'Brainwashed' by God - You Can Experience Deliverance from Stinking Thinking!

To walk in overcoming victory we need a spiritual "brainwashing" to rid ourselves of "stinking thinking."

Our minds need to be thoroughly cleansed of the lies and filth of the world so we can put on the mind of Christ, learning to think as He thinks and to see as He sees. A cleansed and renewed mind will completely change our perception of life and the world around us.

The Spirit of God is calling each of us to a higher standard:
"...walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Colossians 1:10).

This is not a season to be apathetic and loose about our lifestyles. We must pursue peace and holiness for without pure hearts we will not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

God calls all His people to a life of purity, which is the path to holiness. As Paul writes: "Therefore, since these great promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring our consecration to completeness in the reverential fear of God." (2 Corinthians 7:1, AMP)

This is a call to our complete consecration: body, soul, and spirit. In other words, we must figuratively be living sacrifices on the altar of God. Leviticus 1:8 describes the process for consecrating a "voluntary offering" brought to the Lord by the people.

A closer look reveals important prophetic insight:

"Then the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat in order on the wood that is on the fire upon the altar."

Notice that the entire animal, all of its parts including the head and the fat, were laid on the altar and burned completely. The fact that the animal's head was laid on the altar is significant because it reminds us that our minds must also be surrendered to the Lord for cleansing and consecrating, symbolized by the fire of the offering. It is with a clean consecrated mind that we enter into communion with the Lord.

The name Aaron depicts "those who lift the light." As priests, we are called to be the light of the world, a city set upon a high hill that cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14). The sacrificial animal was to be laid on the wood on the fire of the altar. It is only as the fire of God's Spirit falls upon us that we are truly empowered. In Acts 2, the tongues of fire rested upon the heads of all in the upper room and each one was filled with the Holy Spirit and with power.

There is an old Gospel hymn that says:

"Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? Your heart, does the Spirit control? You can only be blest and have peace and sweet rest, as you yield Him your body and soul."

It is time for us to lay everything on the altar and embrace the holy fire of God's presence! We must present a mind that is clean and wholly consecrated to Him. Like David, our cry must be: "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me" (Psalm 51:10). When we do, we will discover that the Lord transforms our worldly mind into a spiritual mind—His mind.

The Spiritual Mind

The apostle Paul contrasts the natural mind with the spiritual mind.

The natural mind, corrupted by sin, is dulled and darkened to spiritual things, however brilliant it may be in its own natural sphere. There are many intellectually brilliant people who haven't a clue regarding spiritual realities. They are "...always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy 3:7).

It takes a spiritual mind to comprehend spiritual truths. Paul goes so far as to say that it is impossible for the natural mind to comprehend the things of the Spirit:

"But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14

As contradictory as it may seem, many true children of God remain dominated, for the most part, by the laws of their natural or carnal minds. One reason the Church struggles so much today, is because many Christians still think like the world, and thoughts give birth to actions.

For example, some say, "I won't believe it until I see it." This is the exact opposite of a spiritual mindset. When Martha warned Jesus of the stench that would result if Lazarus' tomb were opened, Jesus declared, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40, emphasis mine). Martha was looking and thinking from a carnal perspective. Jesus changed her viewpoint by raising her brother from the dead.

The natural mind says, "If I see, I will believe." The spiritual mind says, "If I believe, I will see." Paul clearly recognized our desperate need for a Spirit-enlightened mind, praying:

"...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power." (Ephesians 1:17–19)

Only in His light can we see light (Psalm 36:9). We should cry out to God for spiritual eyes to see what we believe even as we seek each day to walk in the light of His revealed Word (Psalm 119:105).

No matter how intellectually brilliant we may be, we cannot understand even the simplest concepts of God without the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). The knowledge of spiritual things does not come by intellectual effort. Rather, it comes only by divine revelation. This is why, when Peter declared to Jesus, "'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,' Jesus answered and said to him, 'Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in Heaven'" (Matthew 16:16–17).

God's desire is for all His children to possess a spiritual mind and He has given us the capacity through the indwelling Holy Spirit (Nehemiah 9:20). What Jesus said to His disciples applies also to us: "Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear" (Matthew 13:16).

Do you want to cultivate your spiritual mind? Then immerse yourself in God's Word (Psalm 119:9-11).

Pray for revelation and ask the Spirit of God to open your eyes to behold awesome things from heavenly realms (2 Kings 6:17).

There is nothing wrong with intellectual knowledge and pursuit. God gave us our mind and expects us to use it. However, we should never depend upon mere human intellectual wisdom to advance us in the realm of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13).

Bobby Conner
Eagles View Ministries