Mind under subjection
How to keep our minds under subjection?
Whatever people do, they have their complete focus in their work i.e whether they eat,sleep,cook,do their job,use internet,when they go for outings to restaurants or watch movie-they are meticulous in their doing and have their focus or concentration in what they do.They don’t want any disturbance or distraction by anyone.But when it comes to Prayer,Meditating the Word of God,it becomes very difficult for people to focus on our Heavenly Father LORD JESUS CHRIST even for few minutes.When they sit for prayers their mind wanders all over.Still they are thinking about other matters,concerned about so many things,speaking to God from their mouth with sweet words but heart and mind far away from LORD JESUS CHRIST.
My friends we are just deceiving ourselves.Suppose if we meet our honorable CM or A Governor or PM or any dignitary,what is the protocol?We will be so engrossed and careful that our full attention is there and even our mobile is switched off during that period of time.
When it comes in talking terms with the LORD OF LORD’S AND THE KING OF KING’S how much more we need to Love JESUS and make GOD our priority.
How to keep our minds under subjection?There are certain things on which we can meditate to keep our minds under the subjection of The HOLY SPIRIT
1)Psalm 1:1-3-Meditating in the law of the LORD-When we meditate in the law of the LORD means we are meditating on the WORD OF GOD,HIS Commandments,HIS Decrees.
Psalm 19:14,104:34 says let our meditation of the heart be acceptable in the sight of the LORD.Yes we must fill our minds with the LIVING WORD OF GOD.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.-Phil 4:8
2)Yes secondly we must meditate on the Truth-Bible says ..You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set You free.We must take care of not to focus on lies or rumors.People have been deceived because they have missed the truth and spiritual gossip has filled the minds of the people.People are unaware of the Truth because they don’t want to,therefore satan has used his craftiness to deceive and divide the believers.
The above verse clearly says that whatever is true,honorable,right,pure,good repute,lovely or of any good testimony,we must meditate on such things.My friends people of this world and the devil have used the tongues of wild people to fill the minds of the people with corruption,politics,hypocrisy and many other carnal things.But Bible says we must meditate on good things and on the WORD OF GOD.Whenever you are unable to focus in Prayer,just remember the Good things that have happened to you.Read the word of GOD and remind HIM of HIS Promises.When King David went to face Goliath,King David remembered the testimony,the Great exploits GOD Almighty had done through him.His faith level increased.He conquered the beast in the name of the LORD GOD.
3)Psalm 63:6-Meditate on the LORD-Yes just imagine that LORD JESUS CHRIST who died for you sitting with you while in Prayer,with you when you read and meditate on HIS WORD,when you fellowship,when you worship.
4)Psalm 77:12,111:2,143:5,145:5-Meditate on the works and the marvels of GOD-There are so many testimonies and Great things that the LORD JESUS has done for others,which we hear and come across,every now and then.When we read the WORD OF GOD from Genesis to Revelation,we read about all the wonders that God did and how is about to do.So kindly think about those wondrous Acts of God.You will be Blessed.There will be change in your thought process.Just ask the help of the HOLY SPIRIT,HE is ever ready to help you.Lord JESUS told HIS disciples that when The HOLY SPIRIT,THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH comes,The helper HOLY SPIRIT comes,HE will remind us of the words of CHRIST our Savior.HE will remind us and guide us into all Truth.Those words of JESUS that are embedded in Your Spirit after meditating and thinking over them again and again,will be supernaturally brought to your remembrance by The HOLY SPIRIT,Your Best Friend and Helper.
5)Psalm 16:7-Meditate on the counsel and instruction of the LORD.Yes many times we use our own worldly wisdom and also take counsel from the people of this world.Still we remain in confusion.But Bible says in Psalm 16:7,we must take the counsel of the LORD and meditate on it.If Lord JESUS dwells in us then our Spirit will give us instructions.Psalm 119:11 says that when the WORD of GOD is filled in our hearts,it will prevent us from sinning.
