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87LHCD7-5A Gene & Earline Moody – THE PASSIVE MIND 1-of-2
87LHCD7-5B Gene & Earline Moody – THE PASSIVE MIND 2-of-2
Excellent study depicting many characteristics of the passive mind. Ultimately, every thought is to be brought to the obedience (attentive hearkening, compliance, submission) of Christ. Are you there yet? If not, you possibly need deliverance from a passive mind. God would not have put it in His Word if He had not intended for us to do it!
PASSIVE MIND – THE DEVIL’S WORKSHOP
LIST OF SCRIPTURES
Deut.: Amp. Ver. (You will find out how to use your mind in this book.)
II Kings 4:8-35 (Shunammite Woman)
Prov. 2:2-7 (Find the knowledge of God.)
Prov. 3:5-10 (Trust in the Lord with all your heart.)
Prov. 3:13-14, 24 (Unrelaxed Mind)
Prov. 6:4-11 (“0” Sluggard)
Prov. 6:17-18 (Abomination to God)
Prov. 10:19-20 (Talk too much.)
Isa. 26:3 (God will guard.)
Isa. 30:15-17 (Rest and trust in God.)
Isa. 55:8-9 (God’s thoughts not ours.)
Jer. 12:5 (If in a safe land, you fall down.)
Dan. 6:14-23 (King’s mind compared to Daniel)
Malachi (This book shows the difference between God’s mind and man’s mind on issues which are very important to God.)
Matt. 3:2 (Repent – How sincere has our repentance been?)
Luke 1:27-38 (Mary accepts God’s will.)
Luke 9:25-26 (Being ashamed of God before man is weakness of mind.)
Rom. 1:28 (Passive mind is reprobate, considers God worthless.)
Rom. 6:16-19 (Active mind and body as servants of God)
Rom. 8:6-7 (Holy Spirit mind and fleshly mind)
Rom. 10:12 (Take heed lest he fall.)
Rom. 12:1-3 (Make correct judgement of self.)
II Cor. 4:4 (Passive mind blind)
II Cor. 4:16 (Inactive mind)
II Cor. 10:3-5 (Bring thoughts into obedience to Christ.)
II Cor. 5:23 (Fruit of the spirit is self-control.)
Gal. 5:24 (Crucify the flesh – actively.)
Gal. 6:3-7 (Make correct judgement of self – God is not mocked.)
Eph. 4:7 (Grace is given to each of us.)
Eph. 4:17-20 (Cults and spiritism)
Eph. 4:21-24, 32 (You are an active participant.)
Phil. 2:3-9 (God worketh in you.)
Phil. 3:13 (Lashing backwards)
Phil. 4:6-8 (Think on these things.)
Col. 1:21-23 (If you continue)
Col. 3:2 (A commandment – set your mind on things above.)
II Tim. 1:7 (No fear)
II Tim. 2:21-26 (Refuse – shut your mind to youthful lusts, controversies.)
James 1:7 (Double minded man will not receive from God.)
I Pet. 1:13 (Gird up your mind.)
I Pet. 4:7 (Keep sound-minded)
I Pet. 5:7-8 (Worry drains the mind and body.)
II Pet. 3:1 (Sincere mind)
DEFINITIONS OF THE PASSIVE MIND
Earline’s definition is a mind not directed by its owner but open to allow any thought to pass through. It often accepts lies as truth, and fears as facts.
Webster’s definition is receiving impression from external agents – not acting -being the objective of the action rather than the subject.
The passive mind does not accept completely the Word of God as Truth therefore it is always questioning and wondering. This questioning and wondering weakens the will, causing the person to be slow to obey God. This is the cause of most of the instability we see in Christians today. It causes us to be unsettled in our minds. God’s purpose within is to establish and settle us (I Peter 5:6-11). If we refuse to stand against the Devil, God cannot strengthen us.
The active mind studies and tests God’s word, sees it work. believes it, accepts it, trusts it, and relies on it. It is continually learning more of God’s will and obeying his precepts. How do you know a Christian? By watching him do what God has said in the Bible for him to do.
Mental passivity includes in its descriptive words: unreasoning, inactive, unenthusiastic, unresponsive, unqualified obedience to the commands of another, lawful or unlawful. (Mark 4:24 – futile mind; Eph. 4:17-19 – seducing pastors or teachers who patronize you to get you on their side, many times opposing God’s Word; Rom. 6:16 – You will become the slave of whomever you yield your mind to obey.) A person who does not successfully complete earthly duties shows mental passivity.
