THE MIND – PART 1

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INTRODUCTION

A Short Exercise:

If someone were to make a statement to you, for example, about your performance: which of these two statements would you prefer?

  1. You get it right most of the time
  2. You mess it up every once in a while.

These two statements are intended for the same purpose, except you think otherwise.

From the statements above, it’s clear that the first one is more positive and emphasizes the achievements of the individual, while the second tends to highlight his/her errors, which only occur once in a while. We would look further into this, later in our study.

What is the Mind?

The mind is not something that the best historians, scientists, or medical doctors of the world could give you the best light on. Only the Bible gives detailed and accurate information on the mind. The reason is because the mind is an intangible and spiritual facet. It can’t be discovered or made known by science, and the best you can get from the world on it, would be speculatory. Only the Word of God brings revelation of the spiritual. For example, the Bible says in Hebrews 4:12-13 (English Standard Version)12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow…” The Word of God can distinguish between the soul and the spirit, an attribute, which the ordinary mind cannot give you. It takes the knowledge and revelation of the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit to make such things known. Let’s begin with a simple definition of the mind.

The mind is the faculty of man’s reasoning and thoughts; it holds the power of imagination, recognition and appreciation. It’s responsible for processing feelings and emotions, resulting in attitudes.

There are some key words in this definition that we’ll examine, to help us understand the mind. The first one is Thoughts.

Thought is the creation, recalling, reviewing and processing of images for meaning, reason, language and expression.

This means you create, recall, review and process the images that you get, for meaning, reason, language, and expression.

When you study Scriptures on the mind, you’ll discover that in the Old and New Testament, several words are interchangeably used to refer to the mind or its activities. Examples are the words: thoughts and reason. Sometimes whilst reading one translation the word thought is used; and then you read another translation, and it uses the word reason. Even in the case of the same translation, thoughts may be used in a verse in one section, and then another writer uses reason for what was previously used for or written as thoughts.

In addition, the words mind and heart are sometimes interchangeably used in Scripture, but the mind is not the heart and the heart is not the mind. These are generic expressions, and so you may find them synonymously used at different points.

The words imagination, thinking, reasoning, inclination are also used interchangeably in referring to activities of the mind, as you would find in Bible translations.

This goes to say that there are a broad number of synonyms that are used in expressing the phenomenon of the mind and its activities. Moreover, to better understand the mind, you’ll need to understand the scriptural description of the human person.

The Two fold nature of Man:

Man primarily has a twofold nature namely: The Outward Man, and The Inward Man.

According to the Bible, God created the inward man first, and then formed the outward man. The inward man is the human spirit, and his soul. On the other hand, the outward man is the human body and its senses.

The Bible says Hebrews 11:3b “…that the things which are seen were not made of things which do appear”. The spiritual realm gave birth to the physical realm; therefore, to understand more clearly our description of the inward man as the human spirit and his soul, look at this: what the nervous system is to the body, the soul is to the Spirit. The soul functions for the human spirit. If you were to see the human spirit, you’re not going to see the soul standing outside of the spirit. But again in the scriptures, you’ll find generic expressions in which the soul is used in describing the whole human spirit – the inward man. Sometimes, even the word heart is used to describe the inward man. Words and statements like: the hidden man of the heart, the human spirit, the soul, are all sometimes used in describing the inward man. However, there is the soul that belongs to the human spirit, and that soul is the seat of the mind, the will and the emotions.

Going further, and it gets a little more complex here, note this: in the central nervous system, what the brain is to the body, the mind is to the Spirit (note that the mind is in the soul). The mind however is far more complex than the brain because it has power over the brain. It has more power, more influence than the brain because it’s spiritual; it belongs to the human spirit, which is the core of your nature, the real you. You are not a body; you are a spirit living in a physical body. Your body is your domicile, but the spirit is the real you.

What is the Brain?

Science defines the brain as the primary centre for the regulation and control of bodily activities, receiving and interpreting sensory impulses, and transmitting information to the muscles and body organs.

The brain is not the seat of consciousness, because a man’s brain could be working alright, even when he is not conscious of life or anything around him. The seat of consciousness and emotions don’t reside in the brain. The brain can process and recall information, but true memory is more than recalling information. There is much more to know about interpretation, meaning, language and expression (seen in our definition of thoughts), and these are not in the power of the brain.

In addition, the brain is neither the mind nor the soul. The brain is a physical organ of the body while the mind and soul are spiritual. The brain however works with the mind to give the character of a man.

Remember this: The body’s central nervous system works in conjunction with the mind for human consciousness, conception, memory and expression. This statement is very important. These two – the central nervous system and the mind, are ultimately responsible for the character of a man.

