The Healing of the Mind: Part 5 The Mind Must Be Occupied

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The child of God is not only to control his mind, but he is to direct it with purpose to the proper objects of thought. It is important  to learn to check all impressions and experiences against the Word of God. A blank mind produces a passive will. This is one of the basic requisites for demonic influence in the life. It is important to guard against the hypnotic effects which can be induced by reading, radio listening, and watching television.

One should pray and seek for the functioning of his brain to the fullest possible capacity. The mind that ceases to function or functions improperly hinders the spiritual life.

“Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.” ~ William Cowper

The subject matter with which the mind is to be occupied is clearly set forth in the Bible.

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The mind must be occupied with noble subjects. Again we turn to Philippians 4:8, where we find set forth the subjects on which a person is to think: that which is true, that which is honest, that which is just, that which is pure, that which is lovely, that which is of good report, that which is virtuous, and that which is praiseworthy. There are so many noble subjects with which to occupy the mind that it is shameful for a person to be taken up with that which is of lesser importance, to say nothing of that which is wicked and mean.

The mind must be occupied with that which is above. “Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things that are upon the earth.”  (Colossians 3:2). A portion of scripture which sets forth clearly the importance of this occupation and the loss that one suffers without is Luke 10:38-42. The Lord Jesus had come for a visit to the home of Mary and Martha. Martha immediately began preparations for a meal and was distressed with her many duties in seeking to serve the Lord. With the entrance of Jesus into the home, Mary forgot all else but Him. She sat quietly at His feet, adoring Him and listening to His words. Martha finally became so perturbed that she entered the room and actually scolded the Lord for not directing her sister to help her. He quickly pointed out that Martha was all wrong and that Mary was all right. “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one; for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42).

The one thing needful is to be occupied with the Lord Jesus Christ! Meditate on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Think on how He was willing to leave behind the glory which He had shared with the Father from eternity. He invaded this rebellious planet and lived without contamination in the midst of sin and demon-infestation. He went about doing good. No man ever spoke as He did. He was obedient even to a criminal’s death. He bore our sins and our sickness on His own body. By His death He defeated satan and all his forces. He arose triumphant over death. He ascended to heaven and lives forever more to make intercession for us. He is coming back, and we shall see Him and be like Him. We are going to have all eternity to praise, love, and adore Him!

Learn to be occupied with what you are and have in union with the Lord Jesus Christ. You are free from condemnation. You have been made to share the very life of Christ. You have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Him. You are accepted in the beloved, complete in Him. What He is, you are in this world, because you are a part of Him. You have your “ups and downs,” but the solid fact of Christ in you remains intact. The limitations of time and human weakness tend to bring frustration and despair, but in Christ you have become a part of God’s plan.

So rejoice in the Lord! People will fail and circumstances will change, but Jesus Christ remains the same. Learn to praise Him. Regardless of what your situation may be, He is always worthy of praise. Sing it out in the psalms and hymns and spiritual songs when you are tested and tried. And bring the thoughts repeatedly back to how wonderful He is.

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One of the reasons the Christian is to be occupied with that which is above is that his life is hidden there with Christ. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3). If you have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, your life and all your future are already in deposit with Him over in glory land. According to the Word of God, you have been raised up together with Christ. Through union with Him, you are already seated in the heavenlies, far above all that would hinder or distress (Ephesians 2:6).

It is from this vantage point in the heavenlies that one should view each mountain that looms in his pathway. The rough places on earth appear very smooth when viewed from a jet at thirty thousand feet in the air. Many of the experiences in life appear as insurmountable obstacles to us. They loom so large because we tend to view them from the human standpoint. When one remembers his positions in the Lord Jesus Christ, already seated with Him in the heavenlies, and from that point surveys his mountain, he finds that in eternity’s view, it has become less than a mole-hill.

Still another subject with which the mind is to be occupied is the return of Christ. This is set before us in a portion from which we previously had instruction. “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:13). Again we are told to look for the blessed hope which is the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). We are not going to have the solution for all of our problems during this present time. A time is coming, however, when all limitations and hindrances will be removed. That time is the return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His own.

Just as surely as Christ died for our sins and rose again, so He is coming back again to receive unto Himself those who are trusting in Him as their Savior. Many are troubled now by physical infirmities or other difficulties from which there does not seem to be any possibility of release. This will all be changed when the Lord Jesus Christ returns! “We know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (John 3:2).

