November 7, 2018
James 1:25 (NASB) But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
God wants us to stay focused in overhauling the spirit/nature of our mind (Eph 4:23). Because truly, the unrenewed mind is the ‘culprit’ of our old self ‘resurrecting’ in our daily lives (Eph 4:17-32, Col 3:5-10).
To dismantle the spirit of our mind, we need a certain heart attitude. We must have full interest in the word and the perseverance to carefully connect every word to our daily life!
In essence, we must build divine logic!
Whether we like it or not, our logic has been molded with a certain pattern. We’ve been influenced by various information; both opinions and natural facts. We have been molded to carry this world’s pattern. That’s why when the word comes to our unrenewed mind, our logic automatically ‘filters’ it – we assess the word according to our mind that still carries the world’s pattern. And usually, the word contradicts the logic/pattern that this world adopts. That’s why our unrenewed mind will quickly ‘block’ any incoming word.
For example, imagine, how is it possible for someone to become a great leader if they have to become a servant of their followers (Mat 20:25-28)? Isn’t it highly illogical? That’s the world’s logic (pattern)! It contradicts the divine logic!
So, after we receive the proceeding word (from our spiritual father), we must quickly take the word as a material to build divine logic. The divine logic must substitute the worldly logic/pattern that has lingered in our mind for so long!
So, how do we build the divine logic?
1. Take the word as a standard, capstone, and perspective of our conviction
2. Build a thinking logic based on the word perspective
For example, let’s take Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:43-44 (NASB):
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”
The old logic says: whoever deliberately plan evil things against us are worthy of our vengeance!
But in the passage, God gives us a command which is difficult for our old logic to accept: “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
When our human logic is ‘challenged’ by the word, that’s the time to build our divine logic and take down the human logic (2 Cor 10:3-6)!
This is where ‘studying the word’ and persevering in the word becomes vital. Because remember, to build divine logic, we need God’s words as material and standard.
For example, we find from others verses that if we don’t forgive the mistake of others, the heavenly Father also won’t forgive our mistakes (Mark 11:25). Even worse, it will also make us live in prolonged inner torture (Mat 18:21-35).
From the two verses above, we have found enough material to build our divine logic, replacing the old (and worldly) logic!
Now we could think, “Truly, I have to forgive whoever did me wrong. So, whenever I make a mistake and repent before God, He will forgive me. And by forgiving others, my heart will always be filled with peace and joy, free from all kinds of inner conflict.”
If we persevere in the process of transforming the spirit of our old mind (the human/worldly logic – Romans 12:2-3), we will inherit the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16)! #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus