Once a person resolves — I mean TRULY resolves — to do something, there is no stopping them. When the mind is made up, as Yoda (from Star Wars) says, “…there is no try, only do.”
There is nothing more powerful than a made up mind. A made up mind is unstoppable.
Even God saw this when the people made up their mind to do something that did not glorify God…
And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.
Here’s the most powerful example of a made up mind:
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.
Jesus had his face set toward Jerusalem. He had His mind made up that this would be the moment that He would sacrifice His life for our redemption.
Jesus had a made up mind. He was fully persuaded to finish what He began. He told us that it was his meat to “do the will of He who sent me” (John 4:34).
That means it nourished Him to do God’s will. This should nourish us up spiritually to do the same.
A made up mind requires foundation, faithfulness, and fortitude.
Romans 12:2 tells us that we are not to be conformed to the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. We’ve learned before that we are 3-part (tripartite) beings — we are spirits, possessing a soul, living in a body. We’ve also learned that the soul consists of the mind, will, intellect, and emotions. If we look at the soul as a nation, we see that the mind is the capital city of that nation. If we view the conquest of the soul as a military campaign, we see that we must take down the capital in order to bring the nation into captivity.
Paul told us that we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). What is the mind of Christ? It is the capital city of His will, intellect, and emotions. Therefore we must have the desire, thinking, and empathy of He who saved us. We have the mind of Christ in us as a result of the New Birth and we must express it collectively as Paul illustrated in Philippians 2:5.
The revelation of this foundation comes from understanding that we are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Without this, we are double-minded and cannot receive anything from God (James 1:6-8). When we have the foundation (Christ) set, we can commence building.
A made-up mind must be our foundation.
God is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9) and, since we are created in His image and likeness, we are expected to be faithful as well. That is to say, God is full of faith and we are to be, too. God is so faithful that He gives all men a measure of faith. It is important to understand this because the author of Hebrews pointed out that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
We need to make up our minds that it is God’s will that we have faith, grow in faith, and become rich in faith.
But faithfulness has another meaning — unshakable or immovable. God fits this definition. God is omnipresent; He’s always around. But He did something special for us through Jesus — He placed His Spirit within us. That means that because we have His faith and His Spirit, He expects us to be immovable and unshakable. Now, we understand that God is God and this is easy for Him, but for us this isn’t easy. That’s why He gave us His Holy Spirit. Because of His Holy Spirit dwelling in us — the same power that raised Jesus from the dead — one-third of our being has the power to be as unshakable and immovable as God.
When we learn of our faithfulness in Him (being), we learn to exercise faithfulness (doing). By being faithful in Him and to Him, that is, having a made-up mind, we become faithful in all our doing!
It takes inner strength to maintain a made up mind. If we’re tossed to-and-fro by winds of doctrine and the opinions of men, we cannot say our mind is made up. It takes inner strength to love our enemies and those who curse and abuse us. It takes inner strength to press forward even though every part of our being says, “quit.” It takes inner strength to stand when there’s so much pressure against us to yield.
I think of Jesus praying in the Garden before going to the Cross:
And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Jesus had to have immense fortitude to endure the cross and despise the shame of it (Hebrews 12:2). But, as the author and finisher of our faith, He saw the joy that was set before Him of putting the principalities and powers of darkness to shame once and for all (Colossians 2:15).
Fortitude is necessary to keeping your mind made-up to finish your race and complete your course.
Right now, these are times that will test the foundation, faithfulness, and fortitude of the Church. The enemy wants to shake what sustains us, break what what we’ve attained, and destroy what maintains us.
But God wants us to unite in love, that we may accomplish in the earth what He created us to do.