The mind is an amazing “place”. It embraces an enclave of memories, information, and knowledge. We can imagine and create beautiful, successful triumphs through the mind God has given us. Humanity can also dive into diverse wickedness and depravity with deceitful schemes and immoral atrocities. Yes, the mind is a remarkable cavern many of us would rather God leave and remain unexplored.
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines the mind as, “recollection, memory, the element or complex of elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons; the conscious and unconscious adaptive mental activity of an organisms, mental faculties, and mental qualities.”
God’s Word records three hundred and forty-four verses on “mind”. Everything from imprints on God’s mind to grief of mind, a set mind, a change of mind, a wise mind, a loving mind, a deceived mind, a senseless mind, a thoughtless mind, a depraved mind, etc. Yes, our Father is well aware of the intricate details our finite minds entail. Christ was well aware of the mind Mary of Magdalene had.
“And also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases; Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had been expelled; and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager; and Susanna; and many others who ministered to and provided for Him and them out of their property and personal belongings.” (Luke 8:1-3)
The Bible says Mary was released of seven demons that had controlled and plagued her life (Luke 8:2). The Word does not name the demons, but I know she was mentally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually unstable. Some have questioned whether she was a prostitute, but nowhere in Scripture does it say this. Whether she was promiscuous, diseased, and emotionally unbalanced, the message is Jesus rebuked the demons and she followed Him.
If Mary had a demonic presence of lust, then she was cured. If she had a mental disorder, then she was released of bondage. If Mary was held in bitterness, rejection, self-pity, and wickedness, expressed lewd, sexual behavior or if she suffered from hearing voices with some sort of unstable mind, she was set free by the power of Jesus Christ. If she was diseased ridden, then just as the woman who bled for twelve years felt the power go through her body, so did Mary’s healing. Her mind was completely restored.
As Christians, we are to have the mind of Christ, “But we have the mind of Christ and do hold the thoughts of His heart.” (1 Corinthians 2:16) Using my own life as example, my mind, as I can imagine, was nothing at all like Christ’s. The mind of Christ was to do the Father’s will. He was full of the Holy Spirit exhibiting love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Jesus’ mind was set on things upon seated in Heaven (Colossians 2:3) and not on earthly things. Our Savior steadfastly and determinedly set His mind and kept it set (Luke 9:51), doing good wherever He went (Acts 10:38). My mind, coming back into the church, was nowhere close to Christ’s mind. If I am to have the mind of Christ, how do I accomplish what seems to be an insurmountable task?
The Word of God has changed my mind and mind set. The Lord released me of anger, jealousy, bitterness, covet-ness, lustfulness, idolatry, manipulation, confusing thoughts, double-mindedness, worldly thinking, and a haughty spirit. Jesus set me free over a decade of praying, believing in the hope of change through His strength, changing me from glory to glory, praising and glorifying His precious name. These are only a few emotions, fleshly desires, and mind changes God has healed me of. Our Lord and Savior mentions more of what can come out of someone, strongholds from within the mind and heart, that need healing……
Mark 7:20, Jesus of Nazareth lists thirteen things in which make a man unclean, “What comes out of a man makes him unclean. For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean.”
Inspired by the Spirit, the Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 5:16-21, “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful natures. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if the Spirit leads you, you are not under law. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witch craft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Powerful strongholds can plague a mind causing extreme havoc. All of these emotional and “unclean” spiritual battles are difficult to overcome because are minds are focused on our flesh and own desires, differing from what the Spirit desires. I believe if we focus on Scripture regarding the mind, pray over our thoughts, then many of the other challenges we face will fall to the waste side.
I believe we have to recognize our faults first before we can begin praying over them. God will always bring you to a Truth in spiritual growth, including the mind. There are several mindsets listed and chronicled in the Bible:
A Set Mind – unwavering, firm. This can be a positive mindset when focusing on spreading the Gospel, standing for Truth, and spiritual growth. It can be a hindrance if your mind is set on the flesh and your own will. Romans 8:5-6, “For those who according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the Holy Spirit.”
A Peaceful Mind – filled with the Holy Spirit, this mindset can leave you calm knowing God is in complete control. Proverbs 14:30, “A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.”
A Cheerful Mind – The Word instructs us to think on things that are noble, right, true, trustworthy, praiseworthy, of good report, lovely, and virtuous. A cheerful mind is glorifying God, joyful, and completely at peace. “Proverbs 17:22, “A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
A Thoughtful Mind – Our thoughts are to be glorifying God. We are to think on the all the good deeds He has done for us, talking about them to our families, and pondering His amazing works. The word “selah” is mentioned several times in the Psalms. It means to pause, and calmly think. As Psalm 1:1-2 scribes, a blessed man delights and habitually mediates, ponders and studies the Word of God. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days says the Lord: I will imprint my laws upon their minds, even upon their innermost thoughts and understanding, and engrave them upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Hebrews 8:10-13)
A New Mind – Romans 12:2 teaches us the Word of God transforms our minds, renewing ideals and attitudes we once had, so that we may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Like 2 Corinthians 5:17 proclaims, “If any person is engrafted in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away. Behold the fresh and new has come!” Our minds need to reflect our new creation, a Christ-like mind.
To have victory in your mind and thoughts, memorizing Scripture is vital, along with prayer, maybe praying with a prayer partner, getting involved in church, and worshiping the Lord. If you desire a healed and renewed mind then I would like to encourage you to read the One a Day 365 Days of Scripture Focus. You can read hundreds of Scriptures for a full year. Each day focuses on a verse to memorize and a prayer to make a decisive decision to follow Christ. I read them everyday and pray the Word stays planted in my heart and spirit, daily renewing my mind.
As Christians, especially those new to the faith, we have to practice and be conscious of our daily thoughts or inner life. I was encouraging the women I have in a small group about our inner thoughts and minds. I posed the question, “What if our mind and thoughts were projected on a screen above our heads. What would the world see?” I reminded them and myself, God sees our inner, most private thoughts. I can boldly say, I believe if our thoughts were available for all to see, our screens would look completely different than they do right now.
We make decisions minute by minute each day. I pray you make a decision to be intentional about your healing and mind, which can be a minute-by-minute challenge. We may read a Scripture and forget what was just read. To be purposeful, you will have to read it again and again until it is etched on your heart. You have to be decisive and INTENTIONAL. Change and healing may not be immediate; you may have a season of digging deep into God’s word, a season of fasting and praying seeking God’s Truth.
In prayer and reading His Word, God may bring to your mind unpleasant memories or thoughts you continually have. DO NOT suppress them; pray over them. You will never receive complete healing with out finding the root cause of a problem. God is merciful and good. His desire is never to harm or hurt, but to protect and preserve your heart. He is a loving Father who wants the very BEST for you, and that will include repentance from past sins, letting go of past injuries or situations, thoughts and mindsets you would like to forget.
Woman, seeds may have been planted in your heart. To receive healing, the seeds need to be removed and new ones planted. If you trust God, if you trust Jesus of Nazareth, they will walk you through a beautiful courtship of healing, forgiveness, renewal, refreshment and restoration. I will NEVER tell you the process is easy, but it will always draw you closer to Christ and your purpose for Him.
There were and are many women whom have suffered and are suffering. Those who dedicate themselves to healing have allowed the “gentle” hand of Christ to touch hurts only He can heal. I plead with you sweet sister, allow God to work His grace through your heart where a new season can begin, new mindsets can be planted, and peaceful thoughts can occupy your mind.