Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus

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This one simple statement sums up Jesus’ entire ministry on earth:

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, thesealso doeth the Son likewise.St. John 5:19

 It is very important that we grasp this truth in our hearts.  Jesus knew that He could do only that which the Father instructed Him to do.  But this was not just a thought in Jesus’ mind; it was also His heart.  He did not have to go from situation to situation and decide whether or not He wanted to please God in each one. It was already His mindset that He would only do those things that He was instructed to do.  He was in total agreement with the will of God.

This is where we have to go as Sons of God.  We have to get to the place where we can become consistent in our walk with God.  We cannot simply go day to day and decide how we will deal as situations arise.  It must be decided in our hearts to please God, no matter what comes our way.  Jesus had the mind that it was His purpose on this earth to glorify the Father, and He walked in that mind every day.  Knowing that His purpose was to please the Father, He was mindful of everything He said and did, being God on the scene at all times.

With that in mind, let us examine ourselves.  Do people really see Christ in us at all times?  Are we even living a life that would make them expect to see Him?  Are we conscious of all that we say and do, ensuring that He is on display?  Now just imagine Jesus walking through the door right now and assuming that we knew, without a doubt, it was Jesus.  We would not expect Him to do or say anything other than what God commands Him to say or do, just because He is Jesus.

But do we have that reputation with men?  When we come into a room, or anywhere for that matter, are those around expecting to hear from God?  Do they expect you to be holy, or do they just expect to see you?  This is very serious because there should be no difference between us and Jesus.  God never intended for Jesus to be unique.  We cannot actually think that we can walk in the Spirit of Christ and not have His attributes.

Let us go even further . . . do we expect to be just as Christ?  We can talk about expecting Christ of others, but do we expect to manifest Christ ourselves?  Have we become satisfied with the improvements that we have made to our personalities or some of the sins that we no longer commit, or do we actually want to manifest Christ through our lives?  Do we want to be Christ in our schools or on our jobs?  We have to want to be Christ on the scene at all times.

All of us who are born of the Spirit have been equipped with the power to walk just as Christ.  We no longer have to merely know the Word in our heads, but we can now walk in the Word, and God expects that from us.

2 Comments on “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”

  1. Hello Mary,

    My name is Rebekah Shepard and I live in Nelson, New Zealand. I am a born again Christian, 31 years old, have a wonderful husband, two kids, am a primary school teacher, have a beautiful family and attend a great local church serving in the area of worship leading. I’m passionate about freedom, living in an abundant life and getting to a place of honouring Jesus in all I do.

    A very long story short is I have been on a four year journey through sever depression, anxiety, paranoia etc. It begun as I was pregnant with our second child, Zion, when I was struck with panic attacks. This lead into severe depression, suicidal thoughts numerous times a day, fear, fear, fear and torment. I have a supportive family, a good doctor, began medication, exercise, good nutrition etc and just dug super deep into God. For a solid two years I was tormented daily by this all. After that I started to have an hour here and there of freedom and peace and am now in a place where I can have a day not even aware of my thoughts yet some days still very overwhelmed. I’m working through standing against the suicidal thoughts, thoughts of confusion, fear etc but using scripture, worship, prayer (oh so my prayer) and cling to a glimmer of hope that one day this will be over.

    It is truly amazing how I came across your name. My mum, an amazing woman of God and pastor with my dad of our church, woke up in the night this week to a dream. In her dream she came to my house and I was struggling. I said to her I needed to get out of the house to see my councillor Mary Banks. Mum woke up and wrote down your name so she wouldn’t forget it. She then popped it in on google and WOW, your ministry website was the first name to come up.

    I believe this is from God. I believe that there may be a way I can gain further healing through God’s work in you. It may sound a bit bizarre but hey, God works in mysterious ways huh!!!

    I will order your book on thoughts next payday but if you happened to have a moment to reply to this email with any advice for me and this season I have been in I would be so appreciative.

    Bless you, so much!
    Much love

    1. Hello Rebekah,
      My name is Kareem Flowers. I just read this comment to Mary Banks and we were both truly moved by it. We are beyond sorry for the time that has passed since this comment. If we could rewind the hands of time we would. We have absolutely no idea how this comment managed to slip through the cracks. It is pressing on our hearts to reach out to you if there is still a need. I would love to email you a copy of my book “The Thought War” and if you are willing we will keep in touch from henceforth. I want you to be encouraged in the Lord. In God, you can overcome all emotional trauma. Allow Him to have His way in your life. I will send the book to the email that is attached to your comment. God bless you!

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