“It’s all in your head.” That’s what we hear about many things, and it is true! What we think determines how we feel, influences our choices, our behaviors, and guides the path of our lives. The question here is, “Who is in control of your mind?”
I grew up in church, and when I was a teen one of the big things we heard about was subliminal messages in music; with “backward masking” in music concealing messages encouraging everyone to smoke marijuana and in the theater previews, hidden messages would cause people to rush out to the lobby and get barrels of popcorn, candy, and soda.
Over the years fashion has changed, musical genres have changed, and church ministry has changed, but people have not. Many think that subliminal messages are a joke while others find hidden messages in everything. I have to question, who is in charge of the thousands of basic thoughts that daily flood our minds.
Romans 8:6 is translated in the New Living Translation as, “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
On the surface this translation would support those who see church, religion, Bible, Christianity, and cults all wrapped up into one, with the idea that people who allow themselves to be influenced with these sources are weak minded and brain washed.
Keeping in mind that the English Bible is a translation from Greek and Hebrew, the International Standard Version appears to translate this verse more accurately, “To focus our minds on the human nature leads to death, but to focus our minds on the Spirit leads to life and peace.”
So what should we “focus” our thoughts on? The Apostle Paul writes to the church of Phillipi, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Phillipians 4:8)
Do you desire to stop dealing with depression and shame? Do you desire to make better choices? Would you like to have better behavior? Do you desire to have your life following a better path? Then focus your thoughts on what God desires for us to think on; allow the Spirit of God to have control of your mind.