Wednesday, May 20, 2009
A Made Up Mind?
Have you ever heard anyone say *You Have To Make Up Your Mind To Live For God?* I have, in fact a church I used to attend sang a song about having your mind made up.
Its not enough to have our minds made up.
His mind was made up therefore we can rest in His finished work. Our own determination is an insult to His grace and power. This *Mind Made Up* business is a humanistic philosophy that produces works of the flesh.
Peter made up his mind that he would go with Jesus to the end
.... (Peter said) I will lay down my life for thy sake. Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.
Jesus knew that Peters *made up mind* was a human effort so Christ allowed Peter to *backslide*. If you want to guarantee yourself a big ugly flop make up your mind to serve Him. Speaking from personal experience here.
It is supposed to no longer be us that lives but Him within us. How can we make up our minds when our minds are dead? Resting in Him is our only hope. We must "put on the mind of Christ", forsaking our own carnal minds.
Self determination, a made up mind=filthy rags. If self determination is enough then why did Jesus shed His blood? He was wounded,pierced,bruised and killed so we could rely on ourselves??
If having high Holiness Standards were enough to save us then why did Christ die?