The mind and spiritual life
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on thee: Because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3 KJV)
Many of us do not recognize the crucial and central role our minds play in our spiritual life. One of the significant contributors to this problem is the teaching that man is a spirit and merely has a mind and a body. It follows from this then that “real spiritual life” is out of the mind and body. In other words, the “real you” is outside of your mind and merely uses your mind. This teaching is not valid. I will not get into the details of it here.
Your mind is the centrality of your personal life here on the earth. It is more spiritual than many of us realize and directly impact your relationship with both God and the devil. Yes, you read it correctly! The things in your mind directly impact both divine and demonic activities in your life.
Let me state this in very simple terms. In our verse above, God directly relates His peace in our hearts to what we are currently thinking or focused on. What you are thinking, whether actively or passively matters spiritually. Trust, as in this verse, is an inclination of the mind and it directly impacts your experience of divine peace. One of the most extra-ordinary revelations the Spirit gave me of this truth is in the arena of the shield of faith as a weapon against Satan. The shield of faith is not some strange spiritual weapon you put on in our so-called warfare prayers. It simply means what you believe has the capacity to block Satan in your life just as a shield blocks fiery enemy arrows.
Your mind is central and critical for your spiritual life. It matters whether you are anxious or calm, fearful or courageous, sorrowful or joyful, believing or doubtful, etc. A healthy spiritual life is not accidental from solely from prolonged fasting and prayers. Your heart has to be purposefully surrendered to the control of the Spirit. Be careful with your mind, and set it on things above where Christ is( Colossians 3:1)
Do the thoughts you keep in your mind matter? Do they have any spiritual impact in your life, specifically on your relationship with God and the devil?
APPLY THE WORD
Colossians 3:2 gives us the needed application of this devotional “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” ( ESV).
Ask the Spirit to help you engage in an aggressive endeavor to renew your mind to that you can enjoy your inheritance in Christ.
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