Six Characteristics of the Christlike Mind
"The mind set on the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6
Christ mind is completely possessed by the Holy Spirit, that's why there is no room for him to satisfy the desires of the flesh. His mind is set or focused on doing the will of the Father. His mind is filled with the life of God. While the carnal mind is dominated by the sinful nature , and always thinks about satisfying the lusts of the flesh. It is hostile to God's will. It does not want to submit to God's discipline.This mind is death and will never please God.
SINGLE-MINDED OR FOCUSED
"My food is to do the will of him who sent me and finished his work. " John 4 :34
JesusChrist while on earth was focused on doing the will of God the Father. It is one thing that gives him ultimate satisfaction and delight. There is no other thing that satisfy him other than fulfilling the calling of the Father upon his life, even at the end it led him to crucifixion and death.
"Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had . Though he was God , he did not demand and cling to his rights as God . he made himself nothing, he took the humble position as slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dyng a criminsl's death on the cross. " Philippians 2:5-8
Being lowly means having the attitude of esteeming others better than yourself. A lowly person value other's interests and respect people whoever they are even though they have humble position or status in life. Humility follows lowliness of mind. Members of the body of Christ learn to submit to one another through lowliness. A church whose members are not lowly tends to be wary, shaky, lose the vision of Christ, direction and purpose. People who truly has an encounter with God are humble and lowly people like Moses. For these people have known their real condition before God. They have realized that all their glories were merely rags before God. The lowly Christian has the security of understanding his position under the greatness of God.
"And all who believe will keep themselves pure, just as Christ is pure." I John 3:3
The mind of Christ is pure, therefore he has a pure heart. To possess a pure heart, your mind first must be pure. As many says, our mind is the battleground. How can we maintain a pure mind in this wicked generation ? The answer is found in Philipians 4 : 8 ; "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whetever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things."
The disciples of Christ lack distinguishing characteristics of leadership, they were not the "smart guys" but they were responsive to Christ teachings. The disciples have teachable heart. The Israelites cannot perceive God's word. Their understanding was veiled due to the hardening of their earts.Responsiveness to God is a must for spiritual qrowth. You must be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit . One of the things that harden people's heart is SIN. When there is a sin you do not want to give up, this sin will harden your heart. Another is PRIDE. When you do not want to admit your true spiritual condition before God, you will be hardened.
"The mind set on the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6
"I have told you these things, so that in me you mat have peace. In this world you will have trouble."John 16:33
There are so many things in the world that will take away peace from your mind such as wars and rumors of wars, famines, economic crash, inflation, violence, sickness and pestilences and many others. If you are not at peace with God, all these things will trouble you. To enjoy peaceful mind, your mind must be completely controlled by the Spirit, so that it will be focused on the will of the Holy Spirit. Amidst raging storm, Christ remained calm while the disciples tremble in fear. Christ mind is the mind completely possessed b the mighty Spirit of God.
THE MIND OF CHRIST By T.W. Hunt and Claude V. King
Cristine Santander (author) from Manila on December 06, 2019:
Thanks to all those who appreciated this article, blessings be with you always.
Cristine Santander (author) from Manila on November 14, 2018:
I am happy that this hub blessed your heart. Stay blessed.
Earl on October 10, 2012:
I just wanted you to know that this piece really blessed my heart. our family has been going through a rough time in the last year, it seems that a christian always comes closer to God in trimes like these than any other times
Cris Amor G De Leon on June 14, 2012:
Truly I believe, he who humble himself shall lift by our LORD Jesus Christ but for those who have pride shall be throne into the fire.
Nneoma Mercy on February 13, 2012:
PATIENCE: When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate...1 Peter 2:23 Sometimes we become targets of others' unreasonable anger and resentment. They may scandalize us and inflict severe verbal wounds. Our heart may be bruised by their thoughtless words. We may wonder why God has placed us in such miserable situation when we are literally shredded into pieces. We need to look upon them as opportunities to glorify God by expressing the power of our patience, fortitude and tolerance which have been granted to us. People consider that miracles are the tangible evidence of the power of Christianity. But we need to bear in mind that the greatness and power of Christianity will be very effectively expressed through humility and patience.
When Jesus was rejected by the Samaritans, James and John were infuriated and wished to display God's power by destroying them. But Jesus made it clear that God's power and greatness cannot be revealed through destruction but through being patient in that situation. So when we meet turbulent situation, we need to consider them as opportunities to prove in action the power of Christianity. GOD DOES NOT REMEMBER THE PROUD, BUT HE DOES NOT FORGET THE HUMBLE
Cristine Santander (author) from Manila on October 22, 2011:
Hello Fraser Soul thank you for gracing and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Blessings to you always. Best regards.
