The struggle with sin is like mental warfare that can tear a person down to a life of chaos. The reason for this is while yes, God does want us to do our part and fight, we have to rely on His power because if not, we will be in an endless loop of beatdowns from the pain and sorrow that life will deliver. Life may seem too big to handle, but God is bigger than life and loves us. How wonderful is that? The mental fight against sin takes more effort and courage than any other fight. It’s the fight against self which is unnatural because we are prone to think of ourselves as right and fight against others to say they’re wrong. Although there will always be trials and tribulations in life, how we view them and use them in a way that glorifies God leads to happiness and freedom.
Mental health is considered a medical condition where drugs, more often than not, are the immediate answer. Science and medicine have their place, but there has to be spiritual growth and healing. Most of what this world offers are temporary fixes that may even trick us into believing we are free, but that could not be further from the truth. I believe the truth lies in having faith and letting go of what goes against the Lord. The truth can set us free.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
There is so much about the mind that we haven’t discovered yet. We presume our thoughts to be the end all and be all of the truth. Our thoughts are a construct of information we take in over time. What a person defines as reality and fable are what makes sense based on a sensory perspective and limited understanding of a particular subject. Everyone perceives the world differently. Even if many agree on a topic, it is seen differently. This process of perception is based on what the person is feeling at the time and how they piece thoughts together based on habitual mental tendencies. As beautiful and complex as our mind is, because sin has infected it, we must give our heart and soul to God. It requires going counterclockwise against our logic to unite with the mind of God, which is centered in the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit in us, sent by the Father and the Son to be our paraclete, is the essence of God’s mind and how we connect with life on a scale beyond our initial understanding of reality. As long as we remain faithful to the blood covenant with Jesus, we can renew our minds. Renewing our minds to grow spiritually is to dive deep into His word, pray, and practice discipleships. There is so much clutter in our minds that renders us from hearing the voice of God through our spirit. This clutter is outside noise that goes against his word, adding to the endless garbage landfill. Too much of this garbage won’t allow us to properly discern the voice of God in our Spirit, which is also our subconscious.
“Therefore, with minds alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” Peter 1:13
Past The Frontier
The subconscious, or unconscious mind, makes decisions without us being aware or having to think about them first. Our subconscious mind is like a bank full of memories, skills, beliefs, previous experiences, and everything that has ever happened to us. The capacity for our subconscious is practically unlimited. The unconscious mind affects our fears, what motivates us, our temperaments and attitudes, and our autonomic nervous system, which maintains balance in the billions of cells in our body. Since our subconscious is in charge of 90 percent of our decision-making, tapping into and renewing the subconscious with the Holy Spirit will permit transformation. That process is how we live this life the way God wants and move past the old life and into the new.
Our ability to analyze and create a plan for change is on the conscious surface, but that’s only 10 percent of our thought process. There is an entire ocean of emotions and experiences that needs to be reached. The power of the Holy Spirit can keep His light shining in the deep, dark, cold abyss of the soul. The objective is for God’s light of grace to brighten up the deepest parts of our soulful ocean and turn it into a constant overflow of His enlightened qualities. Sure, we can tweak and conquer certain obstacles, but inevitably God has to influence us with His supernatural touch.
A New Frontier
We must address what we know we are wrongful of and humble ourselves for God to work. This first step is often the hardest because of pride. It’s our responsibility to confess these negative imprints from the past and allow the Holy Spirit to steer us out of old ways and into the new frontier where freedom can be found. The harsh truth is most people don’t want to change because it takes emptying ourselves at God’s feet. Our habits are so strong the devil will use logic to cover up the truth. The truth is that even if we are outnumbered by our fears, sorrows, anxieties, pride, and depressions on all sides of the battlefield, we have the ability, after giving ourselves to Jesus, to call for God and use His power of faith to be victorious. True mental fortitude is to believe in God’s word without any preconceived evidence of it happening.
We don’t have the same thoughts as God, but His will and power can be activated from within. That is the very definition of being happy. The mind of our creator goes beyond our comprehension. The only way to have the slightest idea of what it’s like is through having a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we are saved, our spirit activates deeper and stronger from the center. We can live with freedom. No, this doesn’t mean life will be all rainbows and sunshine, but with a renewed mind, in a way, it can be.
“Do not conform 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