Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Mind Controlled by the Spirit

One of the most effective ways for me to calm my anxious mind and refocus my thoughts on Jesus is to meditate on the verses I found and wrote down back in 2004 that speak truth to my soul. During my quiet time recently, I wrote down a few; and as I wrote the words, I meditated on their meanings. I used my NIV Hebrew-Greek Study Bible Lexicon to gain even more insight. You can do this online here.

Here’s my example: Romans 8:6 “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” (NIV84)

Life—zoe (Greek)—Life, the element or principle of life in the spirit and soul. Distinguished from “bios”, life, the course of life, the business and affairs of life. Zoe is used most often in connection with eternal life. This life is the very life of God of which believers are made partakers.

Peace—Eirene(Greek)—peace, tranquility, repose, calm, harmony, accord; well-being prosperity. It denotes a state of untroubled, undisturbed, well-being. Such a state of peace is the object of divine promise and is brought about by God’s mercy, granting deliverance and freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as a result of sin. Hence the message of salvation is called the gospel of peace, for this peace can only be the result of reconciliation with God, referring to the new relationship between man and God brought about by the atonement.

After reading about these two words and how they relate to Romans 8:6, I applied it to my life: The mind controlled by the Spirit is God’s life for me. It’s eternal life, life to my spirit and soul. It’s true life: it keeps me alive to Christ and dead to sin. And it’s deliverance--freedom from the distresses caused by sin in my life or by sin in others’ lives. It’s calm, tranquility and harmony in my thought life. No fear, no striving, indecision, anxiety, disorganization of my thoughts. No despair or dismay. No judging others or thinking negatively about them. Only peace, a sense of well-being, thoughts aligned with God’s Spirit.  A mind controlled by the Spirit is a praying mind—a mind stayed on God.

This is the kind of mind I want, but it takes yielding to the Spirit and not insisting on my own way. That’s something we can pray about—asking God to help us yield to the Spirit's control so that we may have His life and His peace.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post Joni! Very encouraging :).