Consider and read these scriptures: Jer. 12:5 (This scripture is to the prophet, Jeremiah. It is also to pastors and Christians today. If you are afraid to live for and obey God in time of peace, what will you do in time of trial and persecution?); Rom. 12:1-2 (whole body including mind is sacrifice); Eph. 4:17-32 (strip self of all old mental and spiritual attitudes and put on new.); Phil. 2:13 (God’s power works in us and we will to do His Word.)
CAUSES OF THE PASSIVE MIND
Manipulation by Jezebelic mother or father, and Ahab mother or father.Ignorance of spiritual commandments given in Old and New Testaments.
Looking back and using the same method of drawing conclusions.
Draining mental energy by constant recriminations and unproductive activity of worrying, plotting and planning.
QUIET MIND VS. PASSIVE MIND
If we give thanks to God and truly trust Him we have inner peace. Our minds and bodies both work and produce better.
A quiet mind is at peace and resting in the Lord with full confidence in God even in times of trial. A passive mind is always active “spinning wheels” with thoughts running rampart through it jumping from one thing to another, almost never at rest or at peace.
Consider and read these scriptures. II Kings 4:8-36 (Shunammite woman not intimidated by death); Isa. 30:15-16 (God called His people to quietness and trusting Him in order to have confidence and strength); Dan. 6:14-23 (King let his mind be played upon by people; in pride and ignorance he would have shed innocent blood had not God come to Daniel’s help); Luke 1:27-38 (Mary not passive in accepting God’s plans for her – it was not unusual in that day for unmarried pregnant women to be stoned on their way to the well, etc.); I Pet. 3:3-4 (God’s woman has peace of mind.)
You must be an active participant in your change from old to new life (passive to active). (Jer. 12:5 – You cannot run with the men on horseback unless your mind is settled by a life of practice in obeying God’s Word; Heb. 2:3 – How shall we escape (appropriate retribution) if we neglect so great salvation; II Tim. 3:2-5 – A chilling account of the mind in last days (seems like what we see today; Eph. 4:17-32 We cannot live as the unsaved!)
To a passive person, Phil. 2:3 means that God will work everything out for me. God does the willing and doing.
To an active person, Phil. 2:3 means that God will work in me as I obey His commandments and line myself up with His Will. Then His good pleasure is done in and through me.
Consider and read these scriptures which teach about the active/passive mind:
Vs. 5. Lean on, trust in and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
Vs. 6. In all your ways know, and recognize and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Vs. 7. Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord, and turn (entirely) away from evil.
Vs. 8. It will be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones.
This seems like a prescription for good mental, spiritual and physical health. The rest of these scriptures give more insight about how to work out Pro. 3:5-10. Pro.3:13-14; 6:17-18; Isa. 26:3; 55:8-9; Rom. 6:16; 8:6-7; 10:12; 12:1-3; II Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 4:21-32; Gal. 6:3; Phil. 2:4-9; 4:8; Col. 1:21; II Tim. 1:7; James 1:7; I Pet. 1:13; II Pet. 3:1.
We must repent, change our mind and change our conduct. The battle for our minds began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. In Matt. 3 in we see the contrast between the minds of those obeying God and those in disobedience;
II Cor. 4:4, following the god of this world brings a blinded mind. Gen. 3:1-6, doubt, unbelief, questioning God, adding to what God has said brings instability. Rom. 6:16, results of yielding to wrong person or attitudes, etc.
PASSIVE MIND (EXCERPTS)
The passive mind is blind to the Word of God. In a Christian, the passive mind will hear and accept the Devil’s opinions about life and its situations. It looks at them in the Devil’s light rather than the Light of God. It uses great swelling words to argue with God – “BUT GOD”.
The passive mind is a reprobate mind. After much agreeing with the Devil, soon God is not in all of our thoughts, and we become vain or empty of the truth (Rom. 1:28). All sin in played with in the mind before it is committed.
Cults, spiritism and mind control need minds empty of God to fully operate in (Eph. 4:17-20).
An active mind should get stronger as it matures. An inactive mind desires to do these things but does very little (II Cor. 4:16).
Inactive minds babble away by talking too much, often about things they know little about, using incorrect facts and assumptions. The unrelaxed mind causes sleepless nights (Prov. 3:24; 10:19).
Deuteronomy contains the formula for the correct use of mind and heart.
Deut. 4:9, set your mind to remember what God has done.
4:29, seek God with your whole heart.
4:39, recognize that the Lord is God in heaven and on earth; there is no other.
5:29, fear God and keep His commandants.
6:5, love God with your entire being.
6:6, God’s words shall be first in your mind and heart.
6:7, impress them diligently on the minds and hearts of your children.
