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.
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.
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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