About Inventions of The Mind
We all have our own personal thoughts and that is part of what makes us unique. God created man with free will and ability to think and choose for Himself. That is the beauty of the gospel of the kingdom. It is His love for us and His desire for us to choose to love, obey and follow Him alone.
But we live in a fallen world and we are constantly bombarded with competing thoughts and choices we must make. There is the worlds way and God’s way. Then there is our way which is no good unless it is surrendered to God’s way, which is the Kingdom of God way. Often what we call the enemy is our own thoughts. Likewise what many liken to the voice of God or the Holy Spirit told me this or that is nothing more than our own thoughts.
Inventions of the Mind
2 Corinthians10:5 tells us to ‘take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
We destroy arguments, and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ, ESV.
As I mentioned earlier, God has created each person to think for themselves, but unfortunately, our minds are of this world and need renewing. (See Romans 12:2) Our minds need to come out of the world’s way of thinking and develop a kingdom mindset. This process starts when we are born again and continues after we have been saved.
Because our minds are being renewed daily, there is a three-way battle for supremacy. Really it is a two-way battle because we are going to submit our thoughts to the world or the kingdom of God. Nevertheless, we deal with something called vain imaginations or, as Nehemiah puts it, ‘inventions of the mind.’
Inventions of the mind are those thoughts where we just make stuff up. It has no substance or is not rooted in facts but may be solely lies, conjecture and hearsay. Thus it serves no good purpose, and I have assembled five facts about this from Nehemiah chapter 6.
Core Verse Nehemiah 6:8 “Then I sent a message to him saying, “Nothing like these things that you are saying has been done, but you are inventing them in your own mind.” NASB
Other translations say ‘making it up out of your head’ NIV ESV, ‘feigning out of your heart,’ KJV and NLT say just making it all up.
1- Inventions of the Mind are Made Up In Our Hearts
Well, that is obvious, but it exposes what is in our hearts. We make up stuff for a variety of reasons: to save our reputation, keep us out of trouble, to bring misery on others, to be included, and because we are hurting, to name a few.
Whatever the reason, it is still wrong and is doing it the way of the world. In Nehemiah’s story, Sanballat and his cronies had tried everything possible to stop the work from being completed with no success. So they started telling lies and inventing false information regarding Nehemiah and his friends to stop them.
Their lies were unfounded and had no basis since they were granted permission first by God and secondly by the king of Persia, who had authority. So when someone starts gossiping or lying, we need to steer clear and pray for wisdom. Likewise, we need to avoid being used by the enemy in making up stuff in our hearts.
2- Inventions of The Mind Are Meant to Frighten You
Whenever people start speaking out untruths against you, it is meant to frighten you to be unsuccessful in your assignment. Fear is an excellent tool of the enemy, and we know that words are powerful. If we let them, they hurt and sting us to the core of our identity.
We must recognize the enemy’s tactics and let the words roll off like water off the back of a duck. Otherwise, they will take root, and fear will grow into a stronghold. Also, we can fall into the trap of vain imaginations. That is how the work of the enemy grows. One person makes up stuff against someone, and they respond with vain imaginations, lies, and try to use worldly weapons.
3- Inventions of The Mind Discourage You
When people talk about us and make up stuff and tell lies, it hurts and demoralizes us. As I wrote previously, the spirit of Sanballat is an intimidating spirit seeking to stop us, and discouragement is one of the enemy’s main tools to accomplish this goal. If enough lies and made-up stuff is spread, we get tired and weary of dealing with it.
All of this is a form of witchcraft. So we need to be careful not to be the one causing discouragement. We are meant to bless and build up. Yet, if we are around people constantly tearing us down and speaking against us, then it may be time to break off relationships. Either way, don’t fall into the trap of discouragement. They are just words.
4- Inventions of The Mind Try to Stop and Destroy You
Whatever your Kingdom assignment is, it is essential to Jesus, and you need to complete it. Therefore you are a threat to the Kingdom of darkness, and Satan’s goal is to stop and destroy you at all cost. He will use others to stop you and will use you to prevent others if you let him.
We must recognize the enemy’s work and come out of agreement with it. Instead, people will tell you anything to pull you off of your assignment. Worse, we usually don’t realize we are being used to hinder God’s work until it’s too late.
5- Must Be Recognized and Overcome
Our core text is Nehemiah’s answer to the enemy’s accusations. Nehemiah walked his assignment out in humility and boldness. That is our goal in walking out our kingdom lifestyle. Walk humbly before God with holy boldness. When accusations start to come our way, we must stay humble and respond with a soft answer. That will turn away wrath and heap coals on the heads of our enemy’s.
Likewise, we must take our thoughts captive and put them under the cross. Even if we know something to be true, or we have fresh revelation from God, we must be careful, as we can easily slip over into the fleshly mindset. If God reveals something, it is most likely for you to pray about and not tell others as we usually mix our minds with the mind of Christ, and so it is best to be quiet until he releases us to speak. Be a blessing.
I hope these five things will help you recognize how the enemy works by causing each of us to make up stuff in our head or invent stuff in our minds. I also pray it will cause us to surrender our minds to the Lord and be used effectively and complete our assignment.