7:17, don’t fear larger nations.
8:2, know if you will keep His commandants.
8:5, know also in your mind and heart that, as a man disciplines and instructs his son, so the Lord your God disciplines and instructs you. We should be diligent in our discipline and instruction of our children so that God will quickly and correctly discipline and instruct us.
8:14, when God has blessed you don’t forget Him.
8:17, don’t forget God blessed you and get proud and say you did it yourself.
9:4. don’t say in your heart that God’s blessings fall on you because you are righteousness.
9:5, God is keeping His promise to Abraham.
10:12, see 6:5. 11:13-14, diligently serve God and He will send early and latter rain for crops and grass for cattle.
11:16, don’t be deceived and worship other gods.
11:18, lay God’s words as forehead bands before your eyes.
15:7, shall not harden heart against nor refuse to help poor brethren.
15:9, have no greed for brother’s goods.
17:20, don’t be lifted up in your heart over your brothers.
18:22, do not be afraid of false prophets.
20:3, trust God fear no enemy.
20: 8, let fainthearted return home.
Read chapter 27-28 to see how you will be blessed or cursed.
28:47, destruction for not serving the Lord with gratitude of heart and mind.
28:67 disobedience will bring extreme anxiety.
o God with whole being.
30:10, if you sincerely repent you will be forgiven.
30:14, Word of God is in our mouth.
30:17-20, punishment for turning to demons and Satan.
31:46, set mind and heart on the words of God delivered to you this day.
II Cor. 10:3-5, we are totally helpless against Satan if we use natural weapons or our thoughts but, if in all confrontations we use God’s Word as the leveler, we win.
Eph. 4:22-32, you are the one who will have to strip yourself of your old nature (you will do this through Bible study, and putting the Biblical information into practice daily and by using God’s provision of deliverance from demon bondage).
Col. 1:21, you must remain well grounded in the Gospel.
II Cor. 10:5, you will learn to control the use of your thoughts.
WAR ON THE SAINTS
The best book we have found to help you understand how the mind works is the unabridged edition of WAR ON THE SAINTS by Jessie Penn-Lewis with Evan Roberts, The Ninth Edition, Thomas E. Lowe, Ltd., New York, NY. This book is like a textbook and is not easy to read. However, we strongly recommend you purchase and read this book! At the end of this lesson is found copies of the tables in the book. They will help you to understand how you have allowed your mind to become invaded by demons. Study these tables carefully.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PASSIVE MIND
Passive Will – indecisive, torture of mind, embarrassment.
Passive Mind – inactive mind, hesitation, rashness, lack of concentration, lack of judgement, bad memory (can’t remember names, numbers, dates, important facts).
Passive Imagination – gazing, evil gazes, dulled vision, bound mind, can’t think (mind held by iron band, mental pressure, mental weights, fetters on mind, mental chains, mental yokes and fetters.)
Passive Judgement – can’t make a clear judgement on issues, misuses the verse on judge not. Many do not realize they are to judge every prophecy, fruit in our lives and in the lives of others, etc. I once heard a pastor tell his people they should not criticize him even when he is wrong, neither should they talk about him. I have seen a strange thing in that church – an unusually large number of divorces, illegitimate children, crimes of theft and forced entry, and idolatry, etc. People should be taught to properly make scriptural judgement.
Passive Reason – closed mind, evil positiveness, infallibility.
Passive Conscience – moral degradation, moral stagnation, retrogression in life and service, false voice of God, false reasoning.
Passive Spirit – wrong thoughts, wrong spirit, inactive spirit, faint spirit, bound spirit, filthy spirit, mixed condition, impure spirit, absolutely powerless spirit, bound use of Tongues, no liberty, wrong mental conclusions, mixed feelings about God, soulish spirit, quenching spirit, ignoring spiritual truths, (exhaustion of spirit, body and mind), (strained spirit, mind, body).
Passive Body – cessation of consciousness, passive sight, passive hearing, passive smell, passive taste, passive feeling, dulled consciousness, dead consciousness, unconscious habits, repulsive habits, peculiar habits (hyper-personality conscious), lethargy, heaviness, (stooping of back, shoulders, spine), dullness on eyes, passive eyes.
Passive Whole Man – dormant affections (dormant faculties of mind and body) dormant bodily needs, severity to body, indulgence of flesh, stoical feelings, sensuous domination, physical domination (physical spiritual experiences); senses feed on thrills, glow, fire) sense realm, walk after flesh, aroused sense life, (acute sensation of body consciousness), dulled sense of God, loss of God’s presence, crutches, veiled in ignorance of God, natural idiosyncrasies, infirmities, over stressed, nervous mind, timid mind, no gift of speech, no power to think, (incapable for God’s service), apathy, (passive state of rest, peace, love, joy, fruit of spirit), passive holiness, misconception of self-effacement, counterfeit suffering, weak willed; spasmodic spirit, mind and body.
