Romans 8:6 – “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
Hypnotism is often thought to be some form of mind control. Many movies have been made illustrating every one from Count Dracula to alien life forms utilizing some form of mind control or hypnotism.
If you perform an internet search, you may be surprised that in almost any town of significant population, you’ll find a hypnotherapist. They offer help with everything from quitting smoking to weight loss to life coaching.
When I was a new, young attorney, I was quite interested in hypnosis as a way to keep my anxiety in check. I’m convinced that it was of great help to me. The one thing I remember from that experience was that it took repetition, concentration, and a purposeful effort to work.
God tells us that if we will let the Holy Spirit control our minds, it will lead to life and peace. That sounds awesome.
So how do we do this? It takes repetition. You can’t just ask the Spirit to control your mind on Monday and think that will carry through Sunday. It’s a daily surrender.
It takes concentration.
Your attention must be on God’s spirit to hear God’s voice. Your surrender to the Spirit’s control needs your awareness. An open line of communication. And, yes, God’s promise for those who allow His Spirit’s control is peace and life. Not just any life, but the best life ever. Eternal life!
Have a blessed weekend and a Safe and Happy 4th of July!