The Bare Soul - June 8, 2008
The Mind of Christ

II Samuel 7:1-3 - Now it came about when the king lived in his house, and the LORD had given him rest on every side from all his enemies, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains." Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your mind, for the LORD is with you."

This was no small thing that the Lord God of Israel said through Nathan the prophet to King David. It may seem to the carnal mind that the Lord was giving David a proverbial "blank check" to do whatever he so desired in building a house for the Almighty. However, before one enters into a sanctified life like David lived before the Lord, one must look at the context of II Samuel chapter seven and David's life leading up to this point. Verse one points out, first of all, that the Lord God had given David rest on EVERY SIDE from ALL his enemies. How can such a thing happen? Bottom line: The life of David to this point was a life of obedience that leaned heavily on the understanding of God and that not of himself.

The first book of Samuel is all about David coming to this point of radical obedience. In this book of the Bible, God raises David up from the lowly shepherd who first defeats Goliath, then later to a powerful warrior that leads an army on the cusp of ruling all Israel. Many instances are described where David would seek the Lord to determine if he should go up against a band of Philistines, Arameans, or Midianites.  Often the Lord would say, "Go up, for I have given them into your hands." On other occasions, the Lord would speak to David in more specifics. II Samuel 5:23 states: When David inquired of the LORD, He said, "You shall not go directly up; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees."  David learned through constant conversation with the Most High how to understand Him and to follow Him to the utmost detail. Years and years of constant inquiry for the mind and knowledge of God had given David the "edge" over his enemies. Fortunately, David knew not to equivocate but to obey once he truly heard His voice. Before long, David's mind and the mind of the Lord became one. It is evident when Nathan the prophet prophesies to David that God was on the same proverbial page as the king and that he should do all that was in his mind regarding the house of the Lord.

In the New Testament, Paul writes about understanding being "one" with the mind of God. In I Corinthians chapter 2, the apostle testifies between the differences of the carnal and spiritual man and their respective reliance on either the flesh or God. Paul speaks in verse 14 that the revelations the Lord would speak to the mind and heart of a man are foolishness in the eyes of the world. In verse 15, he speaks regarding spiritual appraisal of the things spoken by the Lord and how only a spiritual or sanctified person can hear this wisdom. In verse 16, he goes on to quote Isaiah 40:13 stating: For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? The rhetorical question does not require an answer. However, Paul does say something rather astounding in the closing remark of the verse: But we have the mind of Christ. Glory to God! Paul has just told us that we too can have the same intimate relationship with the thoughts of God that King David shared with the Almighty. He is saying that if we are in Christ and are walking in His Spirit and are being sanctified through obedience, then we too can know the mind of God and hear the voice of the Lord saying to us, "Do all that is in your mind, for I am with you."

Without a doubt, there will be times when those of us who believe in Jesus Christ will "feel" like we are not hearing the voice of the Lord. If we are giving our lives to Him daily and are walking in obedience, His voice will be heard once again in our minds and hearts. The assurance is ours through the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. Truly, He said that if we have accepted Him then we are seated with Him in heavenly places and that He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing, including the mind of Christ (Ephesians 1:3. Just keep on believing, knowing that He desires us to persevere through times when we don't "feel" like we are hearing Him, and simply believe and take steps in our obedience to Him. In due time, the veil will be lifted and we will hear once again with clarity to do all that is within our mind and heart because we are walking in the Spirit with Him.

Your Barefoot Servant,

Rick

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