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A Battle for the Mind

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:1-3

“Drive me!” says the new car. “Drink me”, the latest drink. “Vote for me”, the campaigning politician. Everyone with something to sell knows how important our mind is, and so does God. He knows that our thinking can sometimes be what he calls ‘futile and badly in need of renewal’. He wants us to use our minds in a way that is in harmony with his.

There is the cartoon of a king and queen gazing from the palace window at their rioting peasants. The king is commenting, “If only I could force them to love me”. Another cartoon has a man carrying a placard that reads, “If he is for it I am against it”. The king has no way to control his subjects minds, the protester has a mind set contrary to anyone else and he is spoiling for a fight regardless of the topic.

Who is in charge of your mind? What do you allow in to it? The super computer between your ears is a very powerful instrument; it determines your outward actions by its inward programming. Program it with sex, violence, pride, or prejudice or whatever and you will soon be immoral, violent, arrogant or bigoted.

God offers us a process of divine re programming. We can, with Christ’s help, be renewed in the spirit of our minds. Initially this occurs in a wonderful new birth and then, with the mind under new management, we start to feed it with a new and health-giving diet. With ingredients such as bible reading, prayer, Christian fellowship, our inner life begins to surface as a truly Christian life style.