Mature Class Study, teacher Edith Tolbert.
When we get saved, we need an attitude adjustment. What we need is the mind of Christ.
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
We need to have the same mind and attitudes as Jesus. Our attitudes won’t be like Christ unless we get the mind of Christ.
Philippians 2:3 (Amplified Classic) Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].
Even though Jesus was the son of God, he humbled himself and became a servant. He was willing to die and we’ve got to do the same thing. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you…that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice…” Verse 2 says, “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” It’s important that we get the mind of Christ so our mind is renewed. It’s our responsibility to be sure our mind is stayed on Christ as we start each day. We won’t have the attitude or demeanor of Jesus if our mind is on things of the world. The demeanor of the world is an attitude of entitlement. It’s a selfish way that’s all about me, my wants, and what’s good for me. God’s way is to esteem others better.
Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ…being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant…made in the likeness of men: And…as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
We need the mind of Christ to be clothed with humility. Characteristics of humility:
- A broken and contrite heart – God only dwells with the humble and contrite heart. A humble, contrite heart and a broken spirit is pliable, soft, one that God can mold like he wants it to be, and is easily entreated.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity…I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also…of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
- Doesn’t react to criticism, accusation, or slander. It’s able to take criticism as potentially allowed by God to make you better and take it as a testing. People won’t blow up when criticism comes. Jesus is our example.
I Peter 2:21-23 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
We need to follow in Jesus’ steps. He had no sin or any guile in his mouth. When he was reviled, he didn’t revile again. Jesus didn’t respond when he was accused, falsely lied about, and railed on. At Pilot’s judgment hall, he kept his mouth shut and didn’t answer anything. He committed himself completely to God. We don’t have to defend ourselves when criticism, accusations, and slander come against us. God is going to take care of us.
I Peter 2:23 (Amplified Classic) When He was reviled and insulted, He did not revile or offer insult in return; [when] He was abused and suffered, He made no threats [of vengeance]; but he trusted [Himself and everything] to Him Who judges fairly.
God hears everything we say. He heard Miriam and Aaron complain about Moses. They weren’t willing to be under Moses’ authority and were jealous of his authority so murmured and complained. But as soon as they did, the Lord heard. When the Israelites complained, the Lord heard and was displeased. God responded every time they murmured and complained. Moses was meek, gentle, kind, and humble above all men. God knew he was willingly obedient to what he asked him.
Numbers 12:1-3 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married… they said, Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
God addressed the problem and defended him. Moses didn’t have to say anything about the accusations. There shouldn’t be accusations, fault-finding, bickering, murmuring, or complaining out of our mouths. God hears it all and that didn’t come out of Jesus’ mouth. God is asking us to be humble like Jesus and to be careful the words of our mouth are appropriate. Murmuring and complaining about the leaders or one another is serious. It’s important to talk like Jesus with humility of mind so we say the things that would be pleasing to God, instead of causing anger from God.
Numbers 12:4-9 And the Lord spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle…And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth…the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed.
- Willing to forgive easily – we won’t carry grudges, hard attitudes, or things contrary to love but we’ll be willing to forgive. We won’t be kind but other things will come out of our heart if we have malice, bad attitudes, or bitterness for others. Jesus’ attitude on the cross was, “Father, forgive them…” He didn’t hold any malice, bad attitude, resentment, or bitterness towards those that wounded, mocked, and caused such pain and agony to him. He willingly forgave them.
Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away…with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
- Has a teachable spirit and won’t think we know it all – we have to be easily entreated so we can work together.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
- Has a servant’s heart and desires to edify – what we say builds up and doesn’t tear down others. How we talk is fits the need or occasion so our words are a blessing and encouragement.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Ephesians 4:29 (Amplified Classic) Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.
God chose Saul from all the people to be king. He was humble but as time went on something happened. We have to be humble to be saved. Some people get saved and go along good for a while but something happens and they backslide. The warning is to keep a humble, contrite heart so we stay close to God. If we allow pride in our heart, we won’t stay humble.
I Samuel 9:15-17 Now the Lord had told Samuel…before Saul came, saying…I will send thee a man…and thou shalt anoint him…captain over my people Israel…Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said…Behold the man whom I spake to thee of!…
Samuel had things to tell Saul, so he stayed with Samuel and there was a banquet for him. Samuel anointed Saul.
I Samuel 9:19 And Samuel answered Saul…go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day…
I Samuel 9:21-22 And Saul answered…Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes…wherefore then speakest thou so to me? And Samuel…made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden…
I Samuel 9:27-I Samuel 10:1…Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before…but stand thou still…that I may shew thee the word of God. Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
Samuel said Saul would be changed into another man with another heart and spirit. He gave him specific directions from God.
I Samuel 10:6-11 And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy…and shalt be turned into another man. And…when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee. And…go down before me to Gilgal…I will come…to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do. And…when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart…And when…a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied…And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime…people said…Is Saul also among the prophets?
God put the spirit of prophecy in Saul to use him as a willing vessel. Samuel said the people rejected God and gave them Saul for their king. He hid before Samuel introduced him because he was humble, shy, and not used to the attention.
I Samuel 10:19-22 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said…Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord…when Samuel had caused all the tribes…to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken…and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and …he could not be found. Therefore they enquired…And the Lord answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.
I Samuel 10:24…See ye him whom the Lord hath chosen, that there is none like him…the people shouted…God save the king.
The children of Belial brought Saul no presents after he was anointed king but he held his peace (I Samuel 10:27). Saul got impatient and fear worked on him so he offered the sacrifice. Pride was working because he made his own decision instead of doing what God asked. The sacrifice was only to be offered by the priest and Saul was to wait for Samuel. If Samuel had just waited just a few more minutes, Samuel would have been there. We’re living in a time when people are very impatient. It’s important to have our daily devotions and be sure we’re clothed with humility and wait on God.
I Samuel 13:13-14 And Samuel said…Thou hast done foolishly…not kept the commandment…for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom…for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and…commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded…
We have to move in God’s time, to wait whatever time he says for us to wait. God said to kill all of the Amalekites, but Saul spared Agag instead of doing what God said. God was displeased and his Spirit left Saul so an evil spirit came on him. Saul went from bad to worse because of pride by wanting to do things his way and thinking he knew better. There was an independent spirit working. We have to be careful to not get an independent spirit in thinking our way is better. We need to take the counsel of God, to wait on God, and be submissive to what God wants. The Israelites cried for what they wanted. God finally gave them what they wanted, but he sent leanness into their souls. You can cry and beg God for something but if it’s not God’s will, you need to accept. Our soul is more valuable than what we want. Our will must be submitted to God’s to be a slave and a servant. We have to make sure that we want what God wants and to die to ourselves every day to have the mind of Christ. Then we’ll want what God wants – not my will but God’s will be done.
Psalm 106:13-15 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.