Sunday, September 25, 2016

With all your Mind – Part Two – A Biblical Worldview

Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

dr. Mackie continues, explaining that a "worldview" is the way that people think about the world in which they live. In Romans 12:1-2  the Apostle Paul  says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” What Paul is saying is that worship that pleases God is “informed”; that is, it is offered by Christians who understand who God is, what He has given us through Jesus Christ, and what He asks of us in response. The challenge is to live the pattern of the Kingdom of God and not the pattern of this God-rejecting world system of our sinful flesh desires nature in which we live today! This is what is meant by “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” – Galatians 5:16. The tentacles of our old sin nature are still around constantly tempting our flesh desires. We are to be in the world, but not of the world and here to make a difference for Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God with a biblical worldview. We are “born again” and given a new heart desire as children of God and citizen of Heaven … this is not our home.

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

A worldview is a frame of reference for helping us determine what is going on and what is really real. Some believe that there is no “right” or “wrong”, that deny God or believe that there is no God, who defines “right” and “wrong”, believe that we live, then die and that’s it! This pattern of thinking is being indoctrinated into society today and the children of God must be engage in our culture with the “great commission” of Matthew 28:18-20. As disciples (followers and students of Jesus Christ), when we grow and mature in Christ, we have to learn and unlearn things. We all have had our minds formed by the sinful patterns of this world, so have to unravel and deprogram our worldview by the Word of God and application, as we walk together in the Holy Spirit. It is not just information; its transformation. Light is more powerful when it is focused. Read the holy Scriptures daily, meditate on them day and night,  and let the Scriptures read you.  Discover the biblical applications in your life and develop your God-given gifts to bless your life and the lives of those around you for Christ’s sake. What do you allow into your brain? “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

In Christ, Brian

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