Renew Your Mind

When your mind is compatible with your spirit, transformation will begin in you!

by: Pastor Ovet Tamayo

Many Christians tend to downgrade the importance of the mind when it comes to walking in the Spirit

 There has been a trend in charismatic thinking that implies that anything of the mind is of no spiritual value.  Some would even go as far as to say, “You must put to death the mind in order to have a pure walk with God in the Spirit.”  The truth is we need to have a clear, sharp, renewed mind if we are going to walk with the Lord in any degree of clarity and reality

Psychologists tell us that…

We remember what is important to us. We also learn quickly those things which are important to us.

   Have you heard of the “RETICULAR ACTIVATING SYSTEM?” (RAS)

Built in our brain is a function that filters out the unimportant and focuses on that which is meaningful to us. Selective hearing is  a brain function.  Ex. Mother and her baby

 Once your mind decides something is important- like the crying of your baby, your RAS will bring it to your attention every time.  The RAS filters out the unimportant stimuli and focuses on what is important at the moment.  Once you have made a distinction that a certain value, thought, idea, sound, picture, or feeling is important, your RAS is alerted.  It immediately transmits any information it receives regarding this significant item into your consciousness.

 It will alert us to what is coming from the spiritual world in the way of impressions, pictures, words, scent, sound, etc…  When you decide that hearing God is vital, your RAS starts putting God through when He speaks.   You hear Him with the same intensity that a mother hears her newborn baby. Your RAS records everything but will only put through what you have decided is important.  The RAS is a natural function of the brain and it works to alert us to the natural things we have decided are important.

 Until your no. 1 priority is that of hearing God, you are not going to hear Him very well.

 Until you have a deep hunger to hear Him, you will find it difficult to hear Him.

 Incompatibility between our spirit and our mind is one of the greatest hindrances to walking with God in the Spirit. (Tripartite man needs unity)

All spiritual communication eventually has to register in your mind. This poses a problem when the mind is inadequate in recognizing and processing spiritual communication.  Nothing in a person’s life is closer to the spirit than his mind.

The mind is the mechanism for learning matters in the intellectual and material realms.

 The spirit is the mechanism for perceiving realities in the spiritual realm.

 Both work closely together and need each other. The Bible speaks clearly about these 2 functions:

 Eph 1:17- 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit f of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

 Eph 1:18- 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

   V. 17 The Spirit of revelation

Greek : apokalupsis

Spirit in communication to your spirit

 v.18 That you may know

Greek:  eido

To have knowledge in the mind.  The Holy Spirit moves in our spirit in communication, this in turn is communicated to our mind so that we can “walk according to God in the spirit”, 1 Pet 4:6

 God is saying here that He will give you spiritual revelation (communication) so that your mind can have knowledge.

 the 1st aspect is knowing intuitively

 the 2nd aspect is knowing mentally

 This movement from your spirit to your mind takes only a fraction of a second. It is so quick it seems as one operation.

 Because your mind is vitally important link in enabling you to hear from God, Satan will attack your mind.

 Temptation and thought cannot be separated. Most external communication comes to you through your mind.Your brain is a fantastic computer.  It is an incredible organ with millions of glial tissues and miles of circuitry, it has infinite storage capacity. Your brain records and stores incoming information in words, pictures, smells, feelings, etc.

It can be programmed and will run according to its programming. When programs in your brain are triggered, that program will run, affecting your behavior patterns.   Animals have a brain, but don’t have a spirit.

Only man is made in the image of God. Gen 1: 26

Animals have a pre-programmed brain. We call this instinct.  When a tiny crocodile hatches out, it heads straight for the water.  Who told it to do that? It’s brain, its instinct is pre-programmed.  A dog cannot originate thought but it can be taught (programmed).

The mind needs renewing

From the earliest age of our lives, our brain has been in the process of being constantly programmed with bad and good things, with truth , and error.

 Your brain has to be re-programmed.

 We have to remove from the brain all the wrong programming or this spirit of anti-Christ has to be erased. It has to be programmed with truth.

If this renewing of the mind does not occur, you cannot walk with the Lord in the spirit very effectively. Your mind will become a bottle-neck to spiritual communication.

 God will communicate with your spirit but your UNRENEWED MIND WILL REJECT IT, wont accept it. Your brain will run it’s programs and reject truth.

 1 Cor 2:14 - 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Judas followed Jesus for 3 years, listened to His preaching, shared His ministry. Yet he turned a traitor.

Q: How come?

A: There was no renewing of the mind.

Proof:  Jn 11: 6 He digs into their offering bag.

            Mt 26:    Called it a waste to offer Jesus an expensive perfume

Satan found a willing tool in Judas’ mind (Jn 13:2) and then entered Judas to use him to betray Jesus to the enemy (Jn 13: 27)

  Rom 8:7-8

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

 The spiritual mind is in harmony with the Lord and our spirit.

  One of the greatest hindrances to walking with God in the spirit is the UNRENEWED MIND.

Prov 22: 6 Train up a child in the way he should go: when he is old, he will not depart from it.

 Program a child with truth, it greatly affects his behavior.  When your head is saying one thing and your spirit another, you have confusion.

