11 The LORD knows the thoughts of man, and that they are vanity.1 [Paul, addressing crucified believers, wrote: "we also all had our conduct in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of our mind." Eph 2:3. From the Word of the Lord within: "The mind is not subject to the law, nor can it be. We labor with a cursed mind for the carnal mind is neither subject to the law of God, nor can it be. That which is in the enmity must die. All thoughts must be rejected." Grace destroys the sinful nature with its carnal mind.]
26 The thoughts of the unrighteous are detestable (foul, disgusting), to the LORD, but the words of the pure are pleasant words.3 [No one is righteous before being purified, for we, through the Spirit, by faith, patiently wait for the hope of righteousness. Gal 5:5. We persistently and patiently wait in humble silence for the Spirit by grace to teach us how to live righteously, Tit 2:11-12, and for the Spirit to destroy of sinful nature, including our carnal mind. From the Word of the Lord within: "Your thoughts are not my thoughts. At best your thoughts are a vain hiss. The mind is a terrible thing. The mind is not subject to the law, nor can it be. We labor with a cursed mind for the carnal mind is neither subject to the law of God, nor can it be; that which is in the enmity must die. All thoughts must be rejected. There is a blessing to make the cessation of the mind permanent. Let us be patient. We must grow in silence. You must go on waiting, watching, and listening; then our hearts will be quiet by grace. Great will be your peace if you continue faithfully. You will receive a new heart and mind. Grow up into the mind of Christ, from which all good thoughts proceed."]
7 Let the ungodly forsake his way, and the unrighteous man [forsake] his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. [Everyone is ungodly and unrighteous until the Spirit has destroyed their sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, which destroys the selfish, vain, carnal mind with its thoughts. The basic operation of grace is teaching us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and how to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Tit 2:11-12.]
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says the LORD.
9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. [Do not make the mistake of thinking you are spiritually minded unless the Lord has destroyed your carnal mind, freeing you from sin, and freeing you from walking according to the desires of your flesh and the thoughts of your mind. When you are walking with the Spirit supplying your thoughts, your words to speak, and your deeds to be performed — only then you are spiritually minded, possessing the mind of Christ as your guide. The life of spiritual mindedness is following the light of Christ as He guides you; the peace of spiritual mindedness is quietness of the mind with unquestionable assurance and confidence forever.]
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God. For it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be.3 [Since your mind cannot be subject to the Law of God, obviously it must be destroyed; bearing the cross destroys your carnal mind, which is then replaced by the mind of Christ. The cross is to man's carnal mind and man's will. From the Word of the Lord within: "That which lives in the enmity must be destroyed. We labor with a cursed mind. To make decisions is to live in your carnal mind. Those who follow their own brain will weep and mourn; there will be great pain. The mind is a terrible thing. You will receive a new heart and mind. Grow up into the mind of Christ, from which all good thoughts proceed." Until your carnal mind is destroyed, bear the daily cross, keep obeying all commands, and continue through life making the best decisions you know how.]
|Isaiah 65:2 |
2 I have spread out my hands all day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts;1