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Mind Power vs. God's Power
Body, Soul and Spirit
God created the body of man with the dust of the earth. Then He breathed His breath into the nostril of man and thus gave him life through the spirit. And man became a 'living soul'. God created man 'like Himself' and hence, man had the power of God bestowed upon him. Whatever man thought with his mind just happened. He was made strong enough in his soul to rule over the entire earth, every living creature and every bit of land.
But when man fell to sin through disobedience to God, he was cursed and the power was sealed within man's soul, making it a latent power.
Dissecting the Soul
Normally, Heart, Mind and Soul are considered to mean much the same and normally used interchangeably. However, Luke in his Gospel, stating the first commandment of God, separates soul and mind, saying, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind."
The spirit in a man gives God-consciousness whereas the soul gives self-consciousness. The soul can be further sub-divided into at least four different functional parts:
(i) The heart (not the organ that pumps blood, but heart of the soul) meant to make the right choices and decisions, and may be related to the will power, desires and passion of the soul.
(ii) The mind (again, not the brain, but uses the brain as the mind of the soul) is the storehouse of knowledge which analyzes and suggests the logical or legal choices and decisions that the soul may make.
The third and fourth part of soul put together is what Luke refers to as 'the soul' which are:
(iii) The conscience, which has the knowledge pertaining to good and bad, right and wrong, acts as a reference guide to the soul in making morally right choices and decisions.
(iv) The emotions, which are the feelings acting as nerves of the soul, helping in sensing and expressing the soul's reactions or responses and making emotional choices and decisions.
Psychology, which is the science of the mind actually deals with understanding and manipulating the power within each of these parts of the soul. While the heart, conscience and emotions are closely knitted, the mind stands quite separate and thus, we can differentiate between the decisions made by the heart and decisions from the mind, revealing which one actually rules over the soul.
The Power of the Mind
Having given the background about the mind within the soul, let's move on to the mysterious and latent power that this soul possesses. God has endowed much power within the mind of man which is closely linked with the brain in the physical sense. Metapsychology, psychic sciences and many other related fields of science work towards manipulating this power within the mind of man by taking control of the physical handle available to the soul, that is the brain. The various degrees of manipulating this power within the mind results in the release of this power through subconsciousness, superconsciousness, transcendental meditation, concentration, yoga, enlightenment, mesmerism, hypnotism, mind control and all those incomprehensible ways of expression of mind power.
Where is God?
When man experiences these unforeseen manifestation of power and energy from within his soul, he feels great. His mind is pumped up, exalted, and ultimately, he feels like 'god'. This is the assurance that the devil gave man in the garden of Eden - "In the day you eat of the forbidden fruit your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
The ultimate purpose of the devil is to steal the glory of God. He knows well that if man starts worshipping himself as god, then it would not be too long for him to start worshipping the devil, seeking ways to release more of the power. The devil has been quite successful in his plan as we see people venturing into the subconscious to interact with spirits of the 'other' world in order to gain more power, which is nothing but witchcraft, sorcery, soothsaying and spiritism. This very well leaves God out of the picture, bringing man's self to the centre, leading a step further into disobedience, farther away from God's plan.
Remember, though there is power within the soul (mind power), though it may seem big, that is a limited one and man has to depend upon the spirit world if he wants more of it. Does the Bible deny this power? Not at all. But it is forbidden by God.
"A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them." (Leviticus 20:27)
"There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord," (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)
The Lord God Almighty, who is worthy of all honour, praise and glory, is always careful when someone tries to lay hands on His glory. All power belongs to Him and He says,
"You shall worship no other god (including your own self), for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." (Exodus 34:14)
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, our Lord Jesus Christ has said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven." God expects total dependence upon Him for spiritual power and hates people when they seek alternate ways to tap the forbidden powers, defiling their souls.
God Lacks No Power
"The LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome." (Deuteronomy 10:17)
He wants His creation to come to Him and seek His face. He is also a gracious God who shows mercy for generations.
His Power is For You
He is always ready to give His power to those humble ones who would seek His face with true humility. That power is more genuine and limitless. The power that comes from Him does not defile your soul. His power is available to you if you would love Him with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Would a king give his authority to his enemy? So also, if you are away from God and not in communion with Him, you cannot expect God to give you His power. But a friend of the Lord will receive His powerful anointing which is God's authority bestowed upon His servants, when you decide to serve Him truly. Become a friend of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then your source of power would be limitless as you begin to depend on Him.