Arm Yourselves “The Mind of Christ”

Back in January, I wrote a blog entitled Arm Yourselves. Last night in church, I saw the piece of paper that I had scribbled notes on about this subject and I realized that I didn’t share them all with you yet. So today, I am going to finish my thoughts on this subject.

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The word ‘arm’ in this phrase means to furnish or equip with weapons, to furnish with something that strengthens or protest, to equip or ready for action or operation, to prepare oneself for struggle or resistance.

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”

I Peter 4:1

In the previous post of Arm Yourselves I talked about how we need to arm ourselves with the Word of God. Today, I want to talk about arming yourself with the ‘mind of Christ.’

What mindset did Christ have?

If we can figure out the mind that Christ had and arm ourselves with it, we will have a better chance of living a perfect, pleasing life unto God.

Arm yourselves with the mind of a SERVANT. When I think of Christ and His mindset while He was here on earth, I think of a servant. If you follow the life of Christ, He was concerned about helping others, about serving others. “After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.” John 13:5 One of Jesus’ last acts here on earth was that of a servant, washing the feet of His disciples. Being a servant requires you to be selfless. Being a servant requires you to focus on the needs and well-being of someone else. Too many Christians have a selfish mindset and don’t want to help and serve others. The ministry is serving others. When you are armed with the mindset of a servant, you have a better chance of avoiding sin. Why? Because sin is a selfish act. Find a place to serve, find a person to serve, find a purpose to serve. Arm yourselves with the mind of a servant!

Arm yourselves with the mind of a SOLDIER. You are probably wondering, did Christ have a mind of a soldier? I think he did. A soldier is a fighter, a soldier is someone who stands and fights for a cause. Christ had a cause that He had to stand and fight for while here on earth. He had to get to the cross a sinless man, Satan tried to tempt and derail Jesus from fulfilling His mission. We need to have a mindset of a soldier. We need to have a mindset to stand and fight for what is right. If you look around today, you will see a lot of Christians falling by the wayside, a lot of Christians being defeated by Satan. It is time that we stand and fight against sin and wrong! When you stand and fight against sin, you lessen the likelihood of falling into sin! Arm yourself with the mind of a soldier!

Arm yourselves with the mind of a SOUL WINNER. Probably the greatest mindset that Jesus Christ had is that of a soul winner. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 Christ came to seek and to save the lost! His greatest objective was to see people saved. This mindset takes a combination of the previous two and puts them into action. You have the mindset of a servant when you are concerned with the eternal well-being of someone and you have the mindset of a soldier when you fight back laziness and selfishness and go out and witness. Being a witness for Christ is not easy. It isn’t easy to be a soul winner but each one of us, if we are going to have the mind of Christ, need to be a witness for Him. Arm yourself with the mind of a soul winner.

We will not be able to make it far in the Christian life without the Word of God. We will not be able to put into action what we learn from the Word of God unless we take the mind of Christ.

Be a servant!

Be a soldier!

Be a soul winner!

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Arm Yourselves

Arm Yourselves.

A phrase that as soon as most people hear it, they think of grabbing a weapon or something and being ready for a fight of some sort.

The word ‘arm’ in this phrase means to furnish or equip with weapons, to furnish with something that strengthens or protest, to equip or ready for action or operation, to prepare oneself for struggle or resistance.

In Sunday School yesterday, we read a verse in the Bible that had this phrase in it. Since then, I have been thinking about it quite a bit.

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”

I Peter 4:1

This verse tells us to arm ourselves with the same mind, the mind of Christ. We see in this verse that Christ suffered in the flesh; yet, while in the flesh, he ceased from sin or he did no sin.

We, as humans, are born sinners. There is no other way around that fact. We have to be taught how to be good. We have to be taught how to do right. I don’t have to teach my children how to lie, steal, disobey, throw fits, misbehave…they already are experts at that. I do have to teach them how to tell the truth, not steal, obey, be level headed, and do right.

Because sin just comes so naturally to us, we have to arm ourselves. We have to protect ourselves, we have to strengthen ourselves, we have to be ready for action when sin is presented. We are in a constant spiritual battle everyday between right and wrong, good and evil. Many times, Christians go to battle unprepared, unarmed and they lose and they fall. We have everything we need in the Word of God to arm ourselves and fight against sin.

I like reading and studying about the armor of God found in Ephesians 6. In that chapter, we only see one thing that we can use to fight with. Yes, there is a whole list of pieces of armor to put on for protection, but only weapon. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” Ephesians 6:17 Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Matthew 4:4 says “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Jesus was tempted by Satan in this chapter, this story is the only temptation of Jesus we see in the Bible. To combat Satan and this temptation Jesus used Scripture. We can make a long study out of the mind of Christ and what we should arm ourselves with, but simply we need to think like Christ and use Scripture to fight sin. This is why we are commanded to use it in Ephesians 6:17.

Trying to live the Christian life without the Bible is like trying drive a car without fuel (or power for all the electric cars out there) you just can’t. You don’t see soldiers going into battle with flip-flops and a beach towel, no, they are geared up, they are armed with weapons, they are ready to fight.

We need to arm ourselves with the Word of God, everything in there is what God wants you to know. There is instruction on how to live right and how to avoid sin. If we use the Word of God to fight against sin with, you will sin less.

As a parent, I find it crucial to teach my children the difference between right and wrong. Not because I decide something is right or something is wrong, but because the Bible says it. At some point my children will have to arm themselves with the Word of God and fight against sin, because daddy and mommy won’t be there to help them. I want my kids to know what the Bible says about lying, about stealing, about disobeying. I want them to know what the Bible says about having a walk with God, going soulwinning, attending church. I want them to know what the Bible says, believe what the Bible says, so that one day they can fight their own battles against sin.

Have you armed yourself today with the Word of God? Are you ready to fight sin and temptation today? Are you going to defeat sin today or are you going to be defeated by sin today? It is your choice if you arm yourself. No one is going to make you arm yourself today. Pick up the Word, read the Word, practice the Word, arm yourself with the Word!

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Quick Thoughts on Worry

So I have a quick thought tonight that I want to share.

A little background on this post tonight….  I saw this verse this morning in Sunday school class while the teacher was reading a different verse and I thought to myself, I am going to write about that verse this week. Then tonight the message was from the same verse and discussed the topic that I was thinking about…so I knew I had to write about it.

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:34

The message tonight was on worry and how to overcome worry. Worry and anxiety and stress are big problems in today’s society. Everyone struggles with some type of these problems in some type of way. Some people dwell on the problems and struggle with getting over them while others are able to get over them quickly.

My thought for the evening is just don’t worry. Sounds simple right? Well it is! You can’t control tomorrow, today….so don’t worry about it. Take care of today, today.

Let Jesus do your worrying for you. He has everything under control, He already knows what is going to happen. He controls today and He controls tomorrow, He will take care of you and take care of your problems!

Quick tip… Just plan ahead, don’t worry ahead!