This is part two of a chapter from the book The Mind of Christ by David Murry. With his permission I post it here for affirmation of my brothers and sisters. The book is available as a free PDF download from David’s blog. Click on “Books”. This is chapter 2 from Section Two. https://dwmurry.wordpress.com/author/dwmurry/
The Good News is we are reconciled to the Father!!
To the degree that we do not understand and embrace this is the degree to which we will walk in pride. Pride is to seek worth apart from God. (Joyce’s emphasis) Our rest and completeness is in abiding in His presence and communing with Him and in Him. Ministry is not our reward. He is our reward.
“After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a
vision: Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your
very great reward.” Genesis 15:1
There is a growing movement and trend, especially in men’s fellowships, to try to give men of God identity and purpose by filling them with a sense of destiny. This is misplaced vision. Depression, despair, and any perceived lack is a result of not knowing who we are as His child. Seeking God so that we can fulfill our destiny leads to a
perversion of who we are called to be. Fellowship is not to be “me” centered. When this occurs, our motive is now to find meaning…and the Word says we already have meaning.
Failure to embrace His truths toward us leads to:
- Intellectual Ascent (our worth comes from our mind) – we turn to the soul as our source of worth and our relationship becomes one of mental understanding. The realm of the spirit becomes a closed door to us. (study the Pharisees)
- Spiritual Mysticism (our worth comes from our spiritual experience) – this is a grave danger. Seeking experiences is never to be our goal either. We must instead seek Christ. We spend time in His presence and develop our spiritual senses through communion. Spiritual understanding is a natural result. We do not seek Him in order to experience the “supernatural.” We seek Him to spend time with our first Love. To seek Him in order to get something from Him is spiritual prostitution. It leads to all sorts of experiences that have nothing to do with the Holy Spirit. (read the Book of Jude, Acts 8:9-25). We will never get to hear or know the heart of the Father with this
- Pride (by the power of our own will, not the Holy Spirit, we accomplish our goals) – now we see ourselves as superior to those around us. Worse still, we attempt to swallow up others in our drive to see our vision fulfilled. Our vision is linked to our identity and worth. Titles and presumption begin to fill our soul and the motive of our heart is to try to “become more.” The spirit of Pride seeks to strip others of their identity. People become an extension of our own driven self. Many of God’s children are suffering under this bondage today. (Read Kings and Chronicles, & story of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel.)
“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that
in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2
Our calling, our God given vision, our meaning, our purpose, our destiny is to be reconciled by the ONLY means that salvation comes: The blood of Jesus Christ.
This is not the end. This is the doorway to which intimate fellowship may be experienced. This is how the realms of his kingdom are made visible to us without compromise. It was not the outer court of the Temple that was split when Jesus died. It was not in the inner court either. Man could worship in either of these places already. It was the Holy of Holies shroud that was torn in two. We have access to a place that would have caused man to die before the Atonement of the blood of Christ.
Make sense? Under the old covenant… up until Jesus died, if a person walked through that curtain… it was “curtains” for them.
Death. Instant death.
Anyone who received the Spirit at Pentecost weeks later (the new covenant being initiated with the Holy Spirit now dwelling IN the believer) could have walked right in there though. Our destiny is to live with Him, in the Holy of Holies.
Look at any person in scripture that was willingly used by God. They were not seeking a commission. They were seeking Him. They were seeking His face. Their calling came as a result of their communion. God initiates. The answer to the growing sense of lack of purpose is not resolved by a 12-point self help book or an emotional stirring of our “purpose” to “do.” We are not called to “do.” We are called to “be.”
Our destiny is the throne. That throne is in us by the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit. The answer to the sick heart of the Body of Christ is found in communion with Him. This is not exciting to many because we do not have a revelation of our self worth coming from Him alone. Instead, ministry, calling, and “doing” feeds our worth to the degree that we continue to cooperate with the carnal mind.
“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mindgoverned by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
“But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in you.” Romans 8:9
When we received Christ, we died to the carnal man. We now have the Spirit of the living God inside us. We are His Temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
“Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in His death?” Romans 6:3
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
We are given a new mind and a new identity. We are partakers of His righteousness and we are now thinking His thoughts. As a redeemed child, we now have the ability to do this, by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
“For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16
Sadly, the carnal mind, which we died to when we accepted salvation, is still being dug up and communed with, within the Body of Christ. This is a spirit of necromancy. It is communion with the dead. It produces no Godly fruit, no life, nothing of eternal standing. It brings forth death.
“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Revelation 2:2-4
My brothers and sisters, this is Jesus speaking. He is talking to born again believers!
We are to walk by the mind of Christ which we are given and is in us. If we truly understood what it means to be the righteousness of Christ, we would want nothing more than to spend time with Him. It is in His presence that we experience the fullness of His nature. We commune in Spirit and Truth. This is not a mental experience. It is a
spiritual one. To live on the other side of the veil is a world beyond anything else we can experience on this side of eternity.