A Diet for the Mind.

A Diet for Your Mind

In the same way that your body takes on the character of the food you feed it, your mind and emotional health take on the character of the thoughts you feed them. It is vitally important that we are given a specific diet of God’s Word for our minds.

This diet may take some getting used to. It might be difficult to restrict your intake of mental junk food, unhealthy images, and high-calorie negativity at first. But if you will focus on the items on this list, and feed your mind with thoughts, images, and friendships that reinforce them, you can truly develop a fit and healthy mind.

Here’s the list:

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8 NLT).

Paul gives us eight categories of mind food on which to fix our thoughts. Everything we are tempted to think about needs to go through the filter of these eight categories. If the thoughts don’t pass the test, reject them and replace them with thoughts that do qualify!

Paul’s Mind Diet:        

  1. Truthful Things. Our minds need to be rooted in truth, or real facts. We need to test our thoughts to be sure they are accurate and grounded in Scripture. The opposite of truth is lies, deception, and fantasy.
  2. Honorable Things. This means our thoughts need to respect God, others, and ourselves. We need to think honorably towards our spouses, children, parents, pastors, and employers.
  3. Right or Righteous Things. Our minds need to feed on things that reflect righteousness, justice, and the kingdom of God.
  4. Pure Things. We should allow no unclean or morally polluted things, including those that are sexually impure, to taint our minds.
  5. Lovely Things. We need to feed on beautiful sights, sounds, and relationships. If something is ugly or unattractive to our flesh, we need to avoid it in our minds.
  6. Admirable Things. To admire something or someone is to feel inspired by them. We need to find people and things that inspire admiration within us and focus our attention on them. We are drawn to what we admire—good or bad.
  7. Excellent Things. Our minds need a quality diet. Excellence means beyond mediocre or average. We need to read books, associate with people, and be in environments that challenge us to rise above the status quo and reach our potential.
  8. Praiseworthy Things. One way to defeat dark thinking habits is to focus on things for which you can thank and praise God. If your mind is drifting towards the negatives in your life, immediately imagine one thing for which you can sincerely thank and praise God. It can be ANYTHING. Begin to verbalize to God your praise and thanks, while allowing yourself to feel grateful. This one action alone has a powerful effect in resetting the mind and breaking negative thinking cycles.

Developing the Mind of Christ

“And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us…. But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:12, 16 NLT).

The Holy Spirit lives inside every believer to help them in the process of renewing their minds. Having the mind of Christ within us refers to the ongoing process of the Holy Spirit revealing the thoughts and plans of God to our hearts and minds.

Jesus taught that the Holy Spirit would be our Helper. One of the primary ways He helps us is in revealing the mind or thinking of Christ to us.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me” (John 16:13 NLT).

Each believer can rely on the inner presence of the Holy Spirit to guide them. He lives inside us to tell us what Jesus and the Father want us to know. The primary way He speaks to us is through the Scriptures. We can ask Him to help us to understand God and His Word.

“Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law [Word]” (Psalm 119:18).

Feeding on the Word

By far, the most important tool we must renew our minds is the Word of God. The Bible is filled with God’s thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:8-11). It has the power to heal our toxic thinking and deliver our minds from destructive patterns of believing and feeling.

If we will change our minds, we can change our lives. If we can change our lives, God can change our world through us!

“Humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save [heal and deliver] your souls [minds]” (James 1:21 NLT).

God’s Word is a mirror of how God sees us in Christ. The New Testament letters written to the churches are filled with powerful images of what God has done for the believer in Jesus Christ. It describes over and over what we have become “in Christ.” It tells us who we are in Christ and reveals our identity.

Importance of our Identity

We know that sin damages our identity and shows up in our soul issues. When identity damage is healed through truth being brought by the Holy Spirit from the Word of God the influence of Satan is lessened. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

God’s word has tremendous influence in the world and in humanity. We are set free by God’s influence spoken against the lies of Satan.  

What the bible calls spiritual footholds or strongholds are not about power, they are about the lies that influence the heart. The Bible teaches us the meaning of words found there in, for example, Paul uses the Greek word “Topos” to describe a foothold (Ephesians 4:27) Topos means “A place of influence.”  

When anyone has enough influence in your life, they wield power over you according to the amount of influence they have gained. Satan’s influence comes from lies. That is why Jesus said truth, not spiritual authority, sets us free (John 8:32).

To remove the enemy’s power, you simply have the remove the lie through which he gained influence.

This is why Jesus never said your path to freedom has to go through Satan.  Jesus said to come directly to Him (who is truth) for rest and peace from spiritual burdens. (Matt. 11:28). Focusing on truth allows God to work at full power while moving in perfect peace.   

Conclusion.

The more we consider the mirror of God’s Word, the more we will see ourselves as God really sees us—new creatures in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17).

When we look at ourselves in a natural mirror, we see only our physical selves. We notice the imperfections, the mistakes, the realities we wish to change. But God’s Word gives us the real picture of our true selves.

As believers in Jesus, we have been made in God’s image, and possess the love, peace, and wisdom of God. In our spirits we have been given His divine nature—the very life of God! He has made us to be more than conquerors Romans 8:37 and given us the truth over all the power of the enemy. This image is the one God longs for us to capture in our minds. He wants us to know in our heads what He has already made us to be in our hearts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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