Stewardship of Your Mind

How to successfully steward your mind? Let’s review the basics.

Firstly, God owns you inside and out, head to toe. He has gifted you with a powerful feature of the new nature: your mind. Your mind is holy just as the rest of you is holy, set apart for God’s purposes. God has given you -and only you- full stewardship over your mind. You have an instruction manual and maintenance guide for your mind in the Word of God.

Living inside you is everything you need for a godly life and mind (2 Pet.1:3). Believing (John 6:29) and seeking (Matt. 7:7) what is already there (2 Cor. 5:17) is all that is required for a lifetime of transformation (John 3:7, Luke 17:21).

Secondly, the LORD will show you what to allow in and what to discard. Unique to every individual, His ways are always consistent with His truth. He will teach you to guard your eyes and ears which are doorways to your soul, and lead you in meditations to heal and strengthen your mind. He will teach you how to take authority over your thoughts as His mind becomes yours, more often than not.

The mind is fluid and plastic, able to repair, change and transform to your liking. Linked with the heart, the mind is part and parcel of the soul. Ideally, your mind can be used as God designed it according to your unique temperament, gifts, skills and history.

Because all of our minds are damaged from the Fall and from growing up in dysfunctional families, healing of the mind is an integral part of stewardship. Believing lies comprises the majority of damage inflicted on our minds by the world system and our broken receptors. Extracting these lies heals our minds. Healing can be accomplished through various means, including Transformational Prayer Ministry (TPM), individual/group therapy, meditation, brain mapping and biofeedback, spending time in nature, and so on.

Again, your mind is a gift. It’s not a garbage can, which is what the world would have you believe. Lovingly protecting your mind and filling it with pure thoughts and meditations glorifies God. Just as important, reaching out for help with the dark places in your mind and soul glorifies God as well.

“Taking out the trash” issue by issue is “cleaning house” internally. Purifying our minds is a crucial factor in gaining spiritual maturity. Consider the condition of your physical house  if you never took out the trash or cleaned it-??

Finally, Proverbs 23:7 tells us, “As a man thinks, so is he.” Decide with the LORD how you want to be, then shape your mind in that exact way. What you think is who you are, and your reality. Your mind can be fully aligned with the LORD. It all depends how much time, attention and surrender you are willing to devote to it, which is determined by how critical a pursuit you believe it to be.

Think of your mind as a house that you can decorate, arranging furniture inside and even landscaping outside. Have fun with it! God will show you what your unique and precious mind was meant to be and do in His economy.

In the learning curve, grace stays in place. Always give yourself grace and truth, and in that order. Never condemnationJesus Christ = Grace + Truth (John 1:14). Grace is always first, unless dealing with a Pharisee. In that case, skip the grace, deliver truth.

If you’re interested in maximizing the use of your mind for your blessing and God’s glory, here are some tips. Start at #1 and proceed through to #7. Return to any of the steps as often as necessary and as you are led. Habits become practices.

1) SURRENDER your mind

Our minds are not our own. We have been bought in full with the precious blood of Christ.

Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 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.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

2) FILL your mind 

Inclusive in the process of filling of your mind is taking authority over your mind. Remember this: No one in the whole world has any authority over your mind -except you. This is so important. Believers don’t grasp the divine power of a renewed mind connected closely with the LORD (Matt. 11:28, Ps 23:1). This is what we were designed for and how we are meant to live.

mind-of-christ-picOne point we sometimes forget is that we HAVE BEEN GIVEN the MIND OF CHRIST at salvation. That’s the gift of God. Our stewardship involves believing it and maintaining  proper care of our minds. Stewardship of the mind is not meant to be a stressful process, only a learning process, just like the “mail in/mail out” boxes on an office desk or laptop.

Become aware that you already are the new nature, and that you were designed purposefully to live rejoicing in your salvation, meditating on, thanking and worshiping the LORD.

