As I relax this afternoon, I am drawn to a very interesting subject in 1st Peter chapter 1 and 2. In this life, we will go through the trial of our faith for the perfecting of our faith, so also we read the necessity to “gird up the loins of your mind (prepare your minds for action), be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ…” Jesus says to “be ye holy, as I am holy” this includes in all manner of conversation”, thought and action.
This is another reason to think (dwell) only on things that are of good report…not giving room for satan to use your mind for ungodly thoughts which will lead into your heart and soul.
We all will have trials, tests, troubles and tribulations for this is God’s way in trying our faith similar to that of trying gold and silver in fire. Bringing forth the perfection in the believer by the trying of their faith. I truly believe everything conceived both good and bad starts in the mind and so what we allow or you might say (dwell on) in our minds will take root in the heart of man. This is why the importance to (protect, gird up, guard) the mind of our very heart and soul.
Love is to be in and through all things. Forgiving others must be of top priority. Offenses, hurts and harsh words will be spoken of you, inevitably they will happen, for satan knows if he can mess with your mind he can enter your very heart and soul; but we are warned to be prepared for these offenses, for by these will be the trying of your faith.
We have been redeemed by the “precious blood of Christ” and now being born-again, we do believe in Christ Jesus; so that our faith and hope be in God. Our souls are being purified by obeying the truth of the Word through the Spirit for the Holy Spirit teaches and guides us into all truth. We are to sincerely love our brother and love one another with a pure heart, fervently (deeply, from the heart).
Christ is in us and as we come to Him, we are to be like Christ, “a living stone, being built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”.
What are consider these “spiritual sacrifices” of the New Covenant. Looking back in the Old Testament sacrifices, they were to be a permanent thing or offering given unto God. Just as today, theses spiritual sacrifices are to be a permanent thing in the believers life, ongoing, not just for a time or season.
1st, it must be noted that we or each of us are to “offer ourselves” our bodies, individually unto God as a reasonable or “living sacrifice”, that of our bodies being used for holy living unto God, interpreted “spiritual” living. We are to be individuals, comprised of a Godly Temple, where God resides.
Secondly, these “spiritual sacrifices” are also comprised of praise, worship and thanksgiving from our lips coming from the inner most being of our soul. It is interesting to note, that the Holy Spirit comes from the inner most part of our being or the soul of the born-again believer. Prayer is to be from the heart, or the soul of the person. Again, an interesting note, the soul of a person is what will be judged on judgement day. God is interested in the soul of a person and with that said , He pays close attention to the very heart, intentions of the inner-most part of the person.
Another interesting thought is that prayer is to come from the bottom of our heart, or you might say, the inner most part of the being. The combination of earnest (of sincere conviction) prayer and the righteous person (you might say) gets God’s attention.
It is of the utmost importance to keep our mind, body, spirit and soul under the subjection of Christ. Consecrating our whole body; physically, mentally and spiritually unto God for His service in right living is to be the believers daily lifestyle. God expects nothing less from every born-again believer.
When we are controlled by the Holy Spirit in thought and action there will be nothing less than the very power of God and Christ working through us.
Allowing bitterness and unforgiveness into one’s body; spirit, mind, heart and soul will ultimately bring death to the body and soul of the person. It is vital to forgive and not allow any bitterness or unforgiveness to enter into your mind for it will began to take root. What is dwelt on in the mind goes to the very heart of man and out of the heart the mouth speaks and action will be carried out (prevailed), that of good or bad.
As a choosen people, born-again believer, belonging to God, we are “to sustain from fleshly lusts (sinful desires), which war against your soul”.
We as true followers of Christ (Christians) are to endure griefs, suffering wrongdoing, be patient in well doing; in other words, doing good when you are wronged and take it with patience is commendable (acceptable) before God. As Jesus suffered so we. We are to follow His steps in all good; “for being dead to sins should live unto righteousness (right living)”.
In conclusion, remember, God looks at the very intent and heart of man; which includes our thoughts and what we allow and dwell on in the mind.
Phillipians 4:8, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Christ is coming back for a church, a people, “That he might present it (the people) to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
I am so thankful for the drawing of the Holy Spirit in my soul.
Make this final thought be your prayer, as I make it mine. “As I guard, protect and gird up my mind, may my thoughts and deeds be pleasing and acceptable unto God; always forgiving and may no bitterness be found in me. Glory be to God our Father and praise to His Son, Christ Jesus.”
Love in Christ Jesus, Paul Lundmark