Given the current state of affairs in the world, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the Lord may be returning soon. However, are we ready? To understand this, we need to learn the basics about God, His Word and ourselves.
We are made up of physical material, the body that can be seen and touched. But we are also made up of immaterial aspects, this includes the soul, spirit, intellect, will, emotions, conscience, and senses. These immaterial aspects make up our whole personality. The Bible makes it clear that the soul and spirit are the primary aspects of humanity, while the body is the physical container that holds them on this earth. Man has a spirit, soul and body. (1 Thessalonians 5v23) God integrates our mind, emotions and will to interact with the spirit and body. Our spirit connects with God.
Our soul (mind) is where the problem lies to overcome in life. We hear from other people but do we go to the Word of God ourselves to hear what His thoughts are about us? Do we just randomly believe what others say?
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well (Ps. 139:13-14 NASB).
If our “soul” knows it very well, why are we then caught up in the worldly thoughts of I am not good enough, pretty enough, dynamic enough? Where does the problem arise? We don’t know God’s heart. If we spend time in scripture and realize that it is all about Him, and not us, we will change. It is a given!
All the old baggage that we cart around, un-forgiveness, strive, hatred, being impartial, gossip, judging others, the unholy trinity: me, myself and I, and so forth cause that we get stuck, focussing rather on the negative than the positive.
We need to think beyond the present to the future and how our actions and choices will impact tomorrow and beyond. Scripture warns us to discern what we do in life as we will ultimately reap what we sow. As Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”
NOTHING grows without a seed! How it grows to depend on the ground/soil and what is fed to it. What do we feed our souls? If you do not read God’s word, how will you ever grow? How will you reach a point where your seed has grown in life and given you peace? Prayers are very, very important, however, the
Isaiah 55:10-11 – For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returned not thither, but watered the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word that goes forth out of My mouth: It shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Sometimes words are floating through our minds; some are good and purposeful, based on our relationship with Jesus Christ, however, others are not. In our minds, our mental monologue generally contains too much self-focused and self-defeating mumble and babble.
But, how do we renew our minds?
Practical steps to renew your mind
- Stop waiting for an outside miracle to change your mind, it is a conscious decision.
- Stop believing that you can’t control your thoughts. One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control
- What you feed your mindwith becomes a mindset, determining your life.
- Confess what you believe, not what you feel, faith is not an emotion, it is confirmation and truth.
- Resist negative thoughts, assist positive thoughts, avoid being part of the negative crowd.
- Daily speak life over your faith, read your bible and pray earnestly.
- Expect and proclaim growth and joy.
- Realise that only you can do it, no one can do it for you!
- It must be a heart’s desire to renew your mind, it must be on your mind continuously
- Ask the Lord to direct your mind
- When the focus is off Christ, recognise the thoughts and focus on Him.
- Replace self-focused thinking with a God-focused mindset. Rest in the truth that you are accepted in Jesus Christ.
Remember, this is not something we work at for a week or two, and then we’re done. Colossians 3 tells us that we are to “put off” the old self, and put on the “new self” which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of the creator. It is a journey!