Grafted into Jesus…the True Vine!

“Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him? But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16

Wow! To have the mind of Christ! Because I live in a fallen world, ONLY in OBEDIENCE will I realize the power that is in this promise!

The simple truth is, once we have received Christ by inviting Him to be our personal Lord and Savior, the enemy is instantly defeated! We were grafted into Christ! His Spirit lives within us! His mindset is available as our source to confront the battles of everyday life!

The enemy hates those that God has received. His anger rages at the thought of the power that has been gifted to us by our Heavenly Father….the power to have HIS Son’s mindset, the power to be transformed from the inside out; the power to walk, talk and be like Christ.  But we know, that as long as we live in this fallen world, the spiritual battles will wage on. Romans 7:21-25 says:  “ I have discovered this principle of life-that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank GOD! The answer is Jesus Christ our Lord! So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”

So how do we persevere? How can we live a life worthy to be called Christian? How can we press on when things around us seem so hard, or sometimes just don’t make sense? It’s a battlefield of the mind to be sure. So what are we to do? Romans 8 continues:  “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ. And because you belong to him, the POWER of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death!” To this I say, HALLELUJAH! Did you hear that! HIS POWER! To abide in Christ is to be free indeed!

“The mind of Christ is positive. So when we fall to be negative about something, we should instantly discern that we are not operating with the mind of Christ. Christ wants us to be lifted up. It’s the enemy of our soul who wants us pressed down—depressed. We have many opportunities to think negative thoughts, but that’s not the mind of Christ at work in us. We don’t have to accept those thoughts. They are not ours!” (J.Meyers).

So as your day begins, and if you are bombarded with the obstacles that satan will surely throw your way, remember this: you are GRAFTED to Jesus Christ! Use HIS power…use HIS mindset…use HIS WORD that is part of our armor to defend and defeat! 2 Corinthians says it like this: “We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”  I love the MESSAGE translation of this verse:  “We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.”

“Papa God, you know the challenges we will face today. You know the war that will wage within. And that is why even now Father, we call on the power of your Holy Spirit that lives within us, in the name of the ONE who made it possible, CHRIST JESUS! Thank you Father that you have defeated the enemy at the cross, by sending your Son to die for our sins! You gifted us with HIS power, HIS mindset, HIS perspective! Help us tap into your source every waking moment so that we can run this race in life in stride with your strength. Help us to realize the potential that YOU see in us! In JESUS precious name I ask this – Amen!”  IN HIS STRONG LOVE ~ rose

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