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Prepare Your Mind For Action
Bible study on behavior and preparation.

We must prepare our minds for action to live as obedient children of God.

Importance of Preparing Our Minds
It's important to prepare our minds, because God commands it (1 Pet. 1:13-14). Therefore, when we do the things necessary to prepare our minds, we are obeying God, just like Noah when he prepared the ark (Heb. 11:7). During the years he built the ark, preparing it according to God's commands, He was obeying God; and in the end he was rewarded.

As Christians, we're continually preparing ourselves to serve God. If we do not prepare, we'll be ill-equipped to stand against sin, growing further from God rather than closer to God.

We Must Prepare To. . . .
If we do not prepare ourselves to serve God, we'll lose our battle with sin. Just like a soldier who doesn't prepare, we will lose the fight.

We must prepare ourselves to:

  • Love God (Mk. 12:30).
  • Willfully serve God (1 Ch. 28:9).
  • Have our minds set on God's interests rather than man's interests (Matt. 16:23; Matt. 6:24-34; Phil. 4:4-9).
    • Our minds shouldn't be set on evil (Col. 3:5; Heb. 10:22; 3 Jn. 1:11).
    • Our minds should be set on things above (Col. 3:1-4).
  • Do God's work (Neh. 4:6; Eph. 2:10; 2 Tim. 2:21).
  • Seek knowledge (Pr. 15:14; 18:15; 22:17).
  • Not defile ourselves (Jas. 1:27; Dan. 1:8; 2 Tim. 2:22).
  • Be humble rather than haughty (Phil. 2:3; Rom. 12:16).
  • Fight the spiritual war (Eph. 6:10-18; 2 Tim. 4:7-8).

Although this is a partial list, it exemplifies the importance of preparation. Without preparation, it's impossible to serve God as He commands.

We Can't Control Our Bodies Without Controlling Our Minds
If we don't prepare our minds for action, we won't have the spiritual strength to control our bodies.

Jesus tells us that sin begins in our minds -- we think it, then we do it. "But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man" (Matt. 15:18-20).

Therefore Jesus says, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery'; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matt. 5:27-28).

As Christians, we can control our bodies with our mind because we walk according to the Spirit. Paul explains, saying, "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please" (Gal. 5:16-17).

Therefore, walking according to the Spirit, we exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in our physical bodies. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires" (Gal. 5:22-24).

How Do We Prepare Our Minds?
Here are five important factors to preparing our minds for action.

  • Study, learn, and apply God's word (Heb. 5:11-14; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
    • Like newborn babies, we long for the pure milk of the word, so that we may grow in respect to salvation (1 Pet. 1:2).
    • The gospel is God's power unto salvation (Rom. 1:16). His word performs its work in those who believe (1 Th. 2:13).
    • God's word equips us for every good work. It's profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
  • Renew our minds (Rom. 12:2).
    • We conform our minds to the doctrine of Christ, through knowledge revealed in God's word (Rom. 12:1-2; Col. 3:10).
    • We diligently put Christ's doctrine into practice, whereby God abundantly supplies an entrance into the eternal kingdom of Christ (2 Pet. 1:3-11).
  • Stimulated to love and good works by assembling with the saints (Heb. 10:24-25).
  • Holy, remaining sober in spirit, fixing our hope on God's grace, not conformed to lusts (1 Pet. 1:13-16).
  • Put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18).
    • Truth, righteousness, gospel of peace, faith, salvation, God's word, and prayer.

Its All About Preparation
The positive and negative:

  • Positive: If you prepare your mind for action, you will obey God and spend eternity in heaven.
  • Negative: If you do not prepare your mind for action, you will not obey God and spend eternity in hell.

When you boil it down, it's all about preparation. Where are you prepared to spend eternity?