There are a lot of people here in San Diego that do not speak English. Pastor Miles has been learning Spanish to minister to those people. Pastor Miles gave this message in Spanish with Pastor Marcus translating it into English.
Since Pastor Miles has been learning Spanish, he has been developing two minds: one in English and one in Spanish. Like most of us, Pastor Miles developed his English mind since he was a child learning to speak and living according to culture. When Pastor Miles decides to say something in Spanish, he must pause, ignore his English mind, and use his mind in Spanish. He has been developing his Spanish mind by speaking in Spanish, according to the proper rules of Spanish grammar, culture, and accent.
The mind of Christ is spiritual. It processes heavenly information, the voice of God, the presence of God, and God’s purpose for your life.
Pastor Miles posed these questions: How can we function in the kingdom of God? We need the mind of Christ. How can we hear the voice of God? We need the mind of Christ. How can we interact with the presence of God? We need the mind of Christ.
We need to distinguish between the mind of Christ and the minds of English and Spanish. Whether you speak English, Spanish, and/or another language, those are natural minds. The natural mind processes information and worries of the world. The mind of Christ is spiritual. It processes heavenly information, the voice of God, the presence of God, and God’s purpose for your life. There is a distinction between those minds.
These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:13-16
When we received Jesus Christ as our savior, we received the mind of Christ. If we have the mind of Christ, why are we still thinking about worldly things? There is a battle going on in our minds. Through the mind of Christ, God speaks to us and shows us visions about our lives. Concurrently, our natural minds fight and battle against the mind of Christ.
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:16-18
To function in English, we need to develop our minds English and speak in English. To function in Spanish, we need to develop our minds in Spanish and speak in Spanish. To use the mind of Christ, we must speak about the activities of the Holy Spirit according to the proper parameters of the Bible and cultures of Heaven. The Bible is alive and active. The Bible can change the structures of our minds, according to the truths of the Word of God. To develop the mind of Christ, we must declare the activities of the Holy Spirit according to the cultures of Heaven.
The culture of Heaven is unity. The culture of the world is division. There is division in many peoples’ relationships, families, minds, and even thoughts about God’s purposes. Many people run from the presence of God. We need to describe the activities of the Holy Spirit with the love, patience, and wisdom of God, to establish unity with people in the world, especially for those who do not believe in God.
Finally, we need to talk about the activities of the Holy Spirit every day. We are not going to empower the ability to interact with the presence of God if we do not speak about the activities of the Holy Spirit, daily. Just as those who have learned a second language, it is not possible to retain that second language unless it is exercised regularly. We must constantly pursue and maintain our relationship with God through prayer, reading the Bible, and submission to Him.