…but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God – Romans 12:2
The world has become more conscious of the mind today more than ever before. The New Age philosophy is the more dangerous and an ever present threat to the church in these last days. We are involved more in Mind Games than Spiritual Reforms because of some twisted fellows in the church that struggle loosely with certain scriptures to their own peril and others as well.
I’m sure my reader is very aware of the verse of scriptures that inspires us to ‘…be transformed by the renewal of our minds…’ (Rom 12 v 2). This is perhaps the passage that informs those without spiritual depth to proclaim the truth that spiritual battle is fought ‘only’ in the Mind and hence we must garrison our minds with all diligence (Prov. 4 v 22-23) against the attacks of the enemy.
As much as the latter thoughts are right and appropriate, it can only be the case of someone who is regenerated or Born Again according to scriptures. The passage in Romans was written to the ‘church’ or believers, secondly Paul also stated categorically that he was referring to ‘brethren’, a terminology for only believers. An unbeliever that hasn’t given his life to Christ personally can’t ‘renew’ his mind with the word of God or else we are just playing Mind Games with spiritual truths.
I will like to share with you three (3) facts about mind games in church. They include;
Intellectuals’ vs Spirituals: many people approach the faith intellectually today and make stupid judgments about pastoral leadership based on intellectual capacity. We intellectualize the scriptures every time because we assume it is all about the Mind and not the Spirit. We ‘willingly’ forget that some of the apostles were unlearned in the early days, ‘when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marvelled. They realized that they had been with Jesus’ (Acts 4 v 13). Those who intellectualize the gospel always lack the manifestation of the power of God.
Education vs Revelation: Mind Games are about educating the mind of man while neglecting the spirit of man through Revelation of the Word in Person and Miracles. John the Apostle was visited on the island called Patmos because he was in the ‘spirit’ on the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1 v 10) not in his mind. Those that desire change in their lives must pray for a Revelation and not cry for Education, my heart breaks at how the church has been turned to an educational institution yet I’m not against education but just deride a situation where it has over ridden the place of revelation.
Fact vs Faith: Playing Mind Games with God’s word is using ones head to analyse and rationalize the word instead of using ones heart to ‘Believe’ in faith as instructed in Rom 10 v 17, so we don’t please God because without faith it is impossible to please God. (Heb 11 v 6). Paul the Apostle declared to the Corinthian church that we walk not by sight but by faith (2 Corr. 5 v 7), though many of us today have gone back to walking by Fact or Sight not by Faith yet we claim to do otherwise. Faith is not playing Mind Games with God but Fact is when we do so.
I hope this piece has inspired you today to stop playing Mind Games with God and His children.If you consider yourself a believer in Christ, it’s time we start to do spiritual matters the way they should be done.