Ephesians 5:20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Philippians 2:5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Hebrews 12:3 Just consider and meditate on Him who endured from sinners such bitter hostility against Himself [consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that You have done; I ponder the work of Your hands.

Psalm 63:6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate and thoughtfully focus on You in the night watches,

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God.

3) RENEW your mind

renewOur minds can fall back into the gutter if we’re not paying attention. Renewal is the only way to set the mind straight and keep it straight. Renew your mind as a way of life. Meditate to transform your mind. Apply James 5:16 as necessary.

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Philippians 4:5-7 The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Ezekiel 26:36 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.(Future reference to Christ’s death and resurrection -which is past tense; you have this now!)

Proverbs 23:7 For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

4) SET your mind

Setting your mind is like choosing a TV channel for your mind. The remote is in your hand. You always have the final say in what channel you select or frequency you receive to dwell on and operate out of. God’s perspective always trumps your own. You are in Him.

remoteColossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.

Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “[You say to Me,] ‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes and trusts [in Me]!”

Hebrews 10:35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you!

5) PROTECT your mind

protectAvoid exposure to points of entry for the enemy (Prov. 25:28). This is common sense. Have a simple plan of action to take when it occurs. Get help with your weaknesses so that the enemy doesn’t have an unfair advantage over you. He planted your childhood wounds and has definite plans for them.

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 25:28 He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Romans 1:28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

2 Corinthians 10: 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

Ephesians 4:22-23 regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self [completely discard your former nature], which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, 23 and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude],

Luke 21:34 But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.

Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

6) FILTER your mind.

We can’t always determine what enters our minds, but we can certainly determine what stays there. Humble yourself. Let that dark ball bounce on out. Replace it with truth. Reframing can help. Apply James 5:16 as regularly as necessary.filter

2 Corinthians 10: 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want

2 Peter 3:18 but grow [spiritually mature] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

7) REST your mind

Media continues screaming its relentless virtual reality. When television was first introduced, the public didn’t call it the “idiot box” for no reason. Media saturation numbs our minds and hearts to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

2 Chronicles 20:12b We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.

mind-of-christBeginning stewardship of the mind with a black and white mentality (Gen. 2:17, 2 Cor. 3:6) is common, but not helpful. In time, as you walk with Christ and grow in His grace and knowledge (2 Pet. 3:18), the struggle between black and white will naturally give way to the simplicity of grace and truth (John 1:14) in all things (Rom. 5:20).

A process detailed in My Journey Through the Cross, spiritual growth can resemble a child making the landmark move from riding a tricycle. The wobbling and toppling he initially experiences on the new two-wheeler slowly give way to smooth, balanced riding, which becomes second-nature, and quite enjoyable. This easing (Matt.11:30) evidences that you have graduated from dining on the tree of knowledge to feasting on the tree of Life (Gen. 2:9, 3:7, Rev.22:2), and hopefully are headed toward the Sabbath Rest (Heb. 4:9-11).
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth.

2 Corinthians 3:6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Roman 5:20 And the law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace did abound more exceedingly:

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

John 6:29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

Revelation 22:2 also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:30  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

John 3:7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’

Luke 17:21 neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There! for lo, the kingdom of God is within you.

Genesis 2:2 On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.

Hebrews 4:9-11 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

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About ashleydwille

Author Ashley D. Wille was always searching for spiritual answers. “True and lasting satisfaction always proved just out of reach. Now, in midlife, I have come to find my soul satiated in God. Through sweet surprises, difficult climbs, and excruciating valleys, the Master’s hand has shaped me. All along the way, God has taught me many things. What He has taught me most is that many of my beliefs about Him were wrong.” Her book, My Journey Through the Cross, is a personal insight shared by an amazing woman. Through her profound experiences and inner struggles, Wille shows how she was able to break through false layers of thinking and move into a deeper relationship with God. Her beautiful journey is just waiting to be shared. If you are ready to live your life free of guilt and shame, you too can learn how to walk in spiritual freedom.
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