“The temper of the mind is tremendous in its effects; it is the enemy that penetrates right into the soul and distracts the mind from God.”—Oswald Chambers
To be grounded in thinking is to be grounded in our identity. The question we must ask ourselves is whose identity are we grounded in—the identity that comes from the mind of Christ within or the identity the comes from the world, the flesh, and the devil? The only way to function from the identity of Christ is to have the Life of Christ within you, but just because Christ is within us does not mean we are grounded in His thinking and therefore releasing His Life.
The mind is the action center of thought, which releases either Life (Mind of Christ) or death (mind of self). Whose life are you releasing?
Proverbs 23:7 tells us that “As he thinks within himself, so he is.” To put it another way—where the mind goes, one is sure to follow. And we know that “The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).
Fear is the enemy of Faith penetrating our souls and distracting us from our faith in Christ Jesus, and feelings are what the enemy uses to produce fear in us to keep us from walking in and after our Faith. If we do not learn to “take every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ Jesus” (2 Corinthians 10:5), then those very thoughts will take us captive and become what we obey.
The Word of God tells us that we are to “present our bodies a living and holy sacrifice to God,” and “be not conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:1-2). When we present our bodies and renew our minds after the enticements of the world, the flesh, or the devil, we are quickly carried away to do their bidding birthing sin and death.
“But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” (James 1:14-15)
Conformity, whether to the world, the flesh, and the devil, or to Christ within, transpires with the renewing of the mind. We can renew our minds around the mind of Christ within or around “everything that raises itself against the knowledge of God.” When we renew or adjust our minds to the mind of Christ within, true transformation takes place. So then taking every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ Jesus, and renewing the mind is something we do daily—all day long.