Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Transforming our Minds

Hadn't heard this song in ages, but it came on the radio today. It is about the historical strife in Northern Ireland, but the lament of destructive thoughts has universal application. This continues my reflections on Jill Woodliff's insights, to which I've linked in the "Out in the Cold" thread below.

"But you see it's not me, it's not my family
In your head, in your head, they are fighting
With their tanks, and their bombs
And their bombs, and their guns
In your head, in your head they are cryin'
In your head, in your head, Zombie, Zombie
In your head, what's in your head Zombie"

Matthew 16:23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."

Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Romans 8:6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

I Corinthians 2:16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

II Corinthians 10:3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.


Alice C. Linsley said...

The Saints n earth may be called the "Church Militant", but God fights for us with HIS own weapons.

TLF+ said...

Hi, Alice - wondering if you might post some more about the Orthodox understanding of our transformation in Christ...forgive my ignorance, but is the term theosis ?