6)Colossians 3:1-2-Meditate on the Things above where CHRIST is seated.Yes my friends set your eyes above,mind on Heavenly things.When you pray,think about HEAVEN where YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER LORD JESUS CHRIST is seated at the right hand Of GOD praying and thinking about you all the time.You may say that there is nobody to pray for you or people hardly have time to pray for you,but let me encourage you my friends by telling you that Your Heavenly Father is all the time thinking about you and interceding for you from Heaven.When You pray in Tongues and tears,HOLY SPIRIT groans and prays on your behalf from earth to heaven.(Rom 8:26).So these two most powerful intercessory prayers from the Creator itself are going on all the time.Think about LORD JESUS praying for you and you will see your faith level automatically increase.Nothing can stand before the Prayers offered by the master.Bible says HE has engraved your picture in HIS very own palms.How?By dying on the CROSS and bearing the marks(wounds)of those nails all through HIS wonderful,beautiful HANDS.HE remembers us whenever HE sees those wounds.Cheer up.
7)Romans 5:8-Meditate on the LOVE and THE CROSS of LORD JESUS CHRIST.Yes remember what LORD JESUS went through to win us and bring us back and reconcile us to GOD.No one else died for our sins,curses,guilt,rejection,condemnation,sicknesses.Just remember the CROSS,THE BLOOD,THE BROKEN BODY,THE RESURRECTION OF LORD JESUS CHRIST.When LORD JESUS took the last supper with HIS Disciples,HE said-“…do this in remembrance of me…”Remember HIS stripes,wounds,Victory.Hallelujah.
My friends when we meditate and ponder and think about the above things,God will give us the Grace to be OVER COMERS.
Bible clearly says that motives and intentions will be judged when the Lord comes back.Our motives have to be pure.Our mind needs to get renewed and be Transformed into the Image and Likeness of GOD.Heb 1:3 says that LORD JESUS CHRIST is the express image of GOD.Therefore,when we focus on LORD JESUS CHRIST IT IS HE who helps us to become like HIM.
Romans 8:6 “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
My friends yes it is true that carnal mind results in Spiritual and ultimately physical death.When Adam was warned by GOD about the Fruit from the Tree of Knowledge,Eve followed by Adam transgressed against the command of GOD and became disobedient and as a result sin,sickness and curse and ultimately death entered human race.What was the basic reason?The reason was the battlefield was the “mind”.The woman was offered knowledge by crafty satan and in order to acquire that knowledge man sinned.Man was caught in 2 minds:-One was the Command and Provision of GOD and the other was Offer by satan. It appealed in such a way to the woman that she was enticed to become like GOD in knowledge(what the devil told).
From the very beginning mind has been the battlefield.Adam and Eve set their minds on the things of the flesh and that resulted in Spiritual death first(i.e they lost Face to face intimacy and Fellowship with GOD),followed by the ultimate natural death years later.
Philippians 2:2 “…complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”
St Paul urges his fellow believers and church members to be of the same mind,Same love and of same accord.
Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
St Paul prays that Peace of GOD will not only Govern your hearts but minds too.There are so many verses where St Paul mentions the importance of mind.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,-2 Cor 10:3-5
Yes mind(thoughts)play a major role in Spiritual warfare.Many people are mistaken that LORD JESUS CHRIST won the Victory on THE CROSS,therefore we are free from spiritual warfare or the attacks of the devil.My friends please read the above verse carefully and also Ephesians 6:10-18.
Yes it is very True that our LORD JESUS CHRIST won the VICTORY on the CROSS,but we are in a warfare whose Victory was won on The Cross.We have to go through the Process.We have to be Strong in The LORD(Eph 6:10).We have to Pray in the Spirit on all occasions(Eph 6:18).There are so many thoughts that affect the human mind that are contrary to the will and mind of GOD.Therefore,we have to Pray as per 2 Cor 10:5 to take captive every thought to be Obedient to our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.-2 Cor 4:4
When we don’t see the Light of the Gospel of the Glory of CHRIST(we don’t get True Revelation)from the WORD OF GOD and if we keep on reading the BIBLE,it means our mind needs to be Healed and Opened.We need to Comprehend the ways of GOD.Luke 24:31,45-lord JESUS CHRIST opened the Eyes(of the mind) and the Understanding of HIS Disciples,then only they Recognized JESUS and knew HIM.
