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

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