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MIND IS SPIRIT
Mary Jane Sears
D E D I C A T I O N
TO: The Lord, Who Does All Things Well
When I was a child my father would continuously tell me to stop and think. I resented it then, but as I look back, I see that this learning skill which he passed on to me is a special blessing.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things (1 Cor 13:11).
Mind Is Spirit
The Lord has allowed me the time to look up various words in Strong's Concordance in the Hebrew and in the Greek as I studied the bible today. I noticed an underlying theme in the various words that I looked into. They all seemed to be speaking about different aspects of our mind.
I've become more and more convinced that the Lord is rarely speaking about these physical bodies, or the geographical areas of the earth and planets, or even of the animals upon the earth. I have repeatedly stated that this fallen creation is not the handiwork of our Heavenly Father. His original creation was visible, but spiritual and incomplete, when stolen by the serpent at the time of the fall. This visible and very physical creation came into existence through the power of the god of this world.
We are born in the serpent's image, and the bible calls us devils who have a carnal mind, and Satan as our unconscious mind.
This world is the abode of the dead because of our separation from the only source of spiritual Life, and it is called hell. We are the living dead because we do not have the mind of God. In a sense we are brain dead spiritually.
As I looked up the various words such as glory, cherubims, goodness, etc. it seemed as though puzzle pieces were coming together to make sense out of the odd terms. I began to realize that my mind was being enlightened.
Proverbs 25:2 says: It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter. The word glory in this scripture refers to the specific purpose in the mind of God to keep His secrets hidden until such time as He chooses, to give enlightment to one He is preparing as a son.
A son must have the mind of Christ formed and maturing in him, while humbly confessing any sin that is exposed in him. He must war against his own carnal mind by commanding Leviathan, the name of the carnal mind in man, to be unwoven. Minds are three thread woven cords that are not easily broken, and are referred to as garments in the scriptures. Minds are also sharp warring weapons. An expression in the world is that someone has a sharp mind. It is a two edged sword. I can remember the Lord speaking a very sharp word of correction to me right in my own kitchen. It felt as though I had been pierced by lightning. In that instance it was the mind of God. Remember that the spoken word comes directed from a mind, or perhaps I should say, the spirit in that mind.
The battle for truth is between our flesh minds and the mind of Christ. As we lay our weak carnal minds down before the Living God, He will strengthen us with His truth and understanding, by piercing through the layers of deceptive walls that keep us in darkness. I'm reminded of a saying that I heard long ago, that some people have minds like cement. They are all mixed up and permanently set. It makes me think of stony hearts, or minds set against God. Our minds are like fallow ground which has to be broken, or pierced, by the mind of God to receive His truth. Hebrews 4:12 says For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (mind).
Again and again it was obvious that God is constantly dealing with mind, as I continued to look into the word glory.
The word speaks of the experiences of the mind, such as being grieved, burdened, sorrowful, or of having a great weight upon the mind. It speaks of the intentions of the mind as it prayed, willed or wished for something. The Lord says in Isaiah, come let us reason together. One of the meanings of the word glory is to think, reason, understand, and specifically comprehend the heights and the depths of the mind of God. It is glory to meditate upon the thoughts, ways and purposes of the mind of God. Receiving His enlightment upon a scripture, situation or something in your own mind that He is dealing with, is glorious. It is the mountain top and valley experiences, and all the high and low places we go through in between.
One of the translations coming from glory is the word liver. Our liver is a necessary cleansing organ in our body and that speaks of the purifying process our mind must go through.
Some translations for cherubims is an imaginary figure; to take off; or to sweep away. It made me think that it is the imaginations of our carnal mind that are to be taken off as a garment, and swept away.
The glory that man receives from God is obviously the mind of Christ. He is the garment, the mantel, the covering, the image of God revealed in us. Luke 2:14 says, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. That says to me that the mind of the Father, or God's will, has come in Jesus to establish peace between man and God, by forming the mind of Christ in us.
Christ Jesus is the anointed mind of God functioning in human flesh. The god of this world (of our own carnal mind) is doing everything in his power to keep us blinded to the truths that our Heavenly Father desires to give us, as we are ready to receive them. The light or illumination coming from the mind of God exposes darkness, and the evil things in our minds are revealed as they really are.
The scriptures refer to our mind as a garden growing in various types of soil, which represent prepared or unprepared minds. We are the plantings of the Lord and are described as grass, trees, vines, flowers and fruit. It is our Heavenly Father's desire that we bear His fruit. That is to say, that a prepared mind is a spiritual reproductive, fertile ground, or womb, awaiting His seed, to bring forth fruit which is the mind of Christ.
This is the spiritual application of a virgin, or pure mind, being prepared to bring forth the manchild in the book of Revelation. To be prepared in our minds, we must be watered by the word of God, fertilized, pruned, constantly watched over so that the weeds don't overtake us. We must also be nurtured by basking in the presence of the Son, meditating or soaking in all that He pours into our minds. It is a long slow process to be seasoned by the Lord.
