The Spirit of the Mind

(2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

In order to walk in the newness of life that we have as a result of our union with Christ, we must live free from our past. We can never walk in the liberty we have in Christ if we are forever looking back. You can never live in victory until you learn to let go of your past. You must let go of the sin that you once found so appealing, as well as the injustice, pain and wounds that occurred.

Forgetting the Life of Sin: We must put away the old life of sin we used to live. (Luke 9:62 NLT)…”Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

 (Luke 17:32-33 NKJV)  “Remember Lot’s wife.”Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

Lot’s wife stands as a memorial of the consequences of looking back at the old life of sin. God turned her into a pillar of salt so that all who passed by and saw her would remember the destructive consequences of sin. In like manner we use to live as the rest of the world, but now we must put away the old sinful life. (Ephesians 2:1-10 NLT)  Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins. {2} You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. {3} All of us used to live that way, following the passions and desires of our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God’s anger just like everyone else. {4} But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, {5} that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s special favor that you have been saved!) {6} For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms–all because we are one with Christ Jesus.

Put on the New Man: We must be renewed in the spirit of our minds. The spirit of our mind has to do with our attitudes, and beliefs. We must change the way we look at everything in life. This has to do with changing the motives, and very intents of our hearts. (Ephesians 4:1-32 NKJV)…(Verses 22-24) that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, {23} and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, {24} and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

(NLT)  throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness–righteous, holy, and true.

Amplified Bible… (verse 23)…but let your minds be remade, and your whole nature thus transformed…

Until we renew our minds to think the thoughts of God after Him, we will forever be held in bondage to the old attitudes and patterns of thought of the old life that we use to live. (Romans 12:2 NKJV)  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

The children ofIsraelin the wilderness stand as a vivid reminder of an entire nation of people who could not leave the old way of thinking. As a consequence their thinking caused them to wander in the wilderness for forty years, and ultimately die without ever having received the promise of the new life that was rightfully theirs. Many died out in the desert; they wouldn’t let Jesus take them in. Our Father brought them out ofEgypt, but He couldn’t getEgyptout of them.

God couldn’t get the slave mentality out of the Israelites, and as a result they died in the wilderness. It took an entirely new generation to embrace freedom, and the responsibility of freedom before God could renew the spirit of their minds. Only Joshua & Caleb were able to break free from the slave mentality of bondage inEgypt.

The Promised Land is a type of our inheritance in Christ. A type of the liberty and life of abundance we are called to enjoy in union with Christ, but unless we let go of the past, renew our minds we will wander in the wilderness of sin, bad habits, and bondage our whole life. (Hebrews 3:7-19 NKJV)  Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, {8} Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, {9} Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. {10} Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’

The word of God in union with the Holy Spirit is the means by which God renews our minds and changes our attitudes. As we build God’s word into our hearts through hearing the word, meditating upon the word, and communion with God, we will be transformed by the Spirit of God. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NKJV)  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

(Ezekiel 36:26-27 NKJV) “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. {27} “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.

As the word of God goes into our mind it has a transforming effect upon our entire life. (Colossians 3:16 NKJV)  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

(James 1:21 KJV) Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

 

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