When the Mind of Christ is mature in you, you will see God in total control of all things, both good and evil. Then you will recognize the unified beauty of your Father’s plan. You will see wisdom in all his works, and every work in God. Then you will finally begin to see God as he truly is.
Your spiritual maturity, authority, and power, will be gained by the crucifixion of your carnality. Your human thinking and desires must be destroyed. The “evil” in your life must be sent away, the “good” must be sacrificed, and both of these experiences must come to be understood as emanating from the superior wisdom of God. The fiery light that streams from the pyre of good & evil in your life, will illumine your spirit with the knowledge that God is all and in all.
The crucifixion of your carnal mind is instigated by the problems that God brings to your day. As painful riddles waiting to be solved, these afflictions are sent to develop the Mind of Christ in you. As you attack your fears, attributing them all to the love of God, you will slay your carnal thinking and eradicate the duality within you.
When you are immersed in an environment of bewildering evil, faith is given an opportunity to operate. It is by this heartache that your desires are turned away from the visible realm. As your inadequacy grows into a taunting monster, confidence in your own abilities will dissolve as a vague deception. Then your hope will become fixed on the invisible purpose of God, and your spirit will irrevocably turn to desire his perfection.
Your spirit grows to maturity as your physical eyes tell you of failure, and yet you stand in the power of God. This is an experience that will focus your spiritual sight upon the absolute sovereignty of your Heavenly Father’s actions. There you will face your worst fears, until you find God in them.
This is the death process. The death of your carnal mind provides the nutrients required for the growth and resurrection of your spirit. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. By accomplishing this warfare your spirit will grow in forgiveness, and eventually enter into the divinity of agape-love. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
From the time of your birth your fallen carnal mind has ruled your spirit with unbelief, fear, doubt, lust, greed, and ingratitude. The battle for spiritual maturity is the battle to destroy this purveyor of death. Now you must attack and slay this adversary, annihilating its erroneous and selfish thoughts. You must pick up the sword of truth and thrust it through the heart of your own self-centered malignity. You must stare into the face of bewildering travail, and call it the love of God. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.
When problems engulf your life, set aside every earthly goal and throw yourself into the fight for spiritual maturity. Fear nothing, and let nothing stand in your way, for the greatest treasure that can be obtained from earth is a spirit matured into the perfect character of Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.
This battle for personal spiritual maturity is the path to your dreams. It is the process of overcoming, and the algorithm that leads to Sonship. By winning this fight of faith, your spirit will eventually obtain the same wisdom, power, and immortality that Jesus Christ now has. This is your only goal, to complete the process that leads to your own spiritual perfection. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Most Christians today are virtually oblivious to this internal war for personal spiritual maturity. Instead, they are utterly preoccupied with the evil in those around them. The battle against personal internal evil is the fight for “maturity.” The battle against external evil is called “ministry.” After pressing the battle for your own maturity each day, only then exhort your family and community to do likewise. By your example, urge them to crucify their own carnality. Show them by your victory that God is sovereign over all things. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
The soon coming ministry of the mature Sons of God will easily eradicate all the evil that now runs rampant upon the earth. Any present mortal efforts to this end can be considered a good work, but will not bear any lasting fruit. For the good & evil that are upon the earth today are doing the work of God. If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight. If you would like to fix the evils of earth that are external to your own faithless carnality, bring forth first your own spiritual maturity, and then you will come to the ministry you seek. Having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
This is the fight of faith. It is not a smug proclamation of your magnificent free will. Rather, it is the slaying of your carnality, the growth of your spirit, and the conquering of permanent spiritual treasure through warfare.