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The Mind of Christ

by Norman P. Grubb

So now seeing this foundation truth of the devil himself being really God’s convenient agent for good, we learn to see through our plentiful neg¬ative situations, and thus help others to do the same, and by the exercise of authoritative faith, persistently, boldly affirm God means just that, and my only sin is when I don’t believe that He is my God and Father of love when it appears, and indeed is, an operation of the devil himself. Then as I believe against all appearances, and not lightly or easily, I have the inner cairn of being able to accept an evil thing as from Cod. This is where I am moving on to the royal authority of faith of the Hebrews 11:32—34

Hebrews 11:32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

What was in earlier childhood and young man stage a simple faith in my daily walk with Jesus now becomes the formidable weapon of faith by which I am “more than conqueror” in all situa¬tions; a conqueror in a stable walk on rocky ground, and more than conqueror by knowing how to apply the conquest to bringing good out of evil, supply out of need, advance out of retreat.

I learn the lessons of that key of achieving faith of Mark 11:12—14; 20—26.

Mark 11:12The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it.

Mark 11:20In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!" 22"Have faith in God," Jesus answered.
23"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

I ask God my favorite question in all contrary circumstances, “what are You up to?” Not bringing my confusions and distresses to Him, but first asking, “Why have you sent me these distresses?” Then knowing all is from Him, as Jesus instructed the disciples in that Mark incident, I see by my in¬ner seeing of faith that a mountain is really only, not a barrier, but a plain surface on which God sends His supplies. (See what the angel said to Zechariah when Zerubbabel was weighed down by a sense of failure, Zechariah 4:7 “What art thou, 0 great mountain? Be¬fore Zerubbabel . . . a plain!” A problem is an opportunity!

Then, as Jesus instructed His dis¬ciples not to get into anxious praying, but to operate the “faith of God” (not faith in God), Mark 11:22

I catch on to what God is doing in the situation, and say He is doing it. I do this by what He conveys to my normal mind as I (or we if a group of us) think a thing over, knowing that “we have the mind of Christ”, and thus expect to find His mind through my mind, regulated by the standards of the Word of God and often confirmed by it.

Then as I, or we, take this or that to be His mind, I decide what it is He would do in this situation, conveying His desire through my desire Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Then having made that decision, I speak the word of faith, my prayer being a believing that what I desire I received and saying so. This is what Jesus meant by saying “have the faith of God”. Against all my soul feelings of absurdity and unlikeliness, and all external appearances, I say that word of God’s faith, and God’s faith is given us in Romans 4:17 “who calls the things that be not as though they are”.