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  1. The month of August is a beautiful month because it is the month of my birth. But you took away the smiles on my face. What’s this thing I am reading? Are you truly telling me that not even God can solve the problems in your home that you have to tear apart what God joined together in love? What are you all preaching? Has marriage become a contract to you that you think you can just walk away from because things didn’t go the way you want it to go? Don’t you see that this is a setup for higher height in ministry? If you who teaches tolerance can’t tolerate one another in your first ministries, the home, that means that everyone having problem in his home should settle it in divorce like you’re setting the example right now! Do you know how many hundreds of millions of destinies are tied unto your loins? Is that the lesson you’re bequeathing to them. Can you be guiltless before The God who hate divorce?
    It isn’t too late for you two to tell those bastards out there who are set to mock the Name of Christ and His Church by this simple correctable mistake you’re allowing to put a dent on the body of Christ.
    Are you truly losing the savor of your salt and the brightness of your light? Then what happens to the world?
    Get up Chris and Anita and clean off the spittle off the face of Jesus that you have allowed men to do by your arrogant attitudes.
    If you divorce, you’re telling the world that there are some problems that are too hard for God to solve, and I know there are none.
    Whoever reads this and you have access to Rev. Anita, please send this also to her. God bless you.
    Pastor Daniel H. Doe
    Senior Pastor
    Living Praise Family Church Assembly.

  2. This is one sweet subject I always would feed on… Thanks big sir for always wanting to share with us from the pool of your revelation knowledge of the Scripture, my Lord the Spiritual!

  3. wow! Am always blessed by these articles. Pastor you are a blessing to everybody. you have challenged me to impact the lives of thousands for Jesus, like you do. I love you.

  4. LUWAGA MICHEAL on

    I wish i had a smart phone to check this message again. and also to listen online pastor chris. ipray for me that God may avail a phone in my hands

  5. Damilola Ololade Raimi on

    Thank u daddy for teaching me how to optimally utilize my mind and set things right with my soul and mind. I love u.

  6. Thank u sir for the accurate formation . I wish to have opportunty to hear you every day. This is the only way to get connect. Pray for me and my family please. I love you.

  7. This is actually a Fuel with a Burnng fire in my knowing, You equiped me with inspiring Anointing to gain understanding of the Mind and how to impact others positively.Thank you Pastor, Sir. I Love You, May GOD Almighty grant You more Wisdom to feed us,in Jesus Name Amen.

  8. OK, Thank you for saying your part and explaining yourself concerning these two statements Mr. Chris.
    [1.You get it right most of the time 2.You mess it up every once in a while.]

    To me, I retain that that they are both correct if it expresses the factual truth about the person whom the statement is directed to.

    If you want to pick out positive from it, then your emphasis should be on “Right Hearing” “Right Listening” I suppose. One who listens rightly would hear positively and take only the positive part of that statement which will better their lives, and work on not messing things up, or getting it right as far as they could.

  9. I live in Northampton and go to a nearby Nigerian church. I got one of your booklets in the home where I live. Could you tell me please if there is anything I could help you with here in Northampton, uk.

  10. This is powerful information to take note. Thank you Pastor Chris. You’re a gift from God to us all!

  11. Dcns Jane Michael on

    Thank you so much Pastor for your ever insightful and spectacular teachings!
    We keep walking in the Greater Light and enjoying the Higher Life!
    I got to this page by the spirit and grace has again multiplied..
    where would i be without you Sir?
    Thank you for yielding yourself to the Holy Spirit..
    Thank you for giving us the privilege to take full advantage of what the Spirit says to the church..
    We highly appreciate your every effort to remind and help us remain SUPER BEINGS!
    I love you my Father!

  12. Olajuwon Gazal on

    If i may get this right, the worldly things is more processed in the brain while the things that are more communicated by the spirit are processed in the soul and mind… Then it will just illuminate one being from the inside because it was delivered processed . halleluyah

  13. AM SOOOO BLESSED BY THIS TEACHING. JUST WHAT I NEEDED. THIS IS SO LOADED N LIFE INSPIRING. THANK YOU SIR, MY MENTOR N LIFE COACH. YOU ARE THE BEST GIFT GOD EVER GAVE TO OUR GENERATION. MAY GOD BLESS YOU MORE N MORE

  14. Minister ck senior on

    I am much grateful for all the things that God is still using you to do in this ministry of reconciliation and how you are setting people free from the world. thank you for been
    a blessing into this dispensation. through your words i was able to discover my dispensation and who i have become in this generation. life without this truth is no life. Thanks for been a life coach into my life and personal adviser thank you. You are bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Minister ck senior on

    Thank you pastor for the accurate formation . thanks for this opportunity to hear your messages. i want you to Pray for me so that i will becomes like you. If i may get this right, the worldly things is more processed in the brain while the things that are more communicated by the spirit are processed in the soul and mind… Then it will just illuminate one being from the inside because it was delivered processed . hallelujah you daddy.Thank you so much Pastor for your ever insightful and spectacular teachings!
    We keep walking in the Greater Light and enjoying the Higher Life!
    I got to this page by the spirit and grace has again multiplied..
    where would i be without you Sir?
    Thank you for yielding yourself to the Holy Spirit..
    Thank you for giving us the privilege to take full advantage of what the Spirit says to the church..
    We highly appreciate your every effort to remind and help us remain SUPER BEINGS!
    I love you my Father!

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