This is a topic that I am passionate about. I would like to discuss this topic in several sections. This is for everyone, not just those who have been victimized. I invite discussion on this topic because it is something that few people really understand in ways that enable them to appropriate the truths of scripture that pertain to overcoming and victim mentality. It is my heart felt desire for everyone to be able to live peaceably regardless of their personal situations. Hopefully readers will be able to come away with something helpful to apply in their own lives as I discuss this topic.
First, I would like to introduce my perspective. Life happens to everyone. Some of it is good and some is not good. That is normal living. We learn how to respond to life by living through experiences from which we learn. The truth is that we interpret life as we live it and sometimes our interpretations of events are not based in truth. When this happens, we gain a skewed view of life which we carry through event after event. Our skewed views tend to have emotions attached to them which can make our lives miserable. Because emotion is attached to our skewed interpretations, when something happens we react to it. Often our reaction can be traced back to what we believe in a past event. That memory controls us throughout our lives with emotional reactions until we revisit the source memory and replace the lie-based thinking with truth. Once the truth is in place in the memory, we can move on and not be bound to reactivity in that issue because it will be resolved. Now, we all live life filled with events that have bad feelings and mis-interpretations attached to them. So, we have many areas where we react to people, events and things. That means we have plenty of opportunities to go to memories to process issues. Here is the thing. If we do not go to the source memory, we will keep coming back to the issue. The memory holds the interpretation that keeps our emotions alive. So, we must deal with the issue in the memory if we want to stop being haunted by the issues held there.
Here is the trick. Once a memory is in place and our interpretation is set, there is only one person who can replace the lie-based thinking with truth. That is the person of the Holy Spirit. People can tell us, over and over what the truth is. But it will not replace the lie. Why? Because lies can only be replaced with truth in a present tense experience. As humans, we cannot make a memory present tense. Only God, who is not bound by the restrictions of time, can give truth as a present tense experience in a past memory.
There are people who say that “you need to just get over it and move on with your life.” That is not humanly possible as long as the past keeps jumping into the present because of triggers. So, how do you get over these issues in a practical applicable way? That is what I will begin to discuss here. It is a process of mind renewal which has brought freedom to thousands of people.
Mind renewal is a process of removing lie-based thinking and replacing it with truth. It brings truth to an experiential level that allows us to live at peace regardless of what is happening in our lives. It is a lifestyle that brings freedom step by step. Mind renewal is something that needs to be practiced daily for the rest of our lives. The more we practice mind renewal the greater our freedom and the more we become like Christ. Mind renewal is not something we do by working at it. It is a process of experiencing truth through deep relationship with Christ.
I will continue next time with the basic process of mind renewal and how it brings victory so that you are no longer a victim of your circumstances.