God Inside Minded

God Inside Minded

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God Inside Minded or Rooted In Christ  Bad root bad fruit! Do you have a guilt mentality that expresses its self every time you try to approach the Lord in prayer, worship or any other type of service to him?  Does it seem like you just can’t find that cosmic recipe that allows you to be confident that you have spent enough time and effort seeking him. You never pray enough. You never worship long enough or hard enough. You just can’t seem to get it right and every time to turn to God all you see is your inadequacy in the light of his holiness. Bad root bad fruit. The answer to your problem is not found in how many “religious tasks” you do in a day.  It’s not a problem of sincerity, at least not if your really wanting to know him and not just going through the motions for some imagined audience that isn’t really paying attention to your acts of religiosity saying to them selves “oh he or she is so spiritual”. It is found in your determination to take hold of his abundance of Grace and the gift righteousness in Christ.  Ephesians 4:22-24 tells us how we as  Christians become this new creation in Christ.  The first scripture is a portrait of the old man (the sinful nature). We’re told to put off the old and in verse 24 to put on the new man, to literally clothe ourselves in Christ.   That’s all well and good you might be saying to yourself. Followed by well how do I do this? I try and I try and I try and nothing ever seems to truly change.  Verse 22 holds the key to this process. In verse 22 Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost tells us how to go about this. He tells us to renew our minds. He wants us to become God inside minded. He wants us to become rooted and established IN CHRIST.  This is a tough pill to swallow because it is going to take boldness and determination on your part to achieve what I’m about too say. You must choose after having confessed your sin and received Christ as Lord and savior to abandon you’re guilt at the cross.  You will never see the fruit you desire to produce if you remain in a sin and guilt mentality. Jesus Christ God in flesh told us no bad tree can bare good fruit and know Good tree can bare the reverse. In you have a root of guilt if you have your mind set on how imperfect you are you will not be able to produce good fruit. You need to pull up that root and cast it into the sea of forgetfulness that consists of the blood of Christ. You must choose to view yourself according to what God has called you in Christ. Now the opposite is true about the God inside minded person. If you can view yourself in the light of God’s word framing your perception of yourself and the world through what he says, abandoning the guilt mentality you will begin to see the Holy spirit working in you to produce the fruit you long to bare as his loving child. The book of Isaiah says “You will keep in perfect peace him (or her) who’s mind is steadfast because (they) trust in you. Trust in the Lord FOREVER (emphasis add to drive home the point) for the Lord,  The Lord is the rock eternal. Jeremiah chapter 17 talks about two men. One who relies on man or you could say his own strength, will and intellect and one who trusts in God rather than man. The one it says will have his name written in dust while the other has God himself to rely upon. It also talks about how the heart and mind are corrupt beyond understanding and that God searches them to reward us according to our deeds.  I believe what this means is not that God is looking for reasons to punish us and he’s not looking at this one or that one and saying ok finally someone I can bless he or she is good in my estimation.  No this means that God is looking for the difference between the person who doesn’t know him at all and the one who has abandoned everything they are to his mercy based on his promises.  When you came to the cross of Calvary you didn’t come to a savior who was paying for the sins of your past and your present up to and including the last moments before you surrendered to Christ. Only to walk away and then have to try to hold on too this amazing gift tooth and nail crying out of desperation for mercy. Because God knows your incapable of walking perfectly before him. No you came to a God man who was paying for the ransom of your soul including ALL your sin past present and yes future as well. His mission wasn’t just to clean you up and then leave you to try and make the grade. He came to make you a God’s child, perfect in his sight by Grace through faith in the blood and body and cross of his eternally perfect son.  So take your mind off of your humanity because God through Christ sees only Christ in you. And the Holy spirit will empower you and work in you to change anything god wants to change for you’re benefit.  This is an exciting road we travel. Are there sometimes sacrifices to be made? Yes! But in his presence is fullness of joy! God Inside Minded.

 

 

Be Transformed

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I heard once that true humility is agreeing with God.

It’s easy to get caught up in the goings on of every day life. To easy to get our eyes locked on the things of this world that bother us and tempt us to conform to the pattern of this world in our thinking and attitudes.

We get angry and upset and soon we begin to see ourselves performing in a way that is less than what we have come to expect of ourselves in the light of what Christ has done for us and in us.

However God has a different plan.  He tells not to be confirmed to the pattern of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Ephesians 4:22 says; to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

We are stuck with this flesh of ours until Christ returns take us to be with him in glory our we pass from this life into the next through the death of our physical bodies, thats just the way it is. But and this is a really big BUT. We don’t have to be ruled by our sinful natures. We don’t have to conform to the whims of our flesh monsters or to the will of our enemy. We in Christ can clothe ourselves in him. Literally in the new nature of Christ deposited within us by his Grace through the power of his holy spirit that now lives in the hearts of every believer in Jesus Christ. And thus be renewed in the spirit of our mind and also our perception of ourselves.
The amazing thing about the new creation reality of being in Christ is that God did the work that we can’t do to make us what we can become in him!

