Every person’s story holds a series of layers and elements, and in most cases there is usually one major theme that these elements are rooted from. Personally, my story is stacked with layers rooted in the theme of the UNRENEWED MIND.
Before my mind became renewed I could not think straight, my thoughts were either raging or there were no thoughts at all. Even though I had the Holy Spirit, I was a mean-spirited person; I was always tired, I spoke harshly, and I judged people. I desperately wanted to be set free, but I did not know how, and when I tried I became flooded with fear. The idea of God supernaturally taking these burdens from me was a scary concept because it meant giving up control and letting Him work. Every day God chiseled away at my imperfections to make me more like Him, but I knew there was something terribly wrong. I knew it didn’t have to be this hard.
When I lived in England the Lord sent me to live with a Christian doctor; he was a Neurologist. One night we talked until midnight about the difference between spiritual and physical mental illnesses, and about deliverance of the mind from the enemy,
satan. This was the first time I had ever heard of such a thing, and I knew I needed that deliverance. I quickly dismissed our conversation, got alone with the Lord and invited Him to do whatever He needed to do to deliver me.
Immediately, I experienced heat, and what felt like an earthworm inching through every crack and crevice of my brain. It was a sensation I don’t really have words for, but directly afterward I felt lighter and I could finally THINK!
I’m not trying to boast here, but I consider myself to be an intelligent person; I can regurgitate facts and information about all sorts of things. But when it came to the Bible, I could retain and understand very little about what I was reading except that Jesus loved me. For the first time in the 6 years of my Christian walk I could comprehensibly read Bible, so I read the whole thing in four months! The revelation and understanding I received in the months following were groundbreaking and set down rock solid foundations for my faith.
So what exactly is the renewed mind?
The unrenewed mind lives under the influence of the world and under the power of sin, while the renewed mind lives under the influence of heaven. More simply, it’s when you know without a doubt that your true identity resides solely in Him, and that as His favorite kid in the whole world, you have authority over the earth. Furthermore, the renewed mind is when you believe that you have access to release heaven on earth wherever you go.
Hence the verse,
“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on EARTH as it is in HEAVEN” – Matt 6:10 (ESV)
The renewed mind is something you have to fight to maintain. Personally, it has truthfully taken me three full years of learning how to stand victoriously over the battle in my mind for it to be normal. As Bill Johnson puts it,
“You know your mind is renewed when the impossible seems logical“
When you are being pushed off track and your thoughts become clouded again, it is almost always because of your own sin. Sin opens a door for the devil to latch himself onto you, infiltrate your thoughts, and create strongholds in your life. For me, and for so many others, the mind is the enemy’s primary target for destruction. When habitual sin creeps back in, so does the clouded mind and feelings of defeat; they go hand in hand.
Here is the game changer – Come to understand the power of your words
What you speak and think will call your words and thoughts into existence, whether for good or for bad, intentionally or unintentionally.
What you speak and meditate on, so it will be
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21
Here is your biggest defense – Be quick to repent and renounce your sins, and even quicker to declare Biblical truths over yourself
When you renounce and repent of your sins, and orally declare scriptural truths over a given situation, you will literally shift the atmosphere around you.
Do it with authority.
Do it often.
True repentance not only turns you away from sin, but draws you closer to God; It has the power to set you free from the junk that weighs you down!
Repenting resets our minds and our hearts!
(For more information about living with a renewed mind I highly recommend reading The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind by Bill Johnson)