Anatomy- The Mind
3 regions of the brain: (3 brains)
Subconscious: 95% of the what we do. Where habits & patterns form.
1. Instinctual Primitive(action)-: breathing heart rate, basic physical movement balance posture. (We learn instincts) Habits Patterns Patterns.
2. Emotional(feeling)- Emotional and social experiences.
Conscience: Things we have to think about.(where most energy is spent)
3. Rational(thought)- largest and most developed Stores memories. Where we think, plan, learn, & form rational opinions.
Brain power is will power!
Matthew 16:21-26 (NIV) 21 Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?
At this momentPeter had revelation but no application.
Thinking is Critical!
Love the Lord with all our Mind (Mt 22:37)
We are to have the mind of Christ!(1 Corinthians 2:6, Philippians 2:5)
“The thoughts we agree with or justify are the thoughts that empower us.”
How you think is more important than how you feel.
Romans 8:5-9 (NLT) 5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. 9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.
The Spiritual Mind
Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
-“We change our life by changing our mind!”
-We start & end with “What does God think?”
2-Leverage the Imagination
2 Corinthians 10:2-5 (NIV) 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Remember- It’s a Spiritual battle!
1. We Demolishing Strongholds: Mental arguments, fears, tensions, frustrations, world reasoning, anxieties.
2. Take thoughts captive
3. Yield them/Make them obedient to Christ.
“Faith is yielding human reasoning to God’s ability.”
We have to Change our “what if’s.”
Arguments- “Imaginative reasoning”
“The power to imagine will lock us down with fear or unlock our capacity to experience the impossible.”
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
3-Make up your mind
James 1:5-8 (NIV) A double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
“What you cultivate dominates”- Kris Vallotton