It will be worth it all, When we Jesus; Life’s trials will seem so small, When we see Christ; One glimpse of His dear face, All sorrow will erase, So bravely run the race, Till we see Christ.

The healing of the mind! This is the heritage of every child of God. A changed mind that has peace with God. A controlled mind that is the bulwark of the peace of God. (Phil. 4:6-7). An occupied mind that can produce for God and that enjoys the presence of the God of peace (Phil. 4:9).

Just as I am – poor, wretched, blind; Sight, riches, healing of the mind, Yea, all I need is Thee to find O Lamb of God, I come, I come! ~ Ernest  B. Rockstad, February 5, 1972

 

The scripture above is my  true north when it comes to my writings. I have always been told to write books and sell them. But most of what I write has to do with the Word of God and therefore they are not my own revelation. My writings come from revelation given to me as I search out the Word of God by the Spirit of God. They are the “children’s bread” (Matthew 15:26). I believe that this bread should be given out freely so that my Father’s children, my brother’s and sisters are fed, nurtured and strengthened. For that reason this blog as well as others have been created.

Concerning the things that pertain to this life I trust the Lord and His Word:

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.  Ecclesiastes 11: 1

For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and, “The worker is worthy of his wages.” 1 Timothy 5:18

Take no bag for the road, or second tunic, or sandals, or staff; for the worker is worthy of his provisions. Matthew 10:10

If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much for us to reap a material harvest from you? 1 Corinthians 9:11

One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:6-10

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Failure to Control Our Thoughts

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The Healing of the Mind: Part 4 The Mind Must Be Controlled

For the healing of the mind, it is also necessary for a person to control his thoughts. The Bible speaks out very clearly on the necessity for this discipline. “Wherefore gird the loins of your mind, be sober…” is a command given through Peter in (1 Peter 1:13). The figure of speech is an Eastern one, referring to the mode of dress. When a man with a long flowing garment desired to run or otherwise exert himself, specially when preparing for battle, he would gird up his loins. That is, he would gather up the loose end of his garment and bind the them about his waist. The lesson intended is that a person is to gather up the loose ends of his thinking instead of allowing his thoughts to run hither and yon, he is to gather them in and keep them under his control.

The fact that the mind must be controlled is also found in a command given through Paul which involves the “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). This command also involves “casting down imaginations…”    Imaginations built up in the mind can become the dwelling places of wicked spirits from which they can influence and even control the life. Paul further expresses his fear lest in the same way the serpent tricked Eve, so the minds of Christians should be corrupted from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ ( 2 Corinthians 11:3). 

 

The mind must be controlled! The child of God who fails to control his thoughts will find disturbance and unrest brought into his life and will experience the impairment of his spiritual life.

Wrong thoughts are bound to come to us. We are being constantly bombarded with suggestions from the world around us, from the power of darkness, and from the wickedness in our own hearts. It is not the coming of wrong thoughts that causes the trouble, but rather the harboring and clinging to them. The wicked thought that is allowed to remain will be bear fruit in sinful action. The disturbing thought that is allowed to remain is bound to bring disturbance into the life.

Through failure to control the mind, one can leave himself open to the “broken record” experience. When the needle on a record player remains in the same groove, the result is the continuing repetition of the same sounds. It is an exceedingly distressing experience to have constant repetition of some thought or idea in the mind and be unable to dismiss it. The mind must be controlled.

The Control of the mind is within the reach of every child of God. It is accomplished through the application of certain Scriptural principles. Here are the steps to follow:

Test every thought that comes to the mind.  Make use of the “fanning mill” which God has given to us in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” A friend who once lived on a farm told me how he delighted in turning the old fanning mill into which the grain was poured at the top and then passed through successive sieves beneath while the chaff was blown off. God has given us such “sieves” for our thoughts in this verse. If a thought is not true, honest, just, pure, or lovely, it is not to be allowed. If a thought concerns something not of good report, not virtuous, or not praiseworthy, it is to be banished.

Refuse immediately to give consent to every negative thought that comes to the mind.  If necessary, it is well even to make this affirmation when a wrong thought comes: “I give no consent to that.”

