While strengthening your mind, body, spirit connection may sound foreign and attainable only by yogis and meditation gurus, I believe it is the purest form of self-care. In the spirit of February's Valentine love focus, I implore you to shine a little light on the remarkable you and fall in love with what God has already made whole. Think of this post as a self-care devotional and bask in the knowledge that you've been made new in Christ.
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Strengthen your Mind, Body, Spirit Connection
How to make your mind, body, and spirit work together is actually much easier than it may sound. This is because our Creator has already masterfully tied the pieces of our being together in perfect wholeness. No Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness courses needed! We can gain a deeper understanding of how to better balance and connect, however, through these Bible verses about the mind, body, and spirit.
And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us.” Colossians 2:10 TPT
Scriptures on the Mind and Thoughts
Our thoughts can seem like they have a mind of their own on many days! And oh, what an influence these thoughts have on sense of wholeness and purpose in life. Let's see what the scriptures on the mind and thoughts have to say about gaining better control.
Biblical Definition of the Mind
The Bible references the mind as the place where we originate our thoughts, where we perceive events and create our worldview, as well as where we make decisions and express ourselves. Often, the use of “heart” is used interchangeably with “mind”. This is because the mind is also seen as the place we house our disposition and inner compass, allowing understanding and discernment.
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Scriptures on the Mind and Thoughts
And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. Romans 12:2 AMP
This renewal of our mind isn't based on how we feel or fear or love and hate. This spirit-led renewal of the mind is ongoing. As we grow in Christ, our perspective and thought patterns are changed. This renewal of the mind pushes us to ask “What does God say on this?”. It is what pushes us to take every thought captive and measure it against his purpose.
We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.” 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 MSG
This powerful paraphrase of the famous “take thoughts captive” verse comes from
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7 NKJV
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV
I love stacking these verses on each other for better understanding. Depending on our season of life or what we're currently facing, that last verse can sound like pure denial and as though we have to check our brain at the door. Not so! As we study these scriptures on the mind and thoughts, we get a glimpse of God's big picture plan. He transforms us through the renewal of our mind so that we desire to test our decisions against his plans and gain the ability to see things the way he does. The Holy Spirit works in us continually, giving us the power to take our thoughts and impulses captive. Once this work matures us, we can focus on the positive things happening in and around us, not fearing our future.
If this level of maturity seems far off in the distance, it may be due to past hurts. Pain is a powerful shaper of our human perspective. Ask God for wisdom on correcting thought patterns that have become a heavy weight on you. His heart is gentle and he wants every good thing for you, friend.
Powerful daily affirmations of faith are a practical way to align your thoughts with God. When we're working in our own strength to win a battle of the mind, scriptures are grounding and remind us we're not alone in the fight. In fact, the battle isn't ours, but the Lord's.
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Scriptures on the Body
The term “body” in the Bible can mean our physical human body or also the church body. Here, of course, we'll be talking about our individually owned and operated, physical body.
Biblical Definition of the Body
Genesis tells us that God created and completed our environment with great detail and purpose. He then created us, both male and female in his image, and completed us by breathing his own life into us. He then took stock of his work and saw that it was good. Our humanity was not offensive to God and he set us above all other living things to foster growth. Our bodies are the vessel in which we mirror God to those he's placed around us while remembering they are also created in his image!
Bible Verses About Taking Care of Your Physical Body
In Mark 6, Jesus sends out the 12 disciples to spread the gospel. He sends them in teams of two, which provides for their need for community but tells them to take nothing else. Essentially, this is a giant “trust fall” mission! Upon their return, they gather around him and tell him all they've seen and done. Before they can finish their report and get a bite to eat, a crowd begins to form and Jesus pulls them away saying, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” This is also very interesting because this call to physical rest happens on the same day that Jesus feeds the 5000. In order for that crowd to stick around and get fed spiritually, he knew he must feed them physically.
In John 21, we catch up with Peter and other disciples. This is soon after Jesus's death and resurrection, which means the shame Peter felt over denying Christ probably felt freshly salted. Peter decides to go out fishing and his friends go with him, which is pretty loving given Peter's recent missteps and what could have been perceived as taking an active part in Christ's death. They go out overnight and catch nothing. The next morning, Jesus calls from the shore and asks what they've caught. They report nothing and then he tells them to cast out again, resulting in a huge haul of fish. At first, they didn't realize it was Jesus, but upon recognizing him, the men race into shore. There's Jesus with fire and fresh bread and a few fish already basting. Before prepping Peter for what's next in his ministry, he feeds him first physically, and then spiritually.
In each of these stories, the physical needs of rest, food and drink are met before the spiritual mission is presented.
On the other hand, we know we can't live on bread alone.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8 NIV
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. Galatians 5:16-17 ESV
In studying, we don't find bible verses about taking care of our bodies with 21-day plans and regimens. We do, however, find that surrendering to God's original plan of walking in close relationship with him, results in wise choices for our whole being.
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
There is a cyclical relationship of body and spirit, and understanding that both must be fed reminds us there is a balance to all things. Looking at both sides of the coin, we see how intimately tied our mind, body, spirit connection already is!
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Scriptures on the Human Spirit vs the Holy Spirit
Our spirit is what allows us to have dynamic communication with God. It is also what can open us up to the darkness of avoiding what we were created to be. Our spirit can be lifted up or be crushed. It can be renewed and decreased. Our spirit is also credited with sustaining us through sickness and adversity.
What is the Spirit of Man according to the Bible?
As it relates to the human spirit vs. the Holy Spirit, it is the part of us that was God-breathed in the creation story. It can denote our life force or vital strength and power. The term can also relate to our feelings or our will.
Verses on the Power of the Human Spirit
A (person's) spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? Proverbs 18:14 NIV
The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one's inmost being. Proverbs 20:27 NIV
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9 NIV
These are just a few of the many times the Bible references the power of the human spirit as something that shapes our attitude and impacts our communication with God. It is also something we can influence through prayer and even sheer determination. Our spirit indicates what is held deep within us. Though our spirits are God breathed and allow for communication with him, they can be led astray. They can be ruled by the mind's perceptions or the body's desires. These verses also indicate how closely God has tethered our mind, body, spirit connection.
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Verses on the Human spirit vs Holy Spirit
But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 1 Corinthians 6:17 ESV
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:14-17 NIV
The Holy Spirit aligns our human spirit with God, making us recognizable as one of his children! This spiritual connection is the notary stamp on our adoption papers!
And even when our human spirit forgets or gets distracted, our friend the Holy Spirit advocates for us and reminds us of what we have already learned about our Father.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 NIV
Whereas our human spirits can be dinged by hurt, tempted to lash out, be built up, be pure or evil, the Holy Spirit remains steady and true. It reminds us of who we are in Christ and kindles our battle cry!
Prayer for Renewal & Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness
God, I come to you in humble awe of how you crafted us together with beautiful intention. Thank you for creating us to commune with you! I ask you to use these bible verses about mind, body, and spirit to show us where we need to surrender or make changes. I ask you to speak wisdom to us through your Holy Spirit so that we may receive integrated healing and find the balance between body, mind, and spirit that you intended for us at creation. Teach us to rest in the completeness we find only in you, not striving to fix what you've already perfectly planned. Amen.