“Steering” the kingdom of self
The intellect or mind is designed to direct people like the helm of a ship. The intellect is designed by God to be the dominant leader or ruler of the personality.
Since the Fall of humanity (Genesis 3), the intellect or mind has been wounded and is now subject to disruption by the desires imposed by powerful passions. It is only by God’s grace and spiritual discipline (enabled by the Holy Spirit) that we can be healed and overcome the passions.
The intellect or mind is called and empowered by God’s grace to be the dominant factor ruling over the kingdom of self. It is the rudder that steers and directs the kingdom of self. If we allow the purified intellect to rule, spiritual harmony and progress will follow.
The intellect or mind is what Jesus calls “the eye,” which, if it is single, will fill the whole body with light. Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6.22-23).
Thus, the intellect or mind is the highest faculty in humans, through which – provided it is purified – we know God.
Think about it!
My inside condition or intellect/mind or spiritual “eye” directs my life, just like a captain pilots a ship. What can I do to cooperate with God, so that my whole body will be filled with light? (a) I can pray with a very open heart to God for at least ten minutes to begin my day. (b) I can tell God every day (and mean it) that I want his grace to help me conquer the desires that pull my life away from God. (c) I can make every effort to know God is a very real personal relationship.
A Very Good Book
Anthony Coniaris has written one of the best books I have read in years. The title of his book is, “Controlling and Confronting Thoughts.” Many of my ideas in the blog are reflections of Coniaris’ book. If you have Kindle Unlimited, the book is free. If not, the purchase price on Amazon is $8.99 and well worth the price.
Prayer for Today
Dear God, please help me cooperate with your Spirit in such a way that my inside condition is led to do the next right thing this day.