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Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word” (Psalm 119:114). People are discovering today that the systems and institutions of the world in which they felt secure, are not as foolproof as they thought. Fraud, terrorist attacks, wars and rumours of wars have put the so-called ‘world peace’ under constant threat. Natural disasters and outbreak of new diseases that defy medical science are constant reminders that there’s little or no hope in the world in these times of great distress.
But thank God that irrespective of what the situation may be, there’s hope in the Word for you today. The reason most folks only experience the ‘bad’ of the land is that that’s all they see. When you spend more time reading newspapers and junk magazines instead of God’s Word, of course that’s all you’ll see! “Twelve shot dead.” “Fifty killed in boat mishap.” “Two hundred and seventy perish in plane crash.” Terrible I tell you, but the Bible says there’s good in the land; “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah1:19).
Irrespective of what your situation may be, the Word of God will always remain the same; it’ll never change. You may be living in the poorest nations of the world, however the Bible says there’s plenty of good right there for you to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17). Moreover, you must be born again in order to qualify for the good of the land. You can have hope in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. So don’t look down, cheer up! Don’t think death, think life.
Many have had their faith rekindled as they listen to awe-inspiring testimonies of several people who were specially touched by the power of God at the Healing School.
Ruth Wolframe shares her testimony of total restoration and liberation from hearing loss, visual impairment, whiplash and degenerative disc disease. At the Healing School, the man of God ministered to her and declared her free, and she is indeed free to live in divine health.
Lynetta Davis, 59, testifies of total restoration ever since she got healed of fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome. Now, she can use her hands without any pain and there is no more depression, fatigue or weakness; her life is back to normal with no discomfort whatsoever.
A Short Exercise:
If someone were to make a statement to you, for example, about your performance: which of these two statements would you prefer?
From the statements above, it’s clear that the first one is more positive and emphasizes the achievements of the individual, while the second tends to highlight his/her errors, which only occur once in a while. We would look further into this, later in our study.
What is the Mind?
The mind is not something that the best historians, scientists, or medical doctors of the world could give you the best light on. Only the Bible gives detailed and accurate information on the mind. The reason is because the mind is an intangible and spiritual facet. It can’t be discovered or made known by science, and the best you can get from the world on it, would be speculatory. Only the Word of God brings revelation of the spiritual. For example, the Bible says in Hebrews 4:12-13 (English Standard Version) “12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow…” The Word of God can distinguish between the soul and the spirit, an attribute, which the ordinary mind cannot give you. It takes the knowledge and revelation of the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit to make such things known. Let’s begin with a simple definition of the mind.
The mind is the faculty of man’s reasoning and thoughts; it holds the power of imagination, recognition and appreciation. It’s responsible for processing feelings and emotions, resulting in attitudes.
There are some key words in this definition that we’ll examine, to help us understand the mind. The first one is Thoughts.
Thought is the creation, recalling, reviewing and processing of images for meaning, reason, language and expression.
This means you create, recall, review and process the images that you get, for meaning, reason, language, and expression.
When you study Scriptures on the mind, you’ll discover that in the Old and New Testament, several words are interchangeably used to refer to the mind or its activities. Examples are the words: thoughts and reason. Sometimes whilst reading one translation the word thought is used; and then you read another translation, and it uses the word reason. Even in the case of the same translation, thoughts may be used in a verse in one section, and then another writer uses reason for what was previously used for or written as thoughts.
In addition, the words mind and heart are sometimes interchangeably used in Scripture, but the mind is not the heart and the heart is not the mind. These are generic expressions, and so you may find them synonymously used at different points.
The words imagination, thinking, reasoning, inclination are also used interchangeably in referring to activities of the mind, as you would find in Bible translations.
This goes to say that there are a broad number of synonyms that are used in expressing the phenomenon of the mind and its activities. Moreover, to better understand the mind, you’ll need to understand the scriptural description of the human person.
The Two fold nature of Man:
Man primarily has a twofold nature namely: The Outward Man, and The Inward Man.
According to the Bible, God created the inward man first, and then formed the outward man. The inward man is the human spirit, and his soul. On the other hand, the outward man is the human body and its senses.
