We may stand justified before God by His labor of love on the cross, but if the old inclinations of the world echo in our mind, we will sin again. So what do we do?
This is how Paul answers the question in Romans 12:2 “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind.”
Perfecting our mind with God's words, especially with meditation a=can lead to mastery over ourselves.
Unless we take control of our mind and master it, we will often walk between death and life, sin and purity, between the tree of knowledge and the tree of life.
That means every thought in your mind must come under the influence of Christ, the living word of God in you. His cultivated word can make you aware of thoughts that are not of God. With God's cultivated word in you will know the perfect will of God, and prosper in His ways.
This how Paul explains control over the mind with the living word in 2 Corinthians 10:5 “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (the Living Word).
So how do master the mind? There are two necessary ways described in the Bible. The first is the study and meditation of His word.
The second way of mastering the mind is to learn and practice the commandments of God. You see, any thought, word, or action that exists outside of God’s law is a sin.
God’s commandments are the only way to know if we sin. Now listen to what Jesus has to say about His commandments and His word in John 14:21 and 14:23
John 14:21, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
John 14:23, Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
Now notice what Jesus instructs His followers to do and what the result is if we follow His instruction. We are told that if we “have,” and if we “keep,” His commandments and His divine word, God will manifest Himself to us and in us.
These verses are so important that they require a second reading. Here we go, John 14:21 and 14:23
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
These two verses outline the necessary ways of completely transforming our mind with the presence of God.
You need to observe and keep His commandments, and you need to study and meditate on His word. Both His commandments and His word must become a part of who you are and how you automatically think. But it has to be done with a deep love for God. Without a love for God we are just reading, memorizing, and doing, and Jesus warns against that too.
So the Lord tells us that the activity of "keeping" His word and doing it results in the fullness of God in us. The fullness Jesus refers to here is the indwelling Godhead which Paul writes about frequently in his epistles to the churches and continuously associates it to our maturity in Christ, which can be seen mastery over the self.
Study and meditate on God's word every day and then let the cultivate word guide your mind.
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