Undeniably one of my greatest accomplishments, the process was long, in my case almost four years; however, with the right help the amount of time could be reduced to a month or two. Circumstances had provided a 1-year interval to be dedicated to prayer and fasting almost without interruption. All living accommodations were taken care of including cooking and cleaning, essentially, and my only responsibility was to preach a Sunday message and attend a few other small details. I gave myself wholly to fasting and prayer and Bible study for one year. Two days were all it took for me to exhaust all of my personal petitions and requests to God. Within a week, it became increasingly clear that by far the largest and most important part of prayer is not talking to God, but rather it is God talking to you. ~ “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected” (Habakkuk 2.1).
Going Out of Your Mind
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in prayer or in the presence of God knows that the largest obstacle to prayer is the mind. Teaching on prayer, Jesus said ~ “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh [mind] is weak” (Mark 14.38). The term ‘flesh’ in the New Testament refers the state and role of the human mind after Satan gained access to it in the Garden of Eden. You will remember the Serpent gained access to the human mind through Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden when he partook of the Tree of KNOWLEDGE, instead of the Tree of Life (Spirit). ~ “But of the tree of the knowledge [mind] of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2.17). And so it is of no great surprise that the human mind, being subjected to the devil, is the major source of all wickedness, sorcery, sickness and pride; and will actively resist every attempt of man to enter into the presence of God in prayer. Thus, ‘going out of my mind’ was the best thing I have ever done.
The Spiritual Mind
Going out of one’s mind does not mean going crazy, though it may well seem that way at times to those who are blind to the wisdom and knowledge of God. Scripture frequently spotlights this irony. Jesus’ own family thought at one point that He had gone crazy. ~ “But when His own people heard [about this], they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind” (Mark 3.21). Something similar also happened to the Apostle Paul. ~ “For if we are beside ourselves, [it is] for God; or if we are of sound mind, [it is] for you” (2Corinthians 5.13). The point is that when one begins to tap into the mind of the Spirit, he may appear to be ‘crazy’ to others because he is beginning to act on information and revelation knowledge that is so far advanced that to the simple carnal mind it appears crazy. ~ “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned” (1Corinthians 2.14).
The First Man
When Adam was still in a state of perfection, before he sinned and entered into spiritual death, He was the consummate spiritually minded man. His principal source of reasoning was his spirit, not his mind, which was in uninterrupted communion with the Spirit of God. Of course, Adam had a mind like we have, but his mind was dedicated to processing information from his five physical senses. It was not used to direct his life or make major decisions of any kind. The human mind accounts for a very small amount of man’s reasoning faculties. Like Adam before the fall, man was designed to tap into all of the cognitive resources of God via his spirit. Like God, man was designed to enjoy a plurality of reasoning faculties, so he would always have the highest and best intelligence at his finger tips. God is a three-part being, comprised of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; which demonstrates a multi-source fountain of enlightenment. So, man being created1 in the image of God embraces reasoning faculties in his spirit, soul, and mind; as well as possessing access to the knowledge of God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
The Renewed Mind
The New Testament tells us to ‘renew’2 the mind, or to restore the mind back to its original ordained function and state when man was a new creation, to operate in concert with and in subjection to the reborn human spirit, which is vitally united to the Holy Spirit. This is what it means to be ‘spiritually minded.’ Losing the mental domination of the carnal mind, which is given over to Lucifer in the present age, will not only close the door to sin and the devil, it now becomes a fundamental first step to the greater spiritual life.
For to be carnally minded [is] death, but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.
1. Genesis 1.26
2. Romans 12.2
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