Arm Your Mind
Sermon’s Text: Romans 6:14-23 Key: v. 16-18 Background: 1 Peter 4:1-2 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. Introduction Peter tells us that we should arm ourselves (our mind) in the fact that, while he lived, Christ also suffered in the flesh. When I speak of God, living in the flesh, I always point out that …
Sermon’s Text: Romans 6:14-23
Key: v. 16-18
Background: 1 Peter 4:1-2
Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
Peter tells us that we should arm ourselves (our mind) in the fact that, while he lived, Christ also suffered in the flesh. When I speak of God, living in the flesh, I always point out that He went through some of the same common problems we face nowadays (allergies, sinuses, etc.). Jesus, like us, also lived in a world that was full of sin though he never sinned. Peter tells us that if God could suffer in the flesh that you ought to prepare yourself for some suffering. The suffering, he says, comes to those who have ceased from sin, from the lusts of men, and now live for the will of God.
Lately I have come across many Christians, within my age range, who have noticed that they path is not as easy as some would believe. Being a Christian is not simple task. Arm your mind with the fact that Christ did suffer in the flesh. It is going to take a strong mind to run this race. It is going to take a strong mind to withstand the wiles of Satan, and you better believe his first place of attack will be your mind.
The mind – A mind is the set of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, perception, thinking, judgement, and memory
They say our mind is our true heart. It is the mind that makes us function and operate. Our souls are also taking up residence within our mind, and then the spirit has also made a dwelling place. You can see why it is Satan wants so badly to get inside of your head. Satan wants to get you twisted up; he wants to get you thinking about all of your “evil” sins. Why is that? Satan knows that the carnal (worldly) mind is enmity (opposition) against God (Romans 8:7). His tactic is to turn your mind back to a mind that is dominated by sin because he knows this will set you at odds with the Lord.
Satan employs his tactics by first pointing out your sins, and then constantly reminding you that you have sinned. Satan wants to get you down on yourself and down on your faith. He wants to get inside of your head and get you to argue against your faith and what you have chosen to give your life over too (trying to create enmity between you God). Satan can get your head so twisted that you will begin to think that you are no good, and that the reason certain things are happening to you is because God does not like you.
It is important for you to know that you are no longer a servant of sin – arm your mind with this knowledge! Accepting Christ places you under His loving grace. Your sins are forgiven through the love of Jesus Christ. Arm your mind with the knowledge that you are no longer a slave to sin, but are now a conqueror of sin. I hate to see so many Christians holding on to any unrighteousness that they may have committed. Holding on to past and present sin does not but enables Satan to play mind games with you. Sin should not have any dominance over you as a Christian. Why is that? Because sin was defeated at the cross and through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sin does not have any dominion over a Christian.
You, my brothers and sisters in Christ, have now become servants of Christ – arm your mind with this knowledge! Sin no longer has dominion over your life. Jesus Christ now has dominion over your life! Righteousness now has dominion over your life! Arm your mind with the knowledge that you are free from sin! You are no longer a slave to unrighteousness and have been set free from the penalty of sin! Do not allow Satan to play mind games with you over the life you are living. Do not allow sin to cloud your mind, and have dominion over your mind. Soon as you allow this to happen you will begin to fog up your vision of the Lord. God will still see you clearly, but you will begin to lose sight of him because you are allowing the guilt of sin to cloud your mind.
We must arm our mind, to keep a strong mind, to withstand the suffering we will face as Christians. Our minds are so important that Paul tells us to put on the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17) when putting on the whole armor of God. What is the helmet of salvation? That helmet is the hope and the assurance that you are already saved from the guilt of sin. The helmet of salvation is the hope and the assurance that better days are always ahead when you get down! The helmet of salvation is the knowledge that when Satan tries you he cannot defeat you because he cannot defeat Jesus Christ! My friends, go grab that helmet of salvation and arm yourselves with it!
Sure, you are going to suffer as Christians. You may lose family. You may lose friends. You may suffer because you see a lot of those same folks going down a path they should not go and they refuse to listen. You may suffer because you are plain ol’ tired of this sinful world. You may suffer because things are not going as you planned. Arm your mind with the knowledge that Christ will not forsake you and that Christ does love you! Christ called himself the Good Shepherd. Christ said in John 10:1-14, that he knows his sheep and call his sheep by name. Think about the many people that call on Jesus Christ yet He knows you by your name! Do not think for one minute that Jesus does not care for you because he cares for all of his followers.
Arm your minds with the knowledge that one day you are going to enjoy the fruits of holiness and an everlasting life (v.22) of happiness and joy far greater than this world. You are going to one day be in heaven rejoicing with fellow believers and will one day get to see your Savior! Through all of the trials and the tribulations you face, you are saved and shall not suffer from the wages of sin!
Our minds must be strong to face the battles we will face until our time down here is done. As a Christian, do not allow Satan to get into your mind and make you beat yourself up. One thing I feel we do is beat ourselves up. A lot of our suffering is brought on by us buying into the seeds of enmity that Satan place into our mind; we must not allow this to happen. We must not allow the guilt and deceptions that Satan set in our minds to weigh us down. Stand on the promise of Christ. Hold firm to the faith that Christ has saved you, loves you, and will keep you.
Full verses referenced in sermon:
John 10:1-4 NKVJ “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”
John 10:11-14 NKJV 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”
Romans 8:7 NKJV 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
Ephesians 6:17 NKVJ 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God