“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ! —assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:17-24).
A while back I was praying and asking God questions about the state of one’s mind, really about mine. I asked Him, how wounded is the mind and where are all the thoughts that are hidden that I cannot get at? A while later I heard the word “skewed”. I began to ask myself what I thought it meant and then began searching the bible and dictionary.
Verb past tense: skewed; past participle: skewed make biased or distorted in a way that is regarded as inaccurate, unfair, or misleading. “the curriculum is skewed toward the practical subjects” synonyms: distort, misrepresent, pervert, twist, falsify, bias, alter, change; informal doctor, put a spin on “anyone can skew the data to their own advantage”
I think the interesting part of the definition of the word skew is this example: “Anyone can skew the data to their own advantage”.
How deep in the mind are our thoughts buried? Imagine this; a huge apartment complex with thousands upon thousands of rooms. In each room there are more rooms. In every room are shelves, on the shelves sit memories, thoughts, secrets, and many belief systems. Have you ever wondered why, out of the blue, you had a strange thought and said to yourself, “Where did that come from?”
The tarnished, unbelieving, and sick mind is thousands of years old. This mindset has separated us from the Spirit of God from the beginning, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Why has the mind been allowed to be defiled, changed, and filled with miscommunication so easily?
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die…”
What happened in the Garden of Eden with Eve? Why was the serpent allowed to deceive Eve and get her to think differently? How was she able to get Adam to go along? Just as it was back then, so it is today. We are easily swayed into thinking that a lie is a truth.
In this present-day, having a normal conversation with the general populace is strange. Most people these days will argue a point that might start out as a simple conversation and if it is not what they believe, it becomes a debate. They will interject their own thoughts and cut people off when they are talking, not allowing people to finish their thought. (I know this because I have experienced it). Their belief system has been skewed by their own agenda, using the data they have accepted and created. Most of the conversations I have witnessed switch into different conversations from where it began. (It is like talking to many people at one time) Reference: Double-Minded Series. MC Chapel Fellowship
When It Began for Me?
Please realize I mean no disrespect to my parents. I know that in my mother’s womb I felt rejection from both parents. I was angry about it when I was born. My parents said I didn’t look like either of them and that I was an ugly baby. In my baby pictures, I look lifeless and angry. So whatever words were spoken over me, I accepted, acknowledged, and created thoughts in my mind. I allowed my mind to be skewed.
Growing up I was labeled as a gullible child. People would giggle and say, “You believe anything anyone says!” I thought it was funny and I used it as an advantage… by being the “silly one”. But as I got older, I realized that I believed a lot of things that were not true. Now I know why.
Did she hear a thought from some corner in her mind?
While at the store a couple of weeks ago, I was in line and noticed the box of soda waters I was purchasing was busted open. I warned the cashier about the condition of the box. I sensed that I needed to be careful with her while explaining this. She turned to me and said; “Well if they fall, out I won’t pick them up.” In her mind she thought, if they fell out, I was expecting her to pick them up. She got upset and her attitude changed. What part in her mind heard my simple explanation and what part heard something different? Did a skewed thought process quickly come forward with an answer? Was this a thought with a feeling that was created somewhere in her lifetime. A defense thought, perhaps?
“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness…” (Ephesians 4:22-24).
Jesus laid the foundation for us to be healed rightly from what society calls bi-polar, schizophrenia, and all the other medical terms regarding mental illness. This is explained through-out the new testament and is referred to as double-minded. The heart and mind are components that work together and both need to be healed.
God wants us to Himself
God wants you to worship only Him and has a plan where you can end this separation of God and man and be completely restored to Him. And how did He do this? He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of all mankind.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
Called to Be Holy
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy…” (1 Peter:1, 13-16)
Image of the apartment complex in the mind.