“For from within, out of the heart of men,proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, “thefts, coverteousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness” (Luke 7:21-22 NKJV)
The human mind is one of God’s most powerful creations. It is a powerhouse that has great potentials to do good or evil (Luke 6:45), and capable to make or destroy a person (Prov. 23:7), because out of the heart, evil thoughts proceeds (Luke 7:23). We cannot separate who we are today from the thoughts that we entertained over the past years.
The only fight we have been instructed to engage in is the “good fight of faith”, the battle for our mind (1 Tim. 6:12), the invisible war that is raging for the control of our mind between the contending forces of the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Darkness and the kingdom of Man. The scriptures in Proverbs 4:23 have forewarned us to keep our heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.
To be able to establish the purpose and plan of God for our lives, we must not only watch what we meditate upon in our mind but we must activate the mind of Christ within us (Phil. 2:5) for us to align our thoughts and ways with the thoughts and ways of God (Isa. 58:8-9). It takes a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7) to conceive the thoughts of God to do extra ordinary things.
To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Gal. 8:6). We have been instructed to set our mind on things above, on eternal things, where Satan cannot contend with our mind, and not on temporary things that are made available for us while on earth (Col. 3:2). God recognizes the fact that we live in the system and structure of this world, but we are not expected to wage the war as the world does (2 Cor. 10:3). God wants us to think like Him so that we can become like Him.
God has made available for us divine power which has the capacity to demolish strongholds (belief patterns, philosophies etc that opposes the word of God in our heart) that exalts itself against the knowledge of Him. But to be able do this, God expects us to submit ourselves by opening up our heart for Him to fill us with His word which will cleanse us from all negative thoughts (2 Cor. 7:1), for we cannot subdue this negative thoughts in our own strength.
Whoever is able to possess our mind controls us. We must therefore strengthen our inner man with the word of God, believing and trusting the word that emboldens us with confidence, knowing that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4), “for with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37). We must therefore let our converted heart (Ezek. 36:26) tell our renewed mind (Rom. 12:2) what to say and do.