Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare

Redefining the concept of biblical spiritual warfare

Redefining the concept of biblical spiritual warfare.

Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare

Part 2

INSIGHT INTO THE FACULTY OF THE MIND

                                                                   by Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

The mind is in no doubt one of the most powerful human faculties, designed within the soul realm by Jehovah himself to help man create, discern and make wise decision on various life’s complex issues and challenges. The mind is certainly a creative living force that if properly nurtured and channeled on the right biblical pathway, will not only accelerate our faith possibilities, but can also enhance redemption, development and ultimate restoration of all creation.

However, if the mind is neglected, indiscipline, untamed and spiritually malnourished of its required biblical truth, by default of its corrupt fallen nature, it carries enormous influence and capacity to impose its own rebellious agenda on you in a very subtle and unrecognizable manner that can cause you a huge spiritual setback. It is certainly true that whatever you drop within the soil of your mind will germinate, grow and produce its fruit in a multiple fold, it’s only a question of time.

 

Influence into the thought realm.

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”. ‭‭I Peter‬ ‭1:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

As we continue with this study I would like us to explore some fundamental spiritual values that could greatly improve our spiritual development mostly in this era of the third day reformation of the church and creation.

The epic battle of the Age is focused on the regaining, the reforming, and ultimately, the restoration of the lost faculties of man back to the divine order and influence of Christ authority and dominion. Whatever kind of war we have seen manifest either from spiritual or natural realm, all passes through the portal of the human mind. Ideologies, good or evil, are shaped by the thoughts that filters into the mind.

There is enough evidence in this current season that proves that Satan and his cohorts are intensifying their mandate activity through the systemic work of deception, ignorance and seductive luring to gain full control over the thought, emotion and imaginative realm of all humans especially those in key areas of leadership both from domestic life, educational communities, and of cause, corporate governing institutions.

Toddlers and teenagers are not left out from the assault of this satanic attack. From the songs they are expose to, to the video games they play, to the cartoons and programs they watch, are all strategically designed to lure, dull and capture the innocent minds of our children. The mission to capture and lock the soul in a state of carnal humanistic pattern of reasoning is very rife in this season.

Think of this for a moment, the history of your entire life, that of your family and the larger society are all predicated on the kind of thought pattern that both informed and shape the decisions that defines the present condition of life. Decisions are made based on our exposure of a particular knowledge or information at our disposal, which ultimately determine or shape our frame of thinking.

The current sociocultural realities, the battle of media propaganda, so-called technological ground breaking ideas, to the extremism of civil wars, religious terrorism, regional destabilization, systemic regional or community marginalization, sociocultural imbalances, racism, xenophobia, poverty and other forms of complex economic challenges; the policy of accepted perverse behavioral lifestyle in the 21st century society, and of cause, the promotion of corrupt leadership both from within the church community and the state to mention a few, are all defined by the ideological frame of thought which determines how society perceive, belief and ultimately decide regarding life.

Thoughts are the gateway into the human soul, we therefore need to be highly discerning in regards to how thoughts gets to be formed within our soul to the point of becoming a powerful tool in shaping our perception either for development or for destruction. The state of our thought and imagination plays a huge role in the overall make up of our destiny.

Whatever has become tangible and visible to the human eyes has first been conceived and birth through a certain frame of thought. The mind is the ground of conception either good or evil. The unregenerated mind is the portal to all forms of negativity. Meaning, how we choose to live in attitude and character is predicated upon the type of thoughts we are exposed to.

The salvation of our mental faculty is crucial to our spiritual breakthrough and advancement. Where we are today and what we are going to become in the future will be shaped and highly influenced by the condition of our frame of thought.

There is no doubt that even the best of wisdom and knowledge to a large extent are influence by the state of thought. If we are struggling with an unhealthy and unbalanced frame of thought, little or nothing can be achieved in terms of maximizing our spirituality and its related creative and productive capabilities.

Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare

Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare

Your mind, the last frontier of spiritual warfare

REDEFINING SPIRITUAL WARFARE SERIES

continuation of part one

your mind, the battlefield of the last day spiritual warfare

Primary spiritual knowledge in engaging the complexity of the soul’s faculty

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

The subjection of the unregenerated human thought pattern and the process of the transformed mind has been a fascinating subject to me. Ever since I discovered that one’s initial confession of Christ as his savior does not automatically overwrite the whole issue of the corrupt and degenerated state of the soul’s faculty.

