Our minds are powerful devices. Scientific labs try duplicating the experience with robotics. They are yet to get past the most basic functions of it. What if you put this formidable tool to work in your prayer life? Could you see miracles happen? Are there things God, the creator of your mind, doesn’t want it to think about? Are there processes that hinder its performance?
Sometimes looking at things from a distance helps us separate out the qualities. Let’s separate for a minute, our heart from our mind as two entities. Imagine your heart as the Captain, and your mind as the rudder of the boat.
First, let’s define the heart according to God’s Word. The word “heart” is used in the Bible 833 times. Is it important to God?
Guard Your Heart
“Keep (guard) thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Believe with Your Heart
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
This is the seat of our believing, our emotions and our inner most thoughts, dreams and goals. Sometimes even we do not know what is in our hearts. God helps us understand our heart with two things.
“The spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly (the heart).” Proverbs 20:27
“For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and[is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
If we were to use nautical terminology the Captain of the ship is our heart. But the rudder is and steering is our mind.
Our mind is a muscle. It is the apparatus we receive all our life experiences into. It organizes, analyzes, and produces logical conclusions from within it. Every tidbit of information we gain through our five senses enters our mind and is stored for future use. And just like our body takes in sugar and fat, it takes in the junk information with the same importance as any other information. And just like fat and sugars slows down and hinders the production of peace.
The word “mind” is used 92 times in the Bible. How does God define our mind? Does He separate the heart and mind like I just did?
The Mind as One of 4 Separate Entities
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.” Mark 12:30
Can it be used as a tool for God? If so how?
With Readiness of Mind
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11
By Renewing our Mind
“And be not conformed to this world: 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
Having a Sound Mind
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 1 Timothy 1:7
By Protecting Your Mind
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” 1 Peter 1:13
With the Perfect Peace of a Stayed Mind
“Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is]stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
Which one; our heart or our mind, moves mountains?
Jesus told us the answer.
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Mark 11:23
We believe with our heart that God is able and willing to move the mountain–something totally outside our own physical limitations– then our logical mind draws the conclusion and stays on that truth giving us perfect peace and a miracle. We renew our mind to the Word. We believe with our heart in God. What stops a mountain moving project?
Doubt in the Heart
“…and shall not doubt in his heart…” Mark 11:23
Doubt leads to worry, worry leads to fear. How do fear, doubt and worry get in? They take a ride in by the experiences we see, hear, taste, touch, or feel. Then they are believed in our heart. What did Proverbs 4:23 say? Guard your heart. What happens when they get into a heart?
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
Fear causes unbelief because of the torment. Where do we believe for salvation? Our hearts first then our minds. Where do we experience love? Our hearts first then our minds.
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalms 37:4
Cultivate the Word of God in your mind and then allow God to give you the desires of your heart which is what? Perfect Love.