Those who are saved possess the mind of Christ – which is a mind controlled by the Holy Spirit.
How does that possession take place in reality? The Bible tells us:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. PHILIPPIANS 4:8 NKJV
Upon your salvation, the Spirit of God takes your mind with its current thinking patterns and begins the process of renewing it into the Mind of Christ.
The Spirit guides this process – providing the 7 attributes found in Isaiah 11:1-2 that make up the mind of Christ.
As we begin the process of acquiring biblical knowledge and see that knowledge become wisdom within us, we begin to see the effects of the renewal process take place.
Beliefs based upon the truth of God develop – beliefs not based upon the Word are rejected. Power is released through biblical beliefs which create a life directed by the Spirit.
The issue that all of us face during this process is that our mind can receive input from many sources: the flesh can still speak to us, the devil can speak to us, others can speak to us, the world’s system can speak to us.
Many get discouraged because they believe that when they get saved, the only input they will receive from that time forward is that of the Holy Spirit.
But when you are alive, so is your brain. Like a radio, it can receive input from “broadcasts” that are in your sphere of life.
The Bible tells us how to handle it when we receive input that is not of God:
We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ 2 CORINTHIANS 10:5 AMPLIFIED
Here we see the process:
- Destroy: kathairéō (from 2596 /katá, “down” and 138 /hairéomai, “to choose, make one’s own”) – properly, take down for oneself (“take for oneself“), i.e. forcibly yank down; destroy, leaving nothing “standing” or even in good working order; cast down.
- Lead away captive: to subjugate; bring under control.
When ungodly thoughts appear, you go and get them – put a rope around their neck and lead them away to destroy them!
You destroy and then replace. Philippians 4:8 tells us what to replace them with:
That which is:
Truth is where was must all begin if we are going to be free. Don’t allow fear to keep you from facing the truth. If you embrace anything other than truth about yourself, you will begin your thought journey from the wrong location. “I sinned” – “I am being tempted” – “I didn’t get something I wanted” – Start with truth.
Don’t waste time thinking upon things that are not important at the moment – things that get you “nowhere”, i.e., “This shouldn’t have happened” – “If only”.
You must learn what God’s Word says about you and the situation and what God has done for you.
Holy; unadulterated. No double-mindedness. Don’t listen to competing arguments against the truth of God’s Word. If you do, you are stuck until you stop.
Your thinking regarding yourself must be based in the love God has for you. Get rid of self pity because God is ready to work on your behalf. Get rid of self hatred because God doesn’t hate you. Get rid of regret because God has something new for you.
That which promotes God’s heart toward you – which is that He will turn around everything in your life to use it for His glory and your good. Don’t be like the Israelites of Moses’ day who brought back a bad report when confronted by enemies. When faced with obstacles, believe the report based upon God’s Word.
That which enriches your life – makes it better – God is going to make you grow through what you are going through. The end result? I’ll be more like Him.
If you do think like what has been outlined by Philippians 4:8, your thinking will result in PRAISE to God. You can’t focus on unbiblical thoughts and praise God at the same time.
This thinking will work against lust, anger, or in instances in which you fail or face a disappointment. Lust simply says, “you need something you don’t have at this moment.” What you really need is God and if there is something else that will be within His will needed, He will get it to you at the right time in the right way.
Victorious thinking can be summed up in believing what God says enough to live it. If you are saved, the Spirit of the Lord is within you. The Spirit’s nature is to live the Word. Allow the Spirit to live in you!!!