SPIRIT-LED VS. MIND-CONTROLLED LIFE: THE CHOICE BEFORE EVERY BELIEVER by ZIRI DAFRANCHI

Intro:
This article addresses the necessity of letting the Holy Spirit lead our lives as children of God. It shows the challenges we face in doing this and how to overcome them. It also details some dangers of failing to submit to the Spirit’s leading.

We thank God for the author, Ziri Dafranchi, and pray for more grace upon his life and ministry in Jesus’ name.


SPIRIT-LED VS. MIND-CONTROLLED LIFE: THE CHOICE BEFORE EVERY BELIEVER

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” – Romans 8:14

This scripture provides a very simple answer to the question, “Who is a child of God?” In many religious circles today, as with those before, this question is a big bone of contention and the subject of many controversies. But the answer is very simple. The keyword here is ‘led’. It doesn’t say as many as are filled with the Spirit of God. Well, to be led by the Spirit of God, you must first come into contact with Him. Establishing contact, however, isn’t the parameter here but obedience through following His leading. You need to pause for a moment and digest this.

Every human being is made up of body, mind and spirit but our discussion will focus on the mind and spirit because they outweigh the body on the issue of spiritual leading. The Holy Spirit relates with us through our spirit. Pretty obvious anyway as a Spirit will most definitely relate with another spirit. A popular scripture reminds us that:

“God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24

This relationship would’ve been easy and smooth sailing but for our minds. The mind is in contention with our spirits and is the battlefield of/for our lives. It is through our minds that the devil makes contact with us. Through our minds, the devil tries to resist the Holy Spirit as He relates with our spirit. The battle of good versus evil is fought in our minds.

The devil CANNOT influence our spirit but when we allow him full control of our minds then he can ‘shut off’ our spirit rendering us inaccessible to it most of the time. When this
happens a person becomes mind-controlled instead of being led by his/her spirit. The scriptures describe a person in this condition with these words:

“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.” – Romans 8:6-8 (NIV)

Anybody can live a mind-controlled life even a Spirit-filled Christian! It takes a conscious effort for anybody to be in tune with their spirit, it doesn’t just happen. Similarly the mind can be brought under control so that one can limit its influence. For these to happen, however, one must first realise their current state (mind-controlled or in tune with their spirit), the importance of being in tune with their spirit, and also be willing to discipline the mind and acknowledge the spirit. Remember God relates with us through our spirit.

This is a choice every believer must make because God has given us self-will. Do we want to live a Spirit-led life or do we want to run our lives with our minds, while in actual fact the devil is remote controlling us? The choice we make determines whether there will be harmony between us and God, the kind of fruit we bear and where we spend eternity. So we need to choose as God directs in His word, to be led by the Spirit for our own good.

How then can we discipline our minds so that they become subject to our spirits rather than controlling our lives?
By renewing them through feeding and meditating on the word of God as well as by dwelling on wholesome thoughts. That is what is expressed in the following scriptures.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” – Psalms 119:11

“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” – Psalm 119:104

“I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”- Psalm 40:8

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” – Philippians 4:8

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SOME DANGERS OF LIVING A MIND-CONTROLLED LIFE

For a Christian, the dangers that living a mind-controlled life attract can be quite grave and even life-threatening. As we discuss these dangers, reflect on their opposites because they are the benefits that accrue to those who live a Spirit-led life.

<> As we saw earlier, it makes someone hostile to God and His word. A mind-controlled believer is what the Bible calls a carnal Christian, one who prefers the ways of the world to the ways of God. Such a person will resist obeying God and will not bear the fruit of the Spirit. In short, he or she will be a Christian in name only, bearing no semblance to God or our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Romans 8:6-8 above refers. If the person persists in this lifestyle, they risk eternal damnation.

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” – 1 John 2:15-17

This is why Galatians 5:16 commands us to walk in the Spirit so that we shall not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

<> It makes people vulnerable to deception. Such people tend to ‘stamp’ God on personal thoughts, ideas and visions. They assume God has spoken while in fact it’s their own minds playing tricks on them. This is the reason we have a lot of souls lost in the wilderness of delusion and the valley of confusion. They really haven’t got a clue but they just puddle on aimlessly in vain hope.

But sometimes, a greater danger arises because these people share these words purportedly received from God with others and mislead them. It happened with the false prophets in Jeremiah’s day who were living in sin and prophesying peace to the people while destruction was hanging over them, thus preventing them from repenting and averting the judgment of God. We see this plainly in these verses from Jeremiah 23.

“14. I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: … 16. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord. 17. They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. … 22. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.”

Even when the person concerned is not living in the kind of open and blatant sin described in the foregoing verses, receiving ‘prophecies’ or any kind of ‘divine assurance or direction’ from mind-controlled believers tends to lead to disappointment and sometimes tragedy.

<> Another danger (though related to the preceding one) is that mind-controlled people rarely have access to accurate discernment and leading that comes from the spirit. Their spirit is more or less ‘shut off’, remember? Our spirit, however, is readily accessible to us if we have renewed our minds. It is right inside us but very deep down so you have to probe a bit further to access it. Sometimes it speaks and we call it intuition or gut instinct. How many times have we made up our minds about something but still something deep inside us isn’t satisfied with the decision? The spirit is that still small voice that begs to be heard deep inside us.

