The Mind of Christ
Robert S. Totman
January 11, 2008
We have to be out of the condo by the end of the month.
In 2005, I quit my job, sold our family home, and we (family of 6) gave all of our possessions away to benefit the poor.
Ever since, we've not asked anyone for a place to stay or paid a penny for rent or mortgage. God's mercies have sought us out and our financial giving has continued to be remarkable.
As for now - "the condo" you ask?
We've been here for one year. It's fully furnished and situated on a golf course. It's been ours to enjoy. Our Heavenly Father told us to merely receive it as a cup of cool water on our journey. It's time to go - our season here is up.
I’ve been diligently seeking the Lord with the understanding that whatever I need comes from Him. Whether that’s correction, encouragement, wisdom, provision; or whatever, I’m confident that He supplies my needs.
He woke me in the night during one 3-day fast. That’s when He impressed me with Psalm 46 and Psalm 31:14-24. It was amazingly clear in verse one of Psalm 46 – God is my refuge and strength. Him having “said so” means that for me to think or say anything contrary to the same is rebellion, wickedness. Of course, contrary feelings have come and so I pull upon His grace to exercise 2 Corinthians 10:5.
I say all of that to set this day up and explain the mind of Christ for our circumstances. When I woke this morning I “felt” far from within the fortress of security my God provides. I knelt to my knees to receive the “whatever I need.”
I remained on my knees for quite some time praying through. Then, I made a firm renunciation of everything that isn’t God and asked the Lord to fill my mind with His mind. Straight away I received a clear impression of Tom Oakes – he’s an 80 something year-old man that I visit with from time to time.
I received my “whatever I need” for today – be a blessing to Tom. And so, by God’s grace, I shall be Jesus unto him (1 John 4:17(b)).
I think it’s marvelously wise (2 Tim. 3:15) and totally opposes the world we live in, this mind of Christ. During my seeking the Lord this month regarding our living situation He has been consistently saying the same thing in different ways. First, I saw a list in heaven. It was God’s list for me. I didn’t understand it at the time [late last year], but as I gave my Lord a “blank slate” He was keeping track of those good things for me that He wanted to multiply back; taking them from my list and placing them on a list of His own. This month I saw that list, and He gave me an instruction as to my responsibility in order to receive the things from Him. He said, “Say what I’ve put on your heart. Don’t hold back. I delight to give you the things on the list, I delight to give you justice.”
Next, I recalled a very wealthy man who has also been quite generous to us – the man who gave us $15,000. Obviously, he is fond of us. I thought I might call him to share our circumstances and see if he might be persuaded to shelter us. As I prayed about it I believe the Lord said, “Just be a blessing. I’ll take care of the rest.” I was impressed to not contact the man (Psalm 108:12).
And, now, today: The seemingly desperate need to “do something” regarding our circumstances was pressing in on me as I woke. The Hebrew word, “Bless,” from Psalm 103:1, “Bless the Lord…” means to kneel, as in “kneel before God.”
As I "blessed the Lord" this a.m., His message remained the same. He has my circumstances in His hand and it is not right for me to care about them – or put my hands in His business.
My responsibility is to add to those He places in my path. I am to care for His children and trust God to care for mine.
Refuge (Psa 46:1) - H4268, Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries
From H2620; a shelter (literally or figuratively): - hope, (place of) refuge, shelter, trust.
Refuge - That which shelters or protects from danger, distress or calamity; a strong hold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; any place inaccessible to an enemy. (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
Strength (Psa 46:1) - H5797, Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries
From H5810; strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise): - boldness, loud, might, power, strength, strong.
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I stand with you my beautiful brother in Christ. That at this moment that I write this your blessing has revealed itself and because of your obedience it continues to reveal itself. Your words are heartfelt and they are life to those of us with benefit of shelter and jobs. I praise God for your words this morning and I praise God for the many blessings I have that I often look past in hopes for more, I've found more through your words to appreciate in my own circumstance. God will bless you.