Everything starts in the mind and our minds are what we make them.
Do we realize that we have been given the actual mind of Jesus Christ in the new birth? Do we realize how unbelievable this is? His mind is ours for the taking.
The mind of Christ is holy territory. The mind of Christ is meant to be protected, nourished and monitored.
Our minds are not intended to be garbage cans overflowing with whatever the world throws in.
There is only one umpire over the mind of Christ. Guess who? The only umpire over your mind is you. At all times you have complete authority over your mind…what comes in, what stays in and what is replaced.
The mind is plastic, meaning it is pliable and able to be transformed. Our minds get stuck only if we allow them to.
Concerning circumstances and memories, we have no choice whether they currently reside in our minds. The choice we have is what we do with them.
Do we automatically receive the darts, store them securely and then meditate on them to our detriment? Or do we sift through them with the Spirit of God, call them what they are, reframe them and eject the falsities replacing them with truth? We have been given the ability and commission by God to do the latter.
Overwhelming it may be to consider this exciting concept. Nevertheless, it is necessary for growth.
Now that we have the mind of Christ, how do we experience it? We experience the mind of Christ progressively by a joint process of renewal and healing. One without the other will get us only so far.
Renewal and Healing
Renewing our minds is the first step. We must renew our minds by imputing truth from God’s Word (in context) into our brains because truth goes together with the new creatures that God has made us. Renewal also involves becoming aware of the Holy Spirit of God that lives within us. Again, one without the other will get us only so far and maybe lead us in the wrong direction (Pharisaism, New Age). Renewal provides the framework on which to build our reality in Christ.
Secondarily, and just as important is healing. Healing the mind and soul from the effects of the world is part of the renewal process. Healing takes place largely in community and naturally decodes many of the hidden bombs that the enemy has implanted in our souls to throw us off course. James 5:16 is the healing model, “…that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart].” The healing process enables us to walk and live on the framework of truth.
As we renew our minds in truth and pursue healing, our circumstances and memories get renewed as well and we begin to experience life as the new creature God has made us.
Be brave and ask God to show you how to take authority over the mind of Christ in you.
Be even braver and dare to pursue healing.
1 Corinthians 2:16
For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],
2 Corinthians 10:5
[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),
Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.
BRETHREN, IF any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.
1 Corinthians 6:17
But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; test my heart and my mind.
Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it];
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
Wisdom rests [silently] in the mind and heart of him who has understanding, but that which is in the inward part of [self-confident] fools is made known.