Breaking Patterns of the Heart, Mind, and Spirit
The moment you accept the invitation to be adopted into the family of Jesus Christ you are changed forever. It is at this very moment a line is drawn in your life. On one side of the line is your former self, the you that was full of sin and headed to hell, on the other side, is the you that 2 Corinthians 5:17 speaks about; the you that is the new creation, the new creature.
Although salvation has given you eternal life in the spiritual realm, you still wrestle with the patterns and habits of your old self in the natural realm.
Sometimes Christ-followers either misinform or misunderstand the transformed Christ-filled life is not an overnight transformation, but a lifetime of tripping, falling and getting back up. Some seasoned Christ-followers fail to admit that it is challenging to break the habits and patterns of your former self. While the truth is you have to work and fight to conform into the image of Jesus.
Like with any kind change, first, you must recognize and acknowledge these patterns in orders to break them.
Breaking Patterns of the Heart
The most important change starts in the heart. This is why when the preacher is beginning the invitation to come to the Jesus, they may say something like, “if you hear Jesus knocking at the door of your heart, or come give your heart to the Lord.”
Your heart holds your spirit. It holds the part of you that knows God the most and the best. It’s the part of you that you give to God to transform. Its the part of you that is transformed immediately after salvation. Proverbs 4:23, tells you to guard your heart because everything you do flows from your heart, good, bad, or indifferent.
David understood this. He pleaded with God in Psalms 51 to create in him a clean heart. David is the perfect example of how God sees you. David had done some things that most will never do, yet God said he is a man after His own heart because David accepted the responsibility for his actions, he always repented, and he never ever stopped praising God no matter what he faced.
Think about the desires of your heart. Are your desires according to God’s Word? His will? His purpose?
If you find anything in your heart that is not of God or from God it’s time to break the pattern of your heart.
Breaking Patterns of the Mind
If the most important change starts in the heart, a close second is the change that starts in the mind.
If it is God’s work to change your heart. It’s your work to change the patterns of our mind.
Ask God to help you recognize your toxic and negative thoughts patterns, and to give you the strength and guidance to recognize these thoughts, but your part is to do the work to change them.
If it is the heart that knows God the best, it is the mind that fights God the hardest. It is your mind that doubts God, it is the mind that forgets God’s goodness, it is in the mind that the evil one plant the seeds of wrongdoing.
It’s the renewing of the mind that moves you closer to God. It is when you set your minds on heavenly things and focus on Jesus and His example that the inward change starts to manifest itself outwardly. When you change your mindset people start to notice your growth and see a difference in you.
The mind is a very powerful thing. It can hold you captive or it can set you free.
If you find that there are thought patterns are imprisoning you and hindering your spiritual growth, break free, with the help of the Holy Spirit, by changing what you focus on and how you let situations affect you.
Breaking Patterns of the Spirit
Your spirit knows God. Your spirit understands the ways of God, the love of God, the desires of God, and your spirit desires nothing more than to walk in the newness of Christ. Matthew 26:41 tells you that your spirit is willing, but your flesh is weak–because you are a spirit trapped in a human body, until that fateful day when you are able to shed the flesh and walk in your true likeness.
Everything that you go through here in the natural realm is the direct result of the battle that is going on in the spiritual realm. Ephesians 6:12 tells that you battle not with flesh and blood, but with principalities, powers in heavenly places, with rulers of darkness of the world and against spiritual wickedness.
You are to edify your spirit by putting on the whole armor of God, Ephesians 6:11-18, understand that you are not fighting a battle against your haters and naysayers, but you are fighting the spirits of discouragement, division, deception, and diversion.
Breaking the patterns of the Spirit in the natural realm is to get the natural mind and the natural heart to realize that the battle is not yours but the Lord’s and that you are not only weak, but you are powerless to fight against these spirits without God’s help.
Some example of these patterns are:
Patterns of the heart:
unashamed sinfulness, lewdness, lust, which is ungodly desires, unforgiveness, hatred
Patterns of the mind:
ignorance of God, inconsideration of God, negative and ungodly thoughts, anger, pride, worry
Patterns of the spirit:
trying to fight spiritual battles with natural strength, not recognizing the trial you experience daily is a direct result of the battle going on in the spiritual
No matter how long you have been running this Christian race, whether 1 day or 80 years, there is something you can work on to be a better you. I pray you’ll examine yourself. If you find any of these patterns, pray and ask for help to break these patterns so you can draw nearer to God and He can draw nearer you.
May God be with you until we meet again