Power of changed mind Pt 1
“Power of changed mind”
Synopsis of sermon 10/04/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Text: Romans 12.2
One of the greatest challenges for any of us is changing our minds. The mind is a powerful thing and often the greatest challenge is moving out of carnality and moving into spirituality. This is why Paul writes to the Early Christians at Rome. The church at Rome was in its infancy stage when Paul writes to them. Rome was an advanced civilization like Egypt was. It was a time of Caesar, a time of idolatry, and a time where Christians were persecuted and martyred. It is here that Paul makes a bold declaration to these early Christians by telling them to present their bodies as a living sacrifice, Holy and acceptable unto God which is their reasonable service. Paul goes on to say in the text: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Paul wanted them to be aware that God wanted them to see themselves from God’s perspective.
This is a word today where Paul is challenging them not to be manipulated by the magnetic pull of the world. The world’s way of doing things often causes believers to backslide. It causes us to be moved into directions that are inconsistent with what God has for our lives. So here is a word today to inform you that we believe that it is God’s will that our minds get right. You have to understand that you don’t have to lose your mind, but it is important to always allow your mind to be kept by God. Some of us may not want to admit it, but some of us can testify that we have been through stuff where our mind almost slipped away from us. This is why Paul says you have to understand the power of transforming and renewing. It is important that we don’t lose our minds when we allow our minds to be transformed by God.
There are many that will tell you that just a few years ago, they saw life, they saw the church, and they saw God, and people around them from a much different perspective, but since their minds have been changed, now they are living the best days of their lives simply from a changed mind. When God changes your mind, you move from a hater to a helper. You move from a state of hopelessness to a state of hopeful and from a spectator to a participator. When you look around you can get testimonies from people that will tell you the power of a changed mind. There are people around you now that if you knew them a few years ago, you wouldn’t think you were sitting with the same person. They are dressed up looking good, but the truth is if you knew them just 5 or 10 years ago you wouldn’t know them. This same people will tell you that God can really change your mind. God wants to take your mind out of the gutter and out of all low places. God wants your mind to go to the penthouse. God says he is trying to take us to another dimension, but he says he can’t take you without your mind. Unless you mind is willing to go, nothing else will go with you.
Today we will stretch you and talk about issues that Church doesn’t want to talk about.
I. How to reconcile the relationship between psychology and theology
1. There is a taboo created when it concerns psychology. Nobody wants to get psychological help. There are people so filled with egotism that they think they got it all together. The truth is we don’t have it all together. You can’t have discussion with the mind without psychology and you can’t have change of the mind without theology.
2. There is a spirit of rebellion within us all. We naturally rebel against the things of God. You can’t be in love with God and in love with the world at the same time. The enemy always wants to attack the mind. Though you can’t stop the attack on your mind, you can control your response.
3. The enemy systematically attacks our mind and when he does he likes to catch us up in:
a. Carnality- thoughts of the flesh and of the world. If the enemy can keep you away from spiritual things and keep you caught up in worldly things, then he can make certain that he can control you contextually.
b. Contextually-if you don’t feed yourself spiritual things, you will view the world where you are. There will be no vision because of the lack of exposure. It can keep you from being exposed to something greater and you will become cynical.
c. Cynical-you become critical of others that have reached their goals. You will think something is wrong with their achievements, but really you are angry because they are living out what you should be doing. Now you become complacent.
d. Complacent-Years pass and you do the same thing over and over. Year after year you never pursue your dreams or your goals, because the Devil systematically attacked your mind.
4. We must address this thing clinically. You got to understand that a lot of the things that we see in the bible in the Old and New Testament, that the scripture calls demonic possession is really much deeper than demonic oppression. When we look at the nature of some of the historical stories in the bible, we are looking at a time where people didn’t have the framework to call clinical disorders of the mind to be anything else but demon possession. A lot of stuff called demon disorder was really clinical disorders. In the past, we kept putting oil on people with these types of disorders and they kept coming back. You must know that you can’t cast out of people, what they are not willing to talk out. A lot of things we try to cast out, need to be brought out clinically.
5. Demon possession does exist, but Jesus dealt with both the spiritual and clinical issues.
6. In Mark 5, Jesus goes off to the country of Gadarenes where the man in graveyard was cutting himself with stones. Who do you know that lives in the graveyard cutting themselves with stones? Mark 5: 1-5 : 1And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
7. Jesus sees the spirit in the demon possessed man, but he also notices that he has clinical issues too. Jesus not only deals with the demons, but he deals with the clinical issues too.
a. He asks what the man’s name is, and the man says we are Legion for we are many. Mark 5:9: 9And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. – If you just cast out one demon, he has a lot of other issues underneath that you need to deal with. Jesus exposed this to teach the disciples that the guy had more than demonic issues to deal with. Though Jesus cast the demons out of the man, he leaves him clothed in his right mind. Mark 5:15:15And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
b. In Mark 9 a father brings his son to Jesus. Mark 9:17-19: 17And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 18And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. 19He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.-The father tells Jesus that the boy foams at mouth and throws himself in the fire. He switches from extreme to another. If you think about it, this sounds like bi-polar. Jesus begins to have a conversation to help him talk it out. This is clinical. Jesus asks how long the boy had been like this.-Jesus was trying to help him understand that people don’t just show up this way. Ex-Just like your children at home. Your kids have been walking around with stuff that you didn’t buy and you just now noticing this! Problems exist for a long time and we don’t pay it any attention. The father in the story says he believes, but asks Jesus to help his unbelief. The boy’s father tells Jesus if he can have anything, he wanted Jesus to have mercy on him and his child. Mark 9:21-25: 21And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. 22And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. 23Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 25When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.- He realizes what is wrong with the son, can also be wrong with him.
