“Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you” (Romans 12:2 Message Bible).
The mind is a major player in God’s Plan for man. Our spiritual development is irrevocably tied to the mind. So, it is fundamentally basic that we engage our minds spiritually to be successful in our Christian walk. What we do, or do not do, with our minds will determine our achievement in life. “I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers” (3 John 2 Weymouth’s New Testament)
According to Romans 12:2, when the mind is not fixed on God and making constant adjustments towards Him, it will become accustomed to functioning just like the world. Secular cultures are on satanic assignments to fashion our thoughts to fit within its “norm”. (1 John 4:5) The world is set on influencing us to think like it, talk like it, look like it and eventually, act like it. However, we should have settled that issue long ago. Refuse to function like the world. (2 Corinthians 6:17)
Throughout Paul’s writings we read regarding his intense desire for the church to be conformed to The Word and not its surroundings. It is no different for us today. The enemy is obsessed with plans to carry us off as his trophies. Therefore, the media has devised schemes and ploys to divert our minds from serving The True God. As technology continues to develop, the list of “the must have (s)” or “I gotta get me one of those” are increasing more than ever.
Some Believers are willing to compromise themselves. They are being seduced by the world to forfeit their future for immediate or temporary gratification. You know you have fallen prey to the world when you are defined by; what you wear, what you drive and who you know. Our Father wants more for us than things and status.
Please, do not misunderstand my purpose for what I have written so far. The Bible says God has given us all things to richly enjoy. (1Timothy 6:17) However, when enjoyment crosses over to god status and then begins to dictate in what is life, it is time to reconsider what really is valuable.
“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity” (Romans 12:2 J. B. Phillips Translation).
However unique our individual spirits may be, our minds are tasked with the responsibility of expressing the hidden man. In essence, the spiritual mind is the gateway or portal to the realm of the spirit. If you are closed minded regarding Divine Matters, when the supernatural is displayed the mind will quickly write it off as coincidental.
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalm 139:14)
Teamed with the converted mind, the recreated spirit is poised to release The Presence of God within us and then out of us. So, the degree to which the mind is renewed will determine the amount of POWER flowing out of your life.
The mind acts as a gatekeeper. Our level of submission to God’s Word also determines the flow of power out of our spirit and through the mind. The more compliant the mind is to The Word, the more demonstrative God’s Power.
The mind can also act as a dam to hinder the spirit man. Think about it, we can stop The Power of God from flowing through us or we can release a deluge of Glory. It is difficult for God to open the Floodgates of Heaven if He cannot open the floodgate of our minds.
We must be spiritually minded. Another way of saying this is our mind clothes the spirit man. The mind is animated by The Power of God residing in our recreated spirits. We do not live out of our mind. Rather, our mind receives its life from our spirits.Similarly, the unsaved spirit of a man empowers their minds with devilish power and they act out what is empowering them – demon powers. (Ephesians 2:2-3)
Word based thoughts permit us to surpass natural reasoning. We can in fact process natural and supernatural thoughts beyond our human capacity. This is that point where we have heard and read where all limits are removed. The word “can’t” is removed from our vocabularies. Remember Saints, we are no mere human beings – we are filled with God Himself.
Like Adam, prior to the fall, degenerate thoughts have no dominion over us. We, because of a mind void of oppressive thoughts, can in reality think God’s Thoughts. This is what the Prophet Ezekiel experienced when he received instructions regarding the rebuilding of the Temple and the distribution of land in Ezekiel chapters 40-47.
The Original Purpose of the Mind
The Word of God regenerates or revives our mind. “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21) Peter is not writing to the unsaved, he is writing to Born Again Believers. A fresh mental attitude will begin to immerge as a result of our minds being delivered.
The original purpose of the mind is rediscovered as our thoughts become God’s Thoughts. We begin to supernaturally process the deep things of God. We understand by faith things that were previously vague and ambiguous. What was once mysterious, a thought too deep to even imagine, can actually become a normal way of thinking. (Philippians 4:8)
Doubt in the validity of God’s Word becomes impossible when we think like Him. This unyielding position regarding the legitimacy of God’s Word is directly connected to the transformed mind.
Thoughts superior to our mental capacity to comprehend spiritual matters can become so clear that our imaginations seemingly are on steroids. Knowledge of witty inventions arises to the conscience level.
1 Corinthians 8:2 Amplified Bible reads, “If anyone imagines that he has come to know and understand much [of divine thing, things without love], he does not yet perceive and recognize and understand as strongly and clearly, nor has he become as intimately acquainted with anything as he ought or as is necessary.”
It is possible to be filled with knowledge that you did not receive through intense study or reading. Love is The Enabler which permits us to achieve this otherwise impossible task. Love is the key to discerning the world around us and comprehending God in us. God, Who is Love, knows all things.
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