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By Pastor Jared Decker

Galatians 2:20
v20. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Romans 6:11
v11. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Part 2 of the Series:

The Crucified Mind
Philippians 4:8

Last week, we focused on the necessity of having a crucified heart, which is essential for all other changes to take place.

In Philippians 4:8, we understand that it is not only the heart of a Christian that must be crucified but also the mind…the thoughts.

Christ stated very clearly in Matthew 15:19, that “out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…” This clearly expressed the need to crucify the heart in order to permit the mind to be crucified.

Paul wrote of the necessity to crucify the mind.

2 Corinthians 10:5
v5. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

We don’t need to examine things that shouldn’t be in our mind, we simply must observe what God’s Word says should be in our mind.

1. Things That Are True.
     alethes ( al-ay-thace’ ) – absolute truth

This statement deals with the need for us to be resolved in our mind as to what the Truth of God’s Word and God’s World is.

It is ability given by the Word and Spirit of God to discern between the Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error.

Acts 17:11
v11. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

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2. Things That Are Honest.
     semnos ( sem-nos’ ) – vernerable, grave

This statement may seem parallel to truth, but it is distinctive.

There are issues in our world today of great severity that we must be serious about and not take with levity.

3. Things That Are Just.
     dikaios ( dik’-ah-yos ) – equitable, holy

Is our thinking holy? Is our thinking right with God’s thinking?

John 7:24
v24. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

We are to judge righteously according to Truth!

4. Things That Are Pure.
     hagnos ( hag-nos’ ) – clean, modest, perfect

Our thinking must contain the essence of modesty and purity.

Romans 8:7
v7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

5. Things That Are Lovely.
     prosphiles ( pros-fee-lace’ ) – friendly, acceptable

Compromise is not an option, but compassion is an obligation.

Our thinking must be acceptable to God first and foremost.

Romans 12:2
v2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

6. Things That Are of Good Report.
     euphemos ( yoo’-fay-mos ) – well spoken of, reputable

Our thoughts will control our actions, and we must have a mind fixed on having a testimony that honors God.

The last statement in this passage tells us that these things we are to think on should possess virtue & praise.

VIRTUE: moral excellence.    PRAISE: commendable.