Of course, we only have one brain, but we can have more than one mindset.
I want to continue where I left off last time and look at why being led by the Spirit by renewing our mind is so important. If you haven’t already done so, I suggest you read that post before continuing here.
The truth is, we’re no earthly good until we’re heavenly minded. God intended for us to live with a heavenly perspective and a renewed mind that not only believes in Jesus, but believes like Jesus. It’s only the renewed “spiritual” mind that can partner with heaven. This was Paul’s point (bold-type added):
14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned…16 For“who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor.2:14,16 MEV)
We also know that we don’t necessarily live according to reality, we live according to our perception of reality. To quote Morpheus from the Matrix movie, “It’s the world that’s been pulled over our eyes.” We can easily prove this negatively by observing various mental disorders.
This is why it’s important that we understand the relationship between our thought life and spiritual realities.
We’re creating the reality around us that we carry within us, so it should be important to us that we create a heavenly one.
With this foundation laid, let’s look at three reasons why it’s critically important that we renew our mind.
1. We choose which spiritual realities travel on our thought highways. As I said last time, our thought patterns are like highways. And spiritual realities travel along those highways. Our thought life gives place to them, whether they be heavenly, demonic, or just humanistic realities.
The problem is, most people just let their everyday thoughts go unfiltered, never considering where they might be coming from.
There are actually three sources to the voice inside our head–us, God, and the enemy. And they all sound like our inner voice. I’m not talking about being possessed by demonic spirits, and God, like some time-share property–sometimes we live there, sometime God, and sometimes evil spirits. I’m talking about the source of what we’ve been thinking about.
This is why Paul said we’re supposed to take our thoughts captive (bold-type added):
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor.10:3-5 NKJV)
This statement implies that we choose which thoughts we will embrace. How do we know which thoughts are from God? By renewing our mind! To quote Bill Johnson again…
“The mind is either renewed, or it at war with God (in disagreement). There is no neutral ground. It either wars with the King and His kingdom, or it is renewed and transformed.”
Too many Christians are trying to pray away something that is a stronghold of wrong thinking, empowered by their agreement. I could talk a lot more about this but it will have to be another time.
2. We have authority to partner with God on the earth. Psalm 115:16 says, “Heaven belongs to the Lord, but he gave the earth to people” (ERV). Everything with God operates on consent. He works on the earth in cooperation with people. So, if we’re wondering why God would allow bad things to happen, we only need to look in the mirror.
Furthermore, Jesus gave us authority over all the powers of darkness (Luke 10:19). After His resurrection, He said that He has been given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt.28:18), and that He was sending us into the world as the Father sent Him (John 20:21).
You’ve probably heard this before, but if Jesus has all authority it also means that Satan has no authority of his own. So how does he get it? Right, by our permission. And with seven billion people on the planet, he has no trouble getting it!
3. We prove that God’s intent for mankind is always good, acceptable and perfect. When our thinking comes into sync with what God believes, something beautiful happens—the world sees a people full of grace and love. This is they saw in Jesus. They felt safe, accepted and loved around Him, but didn’t feel any of those things from the religious people of their day. Unfortunately, the same is often true today.
When we let the Holy Spirit tenderize and mold our hearts to make it like Jesus’ heart, by our consent and approval, we prove that God’s intent for everyone is the most wonderful reality of all (bold-type added):
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom.12:2 NKJV)
Discipleship is a journey of discovery (unveiling)–who God is, and what’s inside of us. It’s not found by studying the Bible, but by letting the Bible study us. We begin to sense and feel His heartbeat through a relationship built on intimacy (in-to-me-you-see), which comes from being vulnerable to His probing work in our hearts, thus entering into a reciprocating relationship of love and partnership.
As we encounter God this way, we “grow up into Christ” (Eph.4:15). We become fully functioning sons and daughters who have our Father’s eyes–seeing others the way He sees them. This is love manifested.
The renewed mind knows God’s will, gives the approval and amen, so that what He has always wanted to do gets done on the earth. This is heaven touching earth.
So, enjoy the video clip from this classic Mel Brook’s movie, “Young Frankenstein,” and determine in your heart today that you will use the “right brain.” The world is waiting to see Jesus through you and me!