YOUR MIND IS GOD’S GIFT
Biblical mindsets are caused by the work of the Holy Spirit in conjunction with the Word of God. By contrast to unhealthy mind-sets, The Word of God provides us with a description of five healthy conditions of the mind. The combination of these five elements makes the mind fertile for seed- planting. A person’s mind is God’s gift to provide him with the ability to think, learn, feel, imagine, create, dream, choose, etc. Our minds make us or break us. Quoting Proverbs 23:7 yet once again:
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
We see that we become what we think. We become kings or paupers, victims or victors, sinners or saints, slaves of Satan or masters of faith, according to what we think. Our minds are too valuable a commodity to waste on unhealthy mind-sets. Here we look at two biblical mindsets – the renewed mind and the willing mind.
THE RENEWED MIND
“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the (entire) renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]” ~ Romans 12:2
The miracle of a transformed mind is expressed by metamorphoo (metam- or-fo’-o), the Greek word translated transformed, from which we derive our English word metamorphosis. It is a process of changing, the source of which is the Word of God. The process reflects the inward change of a person’s character. The mind, from the Greek nous (nooce), the center of logical reasoning, ethical judgment, and moral awareness, must be completely changed or made healthy.
A renewed mind has come under the control of the Holy Spirit.
THE WILLING MIND
“For if, there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that, he hath not.” ~ 2 Corinthians 8:12
Though by interpretation this is a direct reference to giving, by application it is a reference to the condition of a healthy mind. The term willing mind refers to attitude. Attitude has everything to do with altitude. You will never rise higher your attitude.
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.