June 2019 Newsletter - "The Sound Mind" by Roni Burton, MD
A common phrase that may be heard in conversation or maybe during a conflict is: “I’m going to give them a piece of my mind.” It’s an idiom meaning “to express one’s opinion strongly; to voice one’s disagreement or dissatisfaction, especially with another person; to scold or rebuke someone.” (1) I’ve jokingly wondered: will that person give back the piece of the mind that was given away? Or what happens if one gives away too much or all of his or her mind? Will they have enough or any left?
It may sound silly, but that is exactly what Yeshua/Jesus is asking through the apostle Paul in Philippians 2:5 when he says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” In another place he says, “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom 12:2). So, there is a state of mind that Yah is saying through the Word that must change. Paul in Romans 7 and 8 clearly indicates that there are two minds: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity (hostile, in opposition to, hatred of) against God,” (Rom 8:6-7, emphasis added). The carnal mind is the enemy of Yah, and He wants to have dominion over it. “Till I make thine enemies thy footstool,” (Psalm 110:1, Luke 20:43, Mark 12:36). Why is this important? Because if one stays in the state of double mindedness, that person is “unstable in all his ways” and “let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord” (James 1:7-8).
So, what’s the problem? It’s a fractured mind with multiple spirits causing unsoundness. Yeshua/Jesus says through Paul, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a Sound Mind,” (2 Tim 1:7, emphasis added). For many, the degree of the fractured mind is such that they need the help of community to get to Yeshua. For those of His body carrying His healing power, the revelation of Christ still has the power to restore our minds. How does this happen? By the living Word. The seed or sperm is the Word of God (Luke 8:11).
In 1Jn_3:9 the spérma of God denotes the power of God operative through the Holy Spirit working in believers. Also figuratively used of living beings as the seed of man; i.e., of posterity or descendants. By implication, spérma means a remnant, a few survivors, such as those remaining from a former year (Rom_9:29 alluding to Isa_1:9). (WordStudy Bible Dictionary)
The Word has the power to regenerate, because it is the same power that said, “Let there be light” (Gen 1:3). “Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid,” (Luke 8:36). Where did this happen? A town east of the Jordan called the Gadarenes, which means “reward at the end.” We are at the end of the age. Yeshua wants to restore our souls by healing our minds through the process of revelation. The millennium kingdom has begun. Yeshua says, “Elijah will come and restore all thing,s” (Matt 17:11). Yeshua calls it the regeneration (Matt 19:28). The Greek word is paliggenesia, From G3825 and G1078; (spiritual) rebirth (the state or the act), that is, (figuratively) spiritual renovation; specifically Messianic restoration: - regeneration (Strong’s Bible Dictionary).
Kieran, a brother who was diagnoses with bipolar, schizoaffective disorder, suffering with hallucinations on five different medications for years, came into order with the revelation of The Word, under pastor Michael Petro. Kieran is now healed, clothed in his right mind, off all medications sitting at the feet of Jesus. Peter says, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” (1Peter 1:13).
Until next time, let the mind of Christ restore. Blessings!
1. Wiktionary, search a “piece of my mind”
2. All Scripture references, King James Version of the Bible.