Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on Apr 26, 2020

Unfiltered: Unfiltered Me #4

 

What is Unfiltered? In a day and society of picture taking for social media a lot of the picture taking app and social media apps have “Filters.” Filters can be funny, erase blemishes, make you look better than actual natural picture would.

 

We have done the same thing with the Bible. We read it through the filter of today, life experiences, our hurts, pains, successes and current situations of life.

 

The purpose of this series is to peel back the layers and get a raw, natural look at how it actually was.

 

By now the Corona Virus has us all looking unfiltered. Men need haircuts, Ladies needing the salons to open up for roots and nails. You are seeing the real you, for some of you it is the first time in a long time.

As you are seeing the real you outwardly, we are also seeing the real us inwardly.

As much as we are wanting that transformational appointment at the salon, we also need a transformation appointment for the soul.  

 

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article regarding research about human thoughts per day. The average person has about 70,000 thoughts per day. Of those thoughts, 80% are negative, 95% are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before and about 80% are negative.

If 80% of our thoughts are negative and 95% of them are repetitive, then we have a built-in spiritual problem with a mind-body-spirit connection! We must realize that we are spiritual beings living in a human body. 

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French philosopher and jesuit priest, said it best, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” From this perspective, we must identify this spiritual problem as a pervasive problem that infects our mind, will, emotions, physical body. 

When we feel guilt and shame or stress and anxiety our bodies cry out to tell us that something isn’t right. For example, high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer might develop after a particularly stressful event. 

 

It’s like a negative default programming that is hard wired into our entire being. It is not just a tendency to be negative or do a bad thing once in a while, it is a sinful nature that we are born with, a nature that is totally at odds with God. And it is our sin that separates us from a relationship with God. 

This is why it is so important to realize Christianity is “new birth” not another religion.

 

This new birth is not a religion but a transformation. A transformation from a sinful nature to a new nature with a new heart, new desires, and a new mind, and a new direction.

 

Renown Author Brian Tracy writes:

The Conscious Mind

Your conscious mind is your objective or thinking mind. It has no memory, and it can only hold one thought at a time. This mind has four essential functions. 

First, it identifies incoming information. This is information received through any of the 5 senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and also feeling/sensing. Your conscious mind is continually observing and categorizing what is going on around you filing it in your subconscious.

To illustrate, imagine that you are walking along the sidewalk and you decide to cross the street. You step off the curb. At that moment, you hear the roar of an automobile engine. You immediately turn and look in the direction of the moving automobile to identify the sound and where it is coming from. This is the first function.

The second function of your conscious mind is comparison. The information about the car that you have seen and heard goes immediately to your subconscious mind. There, it is compared with all of your previously stored information and experiences with moving automobiles.

If the car, for example, is a block away, and moving at thirty miles per hour, your subconscious memory bank will tell you that there is no danger and that you can continue walking.

If, on the other hand, the car is moving toward you at sixty miles per hour and is only 100 yards away, you will get a “danger” message that will stimulate further action on your part.

The third function of your conscious mind is analysis, and analysis always precedes the fourth function, deciding.

The Subconscious Mind:

Let’s first take a moment to consider the fact that your subconscious mind is like a huge memory bank. Its capacity is virtually unlimited, and it permanently stores everything that ever happens to you.

By the time you reach the age of 21, you’ve already permanently stored more than one hundred times the contents of the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.

The function of your subconscious mind is to store and retrieve data. Its job is to ensure that you respond exactly the way you are programmed. Your subconscious mind makes everything you say and do fit a pattern consistent with “master program.”

Your subconscious mind is subjective. It does not think or reason independently; it merely obeys the commands it receives from your conscious mind.

Think of it like this, just as your conscious mind can be thought of as the gardener planting seeds, your subconscious mind can be thought of as the garden, or fertile soil, in which the seeds germinate and grow.

Your conscious mind commands and your subconscious mind obeys.

Your subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant that works day and night to make your behavior fit a pattern consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires. Your subconscious mind grows either flowers or weeds in the garden of your life, whichever you plant by the mental equivalents you create.

Your subconscious mind has what is called a homeostatic impulse. It keeps your body temperature at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, just as it keeps you breathing regularly and keeps your heart beating at a certain rate. Through your autonomic nervous system, it maintains a balance among the hundreds of chemicals in your billions of cells so that your entire physical machine functions in complete harmony most of the time.

Your subconscious mind also practices homeostasis in your mental realm, by keeping you thinking and acting in a manner consistent with what you have done and said in the past.

