January 7, 2004
A Clear Mind
1 Corinthians 2:14-16
You cannot think wrongly and live rightly. If you are thinking properly, your life will be on track because the Holy Spirit will enable you to achieve and become what He has in mind. As Christians, “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). That means that we have the capacity to think the way the Lord Jesus Christ thinks and to view our circumstances from His perspective.
To see as Christ does is often at odds with how the world sees. For example, to the non-spiritual mind, there appears to be nothing positive about death. But believers know the truth about death and life eternal—for them, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8) Similarly, when we encounter other hardships, we can be thankful because “ . . . we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purposes” (Romans 8:28). But since the world doesn’t understand that, they accuse us of being confused. We’re not confused—knowing what the Scriptures say on the subject, we understand God’s viewpoint, which is truth.
So how can we keep our minds from being confused by the world, cluttered with its vain philosophies, and corrupted by its system? Romans 12:2 tells us, “ . . . Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Just as a computer needs good software, we must program our minds with truth: daily meditation on God’s Word and His principles.
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