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The Mind

 

Shalom everyone! I pray this moment finds you in your right mind. What does that mean? A common idiom in Western thinking, when someone behaves or speaks in a way that triggers an angry response, are the words, I’m going give them “a piece of my mind”! If the giving of “a piece of my mind” happens too often, will there be less mind to give? Definitely food for thought! 

One definition regarding this phrase is,

“to speak angrily to someone about something they have done wrong” (1).

Yet, the Scripture tells us to “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5). Based on the above meaning of “a piece of my mind”, Jesus gave some of His disciples an angry “piece of His mind” when they didn’t follow His instructions (ref Matt 17:17). Jesus Christ is God and the Apostle Paul, who had a deeper intimacy with Christ through the process of revelation, (ref Eph 3:1-5; Col 1:26-27) exhorted his fellow Jews to try and understand what he (Paul) had experienced when Christ appeared to him. That appearing radically changed Paul’s mind (ref Acts 22:7-8). 

The Apostle Paul was begging the Christians in Rome to present their lives and their minds to be renewed, so they might experience God in a deeper way.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom 12:2).

The word mind is mentioned 95 times from the Old Testament to the New Testament. It is used in a wide variety of contexts with rich meaning, as the Hebrew language offers a way of thought based on character and function versus appearances more typical of the Greek language. 

One form of the word in the Old Testament is nephesh, meaning soul, which refers also to mind:

“A feminine noun meaning breath, the inner being with its thoughts and emotions.”

It is used 753 times in the Old Testament and has a broad range of meanings. Most of its uses fall into these categories: breath, literally or figuratively (Jer 15:9). The inner being with its thoughts and emotions (Jdg 10:16; Pro 14:10; Ezk 25:6), and by extension, the whole person (Gen 12:5; Lev 4:2; Ezk 18:4). Moreover, the term can cover the animating force of a person or his or her dead body (Lev 21:11; Num 6:6; Jer 2:34). It is even applied to animals in a number of the above senses: the breath (Job 41:21 [13]). The inner being (Jer 2:24); the whole creature (Gen 1:20). and the animating force (Lev 17:11). When this word is applied to a person, it doesn’t refer to a specific part of a human being. The Scriptures view a person as a composite whole, fully relating to God and not divided in any way (Deut 6:5; cf. 1Th 5:23)”. (2)

While by no means extensive, the above reference gives a glimpse of the depth of the Word of God which is the person of Christ. This is an aspect of the mind of Christ. 

Another form is ruach (pronounced roo’-akh). “A feminine noun meaning spirit, wind, breath.” The word is used to refer to the Spirit of God or the Lord. The Spirit of the Lord inspired Prophets to utter their prophecies” (3). In his first letter to his student Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote words of encouragement to him saying, 

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. (1 Tim 2:7 AMP). 

In Hebrew thought the heart, mind and soul are synonymous. So, to renew the mind, as Paul says, is to have the understanding of God’s thoughts, which is His being that heals our spirit, soul and body. 

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [that is, separate you from profane and vulgar things, make you pure and whole and undamaged–consecrated to Him–set apart for His purpose]; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete and [be found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. (1 Thess 5:23).

A physical healing without a spiritual renewal of the soul is incomplete. To heal the soul, or mind, is a process of receiving Apostolic teaching, which was the focus and practice of the Early Church (prior to 325 AD). The disciples of Jesus’ Apostles taught the Church the deeper meaning of the Scriptures, and the supernatural signs and transformations of the soul happened. On average it was three and a half years of study, for several hours per day, that prepared the early Christian Church to grow in the face of Roman persecution. Their minds or souls were transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Apostolic Fathers for over three hundred years. 

It is through these teachings and traditions, which Apostle Michael Petro has continued at the Voice of Healing Ministries, that have sparked healings and miracles. As was seen in the healing revivals of the fifties, we continue the legacy of the healing revivalists such as William Branham, Jack Coe, John G Lake, Kathryn Kuhlman and others. Why? The Apostle James, brother of Jesus, puts it this way,

“So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls”. (James 1:21). 

As mentioned, the heart, mind and soul are the same in accordance with Hebrew thought. What is going to heal spirit, soul or mind and body is the revealed Word, Jesus Christ.

“Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]”. (3John 1:2, AMP). 

We have seen the healing of brain tumors, acute and chronic pains, major depression, drug addictions, stage four cancers, religion addiction, pornography addiction, you name it; we have seen the power of God heal, deliver and set people free. Visit our testimonial page and experience the beginning of the greater works Jesus promised we would do (ref John 5:20). 

“This is the revelation of Jesus Christ [His unveiling of the divine mysteries]” (Ref Rev 1:1, AMP). Jesus said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things” (Matt 17:11 AMP).

The prophetic voice of Elijah is to restore our understanding of the Scripture. The Scripture is Christ and I want a piece of His mind!

Until next time, I’m Dr Roni,

Shalom.

References:

  1. Dictionary.cambridge.org “a piece of my mind”
  2. Word Study Dictionary, “mind”
  3. Bible references:  New King James Version and Amplified (AMP) Version

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