Another aspect of the mind is that it is the source of the various animal natures that contribute to our behavior and emotional responses. We are stubborn as mules, wild as untrained horses neighing after anything that the wind brings along, gentle and submissive as sheep, able to ascend over our circumstances as the eagle, as plentiful as the fish of the sea, which represent the whole of humanity that is existing in a watery grave, because of our stinking thinking. Another way the scriptures speak about us is the way we are driven as a ship out of control heading for destruction, because we are off course. Only Jesus can show us the way and calm the waters for us. I think you get the idea.
The various parts of our physical bodies are mentioned in the scriptures. Our tongues, for instance, get us into many difficulties. A tongue can only speak what the conscious or unconscious mind thinks. James says it can start a fire that quickly gets out of control and utterly destroys. The bible is a literal think tank experience. Jesus developed many picture stories, or parables, that we could identify with to cause us to start thinking for ourselves, and break out of the mind set that keeps us tied to this world system. He meets us where we are at in our mind, so to speak.
I have a whole different understanding of the phrase mind over matter at this point in my walk with God. It is obvious that anything that we see about us had to exist in the mind or imagination of some spirit before it existed in its physical form. It required a certain mind power to come into being. Nothing exists unless it is first conceived in someone's mind first. The hand, in obedience to the mind directing it, will manifest the thought in the form that is intended by the mind.
Am I right? Think about it. Remember, too, that mind is spirit. I'm not talking about our organic brain that the mind operates through. When someone dies, their brain remains in their dead body, but there is no response because the spirit no longer is there in the form of a mind. Do you understand what I am saying?
In this day and age we are seeing many examples of higher mind control, or mind power, than we have ever experienced in the past. Most of it operates out of the fear in men's minds, and its ultimate end is destruction. The bible calls it witchcraft power. We see it in many forms, such as the flood of psychic phone lines, New Age Movements, the various cult groups, and we find witchcraft in the fundamental Christian groups, as well. One of the obvious examples that comes to my mind is the laughing phenomena that has been sweeping the churches recently. The mind of God, in contrast, operates out of love, and its ultimate end is abundant spiritual life in its fullest sense, not just the good life of this existence.
When I see something on television, I just can't help making a mental evaluation almost immediately. The evil that men do is just so indicative of the mind that is operating in them. We are the devils that Satan, our unconscious mind, uses to do his dirty work. Of course there are varying degrees of evil, but, at our best, we fail miserably, until the Living God begins to move in our lives on our behalf. Even then, it is an uphill battle for a long time. I had to laugh at a TV commercial for a computer that had all the answers. The question What is the meaning of life was asked. The reply was next question please. Without the mind of Christ, there is no possible answer. The meaning of life, is that it is the will of our Heavenly Father to bring us forth in His image, or mind, and then we shall truly begin to see the manifestation of the glory of God as He unfolds it.
Let God be true and every man exposed as a liar, if he does not line up with the Spirit of the word of God, coming out of the mind of God. Here's hoping we all having a meeting of the mind with the Lord Jesus Christ. That's the real catching up that the Bible is referring to. Our crowning glory is not some diamond studded crown or tiara, but the mind of Christ permanently imparted to us. Such glory!!!
In God's original spiritual creation, Adam's reproductive parts were within him. They were male and female -- all in one. The Father planned to reproduce His sons by cell division so that they would not need mothering or the other care that mortal children need. We were supposed to be in His image, or mind, but the Serpent stole the incomplete creation of God by seduction, and reproduced us in her image.
The scriptures do not make it clear just how this came about. We fell down from God's glory (mind) in stages, and that's why we live in a visible physical world consisting of good and evil. The Bible calls this world hell, and the god of this world, Satan. Anything that's good in this creation is from the original spiritual creation of the Living God.
God blesses marriage in our fallen state, but it was not in His plan that we reproduce like the beasts of the field and emulate the actions of animal behavior. Nothing of this counterfeit creation was in the plan of God, and it would never have come into existence if the original creation had remained totally obedient. I say totally obedient, because Adam's reproductive part was deceived and seduced by the Serpent . Adam, the one in authority, the husband, if you will, understood what had happened, and yielded up his position of authority in the plan of God. He bound himself to his reproductive part, Eve, out of strength, and partook of her banishment from the presence of a Holy God.
Adam's decision was for the ultimate purpose of restoring and reconciling the creation of God back to its original purpose. That purpose was to produce the very image of God in a visible but spiritual form, the sons of God. I continually say the sons of God because in the Spirit there is neither male nor female as we know it in this physical realm. The word man, spiritually speaking, is speaking of a position of authority, and female speaks of the positional role that is submissive to that authority. Those who are called sons of God, are called sons whether they are male or female in their physical bodies.
In this world, we are all considered to be female in the sight of God. He speaks of Himself as the husband, and us as the bride, or wife. God loves us, and is in the process of taking His wife out of this captivity and restoring her to Himself.
There is a literal battle going on, which will result in the death of this mortal creation. This spiritual battle will result in the death of the carnal mind, the flesh mind that masquerades as spirit. The scriptures say that to be carnally minded is death. In God's sight, we are dead. Only in His mind is there Life.
