Brain Washed – Part 3

Wikipedia defines Brainwashing (we are using it in the positive sense) as mind control, thought control, and thought reform.

Romans 12:2 | ERV (2) Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.

Romans 12:2 | NLT (2) 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.

  • The supernatural power of God in you can never rise above the ceiling to which your mind comes in agreement with your spirit.
  • We have no limitation in this life except what our mind sells us based on how we see our lives.
  • Your mind is the check valve to the power of God that we are filled with and to the degree that our mind comes into agreement with our spirits, will release that power out of you to affect your life and reality.
  • Being a Christian is not about behavior modification!

The word “transformed” is the Greek word that we get the English word “metamorphosis”.

Metamorphosis – a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.

  • God is interested in something supernatural happening on the inside of us that changes us on the inside.

How do you renew your mind?

It is a process of taking out and putting in. (Housecleaning and refurnishing)

Don’t have a mental garage sale, just burn it.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 | KJV (3) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Four Levels of Mental Activity:

  1. Thoughts
  2. Imaginations
  3. Reasonings that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God
  4. Strongholds

Our thoughts are a process of moving through the circumstances of our everyday life.

Thoughts are introduced to you by observation, association, teachings, and the circumstances of life.

Matthew 6:25 | KJV (25) Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

We have the ability to accept or reject the thoughts that come to our minds.

We are going to look at the thought selection process.

  1. The first level of mental activity is the selection of thoughts.

Matthew 6:31 | KJV (31) Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

      • You take a thought by saying it.

The word “saying” in the Greek is “lego” meaning you are laying it out and systematically communicating your thoughts and relating them to you. You are connecting it to you.

2 Corinthians 10:5 | KJV  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Captivity – as in a prisoner of war

      • You make thoughts obey and submit by speaking God’s Word which is contrary to that thought.

When you do this, that thought will die powerless and unborn and does not have any power to affect your life.

  1. The second level of mental activity is imagination.

Imagination – (Dictionary) the forming of mental images of what is not actually present to the senses.

In other words, our imagination was given to us by God so that we could “see” things that have not yet happened in our lives.

      • Your imagination is your ability to see with your heart what you can’t see with your eyes. 
      • Whether you know it or not, your imagination is dictating how your life goes.

Genesis 11:1,4-6 | AMPC (1) AND THE whole earth was of one language and of one accent and mode of expression. (4) And they said, Come, let us build us a city and a tower whose top reaches into the sky, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the whole earth. (5) And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. (6) And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them.

Why is this so very important?

In the Scriptures, when referring to a positive imagination, the word used is “hope”.

In his article called “The Power of Hope”, Andrew Wommack said,

“Hope is more powerful than people realize. Something the Lord shared with me that really made this truth come alive is that hope is a positive imagination. Your imagination is like soil. Soil doesn’t care what kind of seed you plant in it; the moment it’s planted, the soil starts producing. It’s the same thing with your heart and your imagination. Your imagination will conceive something and automatically start making it come to pass, whether it’s positive or negative. It’s like your spiritual womb.”

      • You get to choose whether your imagination is positive—which is hope—or negative, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
      • The imagination isn’t moral or immoral; it’s what you focus your attention on that determines whether it is good or bad. 

Luke 21:26 | NKJV men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth…

Isaiah 26:3 | NKJV You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Hebrew word for “mind” can be translated “imagination.” 

      • You must stay in God’s Word and let it dominate you, or the unbelief of this world will extinguish your positive imagination.