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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Mind!! Now!

What a wonder the mind is? How phenomenally deep? Who really understands it's functioning?

The source of intelligence and reason, the source of thought and communication, the place of understanding and comprehension. A diverse and complex structure retained in a body, governing the basic functions of life, automatically, and yet expressive of emotion and idea, able to provide discernment, calculation, distinction and perception.

The mind is constantly receiving information, analyzing and storing data. At a cursory level, this ... "thought does not confront its data in an attitude of free contemplation, seeking to understand their structure and their systematic connections, and analyzing them according to their parts and functions, but is simply captivated by a total impression. Such thinking does not develop the given content of experience, it does not reach backward or forward from that vantage point to find 'causes' and 'effects', but rests content with taking in sheer existent."

Memory serves a a very critical part of this process, the mind takes memories and categorizes them into narratives that can be used to either create well-being (ie. security) or to be used in the construction of a mind-set designed to create life skills to compensate for the past (whether wrongs and failures or success), to create identity, to create future and hope (survival) or enable a person to function in community.

The mind is constantly searching for relevancy and significance in the events surrounding daily interactions. Most incoming data is discarded as irrelevant or benign in nature. It is only when meaningful relationships between past occurrences and present incoming data is perceived that the mind consciously begins to trigger reactions to stimuli.

It can therefore be asserted that in the larger context of life as narrative memories serve as the greatest source for renewal. Seems strange that the past can affect the future, the contradiction lies with the window through which we view our past. The input of new and relevant information, although in reality is not always positive, if in anyway can be made positive, will result in a new perspective.

Romans 12:2 ... ' be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.'

Ephesians 4:23 ... 'and be renewed in the spirit of your mind'

These verses refer to a renewing of the mind in the sense that the natural powers (regarding memory, judgement, perception) are left intact, but the spirit of the mind is changed in its energies and bent to those that are God-ward, the controlling influence (Holy Spirit) adjusting the mind to the moral and spiritual pursuits of God and His thinking and vision.

There is still that which remains '...by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain, but I laboured even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.' I continue to be amazed at the power, wisdom, absurdity, depth, comprehension, irrationality of God's grace in that He works with the person hood of each individual, intervening in their life, disturbing the context in which they lived, yet in His sovereignty leaving as whole the body and mind of the creature, that the glory of God may be made more manifest, assuaging and soothing the fears of man when as absolute ruler there is no usurping of the persona, the heart and its character is changed in its affections but untouched is the essence of the soul (the backdrop) of the individual, grace is willing to love for the sake of love not regarding the sorry state of man as nonredeemable. Grace gentle. Grace divine. Grace.

In this new found grace, memory is filtered, memory becomes redemptive, in that, as a functioning mind-set all relevant information is placed against or compared to the new life and foundation formed by the Cross.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ' therefore if any one [be] in Christ, there is a new creation, the old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.' The fresh start is made, the creative act is in process, by consequence the old memories are passing by, being filtered by the revelation and meaning of the Cross, life context is being created anew.

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