A comment came through and I thought I’d share my response with everyone. It develops a line of thinking out from the Bible, a fountain of living waters, so I have left all the quotes in place to enable you to follow the line back to the source.
“Thanks for your article on “DECIDE TO LET THE CHRIST MIND BE IN YOU.” We decide to take a stand but somehow still struggle thus: “for the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Romans 7:19. Now having made the decision to “decide to let the Christ Mind be in” one, how can one act consistently from the standpoint of the Christly Mind?”
Paul’s insightful discussion on this age-old problem that you quote from Romans, ends with a large measure of peace when he asks, “Who shall deliver me from the body of this death [corporeal, mortal thinking]? I thank God, through Jesus Christ” [spiritual sense of sonship with God]
I reduce this question in my own thought to two standpoints: I can’t and I can. Paul says, essentially, “I can’t do the good I desire. How can I be delivered from ‘I can’t’?” And he discovered this wonderful power of Christ, his own relationship to God, that enabled him to break through “I can’t” and discover, “I can.”
In Phillipians, Paul writes, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:13
It is God’s love for us that makes us honorable and able to do His will. So, Paul, or Saul, who wanted so much to be righteous, and really strove for it day and night, discovered this power of relationship to God that finally enabled him to be and do the good he desired. Mary Baker Eddy describes it this way,
“Saul of Tarsus beheld the way — the Christ, or Truth — only when his uncertain sense of right yielded to a spiritual sense, which is always right. Then the man was changed. Thought assumed a nobler outlook, and his life became more spiritual.”SH 326:23-27
It comes down to the moment by moment decisions to let Christ take the lead–in this instance and that instance. If temptation arises again, let Christ take the lead. Through deep desire to be and do good, this Christ leading becomes a constant grace. Again, Paul discovered this.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work…Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.” II Cor. 9:8, 3:5
As Christ’s followers, we learn to challenge every insufficiency, every “I can’t” and replace it with “I can”. We contradict the arrogant mortal conclusion of “I can’t do good,” with the humility of “but Christ can.” Is it not wonderful work to do, to turn every “I can’t” upside down and, though Christ, to return to the native state of dominion over all the earth?
Paul gives this strengthening prayer to the Ephesians and also to us. Let’s take to heart this gift and feel that strength of Christ enabling us to reflect all the fulness of God to be and do good.