"Do not conform any longer 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." Romans 12:2
Your wheels will continue to spin at the confusion the world throws like a curve ball until your mind is transformed, becoming more and more like Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 2:16 tells us that we have the mind of Christ, however, there is a process that we must go through so that our fleshly mind lines up with our spiritual mind. It is in this process that the enemy seeks to poison us so that the transformation remains incomplete and we stay captive in bondage.
Ephesians 6:10-18 is a familiar passage to many, and I would like to use this to compliment Pastor's sermon on "Poison Control" Sunday.
In this passage, we are given what is called the "Armor of God." When writing this, Paul was in prison, so he saw what the guards were wearing, and since this was a familiar sight in Paul's time, he was able to create an image that others would understand.
Priscilla Shrier has a study out called "Armor of God," and if you enjoy bible studies, I would recommend this one. In this study, she mentions that there are four parts to our souls: mind, will, emotions and conscience. The intersection, the life-giver to these four parts is our hearts. The enemy doesn't want our minds on God so he will try to get us to focus on negative standards, lie to us about the character of God, or exaggerate negative situations. The way to protect our minds is the protect our hearts.
In Sunday's sermon, Pastor gave a few points to anti-venom applications, and I believe they apply to this post as well.
1.) Check your view of God
What are you allowing yourself to believe about God and His character? What are you allowing into your heart that is feeding your mind?
2.) Fill your mind with the Word of God.
The Word of God, Hebrews 4:12 tells us, is living and active. It penetrates even the deepest parts of our souls and exposes thoughts and attitudes of our hearts. Remember, our hearts give life to our minds, and if our hearts are dark, so our minds will be too.
When we spend time in the Word of God and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the Word of God, our minds are transformed by the words of life before us and we have no choice but to live the way the scriptures command. When that Ramah word hits our spirit-man, we become defensive of the word revealed to us and the enemy has a hard time convincing us otherwise.
Guard your heart and guard your mind. Don't allow the enemy to sow negative seed in your mind to create offenses. He will exaggerate what is happening so that you are divided against your brother or sister in Christ.
Check out Pastor's sermon here.