The Mind of Christ In Me
By Lois J. Stucky
"May the mind of Christ my Saviour
Live in me from day to day;
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say."
If our desire is to be "all for Jesus," the above lines written by Kate B. Wilkinson, express a strong aspiration of our hearts. The article, "The Conquest of the Mind," a reprint of some years back, has helped many readers appropriate and make real in life the declaration of Scripture that "We have the mind of Christ" (1 Cor. 2:16). We encourage readers to make a thorough study of this article. Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us that the first and great commandment is to love God with all our heart and soul and mind (Matt. 22:37,38). So we do well to desire a mind fully devoted to Him, with Christ truly in control.
Satan, of course, is ever on the prowl to waylay the earnest Christian and to keep him from full devotion to God. In our lead article, Dr. Bubeck exhorts us to "desperate, prevailing prayer," so urgently needed today. Satan knows how effective desperate, prevailing prayer is against his agenda, and he fights prayer vigorously. The mind is a major point of his attack. The Bible speaks of "the snare of the devil" and of his taking men captive at his will (2 Tim. 2:26). Since the Christian is more likely to flee that which is obviously evil, Satan frequently uses the more subtle snare of absorbing him or her in that which may be considered harmless, but which keeps from God’s best.
Snares are not easily seen. Satan may catch and hold us captive without our realizing we have been tricked. I mention below a few of his snares that may even now have entrapped and sidetracked us from our zest for God’s best. Satan would keep us from having a sanctified mind, fit for the Master’s use. Let us examine ourselves to see if Satan has gained advantage over us in any of these ways.
Beware the Devil's Snare
Today’s glut of information. The Bible says that in the last days knowledge will increase (Dan. 12:4). Today’s availability of information is a strong temptation to people who enjoy learning and have an active, inquisitive mind. Magazines, newspapers, radio, TV, E-mail, the internet—all of these and more continually present interesting, appealing information and lure us to spend excessive time acquiring knowledge that, though not necessarily harmful, is not essential and distracts our minds from that which is more beneficial spiritually and of eternal value. It takes self-control and God-control to set proper bounds along these lines.
Then there is the area which we hear about and hope all Herald readers are innocent about—the growing amount of pornographic information available through the above media. Shocking and dismaying are the statistics we are given about the numbers even of Christian men, who are captivated by this which is so ruinous to the soul. Flee, flee this despicable evil!
Worry. Worries of many sorts clog the minds of some of God’s people. Financial matters are a common worry today. The unstable economic situation in the world requires wise thought in handling our finances, but we must trust God and not worry. Worry is a temptation from one extreme of wealth to the other, from those with wealth that had seemed more than sufficient but is now eroding away—to those on the other hand who are jobless and unable to adequately care for their families. The Bible tells us all, wherever we are on the financial scale, "Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6).
It is difficult not to worry when the needs are very real and present. Where is today’s food to come from? How can I stretch my fixed income to meet this month’s bills? Dear ones, He who had no place to lay His head understands (Luke 9:58). He has told us, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no [anxious] thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" (Matt. 6:33-34). Again we are told, "Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7). His hand feeds the little sparrow; His eye is on it when it falls. "Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows" (Matt. 10:29-31).
Our God is a faithful God. Look to Him, in desperate prayer if need be, with fastings if need be. Resist the devil who would rob you of peace and oppress you with worrisome thoughts that would consume your ability to do what you can. Sing songs and seek out Scriptures of faith and trust. Shelter under the Blood of Jesus. Resist the devil as the article on page six tells. We are promised he will have to flee from weighing us down with worries.
Fear. The Bible warns us that in the last days, some men’s hearts will fail them for fear at the things that come upon the earth (Luke 21:26). How prone some of us are to be taken captive by fear—fear of being alone in old age, fear of crime against us or our possessions, fear of sickness or of being disabled, fear of storms, etc., and nowadays the fear of terrorists and their sudden, unpredictable evil acts. Satan would use fear to cause God’s people to hold back from obeying Him. Some who hear God’s call are afraid to take the risk of leaving all to follow Him, who gave His life for us at Calvary and who promises to be with us to the end. Fear is a great enemy of faith. To recover ourselves from the snare of fear, we can feed our faith on the promises of God. If you ask Him, God will direct you to some of His "Fear not" promises. I am one to whom they have been a lifeline!
Discontent. In the "developed world" today, society has much of greed and covetousness in it, much of self-seeking and love of pleasure that breeds discontent with such things as we have, and with the life that is our lot. The Bible speaks against murmuring and complaining (Nu.11:l; 1 Cor. 10:10). On the other hand, God tells us that godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim. 6:6). If Satan can get us to grumble and complain, to be unhappy and dissatisfied, he is robbing God of praise He should receive from us, and is bringing God’s displeasure upon us. If we aren’t careful, self-pity will take over and make us miserable and depressed.
The Bible tells us, "Be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, ‘I will not leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Heb. 13:5). Is not His love and His presence, and His provision of our needs sufficient to fill our hearts and minds with joy and thanksgiving and praise? The more we occupy our minds with our wonderful Saviour and His blessed Word, the more we enter into the victory of a sanctified mind, fit for the Master’s use. And as we walk in victory, we are able to help our children, our precious children, to escape the snares of the devil and be safe from his soul-destroying devices. Be sure to study Kim Butts’ article if you need assistance in helping your children in this hour so fraught with dangers for the soul.
We must ever be on the alert. If we have already fallen into a snare of the enemy there is forgiveness if we confess and forsake our sin of giving place to the devil and depriving God of the rightful place He should have in our hearts and minds.