I have been talking to a few of my friends about their life before and after they knew Christ. In the midst of our conversations, we noticed a common factor which was the main cause of the failure in their lives… that is the human mind which generates our thinking, our intellectual, our greed, and strategies to fulfill our selfish desires. The human mind has gotten us into the troubles of our lives. We got ourselves into troubles because we used our mind too much to strategize in order to satisfy our desire and archive our goals.... and in the midst of our troubles, we still engaged and relied on our mind which had first caused all the troubles for all sorts of rescue plans, hoping to get ourselves out of them.
When I looked at my own life, manipulation of mind has been happening in it as well. As we look into this world, we can also find this phenomenon at our workplace, even among our own family members and relatives.. We can find it in the movies, be it from Hollywood or Bollywood and they portray the same scenarios... of which they call "mind game"! I presume this is the root cause of all the troubles in this fallen world.
By looking at the first few chapters of the Bible, we find out that before Adam fell, he was full of revelation that he could name all the animals without going through the learning process of zoology and until now, an elephant is still called elephant… and yet, we who are born after his fall have to go to school and learn the names of the animals. Adam’s fall had caused revelation to cease from sinful men and since then, human knowledge is getting us into all sorts of trouble... be it big or small and this is indeed, the signature characteristic of the fallen nature.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 ~ I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. (NIV)
All the things in the Kingdom of God are never to be achieved by our might, but by the power of the Holy Spirit... Not that we are faster, stronger or wiser than others, not that we have learned a lot... It is all by GRACE... the effort of Jesus. We are now above the sun not under the sun. We are above the sun because we are in Christ who is now seated at the right hand of our heavenly Father.
Our Lord Jesus, by dying at the cross, had come as high priest of the good things that are now already here... ALREADY HERE...! GOOD THINGS ARE ALREADY HERE!!! Not what we have to do but only to BELIEVE in Him because of His FINISHED WORK at the cross! Creation had fallen but the Creator through His finished work at the cross redeemed the fallen mankind.
Hebrews 9:11~ But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. (NIV)
After all these years of believing in Jesus, I think it is high time for us to rest our mind in peace (RIP). Our carnal mind is simply of no help to us at all because it is of the flesh as Jesus had said, "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing." (John 6:63). Therefore, we have to engage our heart... The new heart that He had given us together with a new Spirit in us. He had taken away the heart of stone from our flesh, and gave us a heart of flesh. He had put His Spirit in us, causing us to be guided by His rules, so that we may keep His orders and do them. Our Saviour had given us this heart from the moment we believed in Him…
Christianity is not about what we can do or how we manipulate our mind... It is all about what Jesus had done at the cross. Through believing in what He had done for us, we receive all the good things that are from Him through the cross.
Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ because in our union with Christ our heavenly Father has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. So do not be conformed to the standards of this world, but allow God to transform us inwardly by a complete change of our mind. Then we will be able to know the will of God. Jesus who came to die for us at the cross is His good and pleasing and perfect will.
Concerning believer's heart, the power that gives life is in our heart because the Trinity manifested Himself twice in the following verse...
Romans 8:11 ~ But if the Spirit of the One who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the One who raised up Christ from the dead shall also make your mortal bodies alive by His Spirit who dwells in you.
I pray that you can have revelation on the power of our heart and be blessed by it. Amen!