Mind experiences

IMG_0005“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus”….Philippians 2:5, NRSV

When I read the above scripture I admit it kinda of blocks my mind from my thinking. Hey, I’m glad, I think! I’m hoping this excitement has come into my thinking;
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8 NLT

We have been hearing a lot lately about mind, thinking, change, embrace, and even thoughts like, “suck it up”.  I really would just love to have a dialogue here about experiences about having the mind of Christ vs. just mind! Am I the only one thinking this is a major mystery story and takes spiritual spy minds to develop and bring scenario of into existence.

 

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18 thoughts on “Mind experiences

  1. Sara, when I read this opening I thought immediately of the quote by Descartes [which I googled], ” i think, therefore I am.” That’s where the trouble begins, I ”think”!!
    Like your quote from God…as in” MY thoughts are nothing like your thoughts” the trouble begins with our thought life [which trouble began with our sin life]. So in order to rescue ourselves from ourselves, Paul writes in
    1Cor. 2:16, ”For, who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”” Wow. Do I need the mind of Christ!! Perhaps when we don the Helmet of Salvation we cover our minds, wills, intellects emotions and imaginations with the Helmet of wholeness and soundness which is in the Salvation package…. .like it says in
    2 Timothy…having been given a ‘sound mind.’
    Also, I think about ”suck it up” and it is likened in my ‘thinking to…. ”let it go, let it go”. Yeah. that’s good advice in many instances.
    “Let the meditations of my heart [mind??] be acceptable unto You oh God!”…such as puny as they are….and still You hear me and You are the only ONE most times that can ‘read my mind”. Thank YOU LORD. ….
    I THINK???!

      1. Yeah, Tammy. Two-fold, actually. ”Let it go”…making a decision to ”cast all our cares on Him for He cares for us….2nd.. casting down and loosing our minds of the unholy imaginations of our thought life that exalt themselves against God. And I guess a third point would be to NOT take them up again. That’s the hardest part.

      2. Thanks for your reply MG. Now, on your third point….”I guess a third point would be to NOT take them up again. That’s the hardest part.” Wonder why?

      1. Sara….Maybe….More like a VIDEO of our godly deeds, actions and works prepared ahead of time by God for us to perform in our season.

      2. Tammy, the hardest part is ”not allow them back into our thought life”. The enemy of our souls will keep bringing them back and we have to reject them, when he does, lest we sin….in our thought life.
        The tyranny of memories will try to dominate our lives but we have been given love, power and a SOUND MIND, That is part of Salvation…soundness of body and mind and spirit and soul It’s like working out our salvation with fear and trembling….but nonetheless ”working it out”. I thought I had forgiven that person…why is this thought coming up in my mind?
        We have to reject and ”cast down” those thought evil thoughts, thoughts of retaliation that rise up abruptly in our thought life….”I shoulda’ said this…I shoulda done that,,,”shoulda, coulda’ woulda”. That was the parting shot from.my ex-husband…his terse goodbye!! Fortunately that record is broken and cast out. Hurts and wounded memories…… those old tapes playing over and over…stuck in our heads….those we reject and rebuke. ”But we have the mind of Christ”

  2. ” I really would just love to have a dialogue here about experiences about having the mind of Christ vs just mind!” We had a missionary at church last night that spoke about his life on the mission field. In all that he shared, the purpose is to get the news of the gospel to all people who do not know Christ, and those who do, get to know Him better by reading, studying, and learning the Word of God. Would the experience of this missionary be an example of the “mind of Christ”? (NIV)Mark 16:15 says:
    “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” That is a beautiful picture above! Is that a canary?

    1. Tammy, I love how you followed the thread, (” I really would just love to have a dialogue here about experiences about having the mind of Christ vs just mind!”) until you discovered the needle! I would say in your dialogue the needle represents the missionary! Threading of the needle (mind of Christ) ‘missionary’s obedience’ to follow the thread which is; lengthen the thread, keeping thread from breaking, knotting or even thread rot has shown the differences of two minds at work.

