THE CRUCIFIED LIFE – PART 2
By Pastor Jared Decker
Part 2 of the Series:
The Crucified Mind
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
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.
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.
ILLUSTRATIONS: Counterfeit Money, Authentic Football Clothing
2. Things That Are Honest.
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.
Is our thinking holy? Is our thinking right with God’s thinking?
We are to judge righteously according to Truth!
4. Things That Are Pure.
Our thinking must contain the essence of modesty and purity.
5. Things That Are Lovely.
Compromise is not an option, but compassion is an obligation.
Our thinking must be acceptable to God first and foremost.
6. Things That Are of Good Report.
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.