Jesus came for the very purpose of being that bridge, that mediator, between God and man, and to restore us, or redeem us, back to the Father. He is the last Adam, as Scripture refers to Him. Jesus came in sinful flesh with the seed of the mind of God already imparted to Him. He overcame this flesh by continually putting it under His feet, under His control. Jesus grew and matured in the mind of God and began to be called The Christ because He no longer walked as a human being in His carnal mind, but overcame it by using His new mind, the Mind of Christ, as a weapon against it. He was truly "the" Son of God because the mind of God was within Him, functioning in power and authority over this earthly realm.
We are once again reconciled to God because of what Jesus did for us. We can now begin the process of being restored back to God's original plan to have sons in His image, which requires His mind being imparted to us, and then matured in power and authority.
There is a long road ahead. There is a battle ahead. It is the battle of Armageddon, the battle of the two worlds, between our world (carnal mind) and God's world (Mind of Christ). This world that we live in is the Kingdom of Darkness, which is ruled by the carnal mind. Leviathan is the name of our carnal mind and she is ruled by the God of this world whose name is Satan. She rules from within our own unconscious mind. Satan will not give up her kingdom to the Kingdom of God easily. Her carnal minds must be wounded unto death before the mind of Christ can come forth in us.
This is a mind to mind war, and the Mind of Christ will come forth in glorious victory. The Mind of Christ is the superior weapon because it is Spirit, and the flesh mind only masquerades as spirit. Without Jesus, Who is the Head of the body of Christ, it would be impossible. Jesus already made it through to bring the rest of us, His body, into this victory. In the natural, once the head of the baby is born, it is just a matter of time for the body to come forth. This is a true principle in the spirit as well.
Some may say that I repeat myself over and over again, and give the same message in different words, but I can only say what the Spirit of God is giving me to say. This is the message that the mind of Christ is giving to the body in this hour. Get prepared. I'm going to do a fast work. The hour is at hand. You may be asking, what can I do to get prepared?
To begin with, you must line up with the thoughts of God. He says that His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts. We have to acknowledge that we are fallen men (devils) held captive by Satan, who resides in all of our carnal minds, and that we are sinners by our very nature. This is hell, and Satan has all our minds blinded to this fact.
Then we have to get our act together so to speak. Ask God about any unconfessed sin in our lives. You might be shocked at some of the things He will tell you. What you don't consider sin He may tell you in no uncertain terms is an abomination in His sight. We are not truly saved until we have the mind of Christ formed and operating in us, to the point of maturity that this body of ours is just a vehicle for His purposes.
Technically it is not until glorification that we become born again, or perhaps I should say, receive our spiritual bodies. That won't be for at least 1500 years and then some. We don't even know what that will be exactly.
Paul says eye hasn't seen, ear hasn't heard the things that God has prepared for those that love Him. Jesus had His physical body swallowed up in glory and was able to manifest and disappear at will after His resurrection from the dead. I believe that will be the state of the sons of God who have the mind of Christ matured in them: Authority and power over this world system, the kingdom of Darkness, will be operating in them to an even higher degree than it did in Jesus Christ. Jesus said that we would do what He did, and even more, because it was not yet the season for the full manifestation of the sons of God to be brought forth.
Jesus Christ had to return to the Father in order to pour out the gift of His Holy Spirit upon us, so that the mind of Christ could be engrafted within us. This graft (Spirit of Adoption) has to be nourished and fertilized by the Word of God, so that we can bring forth the fruit of the Spirit which is the mature Christ Jesus. The sons of God will be used to bring about restoration by teaching truth and judging the people of God unto correction, so that the mind of Christ can come forth within them also. It will be a type of birthing by spiritual cell division.
There is going to be a marriage feast alright. But only those who are prepared with a wedding garment (the mind of Christ) will be allowed in. The groom is the Lord Jesus Christ and we are the bride who has prepared herself by His power and authority , and according to His desire. We are dressed in white, symbolic of having been spiritually washed by the blood (life) of Christ Jesus and walking in holiness. Without holiness we will not see God (in us via the impartation of His mind). We are to bring forth the manchild company of the Book of Revelation. Right now we are in labor, and groaning and moaning, as we are delivered from the traps and snares of this carnal existence -- (this watery tomb or womb) or however you want to phrase it.
We who are dead are going to be quickened and come alive when the mind that was in the man Jesus Christ is in us. God has indulged the human spirit for a season, but now He is saying that it is time to come forth in the Son, and to spring forth and display the glory (mind) of God in all its splendor. The weed (carnal mind) has to be pulled out of His garden, and the planting of the Lord's fruit (mind of Christ) must come forth. What a resurrection. What a day of the Lord that will be.!!!!!
Our good and healthy natural marriages are just a type and shadow of the real Spiritual Union the Lord desires to have with us. It is a continuous mind to mind communion or communication with our heavenly Father, where the two shall become one, in perfect harmony and unity.
God bless you.
Mary Jane Sears