BY DORAL PULLEY, Today’s Church Tampa Bay
Scripture – “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5
Denial – I do not accept every suggestion that comes to my mind.
Affirmation – I decide which suggestions to give my energy.
Your mind is the thinking part of your soul. Like seeds sown in the ground, the thoughts that you hold in mind reproduce themselves in your health, finances, and relationships. You cannot stop ideas from coming to your mind, but you can decide how much energy that you give to those ideas. Until you give an idea energy, it is simply a suggestion. You decide what suggestions to accept and what suggestions to reject. The suggestion does not become your thought until you accept and give it energy.
In the wilderness, Jesus, the Wayshower, received suggestions from all three aspects of his mind: subconscious (ego), conscious (senses) and Superconscious (Christ mind). He heard and denied the suggestions that came from his ego and senses and accepted and affirmed the Divine Ideas that came from Spirit.
That’s why he did not command the stones to be made to bread, jump from the pinnacle of the temple or worship something other than God. The devil of the text is Jesus’ subconscious mind or ego taking him to these various places and making these suggestions. It is not something or someone outside of him tempting him; rather it is Jesus battling within himself.
Your mind takes you various places. It is so creative. Use the creativity of your mind to imagine and manifest good or use the energy of your thoughts to fulfill the wishes of the ego. It’s your choice. You are the lord of your own thoughts.
Reflection Question – Think of an experience where you operated in your ego and describe what you learned from that experience.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Today’s Church Tampa Bay, 940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (Staybridge Suites) and 5107 North Central Ave., Tampa.