The mind is the war-field, but it’s time to stop fighting. There’s a higher way, there is a greater way. There is a way to fight the good fight without a fight. There is a way to adjust the battleground so that it’s all in your favor.
It’s time to get rid of our mindsets and have our mind SET! It’s time to stop fighting from the realm below. When it said we wrestle not against flesh and blood, it didn’t just mean we don’t fight with our bodies. It also meant we don’t fight with our mind that is influenced by the flesh. We don’t think and strategize against an enemy that has given us a mind that he created. We must let this mind be in us. The mind of Christ. The mind that comes from above. This is a war of the minds. For you to live through your own mind is to be controlled by the enemy. He is the producer of carnality, and our mind apart from God is the devil’s mind!
This is the key to overcoming carnality. To have our mind set on things above. The mind that is set on things above produces life, but the mind set on the flesh is death! The mind set on things below is controlled by things below. And now we move and have our being through what we see, what we feel, what we touch, and anything else the five senses take in. It all will control us, but to live from within is how we control what is without. If you’re born again, He is within and He is the master of all things and all things obey Him.
“For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’” Acts 17:28
To have my mind on things above is to have my being in Him. Who is above? God! Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, and for me to possess the power and authority from His right hand is to set my mind on the one who now ascended and is now seated at the right hand. Now all things are under His feet and when I have my mind set on Him, all things are under my feet. Now I take part in His authority, His power as He distributes it. Now I am a co-heir in the inheritance, in the right hand. Yet the mind set on things below has no part in this.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
The mind set on the flesh is HOSTILE towards God. So you are actually indirectly rebelling against God when you let your mind be dictated by what’s in front of you. Then you develop mindsets that the devil has strategically set in your life, and every time that mindset that you developed comes to mind, the devil takes your mind!
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:5-8
You have to break the mindsets. You have to cast them down. You can’t just get rid of them, now you need to fill your mind. Even Jesus said if you take the strongman out and sweep the house clean, if the house is not filled, seven more spirits come back. We need to get our mind set on things above. On the higher realm, or else we will just develop more mindsets again, more vain imaginations again. Here we are struggling to cast them down over and over, but they keep coming back. Heaven was prophetically placed above all things for a reason. It’s the realm that has all power over all the realms below it. It is the highest in the pecking order and all those below must submit to the leader of that realm.
Your body is now the temple of God, the house of the Lord. So, when you have swept your house clean and filled it with things from above, God who reigns above, when those seven spirits come back, He answers the door and they all flee because they must submit. This is the power of having our mind on Him.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.” Colossians 3:1-6
It talks about the works of the flesh, but right before that scripture it’s already giving you the way out. The antidote! SET YOUR MIND! This is how you will be dead to your flesh and alive to Christ! To be dead to the flesh is to be dead to the influence of everything around you, and to be alive to Him is to be totally influenced by Him.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
Peace, joy and righteousness in the Holy Spirit is your portion, but you must set your mind on Him! You cannot go throughout your day with a mind of your own, we must have it on Him and only then we reap the benefits. When my mind is set on Him, there is no reason to lose my peace because I know that He is in control. I know that He has a plan. I know that He will lead, and I know that all I have to do is wait on Him and He will give the perfect solution to all things that pertain to my life and godliness. My peace with God I can never lose it because God is unseen. He cannot be shaken and has all power over all things.
So let storms come! Let the winds come! Because when He tells me to stand up and rebuke the storm it will cease because HE told me to do it! No longer will I have to fight the storm with my “impressive” mind. Now I have the mind that holds the keys to all things that live. What freedom! To have my mindset set on the one who holds freedom in His hands.
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13
It’s time to set our mind, set our hope, set our heart, set our affection, set our desires on things above. On God Himself, and in this, nothing that enters our ears or passes by our eyes can dictate us because we are already dictated by another force. We are already quickened by something else: The God that has power over all things and everything around us, and now it’s manifest in my life.
Set your mind, and you will never be blind. And you will have heavily perspective and power over the enemy’s camp. Get rid of the mindsets and have your mind SET!
By Joe Pinto
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