The words of Christ abiding in our hearts empower us to dominion thinking. When we receive the Knowledge of Christ, the power of His indwelling thoughts causes us to think accordingly: they literally shape our thinking. We receive God’s thoughts by hearing His words and agreeing with them. Then, we do not think outside of His words. His thoughts are greater than natural thinking which is unbelief. Natural thinking is controlled by Satan, the god of this world. When we think of things as they naturally appear, we are not in faith, but in unbelief.
Unbelief is the state of a mind that is blinded and dominated by natural knowledge. II Corinthians 4:3-4 declare, “But if our gospel is hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God should shine unto them.” A blind mind connects to a blind heart which is the base our understanding. Our understanding is considered our inner eyes, or our ability to perceive things. The cause of the blindness of the heart and darkened understanding is spiritual ignorance, or a lack of the knowledge of truth operating in it. (Ephesians 4:17-18)
The words of God are spirit, not natural. If His knowledge is not present and operating inside an individual’s heart, natural knowledge dominates his or her thinking. Spiritual things cannot flow to natural minds because they will reject them. The perfect illustration is with Jesus in His own country. The 6th Chapter of St. Mark records what He confronted there. Although He was the Son of God, anointed by the Holy Ghost and performed Miracles, He literally could not do so there. The reason was not an inability or a lack of desire on His part; rather, it was the spiritual blindness of the people’s understanding as to who He was. They made the following statements in St. Mark 6:3, “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Judah, and Simon? And they were offended at him.” What offended them was what they thought about Jesus. He was performing spiritual things while they were thinking naturally about Him.
The impact of their unbelief is recorded in St. Mark 6:5-6, “And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.” We must know that we connect to God in believing His knowledge. We depart from Him in unbelief, or focusing on opposing natural knowledge. Hebrews 3:12 declares, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” The living God gives us His Living words. When we no longer think in agreement with His words, we depart from Him in thinking. Do not allow Satan to draw your minds away from God with natural thoughts, then you will see more blessings manifest in your life. God Bless.
From Pastor Leroy Rankin