The Word of God
We’ve been looking at how the system of this world, the devil, and our own fleshly thinking shapes our minds. Now, let’s examine God’s solution to change our mindsets. His Word and His Spirit are the keys to transformation in our lives.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3)
Psalm 1 presents to us a contrast between two types of people, each with their own set of life principles. First is the godly person with a desire to be obedient to God, seeking His will and guidance. The second is a wicked person, who does not hold onto the truth of God or seek His ways.
A godly man will be blessed if he sets his affection on God’s Word and not on things that are evil in the eyes of God. Here the Bible teaches us that it’s not enough to only avoid ungodly things. We must pursue godly things. We have to fill ourselves with God’s Word. If we want to be blessed by God, we have to continually allow the Word of God to shape our mind. May the Lord captivate us with His Word!
A man of God is a man of the Word of God. It is our reward to dwell in His presence and His Word. Hunger for God’s Word is a very important element for our lives.
As we study and apply God’s Word to our lives, He promises to make us prosper like a flourishing fruit tree. The tree, in my opinion, is a picture of life that enriches and reaches others. It takes time for fruit to appear. We must be patient students of God’s Word. However, God promises that if we follow His way, He will make us prosper. This does not mean that we will not have problems and failures; it means that we will grow in the knowledge of God, His will, His ways, and we will see the world as He sees and advance His kingdom using His methods.
The most important part of a tree is its hidden root system because it draws up water and nourishment that feeds the tree. Without a healthy root system a tree will die, likewise without a healthy “root system” a believer will also wilt. God is inviting us to go deeper into His Word.
However, the mind equipped with the Word of God only and without the Holy Spirit still continues to be a mind of the flesh. We need the help of the Holy Spirit in the application of the Word to our circumstances and the Holy Spirit’s power to live out God’s Word! This was Paul’s struggle that he speaks of in Romans chapter 7:14-24 when he presents to us his personal struggle. Paul’s struggle was between the desire to do the will of God presented in the Law, and his inability to live out God’s commandments. But when Paul received the Holy Spirit, it liberated him and led him to life in God like Paul had never before experienced (Romans 8:2).
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, a gift to us from the Lord, is the Great teacher of the truth. In the following passage, Paul explains that we can understand things from God by revelation only, not through our natural senses.
But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1 Corinthians 2:9-12)
Only the Holy Spirit can reveal God and His plans. The Holy Spirit “searches all things.” In the Greek, the word “searches” is ereuna and it means, “continually examine.” The Holy Spirit desires to reveal God all the time! The Holy Spirit is a Great Helper!
Paul continues, saying that God wants to teach us by His Spirit. When the Holy Spirit reveals His truth, He makes us free, renews our thinking, removes the strongholds of the devil, and transforms our minds! God wants to lead us through life by His Spirit and by His Word. The Holy Spirit plays an important role both in understanding and in communicating God’s revelation.
This article is an excerpt from my book “PERSPECTIVE”.