II. Every attack starts in your mind.
1. One out of four Christians struggle with depression. Abraham in Genesis 15 struggled with depression. Sarah in 1 Samuel 1 struggled with depression. Jonah in chapter 4 struggled with depression; Elijah in 1 Kings 19 struggled with depression. King Saul in 1 Samuel 16:14-23 struggled with depression. Jeremiah in the whole book of Jeremiah and the whole book of Lamentations struggle with depression. David as anointed as he was, struggled with depression. Bishop Walker III (who delivered this sermon), when he went through the grief that he went through 5 yrs ago, struggled with depression. Everybody reading this is flooded with some type of depression. If it hadn’t been for God who kept our minds, we wouldn’t even be here today. Somebody knows what it feels like to be alone in your house with all the lights off or walking around having conversations when there is no one there but you. This is how the Devil messes with your mind, but nobody wants to talk about this in the church! Nobody wants to deal with this! People just sit up in church and have this stuff going on in their head…
2. This is attacks of the mind!
a. The Devil says he will get you by getting you to disobey God. He knows if he can get you to disobey God’s word, this is the moment you will be subjected to deviant behavior.
b. Deviance is when you begin to violate things of cultural norm. This is the point that you become promiscuous, it is the point you get into crime, and all other kind of foolishness.
c. Out of your Deviance you become delusional, because now you begin not seeing life clearly and you end up disappointed.
d. And this is when depression sets in, because depression is a mental state of a sense of being inadequate and it starts a lack of inactivity. This is when the Devil says he has you because, he wants to destroy you. This is when destruction comes but Jesus says in John 10:10: 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
3. God says he wants to control your destiny. He wants you to have life abundantly. God wants you to understand the attack on your mind. The Devil is trying to prevent you from getting the word so you will not have the right perspective. The Devil will try to have you mad at the man of God who is trying to set you free, but won’t have you made at the person beating you upside your head.
III. Right perspective after transformation
1. Transformation is a genetic change. It is a change in composition, structure, character, or condition. It is like having a computer. You have hardware, but you need to download new software. You also have to get new antivirus protection to stop what is trying to crash your hardware. This word is like antivirus software.
2. It is important to understand the term renewal. When you look at transformation, your composition changes. We are saying that we have to look at the state of our mind. What are the greatest threats to our mind?
3. Threats of the mind:
a. Anxiety – This is stuff that you are worried about. This stuff keeps you up all night. It is fear.
b. Addiction. Stuff you can’t let go of.
c. Approval. Wanting people to approve you. Living your life so people can feel good about you.
4. If you can ever get control over these three areas, you will almost be there. This is why it is important to understand the power of the spirit over the mind. It is important because this is where revelation comes from. Every experience that Jesus took the disciples through was about bringing them to a greater revelation. You have to understand how to see life from a biblical perspective. When your mind gets right, you have to recognize that the only thing that is going to transform your mind is that we recognize that we have to get a mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5: 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: – We have to make sure we feed our mind the word, everyday.
5. Mind of Christ:
a. Wisdom- the proper application of truth.
b. Worshipper–got a made up mind to worship God.
c. Winner-we realize that we are victors not a victims.
6. We are kept by the powers of God through faith. 1 Peter 1:5: 5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – What is keeping your mind from slipping is the power of God through faith. If not for the power of faith, you would have lost your mind. God can keep you.
7. Masquerade is external. Metamorphism is eternal. Romans 12:2: 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. -Transformation in this scripture is actually looking at metamorphism vs. masquerade. Do you want to masquerade (look like you got it together where know that you are one crisis away from being exposed) or metamorphosis (a real change from within, meaning you won’t lose your mind through a storm)?
8. We got a generation of people focusing on the masquerade. They look like they re a prayer warriors, but are exposed when the storm comes. When you got metamorphous is not about Gucci, it is about prayer. You can rejoice in the power of a testimony.
9. God changes our mind so we can rejoice in the power of my testimony. The most authentic evidence of a changed mind is a person that has been a recipient of a changed mind. The word we are talking about now, we can prove. You can literally prove thorough your testimony that your mind was in one place, but now is in another. We don’t think like we used to think. We have a knowledge that we know why we know what we believe. God gave us a set of experiences that we thank him for. There are people that in their old mind, thought they had it all figured out.
a. Our old mind says we will serve God as long as it makes sense to our mind. Once it moved outside our mindset, we were frustrated with our relationship with God. In our old mind, we could only be faithful to God as long as we get the job or whatever we were hoping God for. When you can accept the perfect will of God, you realize that he is sovereign and everything he does is right. It is not about our mind, but his mind. You know that everything he does is right. There are a lot of people that thank God for tangible stuff, but there are some that can thank God for a changed mind. Ex-In the delivery ward of the hospital, there is an OBGYN that is about to bring forth the birth of another child. They are encouraging the mother to push, but there is really one thing they are really after to ensure a successful delivery. If they could just get the baby’s head out, then the rest of the process will come out pretty smooth. Getting the head out is the hardest part of the process, but if they get the head out, the rest of the body will come out ok .In like manner, God says if he can just get your head right, if they can get the hardest part of the process over with, the rest of you will come out ok.