” John 13:5 One of Jesus’ last acts here on earth was that of a servant, washing the feet of His disciples. Being a servant requires you to be selfless. Being a servant requires you to focus on the needs and well-being of someone else. Too many Christians have a selfish mindset and don’t want to help and serve others. The ministry is serving others. When you are armed with the mindset of a servant, you have a better chance of avoiding sin. Why? Because sin is a selfish act. Find a place to serve, find a person to serve, find a purpose to serve. Arm yourselves with the mind of a servant!

Arm yourselves with the mind of a SOLDIER. You are probably wondering, did Christ have a mind of a soldier? I think he did. A soldier is a fighter, a soldier is someone who stands and fights for a cause. Christ had a cause that He had to stand and fight for while here on earth. He had to get to the cross a sinless man, Satan tried to tempt and derail Jesus from fulfilling His mission. We need to have a mindset of a soldier. We need to have a mindset to stand and fight for what is right. If you look around today, you will see a lot of Christians falling by the wayside, a lot of Christians being defeated by Satan. It is time that we stand and fight against sin and wrong! When you stand and fight against sin, you lessen the likelihood of falling into sin! Arm yourself with the mind of a soldier!

Arm yourselves with the mind of a SOUL WINNER. Probably the greatest mindset that Jesus Christ had is that of a soul winner. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 Christ came to seek and to save the lost! His greatest objective was to see people saved. This mindset takes a combination of the previous two and puts them into action. You have the mindset of a servant when you are concerned with the eternal well-being of someone and you have the mindset of a soldier when you fight back laziness and selfishness and go out and witness. Being a witness for Christ is not easy. It isn’t easy to be a soul winner but each one of us, if we are going to have the mind of Christ, need to be a witness for Him. Arm yourself with the mind of a soul winner.

We will not be able to make it far in the Christian life without the Word of God. We will not be able to put into action what we learn from the Word of God unless we take the mind of Christ.

Be a servant!

Be a soldier!

Be a soul winner!

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3 Steps To Finish Strong

So I started off the month of January with a bang! I was refreshed from having 9 out of 14 days off over the holidays and it showed in my blogging! I posted something 19 straight days to start the month and I was rolling! I had my highest viewed month by day 15 and I was feeling awesome!

Then life hit me. I got tired from work, church and regular family duties. I was a little stressed over different things going on. The last 12 days of the month I only posted 3 times. I felt bad but I was mentally tired.

I was thinking about this and how the old saying goes, “It isn’t about how you start, it’s about how you finish.” I started the month strong and running and then I finished it weak and crawling.

I think of Paul, probably one of the greatest Christians to walk the face of the earth, had a strong finish! His beginning wasn’t strong, he killed Christians for a living. He also described himself as the chiefest of sinners. I believe that when Paul went by Saul, he was the best at doing what he did, killing Christians. He always got his man. He worked hard at his craft and was diligent in what he did. When he got saved, he did the same exact thing he did when he was unsaved. Instead of killing Christians though, he led them to Christ. He always went where the Lord told him to go. Paul was diligent and hardworking in his service towards Christ.

Can you imagine what Paul could have accomplished if his whole life was spent serving Christ? How much he could have done if he didn’t waste those years killing Christians.

Yes, I believe that how you finish is important, but how you start is important also.

These kids that grow up in a Christian home, attend a Christian school, go to church throughout their childhood, these are the kids that have a strong start, yet we see many fail and fall out during the race of life. Their start in life was strong, but somewhere along the track of life, they fell down or fell out of the race.

If you feel like you have reached a point in the race of life where you don’t know how to finish and you are ready to give up, don’t! You can do it! You can make it through this hard time! Just don’t stop going forward in life!

Paul gives us his plan to finish strong in II Timothy 4:5-7.

“But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I kept the faith:”

In his last letter of instruction to Timothy, he left him some final thoughts on how to finish strong, like he had.

Look ahead! “But watch thou in all things…” You will never finish the race if you aren’t paying attention to where you should go. Hebrews 12:1 tells us to look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. If we aren’t paying attention, if we aren’t looking ahead, if we aren’t watching out for obstacles, we will not finish the face, we will not finish strong. Look ahead to the goal! Look ahead to the will of God for your life. Don’t let others distract you from finishing. Don’t let the world detour you from finishing! Don’t let Satan defeat you from finishing! “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Where you look determines your direction! Make sure you continually and constantly are looking ahead and you will have an opportunity to finish strong!

Lean on Christ! “…endure afflictions,…” In this race of life, we will be faced with afflictions, trials, and hardships. There will be times that we just want to quit and give up. It is in these moments that we learn to endure and the best way to endure tough times in the Christian life is lean on Christ! “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4 No matter the situation, we have nothing to fear in life if we are walking with Christ. He is there for us to lean on and He will comfort us. You will never make it in the race of life if you try to go at it all by yourself, you need to lean on Christ, especially when you are going through the hard times!

