FAITH, the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen, but, where does that leave the Mind? Faith is not discernible to the 5 senses, although the physical body can be instrumental with working out faith. 4 years of walking with Christ for me is what it took, to really get in the face of the LORD by myself, and see that FAITH IS NOT MENTAL. He spoke it to me after I watched a movie entitled ‘Grace Unplugged’. In it, the beautiful song at the end sung lyrics to this revealing tenor…
“I chased a million things,
Bright lights and empty dreams,
Now here I am,
Right where I thought I, wanted to be,
I’d trade it all right now,
Leave it all and lay it down,
To get back where I belong,
Lord all I’ve ever needed was your love.“
_Michalka Sisters (lyrics not my own)
As I heard these words touch my calmed heart, as I was simply enjoying the gripping story of this movie with my wife and my son, The Holy Spirit welled tears up within me, because all too often in the ripping and running of life, I too have done as these lyrics prophesied unto me. I wept as I saw that I too was chasing a million things. It might not’ve be bright lights, but it surely was empty dreams; activity in my own vain imaginary computation that caused me to run the rabbit run until wearisome and waning away in my faith. The human mind works contrary to faith. I am not sure you really catch the gravity of that statement, as I did not, I had to repeat it a few times. I will say it very plainly once more.
THE HUMAN MIND WORKS CONTRARY TO FAITH
What then is the renewing of the mind? What then is the resolve we need as Christians in our minds? To what purpose then is all of my study, prayer, exercise of keeping the LORD’s word? Simply this, that my own subjectivity yielded to the WRONG SOURCE, will always counteract faith. Faith works from the HEART OUTWARD, not from the mind inward. OUT OF THE HEART comes all the issues of life, not the mind. The mind is only as fruitful as the HEART is pruned in Christ Jesus’ Cross and Blood. That’s true religion before the Father as touching KEEPING ONESELF UNSPOTTED from the sinful world. Seeing, hearing, doing, and living, will all stimulate the mind on a daily basis, and we’re so staid in our ways, that we need the Holy Spirit to pick us up in the spirit of our core, and rock us out of our own comfy-hearted little boxes of opinion when it comes down to our own condition. We think we are masters of our own ship’s course. All of our snug pretense, all of our comfortable things that we love so much will be found therein. It was during a fast from my iPhone that the LORD was able to reveal this to me. Yes, my iPhone was an idol at one time, and most subtle. It aided the god of myself, at the altar of decisions made without GOD. Some may say that’s too rigorous, but before you assess my fasting before the LORD Jesus, point the finger back at yourself first, how many things stimulate your mind on a weekly basis? Other People, Jobs, Society, News, Drama, Gossip, Family Normality, Carnality; Immorality in Music, TV, Social Media, YouTube, Magazines, Books, trips to the Mall, I could go on. After you’ve sorted that list out for yourself, take some inventory of what is truly on your heart… Then you can assess my fast before GOD and I would respect it.
I found the law in my members as warring against the law of my mind (Romans 7). Sin quickens this battle, not the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit alleviates much stress of self. I was the one loading the stress upon myself! How contrary the mind is to faith! I have found this also. The more that I focus only upon the methods of the LORD in my life, from the standpoint and watchtower of my own intent, my own will, and my own presumptuous assessment, the more apt I am to refuse to love Him for His GOOD CHARACTER. Sure He will test me, yes He allows trial, all of this is wrought to supplement and undergird; for the purpose of channeling through the challenging, and thus to edify my faith. But if I have the carnal mind working inward to my heart, beckoning to my lower nature void of Jesus, I’m in sin. ANYTHING THAT IS NOT FROM FAITH IS SIN. Indeed, if it flows not from the heart-work of Christlike faith, it’s prone to be conceived in the womb of subjectivity. Self-will, and pretense. Feigned faith, fake faith; a faith void of the heart-work of getting around myself; losing myself, all of what I’ve had in Adam, and treading the bridge of the Cross in prayer. Getting to loving the LORD daily-town so to speak. Learning to love Him, taking pains against parts of what does not love Him within me. Can you even admit that there are places within you that don’t love the LORD? I don’t believe God is into faking it, He can hear ‘I LOVE YOU LORD’ and then tell you if it was real. Why overwork yourself into frenzy to prove love to an all-seeing, piercing GOD of insight? Reader, that is FOLLY!
If I’m focused on how God is orchestrating life around me in a selfish way, I am invariably disrespecting His character of love towards me, which being saved by grace through faith, and that NOT OF MYSELF has accomplished through the Son of God. Why would I continue willfully on that road just to say ‘I love the LORD’ another day with my mouth, but in my HEART I’m speaking a lie to the Holy One of Israel? Why would I do this also with my children? My spouse? My neighbor in the earth? Humans are wretched things without Christ Jesus, I will share and own my share of sin nature, it is my prayer that by the testimony of my conscience you the reader shall embrace the truth of it as well. GOD just isn’t interested in fake followers, neither did Jesus bleed out on the Cross for a sappy Church void of honesty with themselves and Himself and others. It takes courage to die to yourself in the Holy Spirit. It’s called Resolution… an anchor of the SOUL.