To study the mind while simultaneously using it seems like a hopeless endeavor. Like you are getting too close to becoming like the enemy while getting to know how they tick. Well, the first part about studying the mind is that I needed to discover that my mind does not need to be my enemy. Once understood, I can push it to its full potential. Asking God to take power over my mind and strip it of the parts where it fails, plugging in His design, and pushing me to see what He wants me to see... ignites that potential.
So what did I find in my search? I decided to write down several verses found in the Bible that had to do with this new covenant: committing our mind, soul, and heart to God (basic description). I then highlighted action words (verbs). The similarities that I found were heart warming, soul lifting, and mind blowing. I found powerful, positive, and directional movements of God. If negative action was described it was preceded by a negative (nor, not). Words like trust, prosper, give, stand, rejoice, bring, and guard abounded.
When I see what God can do for the mind, I feel the security that is described. All of the guidance needed to make our minds well, is spelled out word for word in the Word of God. His counsel sinks deep into my center and creates a burst of energy. It gives me the confidence to move and know that with Him I have the power to overcome sin.
Today anxiety fills so many hearts. It yanks at life, presses down on the spirit, and stops our breathe for little increments of time. Here in Philippians 4:4-7 it says, Rejoice in the Lord always. And again I will say rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
God is making a promise through these words. If we stay positive and exude a softness of spirit to everyone, the Lord will be shown. He promises that if we bring everything to Him with a thankful heart, His power will protect the deepest part of us and we will feel an ease that we cannot describe. Why fear (have anxiety) when we have this at our disposal?
In my search, I thought that I was looking for a better understanding of the mind, but what I found was more than that. It was discovering God's promises and character. What I thought was about me, was really about Him. The more that we spend our time looking at what God can do, the more our hearts will be open, our souls filled, and our minds prepared. I hope that you will find what I have found today.