THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Healthy mindsets result from 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 mindsets.
“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 ourselves] 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.
“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.
“And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind” (2 Corinthians 8:19).
The word ready can more accurately be translated eager. The strong quality that caused the church in Jerusalem to select Titus to assist in delivering a large grace gift to Corinth was an eager mind. An eager mind learns and increases its knowledge as a dry sponge soaks up water. It is a wonderful and desirable quality.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
A sound mind is a disciplined mind. The opposite of fear is not courage, but love. Natural fear is overcome by supernatural love in the company of a disciplined mind. There must be something healthy about a disciplined mind. Naturally, the opposite of a disciplined mind is a self-indulged and over-indulged mind.
“Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded” (Titus 2:6).
A sober mind is a moderate or balanced mind. The Greek word sophroneo (so-fron-eh’-o) is the same word translated in verses 2 and 5, as temperate and discreet. The idea behind the word is curbing one’s impulses. Therefore, the cure for impulsive behavior is a sober mind.
THE SEEDS OF TRUTH
These are the five biblical ingredients for fertile mind soil. Seeds of truth planted in this soil will take root, germinate, grow and bear fruit. In order to change the fruit of one’s behaviour, one must change the root of his thinking.
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.