In refusing the negative thought, the believer must count on his union with Jesus Christ in His death upon the cross. Christ’s death has also provided for the mind and for the thoughts. As we claim victory in Him, it is possible to be set free from that which troubles. In refusing to give consent to the thought, it is well to affirm, “I reckon myself dead to that in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Resist the devil. It is very possible that the wrong thought is coming from Satan or one of his emissaries. When this is the case, it is necessary to stand against him as a person who is present although unseen.But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:6-7. Just remember that we mus first “submit to God” before trying to resist the enemy. Why? Because a person who will not submit to God’s authority has no power or right to attempt to resist the enemy. If they try they will be taken captive.

If peace of mind does not come through refusal to give consent to a negative thought while reckoning oneself dead to it, then this active resistance of the devil becomes a necessity. Do not hesitate to speak it out thus: “I submit to God, therefore I resist you, satan, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I refuse to receive the suggestions you would give to me and I command you to be gone from me. ”

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Share every problem immediately with the Lord. “In nothing be anxious: but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6). The way to the throne of grace is always open through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we are trusting in Him we can come with boldness and be assured that we will “obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). “Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

One of the greatest problems to plague the uncontrolled mind is unpleasant memories. Without the proper control the thoughts can revolve around past sins, tragic experiences, and grievances against other people.

Deliberate faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the answer to past sins. That of which one was guilty before receiving Christ has been forgiven and forgotten by God. He declares, “I even O, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions fo mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isaiah 43:25). He has also made provision so that He can forgive and forget the sins of the child of God. Our record is kept constantly clear in heaven by the advocacy of Jesus Christ the Righteous (1 John 2:1). The record is kept clear here, and we are assured of forgiveness and cleansing as we confess our sins (1 John 1:9).

When the memory of past sins continues to haunt one even though they have been properly dealt with, it is evidence either of lack of faith in the Word of God and/or a continuing attack by the accuser of the brethren . (Revelations 12:10).

Sometimes it’s difficult to remove from the mind the memory of tragic experiences. This is often coupled with thoughts and feelings that it just hasn’t been fair. Bitterness against God and resultant injury to the spiritual life and fellowship with Him will follow if this is not dealt with. It is important to surrender what has happened in the past to God and rest by faith in the fact that He is good. He is sovereign and He does make all things work together for good to them that love Him (Romans 8:28). Instead of dwelling on the tragic experience, one should reckon himself dead to all wrong attitudes, claim God’s grace to turn the back on the past, and apply himself diligently to the task which is at hand.

Ill treatment at the hands of others is often the most difficult  of all to forget. it is not uncommon to hear the statement, “I can forgive, but I will not forget!” Actually, the refusal or inability to forget is evidence of not having really forgiven, and it only brings misery and heartache to the one who carries the grudge. love “does not keep account of evil” (1 Corinthians 13:5). The remembrance of wrongs that have done to one can scarcely be made to fit into the limitations of Philippians 4:8!

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But what is one to do when he cannot forget? Healing of the memory can be found at the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ! The method to follow is to lay the whole matter out before the Lord, telling Him what has happened and how you feel. ask Him to take care of the matter and settle it in His own way and to His own glory. Then count on union with the Lord Jesus Christ in death to sin and determine to have no more to do with the matter. Involved in the healing will be the refusal ever to discuss the problem again with anyone. Whenever the thought tends to recur or there is the temptation to tell someone, the position should be taken and attitude held, “I have left that at the Cross of Jesus Christ and I am trusting God to take care of it.”

The healing of the memories is available to every child of God who is willing to exercise the proper control of his mind according to his resources in the Lord Jesus Christ.

This testimony of how one person claimed victory from tormenting thoughts has been a help and blessing to many who have heard it. Here is a portion of the testimony:

“When my eyes opened from sleep these thoughts of past, present and future trouble were on hand to torment me. They had made an early start. they would come trooping in. I was helpless. I knew not what to do with them. Then the Lord showed me that door in Egypt with the blood sprinkled over and around it (Exodus 12: 21-24), into which no evil, tormenting spirit could come and that I was just simply to be willing to commit my mind unto Him in helplessness and then to claim and believe and see the blood of Christ over and around it, just like that door, that room in Egypt. It was a new and blessed thought to me.  I did so. They came again and I said, ‘The blood is over the door. The world is dead to me and I am dead to the world. You cannot enter under the blood.’  They backed off. Again and again they would come, but I simply pointed to the blood over the door; the mind. I thought on the blood whenever they came; and soon their power was gone and they ceased their visitations: my torments ceased, my mind had rest, as I committed all to God and thought on the blood.”

