Your mindset can make or break you; knowing how to control your mind will decide the course of the rest of your life. The way you use your mind dramatically affects the way you see yourself. When you use your mind negatively to perceive yourself, your past, and the things you have gone through, you will end up feeling bad and inferior. In the worst-case scenario, you will develop an inferiority complex.
The way you perceive things causes you to feel inferior, and not the way things are. A feeling of inferiority develops in your mind (not in your heart), which is important to know, to understand it and to overcome it. The way you use your mind plays a major role in either developing feelings of negativity and or inferiority. So, it is vital to grasp what your mind is (and can do).
What is your mind?
Your mind is the part in you that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and (especially) reasons. Your mind enables you to be aware of the world around you and your personal experiences. It enables you to think. Did you know that your mind includes both your thoughts and your feelings? Feelings are a product of the mind, they are mental. Usually, when you hear the word ‘mind’ you consider ‘thinking’ and ‘reasoning’ and see ‘feelings’ as being the opposite. But your feelings are part of your mind as well. Feelings and thoughts are elements of the same source: your mind.
Your mind has both conscious and unconscious mental processes. This means that you could know what you are feeling and thinking or not. In the latter case, thoughts and feelings are going on inside you without you being aware of it. Whether conscious or unconscious, those thoughts and feelings influence your life, actions, and decision-making.
When you consider your whole being, your mind is part of your soul. Your soul comprises your mind, conscience, emotions, and will. The Greek word for soul is Psyche. Not surprisingly, this is the root word of the word ‘psychology’. Psyche means soul, ‘breath of life’, or simply said ‘life’. The New Testament epistles mention ‘soul’ 105 times in the KJV-bible; this shows how important your soul is to God. After all, God sent His only Son to die for you to save your soul.
The power of your mind
Your mind is enormously powerful, whether or not you are aware of it. Your mind can harm you or it can do you good, depending on how you use it. God’s word says,
“As a person thinks… so is he”
This means that you become how or what you think. Your thoughts have the power to shape you, change you, and let you feel in a particular way. Your mind can lead you in a positive direction or a negative direction in life. Hence, it is worthwhile to pay attention to your mind and the way you use it.
Your mind is particularly important because it influences everything you do, think, and feel. As part of the soul, your mind plays a crucial role in your life, either positive or negative. Hence, it is important to understand how to control your mind and to learn to lead it in a positive direction. If you allow your mind to rule you, your mind will take you to undesirable ‘places’. Your mind has the power to let you think and feel negatively, to let you continually repeat experiences in your head, to let you repeatedly ‘hear’ things that people have said to and about you, and to let you act in specific ways, etcetera.
How to control your mind
Well, you now know that your mind is powerful and can lead you into a negative or a positive future. Knowing this is not enough, you must do something about it. So, what should you do?
Fully grasp that your thoughts and feelings of inferiority take place in your mind. Why? Because you are not powerless when it comes to your mind! It is only when you understand you have the power to control your mind that you can change the way you think and feel.
Move with the understanding that your feelings of negativity and inferiority are products of your mind and that you can do something about it. Romans 12 verse 2 says,
“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
This means that you can actively renew your mind, even if you have been using your mind negatively all the time. This means you can do something about your thoughts and feelings, about the way you negatively think and feel. And you can do that by yourself: by renewing your mind. You can only know God’s will for you (which is good, pleasing, and perfect) when you are transformed by the renewing of your mind. A major way to renew your mind is to read God’s word. His word is not just mere text, it is “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12; NLT).
Check what God’s word says about controlling your mind. The examples are:
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Colossians 3:2 (NKJV).
“be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Romans 12:2 (NKJV).
“be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”
Ephesians 4:23 (NKJV).
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed in you.”
Isiah 26:3 (NKJV).
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 2:5 (NKJV).
All these verses show that controlling your mind is something you can do yourself. God gave you the power and the ability to control your mind. This means that you can change your mind and, subsequently, the way you think and feel. This in result will change the way you act and react and will subsequently free you from the cycle of negativity and inferiority.
Act based on the word of God. Do not leave it at merely reading, but believe and use the word of God. Apply it to your daily life. Walk in it, live in it, apply it to every situation that confronts you.
