The attack against your mind:

Pay close attention when the same New Testament author uses that same word to address the same subject in the same book. This is the case in II Corinthians in the connection between the mind (νοηματα) and spiritual conflict. First notice the use of the word in the context of spiritual warfare in II Corinthians 10:4-5. The next three appearances use the word with specific mention of the activity of Satan. The battle is for the mind. Satan targets the mind but God by his Spirit renews the mind.

II Corinthians 10:4-5 Spiritual Warfare described:

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments (λογισμους) and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought (νοημα) to make it obedient to Christ.”

II Corinthians 2:11

In order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes (νοηματα).

II Corinthians 4:3-4

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds (νοηματα) of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel…”  (Cf. II Cor. 3:14-16)

II Corinthians 11:3

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds (νοηματα) may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (see also: Romans 12:3 with I Timothy 3:6)

Transformation of the mind:

Romans 12:2a

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (νοος).

Ephesians 2:23

You were taught, … be made new in the attitude of your minds (νοος).

Romans 13:14

“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about (προνοιαν) how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” Πρόνοιαν (pronoian) — provisionary way of thinking. “make no provision for the flesh” (NASB) “don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires” (NLT)

Too often we apply these verses narrowly to sexual temptation. But the works of the flesh include other evils. Consider:

Galatians 5:19-21-

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.

8 acts of the sinful nature on this list are relationship sins!

How does one make pro-visionary thinking for hatred or jealousy or envy? What mind-set or perspective allows for these sins? To overcome sinful attitudes, actions and emotions, one must see things differently. One must “put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” How does an appropriation of Christ to one’s life offer a different way of thinking? How does it provide a gospel-based construal that counter veils the way of wrong way of thinking? All of this relates to both the assault against the mind by Satan and the renewal of the mind by God.

Connecting heart and mind:

The heart as a storage bin

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
(Luke 6:45, NIV)

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT).

How things get into the heart

1. Upbringing – your 18 year factor:

2. Specific trials or ongoing challenges

3. Physical sources or limitations

4. Sinful and selfish condition of our hearts (Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9-10)

5. Stuff we put there: the eye is a gate to the heart. The Bible emphasizes the eye as a primary source of temptation  (Gen. 3:6;Josh. 7:20-21;II Sam. 11; Matt. 5:28; Eph. 1:18-21)

The Mind and the heart:

The mind reinforces or challenges the things stored in our hearts. To change behaviors, attitudes and emotions, we must change ways of thinking—perspective, construls. Allow God to transform you by changing the way you think. (Scripture transforms our thinking).

Steve Cornell


“Human life is fundamentally a life of the mind. The posture of the mind determines so much about the character of an individual’s life” (Robert C. Roberts, Spirituality and Human Emotion, p. 26).

“Because emotions are construals, and construals always require some ‘terms,’ — to succeed in dispelling an emotion, I must somehow get myself to cease to see the situation in one set of terms, and probably must get myself to see it in different terms.” (R. Roberts)


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