 When God is speaking to you and your brain does not compute with what God is saying, that communication from the Lord will be confused, or totally rejected at worst.

God is after compatibility between mind and spirit.

 When your mind is compatible with your spirit, transformation will begin in you.

How the mind is renewed. The mind is renewed (re-programmed) by receiving revelation.

 When God’s word is made real to you by Revelation (rhema), old values, concepts, that are contrary to God’s word are erased and replaced with truth and reality.

 HOW THE MIND IS RENEWED

1) 2 KINDS OF KNOWLEDGE

 Two Greek words are used for knowledge in the New Testament:

1. GNOSIS- is the Greek word for intellectual knowledge, that which is learned by the mind without any spiritual involvement.

 2. EPIGNOSIS- is the Greek word used for knowledge acquired through a spiritual encounter.

 2) The engrafted word

 James 1:21

21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

 We have to approach God’s word with a certain attitude- in humility/ with meekness.  We can’t understand God’s word unless the Holy Spirit reveals it to us. This is a dependence that says, “Lord, I need You to make real Your word to me.”   Meekness also denotes an attitude that believes that God’s word is true, even though we don’t understand it.

 Ex. To Abraham- “you must not circumcise your children until the 8th day”. (Gen 17:2) Abraham did not understand why.  He didn’t know that the clotting factor in a child’s blood was not operative until the 8th day.  Sometimes we think we know better, and this arrogance towards God’s word hinders.

 When God said “Spare the rod and spoil the child” (Prov 18:24).

Many think that does not really apply today. “We know better. We understand the psychological effect of things today better.” That kind of arrogance will cost you dearly.

When God said that He had a very good reason, whether you understand it or not, is immaterial.  We must approach the Word of God with meekness. It is true whether we understand it or not.

Q: WHAT ARE THE THINGS THE BIBLE FORBID?

 When we come to God’s word with meekness, we open ourselves up to revelation.  That revelation is a living word, an engrafted word.

ENGRAFTED: means implanted. A living thing produces what it says. IT SAVES THE SOUL, not the spirit. The mind by this process is renewed.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: What you feed into your mind, it becomes part of you- what you listen, see, hear.

TV is responsible for imparting more anti-God concepts that are totally opposite to the heart of God.

WATCH WHAT YOU LOOK AT!

 During the Korean War, Korean and Chinese captors reportedly brainwashed American POWs held in prison camps. Several prisoners ultimately confessed to waging germ warfare -- which they hadn't -- and pledged allegiance to communism by the end of their captivity. At least 21 soldiers refused to come back to the United States when they were set free. ­It sounds impressive, but skeptics point ­out that it was 21 out of more than 20,000 prisoners in communist countries.

 In psychology, the study of brainwashing, often referred to as thought reform, falls into the sphere of "social influence.“   Social influence happens every minute of every day. It's the collection of ways in which people can change other people's attitudes, beliefs and behaviors.   For instance, the compliance method aims to produce a change in a person's behavior and is not concerned with his attitudes or beliefs. It's the "Just do it" approach. 

Persuasion, on the other hand, aims for a change in attitude, or "Do it because it'll make you feel good/happy/healthy/successful."

The education method (which is called the "propaganda method" when you don't believe in what's being taught) goes for the social-influence gold, trying to affect a change in the person's beliefs, along the lines of "Do it because you know it's the right thing to do."

Brainwashing is a severe form of social influence that combine­s all of these approaches to cause changes in someone's way of thinking without that person's consent and often against his will.

 Because brainwashing is such an invasive form of influence, it requires the complete isolation and dependency of the subject, which is why you mostly hear of brainwashing occurring in prison camps or totalist cults.

The agent (the brainwasher) must have complete control over the target (the brainwashee) so that sleep patterns, eating, using the bathroom and the fulfillment of other basic human needs depend on the will of the agent.

In the brainwashing process, the agent systematically breaks down the target's identity to the point that it doesn't work anymore.

The agent then replaces it with another set of behaviors, attitudes and beliefs that work in the target's current environment.

Narrow mind

A narrow mind will limit the ability of God to speak to you about great things, large things.

Moses was brought up in an environment where anything was possible. The Pharaohs built great pyramids, their world was a large one, this had a great effect on Moses, on his mindset.  When he had to confront Pharaoh in later years and take 2 million people through the wilderness, his largeness of mind could accommodate what God was asking of him.

 The church should not be operating on Tin-Pot Enterprises and narrow- minded thinking.

We are made, programmed to conquer and change the world.  Once our mind has begun to be renewed, God’s voice will begin to come through with more clarity and preciseness.  You will begin to recognize the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  That spontaneous flow of thought, which comes from God will be clear.

It’s time we learn to walk in the spirit man.

Feelings and sensations of the spirit man.

 Let us clear away the clutter, the things, which hinder and find our way into a walk with God.

 Profound change occurs in our lives when the mind is renewed. This transformation is achieved when our mind is compatible with our spirit and there is no conflict between the 2.

 We then become full of light and transfiguration begins transforming our body and soul.

   HAVE A BRAIN WASH EVERYDAY!