In the previous post, the mindman realizes that there are many old variables in his mind that merely need cleaning up. But what to clean and how to clean them? This are the issues he is addressing here.
When he looks into his mind, he finds that the only substance is made up of words -mainly words in languages that he has acquired many years ago as a toddler. Amazing. The languages he learned as a toddler have remained after all these years. He is an adult now of course. Many languages have been added over the years. He learned them from family, schools, work places, churches, social groups, the streets, the markets, and the various forms (including multimedia) of reading, watching and listening materials and people too. They did not necessarily give him new languages or new words, but they persuaded his mind to accept values and interpretations, repeatedly until he thought the attachments to those languages or words were part of his belief or him.
Languages alone do not mean a thing. They are neither beneficial nor harmful. The meanings or intents rather, behind the languages are the stuff that give value (merit) or devalue (demerit) to a language.
Yes, just check the language you have in mind and you will agree. Your intent is the driving force behind the language.
When you have an evil intent, your language becomes evil. You may speak the same sentence of the same words, but you may mean two opposite outcomes when you say them at different times to different audiences. You can speak one sentence with faith (that it will happen). You can also say the same sentence with doubt (not believing that what you say will happen). You became what you thought!
This is very common in prayers. You pray but you receive what you know you actually is saying in your heart (your mind). Jesus reads thoughts (mind). God watches the heart (the mind). The Holy Spirit searches the hearts.
The serious questions are: What shall we do with such double-mindedness? What can we do to get rid of bad values or intents attached to the languages in our minds?
The mindman has found his answers in the words of God.
Be single-minded. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and he will not receive anything from the Lord. (James 1:5-8) Why is one double-minded? Because one lacks heavenly wisdom. The Bible said that we can ask God in faith. (James 1:6) The key is to ask God and ask in faith.
Put off the old man with the bad values in his mind. Put on the new man with the good values in his mind. This is easy said than done, someone may say. How can it be carried out?
Here are the practical steps according to the words of God: Ephesians 4 (read whole chapter)
Summary of Practice: Walk worthy of the calling with you were called. Ephesians 4:1b There are three steps involved:
“that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,” (22)
you no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles (unbelieving) walk, in the futility of their mind, (understanding darkened, alienated from God’s life, ignorance and blindness in their mind, past feeling, given to lewdness to work all uncleanness with greediness) (17-19)
“and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,” (23)
“and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (24)
The things to put away: lying, sin in anger, steal, corrupt words proceeding from your mouth – bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking. All these grieve the Holy Spirit. (4:25-31)
More things to put off (chapter 5): fornication, uncleanness, and covetousness. Filthiness, foolish talking, coarse jesting.
How? You have not so learned Christ! 4:20)
Read chapter five of Ephesians:
The things to put on: be imitators of God as dear children – kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, walk in love as Christ also has loved us…now you are light in the Lord, walk as children of light. Manifest fruit of the Spirit (goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. Walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time…understand what the will of the Lord is…be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Finally, what does all this mean and how can it be achieved? “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might…for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood…therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
The battle in the mind rages whether we like it or not. By grace and truth which already came through Jesus Christ, God has given every believer faith, His words and the Holy Spirit. These are more than sufficient in the spiritual realm for our mind renewal. The Holy Spirit enables us to walk according to the will of God. Just as Jesus had promised to all who want to follow Him, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
For the mindman, thus, it is just a matter of learning and un-learning. Learning Christ means we need to read the Bible. We need to listen to the Holy Spirit. Un-learning evil thoughts means we substitute them with thoughts of Christ. He has found that God has indeed given the resources in the spiritual realm, and all we do is just believe and appropriate them in our daily walk with Christ.
How long is this renewing process? Well, for the mindman it is a life time walk.
The apostle Paul has very encouraging words for all who are in the same process:
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” (Philippians 4:12)