I began to study and see what the scriptures said about our minds. When we come to Christ, we think that we’re going to be instantly transformed to this new creation in Christ. We believe that many of our habits and problems are going to just disappear. Well God does work miracles, but for many of us, once the excitement of accepting Christ wears off, we often find ourselves challenged by our same old habits, problems, and mindsets.
When we come to Christ, we are endowed with His Spirit, but our old degenerate mind continues to need a constant overall. Read what the Bibles says about our minds:
Romans 1:28- “Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.”
Ephesians 4:23 – “to be made new in the attitude of your minds.”
2 Corinthians 11:3 – “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from
your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform any longer to the pattern (conditioning) 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.”
Paul said it best in Romans 7:21 when he stated that he knows what to do, but has trouble doing it. “When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22-For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23-but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.
From these scriptures, along with countless more, we see that the “Christian” mind really isn’t so Christian at all. Unless our minds are renewed and subdued by God’s spirit, it’s most likely that our minds our controlling our behavior instead of the other way around.
Unfortunately, it’s the mind that is making most Christians mentally ill. Our mind causes us to worry, to fear, to doubt, and
more. As Christians, or anyone for that matter, our mind is the greatest battle that we will ever face. Joyce Meyers and other Christian leaders have devoted whole books to this topic alone. Thank God that we can conquer and take authority over our minds with the right knowledge and tools.
Our greatest inspirations and truths come during times of quietness, stillness, openness, and reflection- all components of meditation. It was practicing meditation integrated with the scriptures that helped me to overcome years of depression. Christ-centered meditation helped me to become still enough so that I could observe what was really going on in my mind. Until then, my mind was controlling my thoughts and ultimately my behavior. It took me being still to even realize it. But once I recognized the thoughts I was thinking I was able to challenge, alter, or eliminate them altogether. Ongoing and consistent meditation taught me how to control my thoughts instead of allow them to control me. We can’t change what we don’t see or acknowledge. I call it unconscious living. It’s when we continue to live on autopilot, doing the same things, the same ways without really considering whether these behaviors are working for us anymore.
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