Your Mind and the Mind of Christ


Watch the teaching,"Your Mind & The Mind of Christ," from the teaching series, "The Master Key."



One of the greatest advantages in life is walking with Christ and having His mind influence your mind. Because of this relationship, you can choose your thoughts and think things on purpose. You don’t have to just think about whatever falls into your mind. 

We can love the Lord with "all our mind." Learn about six key principles to empower your mindset.

Mark 12:30, ’And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. 31"And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

1 Corinthians 2:12, Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 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. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For "Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

MASTER KEY: You can choose your thoughts and think things on purpose. You don’t have to just think about whatever falls into your mind.

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How to Know What God Has Prepared for You



1 Corinthians 2:6 (NLT) The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”  10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. 

There are many mysteries in life. There is more that we don't know than we know. However, the little that we know is a preview of the greater things available to us.

The sad truth is: Too many people never discover more because of many factors including: Lack of curiosity, lack of education, hanging on the lesser things, connecting with people who lack imagination, and most of all -- not loving and following Christ, Who is the Source of all good things.

As the Scripture suggests, we don't have the innate capacity to see, hear, or know the things God has prepared for us. The good news is this: God has revealed these things to us by His Spirit.

One of the biggest misconceptions in life is believing that only material things matter. Too many people only want what they can see --- and the more shiny it is, the more they want it. Life is MUCH more!

One Master Key in this Scripture passage is this: Your relationship with the Lord is the key to knowing the wonderful things God has freely given you. 

Another Master Key is: When you love God, He goes before you to prepare your way
The Bible Greek definition of “prepare" means to make ready, to make the necessary preparations, and get everything ready. The word is drawn from the oriental custom of sending on before kings on their journeys persons to level the roads and make them passable and set out provisions.

This is what God does for those who love him. It is one of those realities you cannot see, hear or imagine because it is part of His future plan. The future is something of which we cannot be certain, but it is something for which we can prepare. Preparation with God puts you in position to see, hear, and experience a future full of blessing, adventure, purpose, and overcoming obstacles. 

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The Master Key: What God Has Prepared for You. (Audio)



Latest teaching on the Firm Foundation with Bryan Hudson podcast: "The Master Key: What God Has Prepared for You."

1 Corinthians 2:6 (NLT) Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.

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Make the Great Exchange. You Will Be Better For It!



Enjoy the latest teaching on the Firm Foundation podcast, "The Great Exchange" from the Series, "The Master Key."

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Isaiah 40:31  But those who hope in the Lord will renew [exchange] their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Exchange is a part of life. We all need renewal and refreshing on a regular basis. The normal activities and challenges of life take a toll. There are also circumstances that require exchange for us to cope and make progress in life. Situations like the passing of loved ones or unexpected setbacks on life are among the biggest examples. We cannot change ourselves using our own strength. We can make superficial adjustments, but deep and lasting change much come from our Creator.

Whatever the situation, God has made a provision through His grace. The grace of God is everything He has that He makes available to us. And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. (John 1:16)

Exchange was the basis of our Salvation: 1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

“The Great Exchange” is God’s grace for our renewal of strength.

MASTER KEY: Pay attention to your exchanges

We are always giving up one thing for another. That’s a part of life, but be mindful of what you are exchanging.

Matthew 16:25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Why Love Never Fails



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1 Corinthians 13:4, Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

The best definition of love is found in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” Jesus is our best example of love. This is what I call the "God kind of love.”

Nothing endures like love. Love has unlimited capacity and inexhaustible power. Think of all the things in your life that have come short or failed either within yourself or from others, the "God kind of love" was not one of them. There is a lesser form of human love that is more about words, feelings, and intentions--but this is not the kind of love that "never fails." 

The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Here is the MASTER KEY: Love never fails because the love walk is consistent by nature. 

Love does not fail because God is love! Therefore, we can love because He first loved us. Because of this, love wins!

There are three ways in which love wins:

1. God Wins:  He has a plan to save humanity after the fall of Adam.

Romans 5:6  (NLT) When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. 


2. Others win | The “Royal Law” is God's standard of love that motivates our good treatment of others

James 2:1 (NLT), My dear brothers and sisters,[a] how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? 2 For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes. 3 If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, 4 doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives? ...6 But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? 7 Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear? 8 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

3. You win | The first person who needs to experience the winning power of love, is ourselves. 

1 John 4:7 (NLT) Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love…16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. 18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other because he loved us first.