We don’t think of mental conditions as dangerous until we see them manifest in the extremes. Talk to the inmates on death row and you’ll know that 98% of the problem in crime starts with some kind of mental condition. But have you ever heard of the most dangerous condition, that spawns all the others?
First what are the other conditions?
The mind is affected by hundreds of different variables so the problematic mental conditions could be anything from lashing out at someone to premeditation to murder. That’s a big scale and it leads to death. Whoa there Terri. What condition could make all those others?
We as believers should know by now that our minds are the rudder of the ship, but our hearts are the captains. First we decide something in our hearts, then the decision is logicized by our mind then we act out on it. This can take seconds or it can take years. But there is a another unseen variable here.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].” Ephesians 6:12
We fight against spiritual darkness and that darkness, when allowed into our minds, affects our heart, our life and all of our decisions. There is no earthly power that can stop it. Some try to control it, but then essentially become players for the wrong team, even the well-meaning child of God. If this happens I see a huge red flag and the symptom of the most dangerous mental condition of all. The powerless prayer.
Spiritual darkness is immune to the powerless prayer. It’s like when a rebellious child hears their parent say “STOP!”, they may look over but, they are not going to stop anything. The parent is powerless.
So how do we cure this powerlessness?
First, we must accept the God of all Power and believe that He raised His son the Prince of Peace from the dead.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
Now we have access to the power of God. The same power that set the stars in the heavens. Our only task is conditioning our mind so we can practically apply the power. Instead of having the mind UNARMED, powerless mind we allow God to ARM it with wisdom, understanding, and knowledge by filling it with the rightly divided Word of God. Or the manual to the power.
Does God want US to be mentally armed?
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Eph. 6:10-11
Why “mentally armed”? Why not physically? Because the mind has the power to determine what we believe.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished (completely equipped for the voyage of life) unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God wants us completely equipped. So how does He do that? By giving us “All scripture“. “Inspiration”, is the Greek word, “theopneustos” this means “God-breathed”. What a beautiful mind picture! God breathed and boom we have the light of His Word to direct and guide us. What is it profitable for? ARMING THE MIND. How? Doctrine means, the right way to believe. That’s an amazing thing the scriptures are used for huh. It’s also used for “reproof“. What is that? Reproof corrects the practical error that has crept into the way people are believing. They should be believing the right way, but now there are these little errors that set their minds on the wrong course. They start to wander off the right path but reproof stops them and brings them back. The scriptures are also used for “correction”. Correction is when doctrinal error occurs. People allow the practical error to become the way they believe and it changes everything. The right way to believe, subtly and sneakily, becomes the wrong way to believe.
Doctrinal error sucks the power out of a believers Walk with God and causes Powerless Prayer.
Why? Because their mind is convinced. It has changed its course. It has wandered into darkness. How can we keep this from happening?
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Keep your mind ARMED with the rightly divided Word of Truth.
What is the right way to believe about prayer?
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;” Mark 16:17
These signs will follow them that believe. Believing is determined by the mind and acted out on by the heart. What is the right way to believe? The scriptures. What do the scriptures say about prayer? “Those who pray in my name shall…” be a powerful believing, praying, walking, butt-kicking machine! What name should we pray in?
Jesus said this verse to his apostles when he was about to transcend into heaven and sit at the right hand of God. Wow! This was not the humiliated son of man, Jesus of Nazareth, this was the risen, power-filled, glorified, son of the Most High God, Jesus Christ.
When we believe this way we eradicate the error and pray with power. True power. The power of God.
I pray today that you will yearn, with all your heart, to eradicate error and cling to the right way to believe. I also pray that any dark forces at work trying to thwart this learning in your life are cast out and that you will arm your mind and life with powerful prayer. In the Name of Jesus Christ Amen!
God bless you today!