Mind of a Saint

About two years ago now, I was in a valley season. And in that valley season, I experienced a powerful time of prayer where the Lord encountered me…I was a complete mess afterwards. Ruined.  The kind of prayer where a group of people surround you, lay on hands, and wait on the Lord to speak. And as these people spoke the heart of the Father over my life, I heard about the life, joy, and destiny that was available to me. And yet it all felt out of reach.

Almost immediately, they could sense this in the Spirit and began to give me strategies of how to achieve the freedom and fullness that Christ died for me to have. And these strategies focused primarily on the MIND.

They highlighted 2 Corinthians 10:5, which says that we are to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” They said that when the enemy speaks over me and tries to take me into the darkness, I need to take every thought captive and replace it with His truth…that when the condemning thoughts come, I can just say “No! Worthlessness and self-condemnation be gone! Because I belong to Jesus Christ and I am approved, cherished, and loved by the Father.” They told me to write this truth on my heart, on post-it notes all over the room! and then no weapon formed against me shall prosper.

They asked for freedom in my mind. For the breaking off of self-condemnation. They asked for the Lord to remove the tentacles of the enemy that try to drag me down. For the silencing of the accuser’s voice over my life. For the securing of my heart in His love. I can’t say that I began to experience transformation that day… but I can say that the prayer they prayed set in motion something that I cannot even begin to understand. “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have the divine power to destroy strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)

I can say with exploding joy and excitement that TODAY I am experiencing true freedom in my mind. Don’t get me wrong it didn’t just show up miraculously. No. Over the past two years, I have been training my mind to think His thoughts, to meditate on His truth, to memorize His word. And when I say training…it felt like boot camp.

Because when you first become aware that you do not have to be a victim to whatever thoughts fly into your brain, a battle begins to rage. Against old thought patterns. Against the lies you still believe but no longer want to. Against the whisperings of an enemy who wants you to remain powerless, small, ashamed, isolated, and unloved.

2 Timothy 1:7 – “He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” Love is the opposite of fear. And if the spirit of love is also the spirit of power and a sound mind, then the spirit of fear is also the spirit of powerlessness and a weak or divided mind. Tracking with me? Read the verse again. God, through the blood of Jesus Christ, has cut off the spirit of fear which used to throw our minds into the enemy’s lies and has made available to us the spirit of love which has the power to give our thoughts steadfastness on His truth.

So the first step was realizing that the mind of Christ has been made available to me (and believing it). The second agonizing step was learning to recognize which thoughts where from the Lord and which ones were from the pit of hell. The third step was asking God to replace the lies with the truth (constantly…everyday…for months…and years). The fourth step was drawing on the Lord’s strength for perseverance when all I wanted to do was give up (because I saw how deeply rooted in old thought patterns my mind was…and how far I had to go). And the fifth step was slow gradual levels of freedom in my mind!

Today, I can say that the battle is still waging but I have victory! The enemy will never give up whispering words of insignificance, hopelessness, and accusation. After all, he knows that the power of “Christ in you is the hope of glory.” No, he will never give up the war for your soul, BUT there is victory through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. There is power to not be enslaved by sinful thoughts. There is power to believe the radical nature of God’s love for you. There is power to walk in the hope of your Kingdom destiny.

If you’re at the beginning of this battle, this is meant to encourage you. Victory in your mind is possible. No, more than that…it’s your blood bought right! Your inheritance! It is Christ’s exceedingly great joy to see you living in the fullness of the life and peace He paid the ultimate price for you to have. When was the last time life and peace reigned in your mind? Romans 8:6 says that to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. When the Kingdom reigns in your thought life, these things are the natural overflow.

I’ll leave you with some closing thoughts. Jesus can only reign in your life to the capacity that you allow Him to reign in your mind. That’s right. Whether this is an easy message for you to hear or not, you choose your thoughts. You can choose to believe, “I am ridiculously loved by the Most High King” or “I am worthless and will amount to nothing in this life.” No one else (except you) can determine your thoughts. Yes, the devil tries to insert thoughts, but they have to get past your mind in order to land in your heart.

If, by the grace of God, you can build a system in your mind to identify these wayward, deceitful thoughts and submit them to the truth of Christ before they have the chance to affect your spirit, you will be a victor instead of a victim. You will be a saint robed in righteousness instead of a sinner destined to feel guilty forever. You will be a light in the darkness. And you will live in the fullness of His love, demonstrating God’s goodness to a hurt and broken world. But it’s up to you. What will you choose to think?

“If you want the mind of a saint, you have to accept the calling of a saint. You are called to be righteous. You are called to be holy, and God will give you His holiness as a gift.” – Graham Cooke (Mind of a Saint)

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