Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
"We have to become God-inside minded, because it is God in Christ in you, the hope of glory. I picture this as a massive house built out of brick. You cannot lay the top brick until you first lay the foundation and build up the house by laying one brick at a time. You become God-inside minded by beginning to build God's Word in your life, day after day, brick after brick, until you get the whole edifice of your life built up into a beautiful tabernacle of God.
It must be brick, after brick, after brick. You do not genuinely become God-inside minded overnight. You have to build and stay faithful - day, after day, after day. You have to stay put on God's Word, and keep building it, and building it, and building it - just like a house."
"God is at work within us to will and to do of His good pleasure, so we have to become God-inside minded. " (Quotes from "God-Inside Minded" by Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille)
Believers many times ask "What do I need to do?" or "What does God want me to do?" The first question we need to ask to become God-inside minded is not "What should I do" but "What did He do?" "What should I do?" is very self centered. "What did God do for me?" is God centered. To really begin to walk with God and to be God-inside minded you must go to God's Word and get a knowledge of what God did for you. Get to know God.
The book of Ephesians is the greatest revelation that God ever gave to the church. It contains several prayers and focuses our attention on what God has done for us in Christ Jesus. The prayers of Ephesians are God's prayers for us. I want to focus in detail on the first prayer in Ephesians 1:17-23 because the point of this prayer (as with the entire epistle) is that we get a knowledge of God. That is the only way we can become God-inside minded.
Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
The prayer is that we get a knowledge of HIM. Our prayers are often self-centered. God's prayer for us is God centered. We often try to get a knowledge of ourselves or the world around us: "What should I do?" - "How do I get to know myself?" - "How do I understand the world around me?" - "Why do the wicked prosper?" and on and on and on. God's prayer is that we get a knowledge of HIM. As we go to God's Word and get a knowledge of God we become God-inside minded.
Ephesians 1:18-19a The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe...
The prayer is to know HIM. It is not to know OUR calling: "What have I been called to do?" The prayer is to know HIS calling. "What was God's purpose in calling us?"
The prayer is not to know what is OUR inheritance. The prayer is that we gain a knowledge of the inheritance GOD HAS in us.
The prayer is not to know what power we have; it is to gain a knowledge of God's power. The prayer is that we become God-inside minded by gaining a knowledge of God.
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
When I was young and playing team games and the team leaders were choosing sides I was always chosen last. God's Word declares that God chose us first! - "before the foundation of the world." The knowledge of God's calling is that He called you FIRST!
God called us to be holy. God called us to be without blame. God called us to be His children (adoption of children means to be placed as a son). God's calling was "according to the good pleasure of HIS will." Chosen IN HIM, predestinated to be HIS children, according to HIS good pleasure. This is the knowledge of God's calling!
II Timothy 1:9 Who [God] hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
To be God-inside minded is to have a knowledge of God's calling! "What is my calling?" is a question so far below the knowledge of God. He chose us first. He called us according to HIS OWN purpose and grace. That is the knowledge of God. That is the calling we should focus our lives on.
God has an inheritance in the saints [US]! Ephesians 2:7 declares:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
The word shew is to exhibit. God is going to have a show! He is going to show us off. We are his children. Just as any proud father wants to show off his wonderful children, God is going to show us off. We are God's inheritance! The Word of God does talk about an inheritance that we have waiting for us - that God has prepared for us. But the prayer in Ephesians 1 is talking about the inheritance that God has is us. To be God-inside minded is to understand that we are God's inheritance!
Ephesians 1:19-23 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
The knowledge of God's power is that with HIS power he raised Christ from the dead. He seated Christ at HIS own right hand. He made Christ head of the church which is his body. We are the body of Christ. He placed Christ far above all principality, power, might and dominion. He put all under his feet. And since we are his body, all is also under our feet. We are seated in the heavenly places in him! What power! That is the knowledge of God. That is what it means to be God-inside minded.
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
The power that is at work within us is - GOD! We have HIS Word telling us that it is HIS power in us. Then if we become God-inside minded, we will manifest forth the greatness of His powerful Word.
To be God-inside minded is to have a knowledge of God. He is our father! The God that created the heavens and earth! Read Ephesians and pay attention to that which it tells you about God.
Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.
Get to know God and become God-inside minded.