      “We had a missionary at church last night that spoke about his life on the mission field. In all that he shared, the purpose is to get the news of the gospel to all people who do not know Christ, and those who do, get to know Him better by….” (See Tammy’s comment above)

      This missionary’s experiences and sharing of has given a very specific clarin sound to each and every one that considers themselves a follower of Jesus, the Christ. Surely fulfilling having the mind of Christ. I pause here to whisper a prayer for this specific missionary’s work….

      Our singing canary bird is a wood carving by my brother-in-law, Pat, retired from NASA, but continues his creative work thru craving masterful nature scenes. And, often brings home the blue ribbon from competitive shows.

  3. The other day I read somewhere (I think it was a Bible passage but can’t locate the exact one at the moment) about having a humble mind or a mind of humility. I shared that with Sara and she asked me if I knew how to have a humble mind. I admitted I did not and the answer she shared I thought is very relevant to this blog. She said (and I paraphrase) “Have gratitude”.
    To me that sounds like the mind of Christ vs ‘just mind’.

    1. Debi, would Colossians 2: 18 be the verse about having the humble mind, be the one you read? Thanks for sharing your conversation with Sara about “having gratitude “.

      1. “Tammy, thank you for sharing your scripture from Col 2:18…that really broadens the picture on a humble mind ”
        Hay, Debi, it sure helps when believers can share and help encourage each other, with the Word of God. Maybe others can read this blog and be encouraged in the Lord also?

    2. What does, “Have gratitude” mean? In my conversation with you, Debi, there was a very lengthy discussion from one of your Oswald Chambers’ reading among other readings and thoughts to bring about, gratitude. I would say the missionary in Tammy’s post was and is overflowing with gratitude.

      1. Thank you for clarifying about gratitude and what it means, Sara, and for the example that the missionary in Tammy’s post “is overflowing with gratitude”.
        I think the scripture I had read on having a humble mind may have been from I Pet 3:8 “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” ESV
        Tammy, thank you for sharing your scripture from Col 2:18…that really broadens the picture on a humble mind and helps illustrate for me what Sara said above “the differences of two minds at work.”.

  4. Just opened my Oswald Chambers devotional to read my pm reading for March 17 and saw He, too, is speaking on the mind today. Here is a part I thought may be applicable to the discussion:
    “I must cleanse myself from all filthiness in my flesh and my spirit until both are in harmony with the nature of God. Is the mind of my spirit in perfect agreement with the life of the Son of God in me, or am I mentally rebellious and defiant? Am I allowing the mind of Christ to be formed in me? (see Philippians 2:5). Christ never spoke of His right to Himself, but always maintained an inner vigilance to submit His spirit continually to His Father. I also have the responsibility to keep my spirit in agreement with His Spirit. And when I do, Jesus gradually lifts me up to the level where He lived— a level of perfect submission to His Father’s will— where I pay no attention to anything else. Am I perfecting this kind of holiness in the fear of God? Is God having His way with me, and are people beginning to see God in my life more and more?”

  5. When I hear, “Suck it up” I think of deal with it. Example, you only have 10$’s and you think you need 20. Deal with it by using your best judgement to work it out.
    “suck it up -Quit whining, suck it up and drive on. Military slang meaning to just deal with it and quit complaining….”

    Just some thoughts…..as we journey into the mind of Christ. I just had a thought, Christ must have a mind more powerful than my computer info source. Whoa, and I’m to have His mind. I better do as the missionary says, “… gospel to all people who do not know Christ, and those who do, get to know Him better by reading, studying, and learning the Word of God.”

    1. Yeah, Sara…Suck it up…It makes me think of this proverb…..Make do!….make the best of what you have. Suck it up….Take the sucker punch and make it a sacrifice for souls. Sometimes when we are assaulted [spiritually speaking] we are insulted, hurt, confounded cuz we feel we don’t deserve that kind of treatment, etc…..just suck it up.
      Make DO…..and if we think we want, need, desire, yearn for more,more, more another one, maybe two…’make do’ with what we do have.

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