To prevent the frustration of falling behind, which most of us tend to do when following a Bible reading plan, each month of this plan gives you only twenty-five readings. Today we start a few “free days” . We encourage you to catch up on any readings you may have missed this month.
If you have finished the month’s readings, you can use these final days of the month to study the passages that challenged or intrigued you.
The Mind of Christ
1 Corinthians 2:16 “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.”
We can think like Jesus but very few of us do. He doesn’t worry endlessly about a million different things. He doesn’t think His past disqualifies him from Kingdom work. He doesn’t dwell on sinful thoughts. Satan loves to fill our minds with wrong and tormenting thoughts. To think like Christ, we must know what He thinks and focus on those thoughts. His thoughts can be found in His Word.
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;” Ephesians 4:22-23
“Our weapons that we fight with aren’t human, but instead they are powered by God for the destruction of fortresses. They destroy arguments, and every defense that is raised up to oppose the knowledge of God. They capture every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 CEB
Godly thinking produces Godly living, where the mind goes the man (or woman) follows. Our thoughts are very important. We can’t dwell on every thought that pops into our mind. If our thoughts don’t line up with God’s Word, cast down wrong thoughts and choose to think in accordance with God’s Word. If we think no one loves us; we should remind ourselves how much God loves us and that He died for us. We need to redirect our thoughts.
“So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.” 1 Peter 1:13 NLT
It becomes easier to practice self-control in our lives when we focus on the hope we have in salvation. Our goal becomes living to please our Savior here on earth and to take as many others with us as we can when we leave it. We will enjoy life much more when we learn to think in agreement with God’s Word. We will have life and peace when we are spiritually minded.
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 KJV
When we allow God to transform the way we think; He will direct our paths. We can know His will and get direction for our lives. He will protect us when we are faithful to follow His path. There is joy when we live in His presence.
“He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.” Proverbs 2:8 NLT
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:7