INTRODUCTION

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” (Romans 12:2) AMP

© Set your minds and keep them set on what is above…

And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. (Colossians 3:2) AMP

I believe we are about to embark on some of the most thought provoking, life changing, and spiritual supernatural teaching that can be found in the Bible!  And for us to truly receive the full spectrum of knowledge and wisdom that the parables contain, we MUST do what the above Scriptures reveal to us. How? A Christian MUST transform and renew their mind set to spiritual supernatural objectives that are in the kingdom of God/heaven in order to know the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (1) In order for you to be equipped to be able to mentally process, retain, and work out all of the spiritual truths of the Bible, (2) it is imperative for you to have the sound mind of Christ so that your thinking process is focused anew on the spiritual, supernatural, eternal kingdom of God/heaven and the worldview that goes with it. (3) Please pray daily and continually for this sound mind of Christ! We all are very familiar with the secular humanistic worldview that constantly surrounds, invades, and bombards our very thoughts, being, and lives. These two worldviews are diametrically opposed meaning they have no true eternal meaning one to the other. This is a difficult principle to understand and implement into our lives that the kingdom of God/heaven is our ONLY way of life as True Believing Christians! (4)
(1) For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice, That each one of you should know how to possess (control, manage) his own body in consecration (purity, separated from things profane) and honor, Not [to be used] in the passion of lust like the heathen, who are ignorant of the true God and have no knowledge of His will,  That no man transgress and overreach his brother and defraud him in this matter or defraud his brother in business.
For the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we have already warned you solemnly and told you plainly. For God has not called us to impurity but to consecration [to dedicate ourselves to the most thorough purity]. Therefore whoever disregards (sets aside and rejects this) disregards not man but God, Whose [very] Spirit [Whom] He gives to you is holy (chaste, pure). But concerning brotherly love [for all other Christians], you have no need to have anyone write you, for you yourselves have been [personally] taught by God to love one another. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-9) AMP
(2) Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13) NKJV
 (3) And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him {The Holy Spirit will give us the same sound mind of Christ because we are co-heirs with Him.} –the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord — (Isaiah 11:2) AMP
(3a) while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not   
seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18) NKJV
(3b) And [Jesus] said to them, O foolish ones [sluggish in mind, dull of perception] and slow of heart to believe (adhere to and trust in and rely on) everything that the prophets have spoken! (Luke 24:25) AMP
(3c) Go to this people and say to them, You will indeed hear and hear with your ears but will not understand, and you will indeed look and look with your eyes but will not see [not perceive, have knowledge of or become acquainted with what you look at, at all]. For the heart (the understanding, the soul) of this people has grown dull (stupid, hardened, and calloused), and their ears are heavy and hard of hearing and they have shut tight their eyes, so that they may not perceive and have knowledge and become acquainted with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their souls and turn [to Me and be converted], that I may heal them. [Isa 6:9, 10.]                   (Acts 28:26-27) AMP
(4) Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]–these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]. And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever. (1 John 2:15-17) AMP

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