“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” Romans 12:2
Man is a free moral agent. What this means is that, man has been wired with the freedom to do anything he wants to do.
If we are free to choose what to do, and given that what we do is defined by what we think, it stands to reason that as a free moral agent, we haven’t only been given the freedom to do anything but we have equally been saddled with the freedom to think anything.
The implication of this statement is that, there’s a connection between what we think and what we do or say.
Mark 6:49-50 tells us that what we think, say or do define what happens to us. In the case of Jesus’ disciples based on Mark’s narration, they became afraid [terrified, frightened]. The question is: “why?” Because of a NEGATIVE THOUGHT. Mark tells us again that “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts…” [Mark 7:21]
Thoughts make people do things. People will keep doing things because they will keep thinking. It’s only a dead man who doesn’t do anything; and the reason is because he’s mentally grounded.
Jesus also teaches us in Mark 7:15-16 that there is a connection between what we think and what we say or do. Using the very words of Jesus, Mark tells us that: “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man” Mark 7:15
As a free moral agent, we’re free to think anything, say anything and do anything. But more important than all these is the fact that we must realize that the outcome of our lives on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis, is a function of what we think all the time; what we say all the time and what we do all time.
What this means is that either consciously or unconsciously, we all build a trend of positive or negative events around our lives through what we think, say and do. As of the negative trends, if not destroyed, they’ll end up becoming a mental stronghold that can ground our mind to be confined within a particular thought pattern or line of thought for as long as possible, thus orchestrating a repeated occurrence of events in our lives.
Evil trends are as a result of negative thoughts, and the easiest way recommended by God’s Word to break them is to consistently imbibe thoughts that are different from those that produced them [Mark 7:1-13]
Hence, God’s Word admonishes us thus:
2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” [2 Corinthians 10:2-5]
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them
Thoughts are processed in the part of our being referred to as the mind. The human mind is an integral part of our soul. As another speaking spirit [just like God], man has a soul, and both man’s soul and spirit dwell inside man’s body.
Man’s soul is a spirit just like his spirit, with the only difference being that both are saved differently. Matthew reveals this by reechoing the words of Jesus: “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. [Matthew 22:37]
In Genesis 2:7, the Word of God teaches us this truth about man
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”
Man’s spirit is born again instantly when the person concerned accepts Christ. Contrarily, the salvation of man’s soul is a life-long process; it’s gradual, and it’s determined by the consistency of our intake of God’s Written Word. This is because our soul feeds on God’s Written Word.
This truth is validated in James 1:21
“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls”.
How much of our soul is saved daily is defined by our recognition of the necessity of imbibing God’s Written Word on a daily basis.
The Constitution of the Human Soul
The human soul, according to God’s Word, is made up of:
-The emotional faculty
-The will power
Focusing on the Human Mind
Our mind is the center of intellectualism. All the thinking/reasoning/analyses go on in the mind. A lot of people have been wrongly taught to believe that God isn’t interested in our mind [thinking]. People have been made to believe that God wants us to just follow Him, even if we don’t understand why. You see, that isn’t scriptural, because there’s nowhere in the Bible where we’re told that God wants us to follow Him blindly.
He wants us to use our mind, that’s where knowledge comes in, and this is indicated in His Word:
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”[Isaiah 1:18].
Other biblical witnesses attesting to this priceless truth include: Isaiah 41:21; 43:26; Acts 17:2; 18:4; 24:25 and Ephesians 3:20.
Clearly, God is interested in our mind as well as Satan. The spiritual warfare that goes on between the Kingdom of God to which every Christian belongs, and the Kingdom of Satan, to which people who haven’t accepted Jesus belong, is in the human mind. What this means is that man isn’t just the subject of the warfare, but the human mind is also the battle ground.
Actually, the best way to describe spiritual warfare is that, “It’s a conflict of ideas.” Here we are talking of God’s ideas as stated in the Written Word versus Satan’s ideas which are often demonstrated by a wrong interpretation [a twisted version] of the Written Word.
Satan’s ideas are referred to as unscriptural not because they aren’t found in the Bible, but because they are God’s ideas that have been wrongly interpreted [2 Peter 3:15-16 TLB; Matthew 15:1-13]
Such wrong interpretations come when Christians feel they can interpret or understand God’s Word without the help of the Holy Spirit. We all know that’s impossible. The people Peter was referring to in 2 Peter 3:15-16 were Christians, not non-Christians.
It’s however based on this that Jesus admonishes us to be careful about what we hear [Mark 4:24 CEV].
How? By not paying attention to statements that don’t have any validity in the light of God’s Written Word [Mark 5:36]
It’s clear that the human mind is the center of thoughts; it’s there that all thoughts [whether positive or negative] are processed
Three Reasons Why both God and Satan Are Interested in Our Thoughts [mind]
- The human mind is the gate keeper of the soul [Proverbs 4:23; 23:7]
- The human mind is the seat of learning [Proverbs 24:2; 4:16; 2 Timothy 2:15; Proverbs 4:20-22]
- The output of the human mind is always determined by its input [Mark 7:20-23; Galatians 6:7].
If God and Satan are interested in our thoughts [mind], then you should as well be interested in your thoughts. The journey into renewing your mind begins with the new birth. What this means is that the very first step is for you to be born again. In case you’re not yet born again, I would like to help you to do that right now. All you need is to pray the following prayer:
“Dear God, according to Romans 4:25, I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again to make me right with you, in order to fill me with your goodness. I also confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. Today, I accept Jesus into my heart as my Personal Lord and Saviour.
In accordance with Romans 10:10, which say if I believe with my heart and confess with my mouth, I will be saved, I know that from now henceforth:
I am born again; I am a new creation in Christ, old things are passed away, behold, all things have become new. I have the very life of God in me; I am God’s righteousness in Christ. I am lifted with Christ and together we are seated in heaven at the right hand of the Father, far, far above principalities and powers. Just as Christ is, so am I in this world, in the name of Jesus”. Amen.
Congratulations! You’re now born again. In case you have been blessed by this article, please don’t hesitate to leave your comment. Send me a direct email through [firstname.lastname@example.org] if you want to share some spiritual issues bothering you. Always remember that your spiritual welfare is my concern.