The battles of life are really fought in the mind. If anyone has to have the chance of winning these battles, he has to win them through the mind. The mind is our battlefield and we can all have victory when we have the mind of Christ.
In Philippians 2:5 the Bible says, “Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (ASV). The mind that was in Christ Jesus was a humble mind. Jesus accepted to be made in the likeness of men and by being made in the likeness of men he humbled himself. Since Jesus humbled himself, God the Father has exalted him above every one else and now his name is above every name. This shows us that having the mind of Christ is the only way to being exalted.
Jesus is humble right at the core of his being. In Matthew 11: 29 He says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (ASV). Without humility no one has the chance to successfully rise to new dimensions of spiritual status. This is how God the Father exalted The Lord Jesus Christ.
The truth of the matter is that when you humble yourself, someone else will have the chance to exalt you. God the father exalted Jesus and gave him a name that is above every name. Now, every knee will have to bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. The same God who exalted The Lord Jesus Christ now wants us to walk in the same way by having the mind that is in Christ.
The mind that is in Christ is really the mind of the Spirit and it is life and peace. In Romans 8:6-7 the Bible says, “For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace” (ASV). Seeking the things of the Spirit leads to life and peace. The things of the Spirit are things from above. Jesus minded the things of the Spirit that is why when Satan offered him the whole world at the time he was tempted, he never fell for the idea. Jesus knew God the Father as the one who had real authority to give anyone anything of real permanent value. The mind of Jesus is really the key to victory and a way to breakthroughs against the entrapments of this world.
Now, man does not have the mind of Christ until a transformation occurs within him. In Romans 12:2 the Bible says, “And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (ASV). We are admonished not be fashioned according to the way the world thinks. This is a reason why we all need the mind of Christ. The fact is that for us to get to the next level in our spiritual pursuit, we need to be transformed and this transformation is possible when our minds are renewed. This is the only way to trade in the old mind for the new one.
The Bible reveals the mind of Christ therefore search it by reading it.
ASV – American Standard Version