There is still another correction needed for the healing of the mind. The mind must be occupied. We will look into that in the next teaching on this series, The Healing of the Mind: Part 5  The Mind Must Be Occupied.

The scripture above is my  true north when it comes to my writings. I have always been told to write books and sell them. But most of what I write has to do with the Word of God and therefore they are not my own revelation. My writings come from revelation given to me as I search out the Word of God by the Spirit of God. They are the “children’s bread” (Matthew 15:26). I believe that this bread should be given out freely so that my Father’s children, my brother’s and sisters are fed, nurtured and strengthened. For that reason this blog as well as others have been created.

Concerning the things that pertain to this life I trust the Lord and His Word:

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.  Ecclesiastes 11: 1

For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and, “The worker is worthy of his wages.” 1 Timothy 5:18

Take no bag for the road, or second tunic, or sandals, or staff; for the worker is worthy of his provisions. Matthew 10:10

If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much for us to reap a material harvest from you? 1 Corinthians 9:11

One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:6-10

Partner with us as we seek to bring the Kingdom into the reach of every man, woman and child. Your partnership in prayer and financial support will help increase our reach and continue our mission to revive and reform the Church here in America.

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Evidence of Needed Mind Renewal

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The Healing of the Mind: Part 3 The Mind Must Be Renewed

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

A second correction which must be made for the healing of the mind: the mind must be renewed. This is needed by every child of God. It is only through the renewing of the mind that the life is transformed.

The mind is the outlet of the spirit. The Holy Spirit, who dwells in the human spirit, needs the mind as a channel for expression. He can only work through a mind which is in tune with Him. While the mind is changed in connection with becoming a child of God, the darkness of its former state remains in greater or lesser degree. To the extent that the darkness remains, it is susceptible to the promptings of evil spirits rather than the Holy Spirit. So the mind must be renewed. It is renewed only to the extent that the light of truth penetrates it and in the measure a person is able to apprehend the truth and walk in it.

Various deficiencies in the lives of Christians can be cited as evidence that the mind needs to be renewed. One is the inability to retain spiritual truths. When a mind has a tenacity for facts in the natural life  but is unable to retain spiritual truths, it is in need of being renewed. The example can be cited of a housewife who has no difficulty in remembering her recipes but Bible teachings quickly escape her. Or the husband who can remember the batting average of his favorite baseball player and can not remember what was preached to him a half hour ago. It is not difficult to embarrass people by questioning them concerning the content of a sermon they have recently heard. They will usually be able to give only the most indefinite answers concerning the message.

The inability to put into practice what was learned also indicates an un-renewed mind. Closely akin to this is the inability to transfer truths to others. Many Christians have studied the Bible for years and have heard volumes of sermons, yet they have difficulty conveying to others even the most elementary teachings. This inability to serve the Lord indicates that the mind is a blocked channel through which the Holy Spirit is unable to work.

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Prejudice against truth which is not understood is another evidence of the need for the renewing of the mind. Such prejudice is an activity of the old mind, which is enmity against God.

The renewing of the mind is a correction that the child of God needs to have in daily operation. Just as the pull of gravity tends to keep us earth bound, the pull of the flesh tends to draw the mind back into darkness. The mind that is neglected tends to become narrow, stubborn, and obstinate. God is able and willing to renew the mind so that it becomes crystal clear.

The results of the renewing of the mind are much to be desired. Through it the mind becomes receptive so that God’s law can be written in it. “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” Hebrews 10:16. It gives one the ability to discern that which is spiritual. “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.  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.” 1 Corinthians 2: 11-13. The eyes of the understanding is enlightened so that spiritual truth is illuminated. “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”  Ephesians 1: 18. The life is transformed to become like Christ Himself. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2.  “For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16.Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2: 5-8. The mind becomes a vehicle for the Holy Spirit, and the good and perfect will of God is proven in the life.

How then is this very necessary correction in the accomplished in the healing of the mind? Here are the steps involved:

A Complete Surrender to God. The teaching concerning the renewing of the mind follows immediately after the command to present the body as a living sacrifice to God. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1. Many a Christian has discovered a new clarity of mind with regard to spiritual truths after has completely surrendered himself to God.