Mildred Lucille Fraser from Bloomfield, CT on October 18, 2011:
Beautiful Hub. I loved it. Thank you for allowing others to share it. We are God's living vessels and through us we spread His good news. Blessings be to you Cristina keep working till He comes.
MJL on July 26, 2011:
May the mind of Christ be repliEd by all of humanity....soon.
Cristine Santander (author) from Manila on April 02, 2011:
Hi James thank you for visiting and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments has been always a great source of encouragement to me. Remain blessed always. Best regards.
James A Watkins from Chicago on March 24, 2011:
Your Hub is beautiful. You are right on target. Sadly, I must confess to only scoring about 50 percent. I have much work to do. Or maybe, the Lord has much work to do in me yet. I hope so.
Cristine Santander (author) from Manila on February 10, 2011:
Hi JeanieR it is great to hear from you. Thank you for visiting and appreciating this hub. Your comments are much appreciated. Blessings and regards.
JeanieR from Sequoia National Forest, CA on February 09, 2011:
Splendid hub! I'm so glad I stumbled in here. Your points make a fine list to use as an inventory: "How am I doing this week?" Each week should find us more and more developed in the mind of Christ. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. A bit of a weekly inventory could help a lot.
Cristine Santander (author) from Manila on August 05, 2010:
Yes Pratonix I am a born again christian. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. God bless you.
Pratonix from Asia on August 02, 2010:
Christina,I just wanted to know. Are you a born again Christian?
The six characteristics of the Christlike mind are worth reflecting about. Blessings.
Patricia Swanks on June 29, 2010:
I am truly blessed to learn more and more about the Father. I have been studing on what it takes to have a Christ like mind and have been very blessed. As i continue my walk please pray for me to get all i need to keep the relationship flowing in Christ. Thank you be very bless.
Cristine Santander (author) from Manila on June 17, 2010:
Hi fred allen thank you for appreciating this hub. Your comment is much appreciated. Blessings to you and your family as well.
fred allen from Myrtle Beach SC on June 17, 2010:
Fantastic hub! You are in love with God and it shows. I am glad I was able to read these words. I look forward to seeing more of your heart revealed as I read more of your words.
Cristine Santander (author) from Manila on March 26, 2010:
Hi DeBorrah K Ogans your kind comment is a great encouragement to me. Thank you for gracing this hub, Remain blessed always. Have a blessed season of Lent.
DeBorrah K Ogans on March 26, 2010:
Cristina, Wonderful Hub! Christ fills our minds with life & Peace! "Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus!" As you say; “The mind of Christ is pure, therefore He has a pure heart. To possess a pure heart, your mind first must be pure. As many says, our mind is the battleground. How can we maintain a pure mind in this wicked generation ? The answer is found in Philippians 4 : 8 ; "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things."
Wonderful & Powerful scripture! Praise God! "I can do ALL things through CHRIST! "Thank you for sharing, In His love, Peace & Blessings!
Justcallmeleroy on December 24, 2009:
I have all way's Loved the thought of Childhood all my life I know we must grow in the LORD with Truth and Understanding but I love the thought of being his Child. God Bless You in All you Do.
Richardson Parnandi on June 15, 2009:
If the cake is "Experiencing God , knowing and doing the will of God, THE MIND OF CHRIST By T.W. Hunt and Claude V. King is to me an iceing on the cake.
I have done these courses in my TEE program
christinekv on August 08, 2008:
Some good points shared here although I believe it's easier for us to know God's heart than it is His mind. Since He lives in our hearts, our minds need to be subservient to our hearts..Juanita Bynam has a great book called "Matters of the Heart." I think people who overly intellectualzie things have a hard time really believing and knowing God (I'm not saying this about you though Cristina, I know you know and hear from Him).
Regarding your section on being lowly, I believe it is indeed imperative we be humble and resist pride (it's a deceptive stronghold) yet I don't know that I'd agree about always submitting...of course I don't agree with going against or disregarding decisions made by those in positions of leadership unless of course, it was crystal clear the decision being made is sinful.
To commune, seek Him - and His will - in all situations through PRAYER, believe this to be pivotal, monumental and powerful.
May we spend more time functioning from a heart of love, understanding what that means, yet being transformed through the renewing of our minds.