TRIUMPHANT THINKING – A BENEFIT OF BEING A CHRISTIAN – Philippians 2:5-8
In a marvelous and practical fashion, all of the blessings and benefits of becoming a Christian come together to produce a new way of thinking, a new perspective on life (Ephesians 4:17-24).
To fully accept this new life with its new challenges is one of the pleasant endeavors of the Christian walk (Ephesians 5:18; Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 5:17).
I. DEFINING THE CHRISTIAN’S NEW OUTLOOK
A. This new mind is founded in the character of God: His power, wisdom, goodness, etc.
- God is the “God of Hope” who can “… fill [us] with all joy and peace in believing, …” (Romans 15:13; cf. Job 34:29; Psalm 4:8).
- Faith overcomes the world (I John 5:4-5).
- What happened in the Apostles lives after the Lord’s resurrection and Pentecost can happen in your life … from doubt, despair, dejection, and despondency came hope, courage and joy (John 16:22; cf. Acts 2:46, 47; 8:8, 39, etc.
B. The new perspective identified & clarified:
- This new mental refreshment results from a new “mind” attuned to spiritual realities —from a dead mind to an alive mind (Romans 8:6; cf. Galatians 5:22, 23).
- A lack of conforming to the world’s thinking (Romans 12:2).
- A centering of the mind on Christ (Colossians 3:1-4).
II. DESCRIBING THE CHRISTIAN’S NEW OUTLOOK
This “renewal” and “transformation” takes place in many different ways:
- A more grateful outlook towards God (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 9:15; Ephesians 2:6).
- A more patient outlook toward people (2 Timothy 2:24-25; James 1:19, 20).
- A more realistic outlook toward self (Romans 12:3; I Corinthians 15:10).
- A more pragmatic outlook toward problems (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:13).
- A more courageous outlook towards perils (John 16:33; I John 4:4).
- A more comforting outlook towards sorrows (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
- A more contented outlook towards wants (Philippians 4:11-12).
- A more enthusiastic outlook towards work (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Colossians 3:23).
- A more confident outlook towards responsibilities (2 Corinthians 3:5).
- A more joyous outlook towards life (Philippians 4:4).
- A more optimistic outlook toward the future (Philippians 1:19-26).
- A more fervent outlook toward eternity (John 14:1-4; Philippians 3:20, 21; Hebrews 13:14; 2 Peter 3:10-13).
- A more peaceful outlook towards all things (John 14:27; Philippians 4:6, 7).
The Christian’s new outlook on all things is a manifestation of the fact that he is, indeed, “… a New Creation and that old things have passed away; …” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
How do you stack up? Does your thought life reflect your new life in Christ?