Thinking is Spirit Activity
Have you been angry and realized that you were thinking angry thoughts? Or maybe happy and finding that your mind was bubbling over with happy thoughts? Jealousy breeds jealous thoughts, bitterness, bitter thoughts, joy, joyful thoughts and so on. When we feel fearful we breed fearful thoughts. It’s a heart issue in the first place. As much as modern science leads us to think brain activity and intellect, we are indeed spirit beings and our natural/physical abilities become interface functions to the world we live in.
“As a man thinks in his heart, so he is” says Proverbs 23:7. If we stand on a Biblical foundation we learn that man is made in God’s image and God being Spirit (Jn. 4:24), man is also a spirit being. Our physical manifestation is a way to express finiteness and uniqueness through individuality.
Ephesians 4:23 talks about being renewed in the spirit of our mind. Likewise we can read in Romans 12:2 that our transformation happens by the renewal of our mind.
Jesus called people to repentance, out of the kingdoms of this world and into the Kingdom of God. The Greek word metanoeo is used and carries the meaning of changing ones mind or thinking.
The story of the Israelites is filled with lessons about teachings and instruction. When they followed the teachings of Baal, Moloch, Ashtaroth and other false gods, their nation was crumbling. They killed their babies, committed adultery and worshiped images made with human endeavor.
With God’s intervention they received correction. With the correction also came teaching and instruction that would be their path to life and prosperity. God was careful to remind them that the passing on of the story and the teaching was significant. So often it didn’t happen, even with the generation of Joshua and their magnificent experiences.
Psalm 119 reminds us that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Ultimately God’s word is Jesus Christ, a true revelation of the Father himself. It is relational in essence, and it gives direction and protection in life.
Thinking is not only an intellectual exercise apart from our heart and spirit activity. Separating these only makes us prisoners of a fallen worldview. Though we can measure thinking as brain activity, we cannot define it as merely that. Scripture teaches us that we are spirit beings, able to create new realities through our living.
Parents have creative capacities over their children. Individuals have creative capacities over their own destinies. Likewise we see this very dynamic on a corporate level, whether in families, communities or nations.
How we think can both arm and disarm spiritual principalities, giving access to these into the realm we steward. Romans 5:12 says sin entered the world through humanity, thus it was not in the possession of any other spiritual power until Adam and Eve chose to follow thoughts contrary to God’s teaching.
Jesus exposed and disarmed the spiritual principalities on the cross. (Col 2:15) Paul in II Cor 10:5 admonishes us to take every thought captive in obedience to Christ. These are spiritual weapons. Peter says we should arm ourselves with the mind of Christ (I Pet. 4:1) True freedom is found in Christ alone. He sets us free to truly love and walk free from spiritual powers and selfishness that bring destruction.
The Great Commission is a call to both connect the nations to the Creator, understanding who He is, as well as teaching the Ways of His Kingdom.
The declaration of truth is significant in seeing God’s Kingdom come. Though Scripture indicates that it is a remnant response, not a majority response, there is a faithful group who enthrones Jesus as the King and His Word as authority, Scripture being a gracious expression of this.
Truthful thinking is a most significant piece in the armor of God.