Old Made New - New Mind

Robert Tyson
Matt continued the series “The Old Made New” with part 3 of the series “New Mind in Christ” Andrew opened up 2 weeks ago with “New Creation,” next came “New Heart,” and now this week, “New Mind.” To be honest with you, this is a study that I am still trying to get a better grasp on. I would have been too embarrassed to tell you that in the past, but recognizing that I don’t have the answers will make me a better student of the word.
Matt referenced Romans 8:6-8 and the fact that if you pull this out and apply it to yourself as a believer, you will start to question whether or not you can please God. As with any scripture that you will ever read, knowing who you are in Christ will change how you view the scripture. Knowing that they that are in the flesh cannot please God is not talking about you? How do you know? Look at Romans 8:9, “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit.” It was so hard for me to wrap my mind around this for years. I struggled with scripture that seemed to indicate that I was in the flesh and the flesh was lost! That is because I was reading it and trying to apply it to myself as a believer. I had heard for years that I had a depraved mind because of my thoughts and actions. If you struggle with this, then this message will be a game-changer for you as you discover the difference between what the enemy wants you to think about yourself and who you really are in Christ.
Matt referenced that Christ crucified is a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks and that God was pleased to make the wise foolish. The Jews required a sign, and the Greeks sought after wisdom, and on these bases, they rejected Christ. But to we who are saved, Christ crucified is the power of God and the wisdom of God. We have been made righteous by what Christ did on the cross. Who we were is not who we are now. We were raised with Christ; we are a new creation with a new heart and a new mind. We have been given the mind of Christ!

Who we were is not who we are now.

Wow, I remember the first time I heard that. I could not even imagine what that meant and am still trying to wrap my mind around it. If I had the mind of Christ, why did I struggle so? Paul gets right to the point in Romans 7:14-25. There is a war going on between our mind, what we want to do, and our body and what we end up giving into. Who is going to set you free from this war? Jesus. We taught Kindergarteners for many years, and they soon realized the answer was always Jesus. I love this answer for the war that wages in me. Not me, not my resolve, not some self-help book but JESUS!!!! The spirit of God will never lead you down a path that will cause destruction in your life. Your mind has to be set on the Spirit of God. Matt gives us some scripture to help us with this. Col 3:2 set your mind on things above (Bible) and Philippians 4:6-8 think on these things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and are of good report. I hope this lesson helps each of you.

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