The Mind of Christ - Your Daily Forward Devotional

The Mind of Christ


April 9



Read 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (ESV)

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.



How do we as believers in Jesus Christ have “the mind of Christ”?


Hundreds of years before Paul wrote today’s verse, the prophet Isaiah wrote the words that Paul was referencing: “Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?” (Isaiah 40:13-14, NIV). Isaiah was saying that wisdom, knowledge, and understanding are completely from God. God was not taught these things by anyone and no one knows better than He does.


In today’s verse, Paul says that the “natural person” views things of God as “folly” and they are “not able to understand”. Why? Because they have not accepted Christ and therefore, the Holy Spirit is not in them. Without the Holy Spirit, they are not able to discern spiritual things.


So who is able to discern the things of the Spirit of God? Those of us who are in Christ Jesus! In 1 Corinthians 2:11-12, Paul explains, “So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:11-12, ESV).


As believers in Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God dwells within us. Because we have His Holy Spirit, we are able to discern spiritual matters. The Holy Spirit illuminates our minds so that we are of one mind with Christ.


So how do we access this understanding that God has given us? One way to understand the mind of God is through His Word. But even unbelievers can read the Bible. In order to rightly interpret and understand the Scriptures, we need the Spirit of God to enlighten us. In Luke 24:45, it says that Jesus “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” right before He ascended to heaven.


Friends, in Christ, you are filled with the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit lives in You. You have the mind of Christ and have been given wisdom and discernment. As Christians, we are not “natural people” who view the Word of God as “foolishness.” We are spiritual people who view the Bible as the Truth of God. Whenever you read the Bible, ask the Holy Spirit to shed His light on His Word so that you can correctly understand and interpret what He said.



God, I want to be of the same mind as You. Open my mind to Your Word. Thank You for Your Spirit that dwells in me and gives me wisdom and discernment so that I can understand Your ways and Your Word. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford



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Take control of me Holy Spirit, lead me and guide me as I try to fill my mind with the Word of truth. Having put on Christ, please help me daily with being filled with the mind of Christ. Amen.
God is awesome, he reins, still on the throne and un control
Praying for my unsaved family members and praying the Lord help me to allow Him to live through me and be a better example
This added to my understanding the work of the Holy Spirit in understanding the Scriptures
Spiritual discernment is a gift. Wonderful. Once we know the truth, we must share with others. So God can give them the same gift, through Christ.
Prior to the giving of the Spirit to all, behavior was a measure of righteousness by which one could determine whether or not atonement on behalf of the individual was necessary. Since the lecture (the beatitues) of Christ, attitudes and values became important and sin avoidance became more difficult. In love, God gave His spirit so that we could better discern right/wrong and even more to actually shape our thoughts (from which actions spring) into a condition of holiness. Paul's admonition is such a hope-filled one - that we might actually acquire the mind of Christ right here and now. Such a promise sweetens the surrender of ourselves to the loving savior.
Heavenly Father. I do thank you for guiding me to this place to learn more about you and your word during this spiritual journey. Amen
Father, I want to thank You for giving me the mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit. I ask that You allow the Holy Spirit to interpret Your Word and enlighten me with the true and correct translation. Guide and keep me Father, in Your precious Son, Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Thank you so very much for today's Word!
Heavenly Father I Praise and Thank You for Your Mercy's and Grace made New each day to rest on Your shoulders. Father I Thank You for being alive with me/us The Spirit of Truth that teaches us to become more like You. I Praise You Lord to know You are The Dr, Healer, Redeemer of all Your children. Please Father Bless us to continue to abide in You alone as we draw neaier to You. I Thank You for each new day wrapping us in Your Refuge, arms, hands, busum, light and Love, knowing with open arms I/we can always run to You Lord. Father please Bless anyone who is hurting please Lord fill them with Your Healing Presence to know they are not alone let Your light shine bright within them. I Love You Lord in Jesus name Amen Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will exalt Him.
Open the eyes of my heart Lord. Plow up my fallow ground so You can sow the seeds of righteousness into our hearts.
Once again, Win the Day is teaching us to rely on God's Word and the Holy Spirit to meet whatever happens today. Amen to the message.
Praise God for His Holy Spirit to guide us through the challenges of this world.
Stand in agreement with me for the gift of Discernment Amen🙏
Awesome news! The power of prayer is real. I pray for her to see Jesus clearly and to know Him intimately! Amen!
Thank u lord for everything u have done for me im blessed in so many ways....
Very helpful and encouraging! These passages in 1 Corinthians 2 have been difficult to understand at times. It’s encouraging to remember that I need not rely on my own intellect to read and understand the Bible. I have the Spirit to guide me through every chapter and verse.
This message just hit my sprit of focus which l had lost over the last few months of having the mind of christ Wow Lord Lord thank you for the holy spirit and thank you pastor.
I needed this message. It is right on time. This is just what the doctor ( The Ultimate Physican) ordered
Thank you Lord for this message
Praying for you and your momma. My wife and I are going Monday to see a doctor to find out what stage cancer she has and what we need to do. We don't know a lot yet, but we have left it in God's hands and the doctor's hands. 🙏🙏🙏🙏
The message today is just what I needed to strengthen me as I face my demons.
Thank you for your message today. God just recently was able to make me realize He is in control of our lives as believers in His son. I still need Gods strength to get through each day though. Being attacked daily by certain people in my life. Trying to trust Him daily. Needed thus message today.
Thank you Jesus
Great message.
Lord Jesu, the very thought of you in my head and mind help me to live each day for, thank you jesus amen!
Thank you for this message.
Yes!! Thank you Pastor Nat, this makes my heart happy!! And thank you for all the prayers for my momma!! Her numbers improved this week and she has more energy...PRAISE GOD, THANK YOU JESUS!!!!! Please continue to pray for her as she finds her way back to Jesus (she's angry at him for her cancer!!). My mom (like all of us) needs the blessings of wisdom, discernment. and peace.
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Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
The enemy will try and make us believe that we do not have the Holy Spirit. May God give us discernment to know when we are being led to Him and when we are being deceived. To God’s Praise and Glory! In Jesus’ Name, Amen
By grace you have been saved through faith and this is a gift so that no one can boast. We have been given the Holy Spirit so we can have a relationship with God the Father and Jesus our Savior. Holy Spirit guide us to the truth, your word is truth. God is speaking to us in the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit we can learn to love God more and live holy, righteous lives that give Jesus all the glory. You have given us all we need please help us to love and obey you today. Amen
Thank you for the scriptures thank you for helping me to understand more of how Jesus wants me and where he wants me I thank you very much God bless you
Holy Spirt please share your light upon the word ever time I read the word so that I my recieve clarity in Jesus name Amen
My pray is for God to open my mind to his word to teach me his ways Amen
Thank you, Lord. Amen.
I need the Holy Spirit to shed His light on His Word so that I can correctly understand and interpret His words when ever I read the Bible. Amen