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Series: Renewal of the Mind; Consciousness
Sun am 3rd August 2014 – Kobus Swart
Prov. 23:7; (Rom. 12:2); John 1:1, 14; (Gen. 1:1-2); (Luke 1:28-35); (Mark 16:14);
(1 Cor. 15:53); Prov. 3:5-6; 2 Tim. 1:7 (Amplified); Phil. 4:8; (Ps. 42-Amplified)
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov. 23:7). What does that mean? Could it be referring to the “heart of the mind”? We are not talking about the physical organs such as the heart and brain in our body. It is something far bigger and deeper!
We have also grown up to believe that the brain controls who we are, but it is not true. The brain is responsive to something else. When I talk about the mind I am not talking about the brain. Your mind is something other than your brain. When the Bible says we are transformed by the renewal of the mind (Rom. 12:2), it is not talking about the brain, it is far deeper and more complex than the physical brain. That sounds mystical and complicated.
In secular Western Culture with its focus on materialism we have lost touch with that deep mystery that is in every human being – a consciousness, or non-conscious part of the brain. It is far bigger than you. Philosophers and religions of the East are not concerned about the material world, but are more occupied in taking time to meditate; they have discovered this invisible world of consciousness, also called by some as the ‘subliminal self’.
Then there is our interconnectedness – what does it mean? The smallest particle in every object is connected to every other particle in the universe. We are interconnected and God is filling even the smallest unit – God is in it. We must stop thinking that we are isolated individuals. What you are going through, whether it is pain or joy, can be picked up by anybody else close to us that is sensitive. You can feel somebody else’s pain and you can feel somebody else’s joy. It shows the interconnectedness of everything.
In the beginning was the Word (John 1:1). What does that mean? A sound, a voice! God is represented in His voice. The Word was with God and the Word was God. The Spirit of God vibrated over the waters ready to create (Gen. 1:1-2). Then this invisible God wanted to make Himself visible, so the Word became flesh and tabernacled among men (John 1:14). The brain cannot work that out, but your heart, meaning the subliminal self, this consciousness outside of and bigger than yourself, is able to assimilate that truth. We must put God on display in this world. The world wants to see the Word made flesh again.
Actually there are no “objects” in the universe; there are only vibrations of energy and personal relationships – that is what the universe consists of. God is soon going to break the limitations of the true seeker, even if He uses challenging, painful circumstances to bring you there. Jesus in His resurrection body started to demonstrate some of this reality, walking through walls etc (Mark 16:14). We are too confined to the material world and we are not coming into the full potential of who we are. The greatest breakthrough will come when we are clothed with our resurrection body (1 Cor. 15:53).
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding (Prov. 3:5). There is a spirit man indwelling the born again person; the heart, this super-consciousness, sub-consciousness; I want to call it the spirit man on the inside. It is not the brain that controls us. My mind, my (sub)consciousness, which is fed and informed through my five senses, will instruct my brain what to do. Your five senses inform your consciousness/sub-consciousness, and from there it influences the brain. Depending on what is sent from the consciousness, the brain will secrete certain chemicals in the physical body. If the information you receive is negative, your brain will feel it needs to react to oppose the negative.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control (2 Tim. 1:7-Amplified). God has given us a spirit of power and of love. Your brain is wired to love. Fear and timidity are not from God. Shield yourself from negative impulses!
The “placebo effect” is a very interesting test. For some time it was believed not to be genuine, but more and more scientists are finding that the “placebo effect” is telling us something about the brain, and the brain’s response to thoughts. A placebo test is when a patient is told that he is receiving medication that will help him even if it is an inert substance and had no ability to heal. Your thoughts tell your brain that it is working. This shows the influence that thinking has on the brain and how the brain responds. Research shows that between 75 and 98% of mental, physical and behavioural illnesses come from one’s thought life.
Guard your thoughts! Our choices can either create healthy thoughts or turn the powerless lie of satan into toxic and poisonous evil thoughts such as unforgiveness, bitterness, irritation; feelings of not coping. Rather think positive; think prosperity rather than poverty; do not allow bitterness and irritation to take over your thought life because it will have an effect on your physical body. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse (Phil. 4:8 – The Message Bible). Fill your minds with those things. Every single cell in your body is affected by your thoughts.
What will help us? Worship! As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? … Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God. O my God, my life is cast down upon me [and I find the burden more than I can bear]; … [Roaring] deep calls to [roaring] deep at the thunder of Your waterspouts; all Your breakers and Your rolling waves have gone over me. … Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God (Ps. 42:1-11-Amplified).