Different Reactions of Passive and Active Mind
On it’s sins: Active mind will call sin sin. It will not blame it’s sin on others. It will recognize and apply Jesus’s work on the cross. It will begin a corrective program. Passive mind will blame some one else, say it was forced into sin, or ignore it. It will seldom make the necessary corrections and obey God.
On self-examination in the Light of God’s Word: Active mind will examine itself by the Bible, will not despair or become crushed, but will rapidly exercise true repentance and faith in God’s promise of forgiveness which brings joy. Passive mind will let evil spirits lead it into self-accusations, recriminations and despair, becoming crushed, despondent and depressed. God does not crush us but reveals the remedy.
On conviction: Active mind knows God convicts of sin. God’s conviction is not confusing but clear. When it goes to God in true repentance, the blood of Jesus cleanses completely. Passive mind deals with conviction without true repentance and allows demons to nag and attack over and over never knowing if the sin is cleansed.
On repentance: Active mind sincerely repents by a deliberate act of it’s will in obedience to God. Accepts that the sin is cleansed by Christ’s blood.
Passive mind makes compulsive confession over and over for same sin without truly considering The meaning of Christ’s forgiveness. Will accuse others to cover own guilt feelings.
As you can see the passive mind never finds rest.
LIST OF DEMONS OR DEMONIC CHARACTERISTICS TO CAST OUT IN THE NAME OF JESUS
|REBELLION,||MORAL STAGNATION,||MENTAL STAGNATION,|
|FLESHLY MIND,||FILTHY MINDED,||HESITATION,|
|IMMORALITY,||CONDITIONAL LOVE,||TORTURED MIND,|
|INDECENCY,||GLUTTON,||UNSETTLED MIND/ EMOTIONS,|
|MIND CONTROL DRUGS,||UNLAWFUL,||FUTILE MIND,|
|ENMITY,||LACK OF CONCENTRATION,||EVIL PLOTTING/PLANNING,|
|DESPONDENCY,||FEAR OF FAILURE,||APPREHENSION,|
|DISCOURAGEMENT,||MADNESS,||FEAR OF MEN,|
|POUTING,||FALSE LOVE,||UNHOLY LAUGHTER,|
|FANTASY,||FEAR OF WOMEN,||EGO,|
|UNENTHUSIASTIC,||AUTOMATIC FAILURE,||HATE OF MEN/WOMEN,|
|IMPORTANCE,||ARROGANCE,||UNRESISTING (TO EVIL),|
|BELIEVING LIES,||LYING,||UNRESPONSIVE (TO GOD),|
|DEMONIC MANIPULATION,||RECRIMINATIONS,||UNPRODUCTIVE BEHAVIOR,|
|DARKENED MIND,||BLINDED MIND,||CULT SPIRITS,|
|SPIRITISM SPIRITS,||MIND CONTROL,||HYSTERICAL BABBLING,|
|PUSHING TO EXTREMES,||DISSENSION,||EXCESSIVE WEEPING,|
|UNCONTROLLED WILL,||NOT MAKING DECISIONS,||INCORRECT JUDGEMENT,|
|ATTITUDE OF INFALLIBILITY,||PRIDE,||SHAME / EMBARRASSMENT,|
|INABILITY TO REASON,||INABILITY TO LISTEN,||MENTAL LETHARGY,|
|LAZY,||NERVE IRRITATION,||IMPATIENT RESTLESSNESS,|
|UNTEACHABLENESS,||EVIL POSITIVENESS,||NO POWER OF CHOICE,|
|SPIRIT OF DIVISION,||PREJUDICE,||MARRED JUDGEMENT,|
|LACK OF MORAL VISION OR JUDICIAL BALANCE,||IGNORANCE OF GOD’S WORD,||OPPRESSION OF SELF AND OTHERS,|
|RAGE,||BELIEVING TEACHINGS OF DEMONS,||VAIN IMAGINATIONS,|
|EXAGGERATED VIEW OF SELF (GOOD OR BAD),||UNQUALIFIED OBEDIENCE TO DEMONS,||COUNTERFEITING GOD, PRESENCE OF GOD, DIVINE, HUMAN, ANGELIC AND SATANIC THINGS, SUPERNATURAL VISIONS AND VOICES (NOT OF GOD).|
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