“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
James 1:23-25 (NKJV).
Choose to be transformed by the word of God. You can choose between being negatively shaped by your past thoughts and feelings or being positively transformed by God’s truth as you walk with God. When you open yourself up to God’s word, you open a gateway for God’s Spirit to transform your mind. By transforming your mind, you will learn how to control your mind.
When you apply these 5 steps to your everyday life, you are ready to live a victorious life. It will give you the needed weapons to control your mind.
Your weapons to control your mind
God provides you with powerful weapons to win the battle in your mind. He created your mind, so He knows what you will need to control your mind. God made provision for you to know how to control your mind.
Your first weapon is to understand that you are not fighting with yourself. So do not feel bad, down, or ashamed if you feel you cannot control your mind. You are human. But what is happening is that your mind is under attack. If the enemy can control your mind, he is happy, because, with your mind, he can control your whole life. When you understand you are not fighting against your own being, you will fight the good fight and with the right weapons.
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12 (NLT).
Your second weapon is to use God’s weapons, not yours. God provided the most powerful weapons needed to control every thought and feeling that pops up in your mind, His word. He gave you the power to catch every bad, false, and negative thought and bring it to obedience to the word of God. Catch them and throw them out of your mind. And, importantly, never let them in again. Any new thoughts and feelings that are formed in your mind, teach them to obey Christ. You are in control, not your mind.
“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
II Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT).
God’s full protective armor is your next weapon. God offers you all you need to be protected. It is up to you to receive this gift or not. The fact that God gives it is not enough; you must receive it and use it. His word will protect you. So, receive it, wear it, use it.
“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then, after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Ephesians 6:13-17 (NLT).
Your last -but not least- weapon is prayer; especially praying in the Spirit. Pray, pray, pray, and pray. Did I say it already? Pray!
“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NLT).
By praying, you submit your soul to God’s will. And through prayer, you align your spirit with God’s Spirit and your mind with God’s mind. God links prayer to His peace; a peace that goes beyond your understanding and that guards your mind. Knowing how to control your mind is guarding your mind. And God promises that when you commit your ‘everything’ to Him in prayer: His peace will guard your heart and mind. And since this peace is above human understanding: do not even try to grasp it with your mind. Just allow God to do what he promised to do. Remember, He does what He promises; you can rely on that.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT).
We all wish to live a purposeful and enjoyable life. To enjoy your life without worrying, steering your mind through day-to-day life is vital. Because if you cannot control your mind, you will live a haphazard life. Simply said, if you do not control your mind, your mind will control you.
You must learn how to control your mind; if not, your mind will lead you to undesired places, unpleasant feelings, troubling feelings, disturbing thoughts, incorrect actions, and unwanted behavior. But the good news is that God has provided us with all that we need to achieve an enjoyable, structured, and purposeful life.
Understanding the 5 simple steps to take to control your mind:
- 1. Recognize that inferior feelings start in your mind.
- 2. Realize that you can do something about your thoughts and feelings.
- 3. Read God’s word.
- 4. Act based on God’s word.
- 5. Choose to be transformed by God’s word.
Use the 4 effective weapons God gives to control your mind:
- 1. Know that you are not fighting your mind.
- 2. Use God’s weapons, not your own.
- 3. Wear God’s protective armor.
- 4. Pray.
So, what do you do do?
Read God’s word and apply what you read.
Pray and let God’s Spirit lead you.
Put the word of God into action and see your mind being changed.
Control your mind and live a victorious Christian life.
Let us pray:
Thank You, Lord, for creating me as an intelligent being. You crafted me in my mother’s womb and blessed me with a mind. I know that with my mind I can do wonderful things and I realize I have used the power of my mind wrongly most of the time. I am sorry about that.
Now I realize I do not have to allow my thoughts and feelings to control me, but that I have the active power to control my mind. I receive your word that helps me to control my mind and I submit my will and mind to You. Holy Spirit, help me keep my mind under control; I cannot do this alone. Thank You that You hear me when I pray and come to my aid.
Your word is wonderful and alive, helping me to live my daily life according to Your will. I surrender my mind to Your word and Your will. Lead me, Lord, and guide my ways. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
©copyright 2021; Christel Owoo.