Illusions of the Mind- Part 1

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I’m always sad to see the state fair come to a close. I come from a performing arts background. My favorite acts are the variety acts, magicians; jugglers; ventriloquists etc. Magicians are my favorites because they can make the unbelievable, believable. One must realize they are just entertainers and nothing more. They are performing illusions. Even people like Chris Angel, David Blaine and even David Copperfield, will tell you there is nothing supernatural about what they do. They are entertainers and they are really good at it.
I am going to share a short series on a different kind of illusion. These are illusions of the mind.
Let’s start with Romans 12:2. It says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Wouldn’t it be great if when we came into the Kingdom of God with the renewed mind, we would no longer have to deal with temptation; impure thoughts or any struggles? You are well aware, that is simply not the case.
The word “renewing” is in the present tense. This means it is a day to day process. We constantly need to be filling our mind with the Word of God to counter the negative obstacles that come our way. In 1st Corinthians 2:15 we are told we have to make judgment over certain things (things, not people).
When the thought of hopelessness comes my way, I have to make a judgment. Do I accept this feeling, or do I realize, “I am more than a conqueror”? (Rom. 8:37) This is an example about how the renewed mind reacts versus the unrenewed mind. When fear comes our way, do we bow down to it? Or do we quote God’s Word, “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind”. (2 Tim 1:7)
King David declared, “I will hide Your Word in my heart so I might not sin against Thee”. When Jesus was in the wilderness, the only way he defeated the devil was to quote the Word of God. Our minds are just like a computer: Garbage in, garbage out. If we keep putting garbage into our brain, garbage will constantly come out. If we keep feeding it fear, fear is all we will know. If we know we have overcome these things with God’s word, then we will become over comers.
I give you this challenge, what do you think about most of the day? Try to catch yourself in your thoughts. Analyze what you’re thinking. Are they mostly on the negative side? Or do they line up of God’s word?
If you’re having a struggle in a certain area, then you need to open up the Bible and see what God has to say about it. Where do you begin? What is your biggest weakness? What is your biggest fear? Conquer that first.
To me the best way to begin is by starting your day with Philippians 4:8:
“And now dear brothers and sisters one final thing. Whatsoever is true, whatsoever is noble, whatsoever is right, whatsoever is pure, whatsoever is lovely, whatsoever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.”
What a great way to begin your day! If you get bombarded with thoughts that don’t line up with the above Scripture, don’t give them the time of day. Those thoughts don’t deserve it. Deal with the situations you can, and give God the rest.
Next time, on the subject, “Illusions of the Mind”, I will be talking about becoming more than a conqueror.