Submit the Mind to the Surgery of the Cross. We are commanded to put off the old man and be renewed in the spirit of our mind. that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,” Ephesians 4:22-23. It is at the cross of Christ that the old man has been crucified. “knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” Romans 6:6. “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24. It is well to make this affirmation: “I claim for my mind the full deliverance accomplished through Christ’s death upon the cross.”

A Deliberate Choice Regarding Your Mind Must Be Made. Choose that the mind be removed from the real of the natural and from the control of satan and brought into the realm of the spiritual and under the influence of God. Here is an affirmation to make in this correction: “I choose to take my mind from the sphere of the flesh and from the control of satan. I choose to place my mind in the realm of the spirit to be energized and directed by the Holy Spirit of God.”

Steep the Mind in the Word of God. Make much use of the Bible. Read it and study it regularly and systemically. Commit portions of it to memory. Meditate upon its truths, claims and its promises, and obey its commands.

The renewing of the mind is not a correction which can be made once for all. It is rather a continuing process and a work to which a person should daily lay claim. With the presence of the world, the devil, and our own flesh, it is always possible for the darkness to spread and for the old mind once again to be manifested.

The scripture above is my  true north when it comes to my writings. I have always been told to write books and sell them. But most of what I write has to do with the Word of God and therefore they are not my own revelation. My writings come from revelation given to me as I search out the Word of God by the Spirit of God. They are the “children’s bread” (Matthew 15:26). I believe that this bread should be given out freely so that my Father’s children, my brother’s and sisters are fed, nurtured and strengthened. For that reason this blog as well as others have been created.

Concerning the things that pertain to this life I trust the Lord and His Word:

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.  Ecclesiastes 11: 1

For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and, “The worker is worthy of his wages.” 1 Timothy 5:18

Take no bag for the road, or second tunic, or sandals, or staff; for the worker is worthy of his provisions. Matthew 10:10

If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much for us to reap a material harvest from you? 1 Corinthians 9:11

One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:6-10

Partner with us as we seek to bring the Kingdom into the reach of every man, woman and child. Your partnership in prayer and financial support will help increase our reach and continue our mission to revive and reform the Church here in America.

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The Healing of the Mind: Part 2 The Mind Must Be Changed

The natural mind of man, even at its best, has many infirmities and deficiencies from which it needs to be delivered. In relationship to God, the source of all true peace and joy, it is in a contrary and rebellious  condition. The mind of the flesh is hostile toward God, and it is utterly unable to be subject to the law of God (Romans 8:5-7). The natural mind rejects the true teachings of God because they are foolishness to it (1 Corinthians 2:14). When people are unable to believe the Gospel  of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is because satan as the god of this world has blinded their minds (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

The mind must be changed!

Until the mind is changed, a person lives in the lusts of the flesh, “indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind” (Ephesians 2:3). He walks in a mental mirage and in darkness of understanding which excludes him from the life of God (Ephesians 4:17-18).

Unless the mind is changed, a man is unable to lift his thoughts above the pleasures and the problems of daily living. His mind is entirely occupied with material concepts. This is one of the factors which makes a man in his natural state unfit for heaven. If he were somehow to get into heaven in that condition, it would be unending torment for him!

The mind must be changed! This is what the Bible declares, for it is written, “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent” (Acts 17:30). The Greek word translation of the word  “repent” primarily means  “change one’s mind.” Repentance is that voluntary change of  mind in the sinner in which he turns from sin. It involves the recognition of a sinful and lost condition. It will results in believing the good news that Christ died for our sins, that He was buried and rose again from the dead, and that He lives forever to save those who call upon Him. Thus is accomplished the work of regeneration, and with it the mind undergoes  a drastic change.

People who are lost have been known to imply that the enthusiastic Christian is “not right in the head.” Truth is that it is the other way around. In the story of the Prodigal Son, it was  “when he came to himself” that he decided to return to his father and confess his sin (Luke 15:17-19). It is the person who is out of right relationship with God who is “beside himself”. A young lady became the butt of  criticism by her friends after sh had trusted Christ as her Savior and began to live for Him. It was even suggested that she was  “cracked in the head”. When she heard of this, she made the wise comment, “If I am cracked in the head, that must be where the light got in.”

The mind must be changed!

When a person has been born again further correction and continuing corrections are still needed for the mind. As someone said, “It is possible for a child of God to have a new life and a new heart but be without a new head.” It is not uncommon to find faithful Christians who are narrow-minded and filled with prejudice. Not a few have minds which are contrary, deceived or passive.

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