Labour fervently! “…do the work of an evangelist,…” When I think of the ministry of evangelist, I think of someone who is constantly traveling, preaching, soul winning and laboring wherever they go. We not be in the actual position of an evangelist, but we can be an evangelist in our own town. Wherever we go we can labor, we can tell others about the Gospel. Being a witness for Christ is the best job that anyone of us can do. As we run this race of life, we need to tell others about the Good News of Jesus Christ and get them to join the race with us! If you are focused on being a witness, you won’t be focused on the troubles and trials that come along and you won’t be tempted to quit!

He ends vs. 5 with the statement, “…make full proof of thy ministry.” That phrase ‘full proof’ is interesting. Full means not lacking or omitting anything, complete. Proof means the cogency of evidence that compels acceptance by the mind of a truth or a fact; the process or an instance of establishing the validity of a statement especially by derivation from other statements in accordance with principles of reasoning. To put it simply, full proof means to be complete in what you know. We need to be full proof in our ministry. We need to know WHO we serve, WHY we serve and WHERE to serve. If we are complete in our knowledge about serving Christ, because He saved us, wherever we are, we will be well on our way to finishing strong.

My goal this month is to not only start strong, but to finish strong. I already know I am going to have some long days but if look ahead at my goals, lean on Christ when it gets tough, and continue to labour fervently! I know I can finish this month strong!

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Withstand In The Evil Day

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Ephesians 6:10-13

It is time for Christians to wake up and realize we are living in an evil day! We are living in a time when God is being thrown out of the courthouse, the schoolhouse, the family’s house and even the church house! We are living in a day when sin is so prevalent it is normal and accepted! We are living in an evil day where righteousness is frowned upon and wickedness is uplifted!

What happened to our will, our desire, our passion to stand and fight! Do you realize that your life and your child’s life is at stake here? Satan is doing everything he can to destroy Christianity and things of Christ, and we are sitting here allowing him to!

It is time we realize that we are in the fight of our lives! It is time that we stand up for what is right! Stand against what is wrong! Stop letting the world and the devil control what we do and say!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about doubling down on our Christianity. About becoming more zealous and fervent for what is right! The worldly crowd is getting louder and louder while we get quieter and quieter. I was thinking about this, are they getting louder because more and more ‘Christians’ are joining them? Just a thought…

I want to take one phrase from the verses above, “…that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,…” Withstand means to stand up against:oppose with firm determination, to resist successfully; to be proof against: resist the effect of; to stop or obstruct the course of. We need to withstand in the evil day. We need to oppose, we need to resist, we need to stop and obstruct wickedness.

The preparation to withstand. To be able to withstand, we have to be prepared. How do we prepare? By putting on the armour of God. We see that God gives us the armour to put on in the following verses. This armour protects everything we need from head to foot. If we forget even one item, we are at risk of being defeated by Satan. He starts with the girdle of truth, that is why it is important to be honest in everything we say and do! He then goes to the breastplate of righteousness. The piece that covers your heart. We need to have a righteous and clean heart before God. The we are told to cover our feet with the gospel of peace, be a soul winner, be a witness for Christ. Then we are to take the shield of faith, realizing that we are not in this fight alone. Then the helmet of salvation. It doesn’t matter if you know everything about Christianity but don’t know the Christ that saves you. Without salvation, you will never be able to fight Satan like you should. Then we are to ourselves with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. It is important to read, study, meditate and memorize the Bible as it is our only weapon of attack. Be prepared everyday to withstand the wiles of the devil, to be able to withstand Satan’s attack!

The performance of withstanding. When should we withstand? Easy, whenever wrong presents itself. We live in such a day when we are worried about who we will offend. Have we thought about how much we are offending God when we give into the world and into the ways of Satan. We have too many Christians sitting on the sidelines watching the fight, we need more Christians to stand up for Christ and get in the fight. The Christian life isn’t no tea party, it is a battle, it is a fight! Let’s not give into the Satan and his wicked ways! Let’s learn to say no! Let’s learn to turn from wickedness! Let’s learn to be bold about our faith and what is right according to the Bible. Whether you are standing alone or with a crowd, as long as you are standing for right, continue to stand!

The progression of withstanding. I was thinking about when would be the time to stop standing, and there is no time to stop standing. When we think we can stand no more, stand. When we think the fight is won, stand. Too often, we quit too soon, we give up, we stop…we have to keep pressing forward and continue fighting! We have to continue to progress in our fight, if we stop, we will regress. It is going to be tough. It is going to be hard, but that is when we need to rely on God to carry us through! We cannot fight the battle against Satan and the wickedness of this world without Christ! We need to progress and go forward in our walk with God, in our service for Christ! We need to withstand no matter what!

Be one who withstands in the evil day! Don’t give in or give up!

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