Most serious runners will agree marathon running is 90% mental and 10 %
physical. Your mind and will become fatigued much sooner than your leg
muscles do. Finishing a race has more to do with your mental strength and
willpower than if your muscle strength is adequate. An experienced runner
trains their mental endurance as much, if not more than their physical
endurance. Self-talk and positive affirmation are as key to finishing a long
race as having strong legs and lungs are. Mental toughness is developed
by marathon runners over time, they are dedicated to what they are called
to, which is the race and the finish line. This is a deep spiritual revelation,
having your mind fixed on a goal is a paramount to you reaching that goal.
The difference for spirit filled believers is that we get our minds renewed
1 Corinthians 2
14 Someone living on an entirely human level rejects the revelations of
God’s Spirit, for they make no sense to him. He can’t understand the
revelations of the Spirit because they are only discovered by the
illumination of the Spirit. 15 Those who live in the Spirit are able to carefully
evaluate all things, and they are subject to the scrutiny of no one but God.
16 For who has ever intimately known the mind of the Lord Yahweh well
enough to become his counselor? Christ has, and we possess Christ’s
Incredible! Part of our walk with Jesus is learning how to let go our
temporal perception, and to embrace the perception or the mind of Christ.
Especially in these trying days it is vital that we learn to see the world
according to our Heavenly Father and not according to the culture we are
living in. We are running a race as well, and if we don’t allow our minds to
be washed and renewed, we will never finish well. Yes, pastor John is
telling you, you need to have your brain washed…
Just like marathon runners, renewing or washing our minds of the world
and our flesh is a process. It takes time and effort to continually let go of
yourself and gain more of Jesus. Sanctification is not quick and easy. It
requires us to be aware of the reality that some of the things we call truth
are lies if they are not in alignment with the word. It takes commitment on
our part to be willing to invite Holy Spirit into the way we think so he can
reveal and unravel our minds and hearts. It takes discipline, for us to speak
over ourselves the truths Holy Spirit has led us to. Let me be abundantly
clear, engaging the word of God, The Bible, with Holy Spirit is non- negotiable.
If you are not doing that, you need read no further. Start there.
Engaging God's presences begins with His word. If you are already actively
reading the scriptures, great! You are already engaged in the process of
receiving the mind of Christ. Are you inviting Holy Spirit to expose lies in
your heart that conflict with the word? Are you speaking truth over yourself
that God speaks over you? I believe this is how the First Church was able
to endure so much with so little support and resources. Their minds were
fixed and focused on a kingdom that cannot be shaken. A handful of
Kingdom minded people with nothing, can accomplish much more than
anyone with all the resources of the world. I know we are called to the same.
So, let me ask you a question. Where is your mind anchored? Are you
ready to let Jesus wash it?