Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2 (NIV)
That is what I want to be. What do you want to be? I want to be armed with your mind. I want to be able to think your thoughts. I want to think thoughts that are good and right and pure and true. That is a very good desire that you have in you. Why is it so important for you to think my thoughts? I live in a hostile and sinful world. The thoughts and attitudes, patterns and practices of the world wage war against my soul. Daily, my mind is being bombarded by the world. The world would like me to be molded according to its patterns and practices. The world desires that I think and speak and act like everyone else in it. Without your mind, I am left with my mind. My mind is not strong. My mind is not powerful. My mind cannot withstand the onslaught and constant bombardment that the world launches against it. Without your mind, I will think and speak and act like everyone else in the world. Without your mind, I will live a sinful and worldly life. That would not be good. No, it would not.
How will you arm yourself with my mind? I think only you can arm me with your mind. How will you allow me to arm you with my mind? I will leave the world behind. I will put off the world, along with all its patterns and practices. I will draw near to you. I will submit my heart and mind and life to you. I will meet with you in your word. I will allow your word to change my heart and transform my mind. I will allow your word to form your thoughts and words and actions in me. I will allow your word and your Holy Spirit to fight in me, with me, for me and through me. Your word will make me able to stand against temptation and resist evil. I will put on the new life I have in you. I will follow you to where you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. I will be at your service. I will be ready for your use. I will live the life you are calling me to live. I will no longer live for earthly and human desires. I will live to know and do your will. That will be my goal. That will be my purpose. That will be my prayer. That will be very good. That will be a prayer that I will answer for you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I know I am living in a sinful and hostile world. I know I will suffer simply because I am one of your followers. I also know that the attitudes, patterns and practices of the world wage war against my soul. Arm me with your mind so I can live my life fully for you. Amen
Key Question… How are you thinking and acting differently because your mind is aligned with the mind of Christ?
Living It Out… Arm yourself with the Mind of Christ so that you will be able to live for the Lord in a sinful and hostile world.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that having the mind of Christ will arm you with the ability to live for Him in a sinful and hostile world.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how being armed with the mind of Christ has helped you to live for Him.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you arm yourself with the mind of Christ so you can live your life fully for Him.
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