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Mind Matters

Let’s quickly recap what Beth wrote last week,
“We ARE a spirit. We HAVE a mind. We LIVE in a body.
Spirit.
What is our spirit?
How does it function?
What does being spiritually healthy look like?”
Today, as we talk about the second part of our three-part being, together let’s open our hearts to receive a better grasp on…
Our MIND.
Not to be confused with our cranium, which is just an outer shell (in the same way our physical body is just a temple and outer covering for our spirit).
The mind consists of our thoughts, will, and emotions. It is our thinker, feeler, and chooser.
As we think and feel things throughout the day, it’s coming from this place.
Our mind (thoughts, will and emotions) should not be feared or shyed away from. They are all beautiful parts of our being that God created to be utilized and embraced, when done in the right way.
When we set our mind (thoughts, will and emotions) to endure something – some may call it grit – we can acheive incredible things in that state.
Our mind is a powerful, strong force to be reckoned with. 
When we are walking in the will of God for our lives, powered with the the Holy Spirit and our decision to endure, we have the ability to change lives and the the world.
Just like Jesus.
 
His mind (thoughts, will and emotions) were completely renewed to only hear and react the way He saw of His Father.
This is the best example of Romans 12:2, which says,
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
How do you know if you’re mentally healthy?
When you’re mentally healthy, you are not only having healthy thoughts; it’s the choices you’re making, your perspective of the world, and the all around lifestyle that you’re creating.
To gauge those areas, look at the fruit.
Either make the tree sound (healthy and good), and its fruit sound (healthy and good), or make the tree rotten (diseased and bad), and its fruit rotten (diseased and bad); for the tree is known and recognized and judged by its fruit.” {Matthew 12:33}
When you’re mentally healthy, you’re able to cast down thoughts that are contrary to the truth.
“Thoughts are like birds. You can’t stop them from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” – Kenneth Hagin
When you’re mentally healthy, you’re able to combat tempations and exercise self-control.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…” {Galatians 5:22-23a}
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” {1 Corinthians 10:33}
When you’re mentally healthy, you’re not allowing your emotions to take control of situations.
“You will keep in perfect peace

    all who trust in you,
    all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Trust in the Lord always,
    for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.”
{Isaiah 26:3-4}
Our mental state is very connected to the overall balance in our day-to-day lives. When we’re struggling to keep our thoughts on Him, it can cause an imbalance. That’s why it’s important that we recognize and address unhealthy symptoms by bringing them to the Lord for healing and renewing.
What needs renewing in you today, sister?
xo,
Kait
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