How many people fail to experience these gut instincts or fail to comply with them only to later regret? That is the lot of the mind-controlled person who rarely recognises this voice because his spirit is submerged. He makes his calculations rationally, deprived of the vast benefits accruing to those who can tap into the spirit realm.

<> In addition, we need to get in tune with our spirits because it is there that our purpose in life and our destiny are imprinted but mind-controlled people are incapable of doing this. Without discovering our purpose in life, life is meaningless and a bore. Without knowing your destiny, you’ll just be blown around by any wind that comes by with the result that you will be very busy going round in a circle with no real progress.

To fulfil your purpose in life, you need God because He is the Creator. He has plans mapped out for every individual. For example, He told Jeremiah the prophet:

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5

We don’t decide what our purpose will be just as we didn’t decide whether or not we’ll be born into the world. The Holy Spirit alone knows the way to our destiny, hence the necessity of letting Him lead us and the importance of us following His leading.

Don’t be controlled by your mind anymore. Renew it with the word of God and get in tune with your spirit because God is waiting for you there!
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The scriptures in this article were taken from the King James Version of the Bible unless where otherwise stated.

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ABOUT THE WRITER
Ziri Dafranchi is an author; a firm believer in God, who is passionate about practical Christianity, founded in unconditional love for all. He is committed to the freedom of mankind through the proclamation of divine truth. Dafranchi currently lives in London, UK. He has a new book out entitled “Life: A Mystery Solved”.

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I am a university lecturer. I teach Mass Communication, mostly writing courses like Feature and Interpretative Writing, Magazine Article Writing and News Writing, and let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. As you have probably guessed, I am a born-again Christian.

22 comments

  • Eze Benjamin Oduma

    Where is the destination of the blind without someone leading the way? Where is the destination of a christian without the Holy Spirit?, allow Him to lead your ways. Great work

  • okereke chukwuemeka matthew

    it is always good to allow JESUS to lead in ones life

  • Onah Juliet Ezinne

    We should allow the Holyspirt to lead in our lifes.

  • jesus, the only way. holy spirit the only true guidian

  • Okpechi Augustina

    Lord plss, lead us. Amen

  • okeke grace A.

    WE DIDN’T DECIDE WHAT OUR PURPOSE WILL BE JUST AS WE DIDN’T DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT WE’LL BE BORN INTO THE WORLD…… THE HOLY SPIRIT ALONE KNOWS THE WAY TO OUR DESTINY…..HMMM.I LIKE.

  • oleru precious

    Jesus is lord

  • Israel chinwe goodness

    Really inspiring

  • Jesus is the way, the truth and the light!!!

  • onaga kosi

    Nice work Ma.
    Only those who are born of the spirit can call themselves children of God.
    The lust for earthly material is the devils tool. We should be wise.
    Thank you Ma.

  • Umoru Sadia

    Very inspiring piece!

  • The Holy spirit knows the end from the beginning, He knows the road to our destination. if we allow Him to take the wheel of our lives, we will enjoy our walk with Him. Thank you so much for this write up. I really enjoyed it.

  • The Holy Spirit is the only one that can help us live a fufilled Christian Life. The Holy Spirit is our friend, helper, guide and comforter. The Lord Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit to help us in our walk of faith. The race is not for the Swift,smart or brave, it is what can only be done through the Holy Spirit and not with our human minds.

  • Eze chikadibia Joan

    The holy Spirit as a director should always occupy the space in your mind and spirit. The mind being controlled by the devil makes it difficult to connect with the spirit. That is why as Christians, we should beacon on the holy Spirit and fee on the word of God in order to subdue those evil thoughts which destroys without mercy.

  • Mirian Ndawe

    It is not by power, neither is it by might, but by the spirit says the Lord. Whatever happens in the physical, is controlled by the spiritual realm thus, we should let the spirit lead and guide us through the troubles of the world.

  • CHUKWU MICHAEL

    A nice piece ma..being carnal minded or let a mind that is not of God control us is disastrous..as it is one that leadeth to perdition..we should pray and seek the Lord, his ways are not of man..he is God and God alone..we should put our trust solely on him to carry is through this turbulent world..ma thanks for reminding us the work of the spirit..one of the trinity..

  • NGWU RITA MMESOMA

    An exciting one on the work of the spirit..God has used our mummy to remind us of the work of the spirit..his ways constantly remind us of constantly seeking his ways and face in all our dealings

  • Yes.. We as humans have the free will to make choices in life which either makes or mars us. It is only by the Spirit that we can we can be in control of our mind..

    May the Lord help the finite being full of limitations and imperfections.
    Lead me Lord!!!.

    Thanks, Dr.

  • Aleke Juliet C.

    This article is in unity and very comprehensive. Although before now, it never occurred to me that one can be classified into “spirit filled” and “spirit led” Thanks to Dafranchi and to u, ma

  • Ma, I want to say a very big thank you for reposting this post. I have really learnt alot.

  • Odumuko Oluchukwu Victoria

    The importance of being led by the spirit of God cannot be over emphasized. Thanks for sharing this piece ma.

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