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The mind is the door through which the power of Godís love enters your life.  Thatís why the Bible says, ďBe transformed by the renewing of your mind.Ē  In order to have a new life, you need a new way of thinking.

No matter what path you walk to personal transformation, all paths eventually converge on the mind.  That doesnít mean all paths lead to God.  It does mean that God designed your mind to be the door through which you enter the world of change.  You can change your life by changing what you put into your mind.

The power of the mind is so great that there is considerable confusion regarding its role in spirituality.  For many people, the mind becomes a stumbling block.  They elevate it to such a high position that they appear to worship at the altar of the mind.  Others turn their back on it, believing that religious faith and the mind are in conflict, and they choose faith.

Those who worship at the altar of the mind often believe their mind is everything.  They elevate it almost to the status of God.  They preach a gospel of mental omnipotence that is supposed to cure all ailments.  If they can just get things straight in their mind, everything will be fine.

Those who have an adversarial relationship between their mind and faith, struggle to bring their unruly mind into submission.  Often they hold their mind in contempt, because many of their thoughts make them uncomfortable.  They hope their spirituality will give them control over their unwanted, disturbing, and frightening thoughts.  They try to ignore their mind, hoping it will go away, or at least stop irritating them with thoughts they donít want to think.  They try to divorce themselves from their mind claiming all they need to do is live by faith.  If they have enough faith, everything will turn out fine.

The truth lies between these two extremes.

God designed your mind to be the door through which the power of his love flows into your life.  Your mind is where Godís love is brought to bear on the problems of life.  When you fill your mind with the power of Godís love, miraculous things happen.  But it wasnít the mind that made them take place.  It was Godís love that made the miracle come to pass.


Your mind is a battleground where two superpowers vie for control of your life.  One superpower is called reason, and the other is called emotion.

Sometimes reason holds the upper hand and rules.  More frequently, emotion overwhelms the power of reason and takes control.  The sound and fury of emotion drowns out the voice of reason.  Unfortunately, people who continually ride the roller coaster of emotion end up in a state of exhaustion.  Their life spirals out of control, and they wonder what happened.

What happened is they are casualties in the battle between reason and emotion.  Emotion won the battle, and they suffer the consequences.  They feel sick inside and are worn out from the wild ride.  They have discovered an important fact.  The two superpowers of the mind must be kept in balance if they want to enjoy their life.  Both reason and emotion have their proper time and place.  Reason should be their guide, and emotion should make the trip enjoyable.  Emotion should add spice and flavor to life, but not be in control.

Although you have only one brain, your mind functions as if you have both a rational mind and an emotional mind.  When the Bible says that you must be transformed by the renewing of your mind, it means you need both a new way of thinking and a new way of feeling.  The Bible also recognizes that people think with their heart as well as with their head.  Thatís why the Bible says, ďAs a man thinks in his heart, so is he.Ē

Your heart is your home.  It's where you live.  To a great extent, your emotions rule your heart.  The Cardinal Law of The Heart is that feeling is believing.  You can tell when you really believe something because you feel it in your heart. Whether that feeling and belief are correct or not is a completely different issue.  If you feel it, you believe it, and it controls your life. Until you feel something in your heart, you don't really believe it, and it doesn't direct your life.

Your heart is your home, and you should feel comfortable there. It should feel good to be at home with yourself.  If you don't feel good inside, you need to make some changes in the way you think so that you can change the way you feel.

Your heart is like a calculator that sums up everything in your life. After it adds everything up, it tells you how to feel. When you feel bad, you need to change what you put into your mind so that things add up differently. When you count your blessings, and fill your mind with good things, your heart adds everything up, and you feel great. You must put good things into your mind if you want to feel good on the inside.  There is no other way.


Most people believe they are creatures of reason when they are actually creatures of emotion.

If you were a creature of reason, then changing only your rational mind would change your life.  You could solve all your problems by going to school and taking a course in logic.  Every problem would have a logical answer.  Drug and alcohol addiction would disappear, because it doesnít make sense to destroy yourself with chemicals.  All forms of illogical and self-destructive behavior would vanish when exposed to the power of reason.  Counseling would be easy and success would be guaranteed.  The answers to all of lifeís problems would be found in logic.


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