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Topic: Outlook (06/02/11)
TITLE: The Mind of Christ
By Dwayne Harris
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The average adult brain weighs between 2.7 to 3.1 lbs. Notice I said “average.” It has over 100,000,000,000 neurons and is the control center of the human body. Our brains assist us by deciphering the information gathered through our senses and then formulating a response.
The mind allows us to experience the emotions of joy, happiness, and pleasure – it even has the ability to process anger, fear, and pain. These thoughts and emotions determine our overall health; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
The enemy of our soul, Satan, is all too aware of the power of a “sound-mind.” It is for this reason that he launches a barrage of negative thoughts and feelings upon us. If we are not careful, we will embrace these dangerous lies and become consumed and frozen by the negative feelings they create.
Just as “faith” is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen – so too, “fear” is a substance. When allowed to remain, it begins to materialize and produces negative consequences for the believer.
Have you ever stopped to consider that your mind is the only internal organ encased inside a hardened shell of bone – unlike our other vital organs, which are only partially protected by our flesh? Perhaps, God, who made us in His image, was fully aware of the importance of protecting one’s mind.
As a follower of Jesus, we are instructed to “put-on” the mind of Christ. Simply put, we must begin thinking as He thinks. We must begin seeing ourselves as he sees us. This requires dwelling and meditating upon his “truth,” as opposed to the lies of the enemy. Only by covering our minds in his Word can we walk in this peace that passes understanding. It is a peace that comes when our minds reflect upon what God says is true about our situations, as opposed to what we may feel or think is true. Our perspective and out-look on life can only change when we are willing to inspect and correct what is within.
Spiritual-warfare begins in the battle-field of our minds. To gain the victory we must be willing to engage the enemy. If unchallenged, he will begin fortifying strongholds and “digging-in,” so to speak. His ultimate plan is to lead you into captivity as a prisoner of war. Christians who are unwilling to resist his efforts in this area will simply “hang-on” and “tolerate” life, at best.
You have been called with a high calling – enlisted in an army that never sleeps, never retreats, and never quits. Under the banner and blood of Jesus Christ, you have already been given the title: “Conqueror.” Rise up today! Arm your mind with the powerful “Helmet-of-Salvation” and silence the storm of a restless mind.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)
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