I recently received a call from an individual that was in the middle of an intense spiritual battle. The warfare was an assignment from the enemy specifically designated to draw this individual back into old behavior and renewed temptation.
This can occur to any and all of us at any given time. The enemy is relentless to attack and or distract. Spiritual warfare is real and the enemy loves to distract us through these arenas.
We all know that the battle is in the mind. This post is focused on that topic.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Most of us understand that God does not think like us. Most of us also understand that God has a greater grasp on life that we humans. His ways are higher. Higher is defined as lofty, high up, soaring. These words indicate that God wants to give us thoughts that cause us to live higher, to soar and to “live up” to the purpose that he has for our lives.
This is just the beginning of our journey. Many of us have found several intersections in our journey of walking with God.
These intersections include:
Let’s break these four words down in our study.
The Power of Transformation…
The greatest transformation (change) is when the unbeliever becomes a believer. The Bible calls this regeneration. This is the moment we become born again and God deposits the Holy Spirit in our spirit.
II Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
When we receive Christ we receive a new way of seeing life. All things become new because we now have a new way to understand. Old ways are passed away and ALL things become new! This is amazing all by itself!
Jesus told Nicodemus that he could not see the Kingdom without being born again. So being born again imparts to us the ability to see things from God’s perspective.
This is the beginning place of us grasping a portion of the way God thinks. The Apostle Paul said I have the mind of Christ. There are distinct subjects in your life where God can impart to you His actual thought concerning a matter.
We can know God’s thoughts two ways….
- Through His Spirit (God reveals His thoughts through the Holy Spirit)
- Through His Word (God’s Word is His thoughts and that is why Paul could say, “I have the mind of Christ)
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Transformed is a fascinating word. It is broken down into 2 Greek words.
-Trans means Meta and Meta means change
-Form means morph and morph means form
When we put the 2 words together it means to “change form.” God ultimately desires us to change. He changes us by His word and by His Spirit and a multiplicity of other ways. But no matter how we break it down it ultimately goes back to our thinking.
The Bible tells us that we are the sum total of what we think…as a man thinks, so is he (Proverbs 18:21). So we are what we think we are. This is precisely the epic reason God wants us to change our thoughts.
We will either master over our thoughts or our thoughts will master over us.
A few verses…
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
The Power of Separation…
Separation is a necessary concept when journeying with Christ. One of the primary acts we must allow is the willingness to separate from everyway we used to think and the way we used to live.
Separating the way you used to think will be necessary to journey with God. We may face the need to unlearn more than to learn. The transformation occurs as our minds are renewed. The word renewed is defined as renovated. God begins a total renovation when we become a child of God. This is certainly a war and a war you must win. It will be encountered on a daily level in the mind.
The battlefield for your life is your thought life.
The Apostle Paul said he recognized a war in his members and the battleground was in his thought life. God often has to remove or destroy our old thoughts before He can give us new ones.
The separation includes God removing and destroying your strengths and your most gifted areas. We often want to hold onto the areas that we are good at but God wants to take those so He can make it great. God knows that when we are weak we are strong. This is more separation.
This means exchanging our ways for God ways and includes putting off our ways and putting on the ways of Jesus.
When we fail to separate ourselves we end up walking in only partial truth. The scripture says that the truth is in Jesus. The end result is that partial truth is equal to total bondage!
You control your destiny by your thoughts!
The Power of Association…
Association is far more powerful than we imagine. God designed us to be influenced by people, places, and things. This is the way that life works through association. The struggle is that the negative is transposed just like the positive and eventually input equals output. In other words what comes in, comes out.
This is why God says to write His word on our hearts. He is saying associate with me through my word and when you do My word will penetrate your mind and invade your life.
Blessed is the man, who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-4
Notice the words “in His law he meditates day and night.” Meditates is a word of association….with the WORD. Notice what happens. He becomes strong like a tree. He begins to yield fruit, never dry up, and begin to prosper. The word prosperity is not just talking about finances but prospering in life.
- God relationships are prospering
- Spouse relationship prospering
- Kid’s relationship prospering
- Financial relationship prospering
When we consistently associate with the Word of God we will experience the transformation of our soul.
Now, it’s your turn.
Love to hear your thoughts and comments!