Four Masters of the Mind – Part Four
Through the circumstances and seasons of life, our experiences have acquainted us with, and perhaps even enslaved us to, one or more of the Masters of the Mind. One commonality among the Whiner, Worrier, and Warrior is they naturally default to ego and outcomes. The Whiner’s complaints, the Worrier’s concerns, or the Warrior’s conquests can become a dominant pattern of thinking that colors our perspective and impacts expectations when left unchecked.
But among the four Masters of the Mind, there is only one that is fully focused on abiding in the hiding place of love. Enter, the Worshipper, rushing heaven’s gates with thanksgiving in its heart and filling God’s courts with praise (Psalm 100:4).
Surrendering to this Master of the Mind is the beginning of freedom and fullness of joy. It recognizes, receives, and reveres the incomparably great love of Christ that held him to the cross so he might redeem and remake his bride. The Worshipper’s response is an adoration that leads to the dedication of heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:4-5).
The Worshipper awakens each day to a spirit song that calls for connection – not as a servant set to please his master’s plans, but as deep that calls to deep (Psalm 42:7) and celebrates, “I am my beloved’s, and [he] is mine” (Song of Songs 6:3). The Worshipper comes with only one objective – a transfixed devotion and wonder for entering into the essence of God. The Worshipper leaves transformed by a Kingdom perspective that is the mind of Christ.
Maintaining this mindset takes conscious intention and constant attention. Though designed for worship – it is our intended state of being – the Worshipper must work to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) so it doesn’t identify “truth” or “reality” solely through the natural perception of sensory awareness. The Worshipper acknowledges the sometimes harsh and painful realities of this natural world; nonetheless, it chooses a higher reality, envisioning the unseen yet eternal promises of God (2 Corinthians 4:18). The Worshipper rises to its seat with Christ (Ephesians 2:6), elevated far above its circumstances rather than encumbered “under the circumstances.” It decrees victory from heaven rather than fighting for heaven to hear its prayers.
The Worshipper learns to live by faith – being sure of what it hopes for and certain of what it does not yet see (Hebrews 11:1) – because it trusts in the goodness and lovingkindness of God and His tender mercies that are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). Its weapon is an attitude of gratitude that expands awareness to the multitude of miracles enveloping life each day.
Even the Whiner, Worrier, and Warrior can’t withstand the tender transformation as they encounter this gift of God’s love shed abroad in their hearts (Romans 5:5). It is a mercy they don’t deserve and a grace they cannot earn. But together with the Worshipper, they join the choir of angels and saints to declare, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty” (Revelation 4:8).
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