Subconscious influences exist within the human mind beneath the level of present awareness and affect all that we do. Although we make many ‘thought-through’, conscious decisions each day the vast majority are spontaneous, ‘without thought’, ingrained responses of habit. A substantial portion of our memory also lies below the conscious level until triggered by particular stimuli.
From early in human history “Every inclination or the trend of the thoughts of man’s heart was evil all the time” (Gen 6:5). Even from an early age wrong thinking patterns in the core of our personalities influence our words, actions and resulting character for “As a man thinks so he is” (Prov 23:7). This bias towards evil is an outcome of ‘the fall’.
We must give Jesus permission to expose, cleanse and heal not just the problems we are conscious of (these are often symptoms) but also our secret faults (where the roots of our problems are). It is only as the roots are dealt with, that we will experience full and lasting freedom. While not everything we think and feel has a root cause that determines how we react, much of what makes us bitter and angry and fearful does. If we fail to deal with the painful hurts, fears and insecurities, they will be buried in our mind and become strongholds that motivate and influence our actions so meditate on the truth of God’s Word to enable both the conscious and subconscious parts to be transformed and develop the right perspective along with templates for interpreting the events of life.
Our nature and conduct will be radically changed as we stop copying the ways of those who don’t know Jesus and challenge the misconceptions and lies that have lodged in our memories with the truth, as found in Him and the Word, and continue to live by the principles of His Kingdom (Jn 8:32,36, 17:17). It is our responsibility to address the wrong assumptions, dismantle the bondages, replace the wrong thought patterns and create a godly mindset through being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Jer 17:9; Rom 12:2; 2 Cor 10:5; Eph 4:22).
Closely monitor what you feed into your inner being
(Mt 15:18,19; Lk 6:45; 2 Cor 3:18; Phil 4:8). We are to ‘hide God’s Word’ in our heart so it becomes the guiding influence (Ps 119:11,105).
David asked God to show him his hidden faults then he could repent, for “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts” (Ps 19:12,13, 51:6, 139:23,24). The transforming power of the gospel has the ability to bring wholeness to every part of our being if we cooperate with Christ (Jn 10:10). While at salvation God sees us as a new creation, with the old gone and the new come, we begin the process of making that a reality in our experience so “let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit” (2 Cor 5:17, 7:1).