If you have been born again, you have the mind of Christ operating within you.
The mind of Christ is characterized as a mind controlled by the Spirit.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. ROMANS 8:5-6 NKJV
Your mindset is important because it determines your destiny.
The mind of Christ is a belief system that is empowered by the Spirit of God.
We are told that the same Spirit which raised Christ from the dead dwells in us. So, let’s look closely at that Spirit which empowers our mind.
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. ISAIAH 11:1-2 NKJV
The seven-fold Spirit of God, that creates the Mind of Christ in us, is like a Jewish Menorah. The Spirit of the Lord is the trunk (or the center core) and all the other six functions (capabilities, attributes) branch out from it – the Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit of Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and the Fear of the Lord.
The Spirit of the Lord (the center core) is literally the Spirit of Jehovah. The root word for Jehovah is havah:
Havah: to become
Having the Spirit of the Lord upon us causes us to become like Him. The Spirit of the Lord is not a concept but a living being. It transforms us by making us new.
Six components of the Spirit of the Lord:
- Spirit of wisdom
Wisdom is knowledge that is a divine attribute of God. It is a “knowing” that produces. Wisdom cannot be separated from reality. It is seen through behavior and attitude. It is knowledge that “lives”. A knowledge that produces life.
- Spirit of understanding
Understanding is a product of discernment. Discernment in the biblical sense is a gift of the Spirit. It is recognizing what something is made of, what produced it, and what use it has.
- Spirit of counsel
Wise people take counsel. You cannot separate the idea of counsel from the idea of “giving”. God gives us His Word on situations. Therefore, to have the mind of Christ requires us to receive what is given.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God , who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. JAMES 1:5 NKJV
- Spirit of might
The mind of Christ is mighty. The Spirit has power that produces victory. The thoughts of God are empowered. What can stop them?
- Spirit of knowledge
Here’s what we thought it was about all along: knowledge. Just knowing the right things. “Knowing” in the biblical sense is more than recitation. It is an intimate, relational thing.
It is the same concept of a relationship between husband and wife. Approaching the Word to have a relationship with it causes you and the Word to become “one”.
- Spirit of the fear of the Lord
What is the fear of the Lord? To finish this out, let’s look at Proverbs 8:12-14:
I wisdom, dwell together with prudence (moral courage), and find out knowledge and discretion (purpose). The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. PROVERBS 8:12-14 NKJV
Here you see all six aspects of the Spirit of the Lord mentioned: wisdom, knowledge, counsel, understanding, strength, and the fear of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord is defined as a hatred of evil. This is not an intellectually produced phenomenon but a heart produce one. Aren’t hatred and love heart issues? Love for God creates hatred of evil.
As a disciple of Christ, you have this mind within you with all its attributes and power at your disposal!