Essential #2: A Clear Mind
The key to having a clear mind is to seek an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We must desire to know and become like Him. He must be our Savior and our Role Model. The apostle Paul declared in Philippians 2:5-8:
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus had a very clear understanding of who He was and why He was on the earth. Our Savior regarded Himself as a servant. He humbled Himself before God and was obedient to all of the commands and leading of our heavenly Father.
That’s God’s profile for you. If you want to have the mind of Christ, you must see yourself as His servant on earth. The Bible calls us to be an ambassador and a bondservant for Christ (Eph. 6:20). You do what God leads you to do. He gives the directives and you obey.
If you want to have a clear mind—the mind of Christ—as you seek to fulfill God’s purpose for your life, you must …
  • Determine in advance that you will obey. If you want to have the mind of Christ, you must determine to obey God’s commandments. 
  • Let God’s Word program or reprogram your mind. You can’t reach your God-given potential if you allow anything other than God and His Word to define your world, you as a human being, or what’s wise to take into your life.
  • Reprogram false teaching. As you read God’s Word and take it into your heart and mind, the Lord will use truth to drive out error, lies, and falsehoods. He’ll minimize or erase all thought patterns that are unproductive and replace them with new ways of thinking that are beneficial.
  • Seek the truth for yourself. God won’t infuse you with His Word by “divine injection.” You must take charge of your understanding and open the Word of God daily. Read it and study it. Then believe it, and apply it to your life.
You can have a clear mind, a mind that’s focused on Christ. As you pursue your passion and the purpose God has for your life, choose to make the Father’s perspective your perspective … and make His thoughts your thoughts.


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