The Bible says Hebrews 11:3b “…that the things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”. The spiritual realm gave birth to the physical realm; therefore, to understand more clearly our description of the inward man as the human spirit and his soul, look at this: what the nervous system is to the body, the soul is to the Spirit. The soul functions for the human spirit. If you were to see the human spirit, you’re not going to see the soul standing outside of the spirit. But again in the scriptures, you’ll find generic expressions in which the soul is used in describing the whole human spirit – the inward man. Sometimes, even the word heart is used to describe the inward man. Words and statements like: the hidden man of the heart, the human spirit, the soul, are all sometimes used in describing the inward man. However, there is the soul that belongs to the human spirit, and that soul is the seat of the mind, the will and the emotions.
Going further, and it gets a little more complex here, note this: in the central nervous system, what the brain is to the body, the mind is to the Spirit (note that the mind is in the soul). The mind however is far more complex than the brain because it has power over the brain. It has more power, more influence than the brain because it’s spiritual; it belongs to the human spirit, which is the core of your nature, the real you. You are not a body; you are a spirit living in a physical body. Your body is your domicile, but the spirit is the real you.
What is the Brain?
Science defines the brain as the primary centre for the regulation and control of bodily activities, receiving and interpreting sensory impulses, and transmitting information to the muscles and body organs.
The brain is not the seat of consciousness, because a man’s brain could be working alright, even when he is not conscious of life or anything around him. The seat of consciousness and emotions don’t reside in the brain. The brain can process and recall information, but true memory is more than recalling information. There is much more to know about interpretation, meaning, language and expression (seen in our definition of thoughts), and these are not in the power of the brain.
In addition, the brain is neither the mind nor the soul. The brain is a physical organ of the body while the mind and soul are spiritual. The brain however works with the mind to give the character of a man.
Remember this: The body’s central nervous system works in conjunction with the mind for human consciousness, conception, memory and expression. This statement is very important. These two – the central nervous system and the mind, are ultimately responsible for the character of a man.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before (Philippians 3:13)
The Apostle Paul got a hold of a revelation which was so precious to him, and he summed it up in the opening verse. The words “this” and “I do” in the King James are italicized, showing that they weren’t in the original manuscript. So, what Paul was actually saying was “I count not myself to “have apprehended but one thing: forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before “. He had learnt to forget the past and look forward. He had learnt to forget his old life as a Jew; he had learnt to look at the pictures of his new life in Christ. This was what kept Paul so far ahead of others.
We must learn to forget the past and look ahead. I believe that it’s been a great year for you so far, and I want to remind you of these precious words. It’s time to shake off thoughts of the past and look at the pictures God is showing you through His Word!
Forget about the past defeats you may have suffered, probably even this year. Reach forth and grab a hold of the pictures God’s Word has given you. He has declared you more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37), and says whatever you do will prosper (Psalm 1:3). There’s still time to accomplish supernatural things this year, if only you can catch this truth today!
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8)
The mind is a vital part of the human make-up. It’s our storehouse of information, and it matters the kind of information you keep in it, for that can accelerate or retard your progress. Philippians 4:8 gives us a guide on how to control our minds and use it to process only the right information. Don’t waste your mind on carnal, unproductive thoughts, for the carnal mind is enmity against God (Romans 8:7).
The information you store in your mind tells alot about you. Just as a man who loves to study would have a library of books, or a music lover a collection of music or a florist a garden of lovely flowers, what you “collect” in your mind reflects what you’re most concerned about. This is why you’ve got to organise your mind and separate the wheat from the chaff.
Some things we store in our minds are just not worth keeping the bad news you heard on TV or read in the papers, the nasty words someone spoke to you in the rush hour traffic, or the gossip floating about in your office. Don’t retain these in your mind! Learn not to swallow every word you hear. Instead, throw out the trash. The same way you take out time to clean your house in order to get rid of dirt, you must also regularly clean out your mind with the Word and rid it of the wrong stuff.
The Lord Jesus said in John 15:3, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” Paul also lets us know that the Lord sanctifies and cleanses His Church with the washing of water by the Word” (Ephesians 5:26). Study more of God’s Word! It will cleanse your mind of all the wrong thoughts of fear, failure, defeat, and lack, and fill you with God’s thoughts of success, abundance, prosperity and victory
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions (Psalm 107: 20)
Our opening scripture lets us know that the Word of God heals and delivers. If you were sick and took time to meditate on the Word, the Word will produce healing in you. The Bible says in Proverbs 4:20-22, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” The word translated health above is the Hebrew word “marpe,” which means medicine.
