In fact, this aligning step of gratitude may be the final piece necessary to integrate all these spiritual experiences into one sudden epiphany -- one that feels like a total embodiment of the divine presence within us. I have called the experiences of spirituality a "downloading" of our greatest self because I believe this is how a genuine, spiritual connection feels.
We feel united with our sense of self, our level of competence in the world, our talents, and our expertise. It is as though we have acquired a new personality. Many emphasize a notion of having had a "breakthrough" moment, one that feels like an ultimate awareness that comes with a sense of complete, inner security.
People describe this experience as, "no matter what happens I feel safe, secure, and cared for, as though a never-ending, pure, and complete LOVE is staring true through my eyes. Why go to all this trouble to discover and live the higher experiences of spiritual awareness? The short answer is simply this If you do not slow down and seek this greater life now, you may wake up from your distractions and addictions too late.
Our lives are not supposed to befall to grief and pain. These real spiritual experiences surpass all understanding to deepen your inner security and peace, so you can live an inspired and meaningful life. News U. HuffPost Personal Video Horoscopes. Newsletters Coupons. Follow Us. Part of HuffPost Wellness. All rights reserved. Suggest a correction. Newsletter Sign Up.
It has the power to heal our toxic thinking and deliver our minds from destructive patterns of believing and feeling.
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If we will change our minds, we can change our lives. If we can change our lives, God can change our world through us! The New Testament letters written to the churches are filled with powerful images of what God has done for the believer in Jesus Christ. When we look at ourselves in a natural mirror, we see only our physical selves. We notice the imperfections, the mistakes, the realities we wish to change. In our spirits we have been given His divine nature—the very life of God!
He has made us to be more than conquerors, and given us authority over all the power of the enemy. This image is the one God longs for us to capture in our minds. He wants us to know in our heads what He has already made us to be in our hearts! It was centuries before full copies of the Bible could be found in most churches, and many centuries later before it was printed in smaller copies and available to everyone. God designed us to gather with other believers every week in local churches so we could be taught the word of God under the leadership of His anointed preachers and teachers and allow His spiritual gifts to minister through us to the rest of the body.
Secondly, every believer should seek to study the Bible and good biblical teaching materials. This can be done individually or in groups. When we read and study the Bible by ourselves, we allow the Holy Spirit to speak through the Scripture into our lives using the stories, lessons, and teachings to help us think correctly.
- Experiencing God's Power.
- KaaSaNee, The Last Anasazi.
- The Big Book of Useless Examinations.
This may sound difficult, but the fact is the average person has already memorized thousands of lines and verses to songs, movies, and popular media. Take note to these selected verses:. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget [memorize] your word….
I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life…. Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long…. Look for books, e-books, podcasts, digital downloads, videos, and other media that focus on Bible teaching by reputable ministers who support learning that agrees with what you are experiencing and learning in your local church. Remember that supplemental teaching should always encourage you to be faithful to God and your local church.
One of the most important aspects of renewing your mind involves the healing of your past. Memory is a powerful component of the human mind, and has an enormous impact on the way we think and feel about our lives and our future. Because we live in a world that is filled with pain and brokenness, all of us grow up with experiences that scar our memories. Whether it is love and affirmation we failed to receive, or rejection and abuse we did not deserve, each of us develops thinking patterns that grow like scar tissue around these unhealed wounds.
Often it is many years later—after we have reached physical adulthood—before we begin to face our painful memories and realize how they have impacted our thoughts, feelings, and decisions.
He restores my soul. As a born-again believer in Jesus, your spirit has been made new. The soul however contains these unhealed hurts, and patterns of thinking and feeling that are contrary to the love, joy, and peace that God has placed in your spirit. By following Christ and serving others in the local church, we begin a journey that, over time, will bring many of these wounds, and past hurts to the surface.
Sometimes we seem to stagnate in our spiritual growth. Our minds get locked into patterns of thinking and feeling that prevent us from moving forward. When this is the case, it is important to take the time to examine our thoughts and feelings. Building healthy relationships with other believers is an important part of growing up spiritually and renewing our minds.
When we move in new directions, we need people who are traveling with us. Often this requires us to lay aside the relationships that tie us to our past ways of thinking.
God uses people who are heading in the direction of our purpose and destiny to help us arrive at the right places in life. When believers really care for each other, share their hearts and hurts with each other, and take the time to encourage and pray for each other, an environment for growth is created in our lives. Sometimes our minds and feelings become so troublesome that we need help to heal.
Trained professional ministers, counselors, and doctors have spent their lives learning how to help people heal in their minds and emotions. If you, your family, or your spiritual leaders feel that you may need this kind of help, try to locate someone who has a Christian-based worldview. The brain is the organ that contains the human soul and mind. Just like any other part of the body, it can become run down, over-stressed, imbalanced, or physically sick.
The brain is a wonderfully complex network of chemical, hormonal, and electrical signals that can fall out of balance. Our thinking can become confused, our emotions depressed, our sleep patterns disturbed, or our weight can rise or fall. It can become difficult to think clearly and control our impulses. When the brain is weak or sick due to stress, trauma, hormonal imbalance, or other imbalances, we need to give ourselves permission to find the help we need to heal.
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Elijah was so weary, he lost his capacity to think and feel well. The Bible says he ran away and hid himself inside a cave on a mountain, eventually praying to die. But along the way, the Lord let him rest, had angels prepare food to restore him, and eventually helped him out of his depression by sending a personal assistant to help Elijah carry the load.
This shows the great mercy of God for His people when they fall into places of exhaustion and toxic thinking. Instead, we find that God taught the prophet a valuable lesson by gently correcting his perspective. God shifted his thinking so Jonah could change how he was feeling! Sometimes, part of healing the brain may involve changes in diet, sleep, stress levels, and even medication.
The most important thing is that we do whatever it takes to have healthy brains, healthy minds, and healed memories and emotions. The renewing of the mind is the single most important factor in living the transformed life. Facebook YouTube Twitter Instagram.
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Subscribe to our Newsletter! John R. The Architecture of the Mind The human mind is a wonderful and fascinating gift from God. God and Your Thought Life God cares about your mind. It has the ability to learn and associate. It has the ability to create pictures in the mind.
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It has the ability to remember. It has the ability to feel. Emotions are the voice of our thoughts. Emotion may also arise in response to physical events occurring in the body—hormonal changes, illness, or various stressors. It has the ability to choose. Your Mind is Your Responsibility As we have previously discussed, it is common today for people to speak as if they were not responsible for their thoughts, feelings, and actions.
- You Need God’s Power for Lasting Change.
- Captain D.
- Waking to Danger: Americans and Nazi Germany, 1933-1941.
- Heaven From the Top of a Cherry Tree.
Take Responsibility for Your Thoughts and Feelings The first step to renewing your mind is to take ownership of your own thought life.