The mind is the thought center. It precedes the heart or belief center. Thoughts can be rejected or they can be accepted and then brought to the level of belief, or the heart.
When I was much younger, I really struggled with controlling my thoughts. In fact, my thoughts were so out of control that I believed in my heart that I was an evil person because of these thoughts that continued to plague me. I believed that I was the source of all thoughts. Later, after my 2nd baby was born, I really struggled again with my thoughts. It confirmed the false belief that I was a horrible person and that I was the source of these unworthy thoughts.
It was important for my healing to realize the source of thoughts. All thoughts come from 2 sources. They either come from God or mammon. The thoughts that come from God are original or truth. Satan can not create thoughts. He takes an original source truth and distorts it into a lie or untruth. Satan uses the same methods God uses to introduce the twisted version of God’s truth into our minds. Let’s discuss some of these methods.
- THE WRITTEN WORD AND MEDIA. We are so blessed to have the technology to publish truth to every corner of the world through the use of books and media. However, Satan also uses it to publish the lies. This is an area where we have much obvious choice. We can choose the words and media that we subscribe to every moment.
- OTHER PEOPLE. This one is a little more difficult. We do not always have an obvious choice of who we are surrounded by and the words they say to us. However, we can decide whether a thought they introduce to us is worthy of our attention or not. As we learn to discern truth through personal education, we have more freedom to accept or reject the words others say to us. We also become more accountable for the thoughts we introduce to others.
- UNSEEN BEINGS. Just like the Spirit can whisper thoughts into our minds, there are also other unseen beings who can whisper thoughts to us. This is a whole new level of discernment. Again though, it is simply a matter of learning to discern between truth and lies. When we have discernment, we have the power to reject the unworthy thoughts and accept the true ones.
Loving God with all of your mind is to “let virtue garnish thy thoughts”. Using the garden analogy again, it is clearing the weeds out of the garden of our mind.