The Word of God is medicine to your physical body; it will rejuvenate and revitalize you when you apply it to your life. The Word is alive and full of power; that means it’s active, operative and effective. Hence it doesn’t matter what the case is, if you would hear the Word and accept it, it would produce in you and for you the desired results. Not only is the Word the antidote for sickness and disease, it’s also the perfect recipe for success and prosperity: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
God has already sent His Word to address every situation you’ll ever face in life. He has sent His Word for your deliverance, healing, prosperity and spiritual advancement. It’s your responsibility to lay hold of His Word. The Word of God in your spirit and in your mouth will make you what it talks about. That’s what you need to be all that God wants you to be, and experience the divine transformation that’ll make you a wonder to your world.
The spirit of man [that factor in human personality which proceeds immediately from God]is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts (Proverbs 20:27 AMP)
The reason God wants you to nurture and develop your spirit after you’re born again is that it’s only through your spirit that you can make contact with Him. God doesn’t appeal to the human mind or the senses; He communicates and leads you through your spirit. When a man is born again, he receives the life and nature of God into his spirit. Therefore, the changes that are later observed in his soul and body are initiated from his spirit. The Bible says that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord (Proverbs 20:27).
The light of God is not in your mind but in your spirit. Your spirit is where the Word of God illuminates (Psalm 18:28). The human spirit feeds on the Word of God. You need to constantly feed and nurture your heart with the Word of God. I’m not talking about the organ that pumps blood through your body but your human spirit which acts as the soil for the Word of God. No wonder the Lord Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).
When your spirit is built and nourished by the Word, even your mind becomes productive, fruitful, renewed and completely void of the devil’s thoughts and ideas. The forces of life are domiciled in your spirit; you have to cultivate them! God’s life, character and nature are already deposited in your human spirit; you must spend time to cultivate and nurture your spirit by learning and meditating on the Word. 1 Peter 2:2 says that you should desire the sincere milk of the Word, for that is the nourishment for your recreated human spirit.
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me (John 5:39)
In the course of His discourse with the Jews one day, the Lord Jesus said to them: “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matthew 22:29). This means that the one who doesn’t know the Word of God will definitely make the wrong judgments and inevitably the wrong choices in life. That’s why He tells us in the opening scripture to “search the scriptures.” To `search’ means `to look thoroughly in order to find something’; it also means `to investigate so as to seek out answers.’
This implies some effort on the part of the one searching; it’s not a mere browsing over a subject, but a deliberate effort to seek out the truth from among several other facts. So, when the Master says to us “search the scriptures” you ought to know that it’s serious business. The Bible catalogues for us life-changing truths which you require to live to your maximum potential, but you’ve got to search them out. “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2). There’re several great revelations in God’s Word and He wants His kids to search them out, for we are kings! He loves it when we diligently study His Word and unravel the marvellous truths He has reserved for us.
This should also let you know how to study your Bible. You’ve got to have a pen, a notepad, a dictionary and a good reference Bible, for searching the scriptures entails more than mere reading. It involves looking thoroughly and intently into the word to make spiritual discoveries that’ll catapult you into higher realms of glory. Make the quality decision to become an ardent student of the Word by searching carefully and diligently through the scriptures everyday. As you do this, the Holy Spirit will always be right there to guide you, and help you understand the Word and impart your spirit with the revelation of divine verities.
And seek the peace of the city and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace (Jeremiah 29:7)
It’s imperative that you learn to take time out to pray for the nation where you live. It’s not enough to complain or grumble about what the Government is doing or not doing. You’re God’s agent of change in that nation; so, rise up to your calling. You have a responsibility to effect positive changes in the nation where you live, and a most effective way to achieve this is through prayer.
God told His people to pray for the nation where they were held in captivity, because their peace was tied to the peace of that nation. This should let you know how important it is to pray for your nation. The same thought was reiterated by the Apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:1-2; “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Even if you can’t find any reason to pray for your nation, do it as an act of commitment to God’s Word.
Someone has rightly said that “the only ingredient required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” Too many people assume that someone else is praying for the country, instead of taking up the responsibility of causing positive changes through prayer. Don’t put the fate of your country in the hands of others; bear the responsibility as well. Learn to pray for your nation. I encourage you even now to set some time aside to pray for your nation today, and do this as often as you can.
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