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Grace Unmeasured – GRACE LIBERATES YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

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Grace Unmeasured - GRACE LIBERATES YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

I just had to share this with as many people as possible great way to reprogram all our spiritually destructive social habits >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBZbU-VHTxQ (or click the picture)

Video Transcript available here >> http://www.paultripp.com/assets/1804/video_transcript_grace_liberates_our_relationships6.pdf

Listen to other sermons here >> http://www.paultripp.com/video#!/swx/pp/media_archives/170524

from: 12/15/2012

Why are relationships so hard? Because sin, in its fundamental form, is anti-social. It dehumanizes other people in your life. In this message from Liberate2012, Paul David Tripp teaches how grace liberates us from relational difficulty.

Galatians 6 – Carry One Another’s Burdens
…8The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to the family of faith.…

ESV MP3 Bible on your iPod / iPhone in 7 simple steps… (step one go to>>

…this webpage) http://www.theonology.com/2009/08/esv-mp3-bible-on-your-ipodiphone-in-six-steps/ (Copy & Pasted from Matt Newboult’s http://www.theonology.com ) Brenton Brown (of Worship Leader fame) tweeted this a few months ago: the single biggest impact on my spiritual life this year has been, without a doubt, the audio bible on my iPhone. That’s quite a statement. The only problem is that you need an iPhone and pay some money to be blessed like Brenton. I’m not sure which version of the Bible Brenton has on his iPhone, but even if you’re fortunate enough to own an iPhone, it’s only the King James version that’s cheap and that’s mainly due the lack of copyright restrictions; the other versions cost quite a bit. However there is way of getting a modern version of the Bible onto your iPhone, regular iPod or other mp3 player… for free. One great addition to the Bible world in the last 10 years has been the ESV (English Standard Version). Endorsed by people such as John Piper, Mark Driscoll et al, the ESV aims to be accurate and modern – bringing together the best of modern evangelical scholarship. One great thing the people behind the ESV have done (The Standard Bible Society) is to produce an online audio version of the ESV, which means you can listen to any passage of the Bible read by numerous professional actors/readers for free on your computer. But they’ve also introduced a rather nifty feature that not many people know about that lets you download each chapter as an MP3 file. This means that with a little bit of effort, you can download a Bible book and have it on your iPhone/iPod/generic MP3 player in no time at all. Here are the simple steps to getting the book of Philippians onto your iPod. You can click on any of the images below to see a larger version if you can’t quite read the text.

Step 1. Go to the site. The url is: http://www.gnpcb.org/esv

(now http://esvaudiobible.com via faithcomesbyhearing) or purchase a hard copy here: http://www.monergismbooks.com/ESV-Hear-the-Word-Audio-Bible-MP3-p-18299.html Step 2. Enter the book/passage you’re looking for (e.g. Phil for Philippians) into the search box or select the browse tab to browse for it. You’ll see a small Listen link next to the chapter. By default clicking this runs the little flash player and you get to hear the chapter read out. Step 3. To change that and be able to download the chapter, you need to select theOptions (beta) link on the top right of the page. Step 4. The Audio Options are what we’re interested in. Select MP3 (David Cochran Heath, complete Bible) and click ‘Save‘ at the bottom of the page. You can select any of the MP3 options. If you’re not keen on David Cochran you can choose to listen to Max McLean. Max sounds a little bit like Tom Baker who played Dr. Who (UK sci-fi programme). I think Max might be one of the guys who does the Bible readings at Tim Keller’s church in New York actually. Step 5. Now when you browse or search again for the passage you’re interested in the link has changed (It’s now a little bigger and links to the mp3 file for the chapter). To get the mp3 file, right click the Listen link and select ‘Save File As/Download File‘ (the precise wording depends on which browser you’re running) and then you can save the file to your computer. To get the other chapters, just click the next chapter link and repeat step 5 again. It’s worth saying that I haven’t tested this on every browser, but have managed to get it to work on Safari for the Mac and I’m sure it works on Internet Explorer in its various incarnations. One browser I had trouble with Firefox 3.5 – so I’d stick with Internet Explorer or Safari if you’re going to download the mp3 files. Update: Works fine on ie7. Step 6. To get the files onto your iPod open up iTunes (download iTunes if you don’t have it) and import the MP3 file you’ve just saved (Add to Library is the menu option). Then just drag the file onto your iPod/iPhone. Here’s my iTunes after downloading the book of Acts. If you don’t have an iPod/iPhone you can drag them from your desktop onto your mp3 player or use whatever software your mp3 player comes with and you have the Bible on the go for free! You too can be as blessed as Brenton Brown.