All your habits of thinking and acting are stored in your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind has memorized all your comfort zones and it works to keep you in them.

Your subconscious mind causes you to feel emotionally and physically uncomfortable whenever you attempt to do anything new or different or to change any of your established patterns of behavior. The sense of fear and discomfort are psychological signs that your subconscious has been activated. But it’s been working to establish those behavior patterns in the background long before you’ll ever notice these feelings.

The tendency to commit to these patterns is one reason why habits can be so hard to break. However, when you learn to purposefully create new patterns, you can harness the power of habit and purposefully instill new comfort zones to which your subconscious will adapt.

You can feel your subconscious pulling you back toward your comfort zone each time you try something new. Even thinking about doing something different from what you’re accustomed to will make you feel tense and uneasy.

Learning techniques to reprogram your subconscious mind will help you believe in yourself because your confidence will no longer be challenged by fear of the unknown. But more importantly, doing so will train your brain to be in line with your true desires, dreams, and life goals.

The more in tune with your subconscious you become, the closer you will be to breaking through to the God designed you. Because of thought patterns currently in place your subconscious keeps clinging to the dream, but never acting.

 

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

Do not be conformed. What does it mean to be conformed? It means you are going with the flow of culture.

We tend to flow with culture. When we do, we will waste more energy trying to conform than the energy it takes to transform.

Do you remember how much energy we wasted as a teenager trying to fit in?

Conformity is the greatest enemy future possibilities.

 

Be transformed by renewing your mind.  In the original Greek this was referring to a daily process.  

Transformed - to undergo a DNA change or to cause (a cell) to undergo genetic transformation. (Webster’s Dictionary)

 

This is how the mind works. The brain is full of trails, pathways of thinking, we call thought patterns.

Illustration: Cow Trails

The problem is most of these trails do not lead us to good places.

           

Renewing your mind is blazing a new trail that leads us to right places.

  1. Think about what you are thinking about. In 1985, medical research conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine showed how internal and external dialogue significantly affects our blood pressure, hearts, and alters the biochemistry of individual tissues at the farthest extremities of our bodies. 
  2. Look back and see where that trail or thought pattern has brought you in the past. Has it brought you closer to God or farther away? Don’t deceive yourself and think it is neutral thought, it’s not bringing you closer, but it is not leading you away. Neutral equals Nowhere.
  3. Start a new trail. Paul is saying when we renew our mind, we are creating a new thought pattern that will lead us to the right places.

You cannot get rid of a bad trail you, have to replace it with a new one.

 

When we renew our mind, we are literally doing cellular DNA work, we are rewiring our brain. It takes 21-63 days to create a new neural pathway in your brain. That is why this is a daily process.

 

Colossians 3:2 “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

 

There are always 2 sermons being preached. The one I am preaching to you and the one you are preaching to yourself. The one you preach to yourself has a lot greater impact than the one I preach to you.

 

The one I preach is truth but until you practice it, it is only theory to you. When you start putting truth into practice it’ll turn into progressive revelation.

 

Most of the time, the message in our mind is complaining about the mess ups in our life.

The best thing you can do for yourself is crucify the unmeetable expectations you have of yourself.

            The perfect father, mother, spouse…

 

You cannot preach to yourself from yourself because your heart is a contaminated source.

How different would it turn out if we would turn to The Source for a sermon rather than our self?

Some of you are taking orders from a mind that is a mess, and you wonder why your life is portraying a messed-up message.

Ask the Source not yourself.

 

I Samuel 30:6 “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened (encouraged) himself in the Lord his God.”

 

David strengthened himself in his Source, not from himself. He also teaches us from Psalm 19 how he does this.

We always seem to start in our heart then move towards heaven; but David started with heaven to change his heart.

 

Psalm 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky aboveproclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voicegoes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

 

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;


12 
Who can discern his errors?

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

His mouth message and his meditation message needed you come into alignment.

 

David started from heaven and worked towards to his sinful heart to bring him to the right message.

 

Some of you are thinking right now “Pastor you don’t know the Unfiltered Me.” You are thinking “I cannot go to God with all I’ve done.” You’re right, that is why He came to you.

God proves His faith in us by His faithfulness to us.

 

Romans 8:1-2

1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life has set youfree in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

 

Most of your condemnation manifests in your mind. But there is a law of the Spirit that sets you free when you receive Christ.

 

 

Paul says the same thing.

Philippians 2:5 NKJV “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,”

I Corinthians 2:16 “16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”

 

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