Posts Tagged ‘Mind’


2 Corinthians 13:11 – 14
Finally, brothers, good-bye. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints send their greetings. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

As we completed our home purchase a few days ago, we wanted to thank the seller and bless her but were unable to because of the multiple realtors that were in between and so the only thing we could do was to pray for her. However, our realtor, a believer, sent out a thank you email to her realtor and also shared a blessing to both the realtor and the seller and we were able to go and pray over the home. The Christian good-bye is such a special wish by itself. Every time we meet people and have to part ways, the secular world expectation is to simply say bye or we’ll meet again or an endearing hug and kiss. In the Christian realm, our wishes are so different because of the hope we have in Jesus.

As I read Paul’s final blessings to the Corinthian Church, I felt the same joy that we share when we say good -bye to others. We can state with full confidence that the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ which saved wretched sinners like us, the love of God the father who gave up His son for us and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit which resides in us would be with them and they would know the eternal joy of togetherness that can never be taken away. Is it not such a blessing we have and do we not wish others the same? Would it not be such joy to know that the person we meet might also be a part of God’s family through our words and life? Lets bless those around us and live out our joy that is complete in the Lord Jesus Christ. Lets be Paul’s and not Saul’s to the world!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Mark 9:50 “Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”


2 Corinthians 5:13-15, 17, 21
If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!… God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

A few weeks back, the youth pastor in our church shared God’s word and the theme of his message was ‘Acting Crazy’! Yes, you read it right and I kid you not. He and a team of youth had just returned from Costa Rica where they went to paint and fix up a church in a remote village and then make a kids park near the village soccer field. Nothing too overt and yet a big deal for the young men and women who went along for whom the reality of life in a developing country was an eye-opener. His point was that in our new God transformed selves, we are called to be ambassadors of Christ and we should try to be different from the broken world, whether in word or deed. Is that what Paul is also saying here?

As a Christian, one of the challenges we face is to convince people that we are not of this world. Anyone who cannot understand what we are saying laughs at our beliefs because we look, act and react like anyone else. I was a mocker once but now after I realized what Christ’s death and sacrifice meant to me, I am the mocked and I praise God for it. The question we need to ask is are we living in the world as a part of it or walking against the tide? If we are one with the world and call ourselves transformed or ambassadors for Christ, anyone would laugh, but when we stand up for our faith and live for Christ and not for the world, the world sees the difference. Many will mock and taunt us but our God sees and uses our lives to touch the many needy around. We count it joy to die to the world and to live for Christ! Let’s stand up and celebrate the one who died for us and saved us from death.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.


Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

A sacrifice is an act of slaughtering an animal or person or surrendering a possession as an offering to God. If Jesus was the perfect sacrifice that was sufficient to end sacrifices altogether, what is the reason Paul is asking us to offer our bodies to God as living sacrifices and where do we make this sacrifice?

In return for God’s mercy upon us because of our sinfulness, Paul is asking us to consecrate our entire life – sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life – to glorify Him. The altar is the world and our transformed life in action is the sacrifice as an offering to Him. We are called to serve Christ to the world in EVERY area of our lives. We no longer are working or living for ourselves but for the glory of God alone. Have you submitted every area in your life to Jesus for His glory?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Romans 11:33-36
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay him?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Paul breaks out into poetic praise to God in this doxology at the end of the chapter where he cautions Gentiles about looking down on the Jews for their hardheartedness. A serious issues we face as humans is one-upmanship whereby we like to feel or gain superiority over others and as Christians, we face this challenge. We are often heard boasting of our Churches, pastors, denominations, God’s blessings to us, our memory, our understanding of God’s word, etc. Pride is something that always trips us in our walk, especially with the Lord.

We are reminded in the passage above about God’s wisdom and knowledge which is so overwhelming that Paul with his lifetime of serving God could not get a hold on. All of human wisdom combined cannot piece together God’s mind and we can never repay Him for His goodness. As we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and follow Him, we realize that we are more and more in debt of Him because of His endless grace and mercy to us and we cannot pride ourselves in anything from or in us. All glory is to God who is the author and the finisher of our faith.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Romans 7:21-25
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Romans 7 is quite the chapter to read on sin and the law. Paul clearly demarcates how the law is good and pure but sin abounds in the presence of law and is in us and until we are made anew in Christ, it has dominion over us. However, he also talks about how evil is still here with us after we are saved by God’s grace and keeps trying to trip us in our walk with the Lord. Am I the only one who completely agrees or do you too?

Yesterday, I received a forward from a dear friend regarding praying before eating. A Japanese Researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto took water droplets, exposed them to various words, music, and environments, and froze them for three hours. He then examined the crystal formations under a dark field microscope. And he took photographs. The results speak for themselves. The most beautiful crystals were ones formed after praying and this shows the power of prayer which we take for granted. As we continue to battle with sin in our walk with the Lord, the weapon we have to counter it is prayer and the assurance we have of being rescued from evil is Jesus Christ our Lord. Oh what a wonderful assurance.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

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John 4:19-24
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”

This incident occurred in Samaria and Jesus was talking with a Samaritan woman with whom Jews do not normally converse or have anything to do with. Sounds strange but such stereotypes exist even today. For Jews, talking and having any form of relationship with a non-Jew was sacrilegious and Jesus was going beyond that and actually sharing the gospel! The hope of the Jews was now being offered to all of mankind and the path was simple and straight but would always be against the grain of this world. The part of this passage that stood out to me was when Jesus said that true believers would worship the Father in spirit and truth. What did he mean by that? What is untruthful about how we worship?

Before I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, going to Church was a requirement and I never missed a week without going and doing all that needed to be done. I was an active and participative Christian and never said I was anything but a Christian. However, my heart and mind was not in what I did because it was ritualistic. When the wool of rituals were removed from my eyes and I saw the Lord calling me into a real relationship and that was when rituals were replaced by a relationship where I now live to serve him. Christ now is alive in me through his spirit and I can worship him in spirit and truth with my entire being. Do you know what I am talking about? Have you drunk the living water? Is your life now filled with meaning and purpose? If no, ask the Lord to remove the wool on your eyes and show you who and what he is and he will. If yes, I hope you are enjoying worshipping God in Spirit and Truth with all your heart and mind?

In Your Loving Service,
Vineet

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