Tuesday, March 11, 2014
So I am learning more and more as time goes on about myself and they way my mind works. I think I finally have the answer to how to beat this issue of going back to my old ways. I have to change my mind! Here is a study I did in the Bible for you to see what I have found. Basically in order to stop going back to my old ways I have to change my mindset and that is done through hearing the truth with a willing heart and doing the work to get it ingrained into my mind.
The dog returning to the vomit
11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
We as humans do this all the time. We turn from our old ways only to turn back to them. Why is that and how do we stop?
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
What makes us return is where our minds are. The dog thinks of everything as food and nothing is repulsive to him. He believes that what he had lived with inside belongs there and he eats it.
We believe things like this. I believe it is better to over eat than to wish I had more later. I believe working out will have no effect on my body and doing nothing is more pleasant. I believe working for a living makes you miss out on life.
So my mind thinks like that. Basically my beliefs (faith) have determined my current situation. Which speaks to how strong our beliefs are.
Since I believe this way I return to it. Changing the way I think and believe will stop this and the new faith will set me on a new path.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
In order to not return to the old ways I must forget the thoughts of the past and press on to the new hope before me.
As I studied I noticed that the use of the word mind is very close and at times interchangeable with faith.
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
We must be renewed in our minds…our faith changed from belief in what is evil to what is true and good.
25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
Our minds…our faith, are often not in what is good but what is bad. For the disciples in their minds the storm would kill them. But Jesus asked where their faith was…where was their mind? Were they thinking of the power of the storm or the power of God?
So many times Jesus said “thy faith has healed thee”. I am seeing a pattern in the scriptures where those who believed with their mind in the good rather than the bad got what they believed.
5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
The reason Jesus told them about the servant was to let them know that faith has expectation that what is asked will be done and it is no big deal for the red sea to part.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We change our minds by the word of God…
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
We can hear at times…but it does not take hold. This is because of how we hear:
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
We hear with a non-caring heart that is bitter and cynical knowing the attacks of the devil. This kind of heart does not even take the word in at all because it is hard against it.
We hear with a stone heart that may take the word for a time if there is nothing that may harm it. But when temptation (the real world) comes we lose the word in us because we were superficial. Not that we didn’t believe, but because we did not take it deep enough into us and water and nurture it.
We hear with a divided heart that wants the world as much as it wants the word. This heart hears and is crippled by its desires. So even though the word is in it…it can not produce fruit.
OR we hear with a good and willing heart. This heart believes the word and is not bitter. It is different than the non-caring heart. It is also different than the stone heart because it is willing to do the work and get the word down deep and water it. It is different than the divided heart because it follows after the word rather than its desires…this is done because of and through patients.