My friends as our minds get Renewed we will become better Acquainted with the Nature and the Ways of GOD.
Yes LORD JESUS will keep all of us in PERFECT PEACE provided our minds remain Focused and stayed only on JESUS Alone.
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.-Prov 4:23
“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.-Luke 6:45.
Well we may be Good sermon makers,but our real life begins when we are outside the four walls of the church/meeting.We can present flowery sermons but our thoughts may be judgmental,bitter,full of malice,hypocrisy,casualness.Mind is always at work.Thoughts are the fastest to travel in space.More than any star or even speed of light,the thoughts are uncontrollable and can reach anywhere,anytime.
Many times Sadducee’s,Pharisees in the Bible we read pretended to learn from Jesus or ask a genuine question,but LORD JESUS knew there intentions.He directly pointed out at them boldly.My friends Bible says in Gal 6:7-“Do not be deceived,God is not mocked whatsoever a man soweth that shall he reapeth”.Our thoughts are also a seed.Seed into the future.Few months back God revealed to one of HIS Prophets’ that as the time approaches for the second LORD JESUS CHRIST,the seed sown in any form will bring very quick harvest.If a man sows hatred for anyone then he will reap hundred folds of it in coming days and weeks not years.The increase in Technology in the natural is the reflection of the increase in activity in the Supernatural.Spiritual activities are manifested in the natural.
Bible says as a man thinks so is he…My friends what all we think speaks loud and clear in Heaven.Thoughts have a very powerful Role in shaping and governing our spiritual life.
And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornication, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.-Mark 7:20-22.Mind will govern our speech and actions.Our Spirit and body are constantly at war with each other,it is the soul(mind)that decides which way to follow.Even Anointed people of GOD can be enticed.The mind becomes so much tuned to the things of the flesh that the person looses sensitivity to the voice of The HOLY SPIRIT.They replace the things of the Spirit with the things of the flesh and think that God doesn’t look or is bothered by such outward matters.My friends we are just ourselves.Lord JESUS CHRIST is a God of LOVE but a God of justice too.
Most people are mistaken and think that God of old testament is an angry God but JESUS of New Testament or Covenant is full of Grace.Does really Bible teach that?They discard the ten commandments.But What did God The Father,God of the Prophets,God of the Old Testament say or introduce HIMSELF to Prophet Moses-
Exodus 34:6-7 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord! the Lord! a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness and truth,
7 Keeping mercy and loving-kindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but Who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.
God Almighty Introduced Himself as a Merciful God and Gracious.Yes The Israelite’s sinned by grumbling and murmuring against His Prophet Moses and God for 40 years,still God was Gracious and gave everything for their everyday life.Today again the history repeats itself when we see people speaking against the Prophets of GOD and just because of their lack of ability to deny themselves of the pleasure of the world they have Portrayed as a Eternal Loving God who tolerates even our garbage and unpleasant life style.Our denial or mind set does not change a bit of the Truth.Lord JESUS CHRIST our LOVING FATHER Does Love to Forgive sins but continual sin and lack of repentance means that our mind is not being renewed.Rom 12:2 teaches that our mind must be renewed.There are still many mysteries that God will only reveal to HIS PROPHETS AND APOSTLES as per Eph 3:5.Only Prophetical and Apostolic Anointing unfolds and will unfold certain mysteries.Our mind has to open and be flexible to learn New Things from THE HOLY SPIRIT.Today rather than being professional be passionate,not bitter but better,not emotions but compassion,snot being selfish but selflessness must replace the Gospel of LORD JESUS CHRIST.We must not compromise with the Preaching,if we want to please the LORD JESUS CHRIST