Need a good scrub? Does your brain need washed?
The word “brainwashed” comes to mind every so often. It’s typically used with bad connotations, like, “she lived among that group so long she became brainwashed.” Or, “the captured soldier had to endure the enemy’s advanced brainwashing techniques.” Sometimes I hear people speak of Christians as being brainwashed.
But the word, first used in 1950, isn’t necessarily bad. Here’s a definition for brainwashing: “a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas.”
A forcible indoctrination.
What if you removed the word “forcible”, and replaced it with “voluntary”?
A voluntary indoctrination.
To indoctrinate is to teach, to instruct, someone in the rudiments, the basics, the beginning principles of a certain subject or point of view.
Everyday, people have their brain washed. In educational systems, through exposure to various media outlets, or simply hanging out with friends; our brains are being scrubbed and massaged to think and believe a certain way.
I believe it’s important for us to be very choosy regarding the type of “soap” we allow others to use on us. And, it’s wise to be selective about who we allow to massage our brain.
We must take the time, MAKE the time, to regularly stop long enough for a good mind scrub. Most people practice, voluntarily, good hygiene. We must practice good spiritual hygiene, as well.
Scripture calls it, “renewing the mind.”
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NASB)
Renewing the mind, or changing the way we think or process information, is a fundamental, lifelong exercise every child of God must learn.
Learn and practice – daily!
You see, when someone receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, “they” become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). “They” refers to their heart (spirit man, hidden man of the heart). They still have the same body and mind. The “new creation” wants to do things God’s way, but, like always, the body simply wants to be pampered and spoiled. The mind decides which it will yield to – the spirit or the body.
Do you see the value of a good scrub? The value of washing your mind with God’s word?
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8 NASB)
“O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97 NASB)
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3 NASB)
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 ESV)
“Meditate” is to renewing the mind as soap and a washcloth is to good hygiene. To meditate is to ponder, think about, and even mutter. Speaking the word of God, muttering the things that are “true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and of good repute.” Pondering how to apply the truths we learn from God’s word. Thinking about the best way to respond to God’s commands.
The Lord told Joshua to be certain to keep His word in his heart and mouth, day and night. By doing so, he would “make his way prosperous and have good success.”
Brainwashed believers should be the norm! Children of God SHOULD think like their Father! Their speech should let those around them know they belong to Jesus.
Need a good scrub? Have your thoughts and attitude been kind of dirty, maybe a little ugly, lately?
It’s probably time to get into God’s Word; letting His Word scrub your mind through and through.
And then, do it again tomorrow…