Old imbibed habits, attitude and ideological beliefs locked within the soul realm, still to a very large degree, influence the view and decisions made even after the acceptance of the Lord. While the new life received at the foot of the cross did reawakened the dead human spirit, the process of the transformation and restoration of the sensory and emotional faculties of man through the power of the word however needs to kick starts the required change within the mind, so that there can be a synchronized lifestyle into one new man, reflecting the life and character nature of Christ in its fullness.


“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:14-16‬ ‭NKJV‬

A positive change in human character is hugely determined on the reformation and transformation of the thought and perception of man. Real lasting change is initiated through the inner working of the spirit of salvation within man’s faculty. This salvation, further proceeds to the seat of the soul, the realm of self-awareness and behavior.

The soul houses sensory cognitive navel system and other human behavioral science, which ultimately defines emotion, feelings, thoughts imagination, attitudes, ideas and desire, intellects, creativity and other human actions.

Traditions, Beliefs, and other human cultural identities are all parts of what is formed within the frame of the human soul. This is basically the realm where fallen human identity and personality are formed or shaped. Indeed, the salvation of the spirit-man kickstarts the process of the rebirth of the self-centered inherent nature of the soul until the entire faculties of the soul life becomes consumed in the light and glory of Christ image, already in existence within the spirit-man.

As simple as this truth may sound, it however remains one of the most difficult principle for many in the Body of Christ to understand, accept and practice. There is absolutely no way the culture and life of the kingdom of God can fully manifest through a mindset that is easily influence by the ideas and suggestions of humanistic and satanic ideological beliefs.

This has been an ancient battle that has almost destroyed the human race, and of cause, weaken the the church from exhibiting her governmental authority. The enemy has strategically establish a foreign rebellious way of thinking to the first man and his wife when he suggested that eating the forbidden fruit will open their eyes and they will be like God.

I felt it is important we clearly understand the whole concept of spiritual battle from a precise and broad biblical definition so we don’t find ourselves like the person who is beating the air according to Paul’s description in 1 Cor 9:26. This is a topic many have spoken and written about with great insight.

However, I strongly believe the Lord is shedding more light and broadening the spiritual insight of the church as it relates to the current position of the church in the place of kingdom advance. The light of divine truth is fast moving from the outer reality she has camped for a long period. The second day journey of truth demands we understand the present phases of the Spirit in terms of the progression of our salvation into the preferred place in God.

The salvation of the soul paves the way for man’s total reformation. It is at this point the nature and image of the last Adam becomes fully manifest in and through man. Both the life and the mind of Christ flows through this regenerated spirit, soul and body. Every aspect of the sleeping man from the fall in the garden is completely awakened through the power and glory of Christ.

The nature of the mind we are made of plays an important role in shaping and determining the kind of life and future we are going to experience both from a personal level to a more corporate global reality.

The fact that it is an open declaration in the word of God that the regenerated Mind is the (temple) habitation of God makes it even more challenging for every true follower of our Lord Jesus Christ to maintain a quality life of thinking that does not give in to challenge and assault of the enemy who is bent on corrupting the thought process and imagination of all men.

The enemy’s chief mission is to make sure that believers don’t live up to the standard value set in God’s word. We shall further look into the scheme of the enemy as it relates to the condition of human thought pattern.

Suffice to say, by divine construct, man is designed in three corporal departments, which are his spirit, soul and body. Two of these parts cannot be seen with the carnal eyes, while the last, which is man’s biological part gives covering and expression to the rest.

Our lord Jesus Christ gave an insightful example to differentiate the function of man’s tripartite reality according to mark7:15. What goes into a man, meaning, that which enters through the stomach as in relating to food is not what defiles a man.

He went further to explain also that what comes out of the man, meaning from his spirit or soul is what makes him on clean. Man’s defilement is based on the state or condition of his frame of mind which is housed by his soul. The soul houses all the psychological and emotional realities of a man’s world. We shall further examine this highly important principle.

Let us however understand this basic but highly critical protocol of human regeneration. The spirit, at the point of salvation is reawakened from spiritual death while the soul remains unsaved but can be influence to follow the direction and leadership of the regenerated spirit if its properly built and disciplined .

This however, is not be possible until the spirit man is energized with the life and light of Gods truth until it regains full authority and dominion over the total man. This is what Paul was trying to communicate to the Church in Rome, according to Romans chapter 12:1-3. The faculty of the three personality of man are patterned to function in harmony so their victory can be assured against the assault of darkness.