The mind is one of the greatest gifts we received from the creator. It is the thought bank, where thoughts originate and are utilized. Because of the importance and the involvement of the mind in our existence, will and decisions, the word of God warns us not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. (Roman 12:2).
Apostle Paul made such a great statement because he knew the mind has such a great power, and as such can produce results. He also knew that the mind could conform to something millions of miles away. The mind has the power to be identified with someone, some group of people, without the barrier of the geographical location.
All through ages, people have utilized the inherent power of the mind in creating great things. Apostle Paul, who understood the greatness and power of the mind, was addressing the Romans, as well as anyone who is reading this today, to not be conformed to the patterns of the world.
The world in a generic term refers to the concept of the common or ordinary people, the ideology of the society. There is nothing wrong with such ideologies or concepts, which could be based on facts, but not on Faith.
For instance, a common person may believe that his income is based on the economy, so whatever affects the economy affects him. It could be a fact, but as the children of God, we believe in divine prosperity.
We believe that our prosperity comes from God, for God is the source of every good and perfect gift. Deut. 8:18, Job 36:11-12, Jer. 29:11-13, Zach 1:17
Take Control Over Your Mind
The mind, all through the ages, has created great things and has connected people. Consequently, one of the greatest ways to bring great things into our lives is by transforming ourselves, by the renewing of the mind.
Your mind can be renewed by taking control of your thoughts as well as mediating on the word of God.
Joshua was a great man of God and assistance to Moses. After the death of Moses, the mantle of leadership fell on him and he was to lead the children of Israel to the promised land.
He was confronted with a great task. As a result, he needed to succeed with his calling and ministry.
God gave him a formula to the success he so desired.
God told him “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” (Joshua 1:8).
In other words, God wanted Joshua to take charge and control of his thoughts, by allowing his mind to revolve around the book of the law (the word of God). For by so doing, he will make his own ways prosperous as well as attain success.
That instruction from God implied that it was not the societal way of thinking; neither could that have been the norm for them. Should that have been the world’s (societal) way of thinking, Joshua would have known and wouldn’t have needed God to remind him again. However, God knew what he needed and told him what he needed to do: to take control of his mind so that he could get the result he desired.
How can you change your mindset? To get rid of old, limiting programming, we have to constantly and consistently put new ideas into our minds. New ideas create positive, powerful new paradigms. Vincent Van Gogh said, “I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.”
The key to creating a new mindset is consistency. Thinking new thoughts once in a while doesn’t do much good. Meditating on your new mindset once or twice a day is fairly ineffective if the rest of your day is taken up with thoughts of fear or doubt. God told Joshua to do it day and night, which means, he had to be consistent on that.
It is your habitual thinking, the consistent thoughts that create your mindset and your destiny, not the thoughts that come and go.
The thoughts you consistently and continually plant into your unconscious become conviction in your life.
You can use affirmation and meditation to do this, but making your new mindset a habit also takes discipline, commitment and resolve.
This is why the power of the will in your conscious mind is one of your greatest gifts. If you catch yourself in the middle of negative thinking, stop and say “No” to those thoughts. Stop the thought and replace it with a positive one – the word of God. Either mentally or verbally, say “Cancel” and repeat your new thought. Remember that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).