Wise choices with the mind of Christ

Don’t shame the name of God by broadcasting that you are “trusting” him for things He has not specifically promised.  There are two specific elements to faith and trust in God.

  1. An explicit word from God in scripture.
  2. Believing and embracing that word.

Faith and trust are not a whimsical blind emotion out of desperation.  Faith and trust are a settled attitude of the heart based on the eternal truth found in the word of God.  Glorify Him by trusting Him in those areas where he has left us precious promises.  These promises permeate all areas, even the areas of life that seem absent of a specific word from God in scripture.

Faith and trust requires thinking and wisdom.  Other wise why would scripture tell us to ask for it [wisdom – James 1:5]?  Why would the fear of God be the beginning of wisdom [Prov. 9:10]?  Why would Paul tell Timothy that scripture would make him wise unto salvation [2 Timothy 3:15]?

Immerse your mind in scripture.  Hide it in your heart.  Ask for wisdom.  Then use it.

Where God commands you must obey.  Where God does not command you have the freedom and responsibility to choose based on the moral precepts of scripture that you have hidden in your heart.  Thinking and using God given knowledge and wisdom based on the eternal truth of scripture is how you make free and responsible choices.

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified [1 Thess. 4:3 NIV].

Sanctification is simply obeying the commands of scripture and through that process growing in maturity and Christ-like-ness.  Guess what?  As you mature, you are able to think more and more with the mind of Christ [1 Cor. 2:16] and make wiser free and responsible choices.

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