condemnation and the habit to renew our mind

The Bible makes it very plain that those who are in Christ are a new creature, a new creation.  This new position that we have been born into is expressed in numerous ways.  We are told that we are seated in the heavenly places with Christ.  We are now no longer slaves of fear and anxiety.  We are over comers.  We are more than conquerors.  We now have peace that the world does not have.

All these terms express our new standing before God; once we were at enmity with God but now through the blood of Jesus we have been reconciled with God.  We have been blessed with all the blessings in the heavenly places.  The faith that Christ manifested while on the earth is now ours.  The resurrected power that raised Jesus from the dead is now ours.

Because of Christ’s death and resurrection the Holy Spirit now dwells in our hearts and we will do greater things than Jesus did while on earth.  We will pick up serpents and not be bitten.  We will caste out devils and heal the sick for we will be witnesses unto Jesus.  We will walk through fire and not be burnt.

There is much more that I could enumerate here but I believe that you have gathered my drift.

The Bible also speaks of the renewing of our minds along with the fact/truth that we have to reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive in Christ.  We are admonished that now that we are in Christ we have to put on the cloak of righteousness.  We are encouraged to no longer walk after the way that we once did, for we have put these habits behind us, for now we live and move in the light of Christ.

We are exhorted to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.  As Oswald Chambers penned – ‘we are to work out what God has birthed into our hearts.’

My blogger friends we are to put our old habits and thought patterns behind us for they have been buried in the Baptism of Christ’s death.  We are called to transform our minds by forming new habits and in so doing we begin the form the mind of Christ resulting in going from glory to glory.

I wish to insert a scripture passage here from Romans 8 that I believe many do not really have a firm grip on.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

We often attribute condemnation to our enemy rebuking him when we feel that we are tempted to feel less than worthy before God.  But it is my experience and contention that we condemn ourselves by not renewing our minds and standing in our new position before God brought through the blood of the Lamb.

When the pressure of life comes upon us and we are squeezed, we tend to revert to type; in that we react and think like we did before we were born again.  For instance when calamity hits us on the nose, or illness slices us in two with anxiety; do we act as if we are more than conquerors?  Do we recall that through the death of Christ we are healed and we are over comers?  Do our thoughts and action betray us in that we panic and fear rushes in as a flood and we walk in darkness as our thoughts condemn us?

So often when we are hit for a six by the injustices of life, we panic and cry to God to heal us, to save us: forgetting that we are in Christ walking as over comers dwelling in the heavenly place.  Our very action of crying out to God for healing and help so often comes from a position of weakness and panic, certainly not of faith.  In doing so we forget who we are in Christ and our thoughts open up the portal for doubts to come in from the enemy.

I cannot but recall the story of Jesus asleep in the stern of the boat and the disciples who were hardened and experienced sailors panicked, filled with anxiety and with the fear of drowning, cried out.  Notice that Jesus rebuked them for their lack of faith, not for waking him. 

To me this is a revelatory truth that Jesus is teaching his disciples.  That in Christ our old patterns of thought are to be replaced with the new creative mind of Christ that we are to cultivate and apply to our walk.  Christ was asleep signifying that he was at peace and full of trust in God to see them through for the plans God has for his children are good for he is a good Father.

Often now when I feel an attack of the enemy come upon me I remind my soul of our position in Christ – healed, restored, renewed, made holy, sanctified, victorious, over comer etc.  I believe you see the picture.

It is time for the church to once again walk in the light as Christ is in the light, living as a witness unto Christ’s love and power.  In so doing we will walk in grace, love and power with signs and wonders following us.  We will live as over comers worthy of our high calling in Christ.  Let us walk by faith not by sight which was our old manner of thinking and acting.

It is time that we the church awoke from our slumber and fulfilled our calling to be ambassadors in Christ doing greater deeds and actions than Christ himself.  May we walk after the way of Christ, not in the manner of the flesh which we has been buried at the cross.

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.  Psalm 119

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Romans 12

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K Reynolds+

You wrote:

"So often when we are hit for a six by the injustices of life, we panic and cry to God to heal us, to save us: forgetting that we are in Christ walking as over comers dwelling in the heavenly place. Our very action of crying out to God for healing and help so often comes from a position of weakness and panic, certainly not of faith. In doing so we forget who we are in Christ and our thoughts open up the portal for doubts to come in from the enemy."

I understand what you are saying and I agree but I would like to add a cautionary note here.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, confronted by the enormity of what was about to happen, Jesus Himself, cried out. I do not believe anyone should ever be made to feel it is wrong for them to cry out to God in grief or despair. In fact, I believe they should. I do not believe to do so always indicates a lack of faith. I believe it can be quite the opposite for otherwise, why would they run to God in the first place?

While this may be our initial response, it should not be our continued response. Unfortunately, it often is. I believe the response of the transformed mind is beautifully illustrated in 2 Corinthians 4: 8-10. Rather say, "I've been knocked down!", the transformed mind says, "I'm pressed but... I am not crushed. I am persecuted but... not abandoned. I've been knocked down but... I'm not destroyed!" Why? Because we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ.

Deepa N

nice blog. hold on to our promises in Christ.