Ephesians 4:23-24 – “…that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” NASU
Romans 12:2 – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” NASU
From time to time when I hear teaching about the thought life I almost feel like I’m in a “metaphysical conference” and being taught “mind over matter” and other forms of “mind control”. I’ve had experience with that to a degree in my training in Vietnam and had the ability to totally block out pain so I could function for a time regardless of the injury. As I came to Christ I stopped practicing that technique because I considered it bordering on the “metaphysical” and did not want to align myself with anything of the demonic world.
Yet, it is clear from Scripture that the Bible teaches us to take control of our “minds” or our “thought lives” and we are instructed to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. We are instructed as to the importance of “renewing” the mind, which is largely “thinking the thoughts of God”. We are replacing our carnal, worldly, earthly, natural thinking with thoughts that are inspired from the heavenly realm and from the perspective of God’s Omniscience. It is “transforming” and allows us to “guard” our thoughts, “recognize” the intrusion of things foreign to the things of God, and exercise “discernment” when things look good on the surface but hidden beneath are elements of destruction.
A “renewed mind” is a mind that is focused on God first and foremost. It is completely obedient to His desire, will, and purposes. It enables us to put on the “new self” in righteousness, holiness, and walk in His truth. It enables us to walk not in conformation to the mindset of the world but to march to a different drummer, The Holy Spirit and walk pleasing to God in all things. It enables us to see, know, discover, prove, and pursue the will of God and walk in a state of Peace that the world neither understands nor can provide.
Our minds are somewhat like computers and the old adage “garbage in, garbage out” is completely appropriate. If we feed our minds garbage then we will find our lives filled with the debris of this world and cluttered with things that hinder our walk in Christ. If we fill our minds with the things of God we find that we are able to stand against and resist the temptations of this life and walk in harmony with His Word, Will, and Way. We do this through prayer, study of His Word, listening to the Holy Spirit, and actively standing against things we know and recognize to be foreign to Him, His nature, and character.
I have no interest in “mind over matter” but I am interested in having a “spiritual mind” that honors Christ and walks in obedience to His call and purpose. May you find that as you feed your spiritual man you find your mind being renewed day by day and your thought life become clearer, your peace becomes stronger, and your understanding of spiritual things becomes greater!
Blessings as you pursue His purposes for your life. Have a beautiful day as you walk with the Lord of Lords and King of Kings!