Who is shaping our mind?

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining in the same love, united in spirit, intent on one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself... Have this mind in yourselves which was also in Jesus Christ. (Philippians 2:2-5)
What do we let into our heart and into our mind? The world is full of attitudes and philosophies which are trying to shape our mind. We cannot say that we are isolated from them. On the contrary! Their ideas will occupy our mind. Yet we remain in control of who shapes our mind. Parents have a great influence on their children and shape to a certain extent their mind. Teachers try to shape the teenager's mind to their ideas. At university stronger professors try to shape the minds of the students. A student who likes his professor will try to imitate him. Thus a mind gets shaped according to ideas without one being aware. The media offers all kinds of ideas through programs and articles. The daily papers are great mind shapers. We cannot escape, it's all around us. But still, we are in control to which we open our mind. When we discover it is not a good spirit we have the opportunity to reject their purpose. Paul was very concerned about the Corinthians' mind: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3). If a corrupt mind was possible when there were no newspapers, bookstores, radio, television and internet, how is it today? We have all these so-called “privileges”. Of course, some may be for good… But all depends on whatever we let into our mind. We must be aware, guarding the door of our mind, keeping it from becoming corrupted. We are our own gardener concerning spiritual things. Whatever we let grow in our mind-garden is what we will have to reap. A good garden needs preparation. Before we can sow the seed, we have to dig, break the ground and pull all the weeds. But what happens two weeks after sowing? All of a sudden weeds are springing up. Was not the garden prepared the right way? Did we not sow good seed? Could we have done any thing to avoid this? In the parable of the weeds among the wheat, the sower put good seed in the field and when the weeds came up the servants went to the master and asked: Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? And he said to them: “An enemy has done this while men were sleeping” (Matthew 13:24-30). While we are sleeping, while we are not on guard, while we are not sharp enough to watch what comes into our mind, the enemy comes to sow its seed. We are surprised. But we still have a choice: we can let it grow or we can try to clean it up. We are dealing with such situations as long as we live. Nevertheless, if we do nothing the enemy will take advantage and surely pollute our mind. When we listen constantly to the radio its program will influence and shape our mind. When we read books and admire the writer eventually we will think and act like him. Magazines are powerful mind shapers. But there is something more powerful: the television. Its influence is tremendous. If we are not on guard its dreadful spirit will shape our mind. Fortunately, radio and television can be turned off and books can be thrown into the garbage. Jesus Christ told his disciples: “If I don't go to the father the comforter will not come, but if I go I will send him” (John 16:7). This comforter, the Holy Spirit, will make known Christ to us and lead us into all the truth. He never makes mistakes. In the Old Testament the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca illustrates how God works to form our mind (Genesis 24). Let us compare Abraham with God, Isaac with Jesus Christ, the servant with the Holy Spirit and the Rebecca with the Church. Abraham said to his servant: “Go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac”. The servant found a girl and explained to her where he was from, who are the father and the son, what wealth they have and what their country looks like. As she believed he gave her gifts from the father. Rebecca had no prior knowledge about these things. She had never left her country or heard about the wealth of Abraham and Isaac. It was up to the servant to explain it all. We too have no idea of God's will and what will happen except the Holy Spirit reveals it to us. He makes us know God and his son Jesus Christ as the servant made known the father and the son to Rebecca. He also gives gifts to the bride – Christ’s Church. That is why the scripture says: “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him” (Romans 8:9). We need the Spirit of Christ in order to know Christ. Rebecca was asked: “Will you go with this man?” She said: “I will go”. Then the servant took her with him and led her to the bridegroom. Rebecca did not know where she was being led, but the servant did. If we follow Him, the Spirit leads us in the same way to our heavenly bridegroom Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will never chase us; He will not clobber us and say you better go. That is not the way the Holy Sprit leads. He will free us from our habits by inviting us to follow Him. If the Holy Spirit does not guide us, we will never reach the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). We are depending on the leading from the Spirit. That is why the word of God exhorts: “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God” (Ephesians 4:30). “In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old man, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Ephesians 4: 22-24). To be renewed in the spirit and to be able to put on the new man we must first lay aside the old man. No one can renew himself. Many have tried, but all have failed. If we do not allow the Holy Spirit to renew and shape our mind other spirits do the job and lead us to destruction. The scripture states clearly what we have to do. “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2). “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). That is what the word of God calls a conversion! A complete change of mind! We no longer go the way we were going before; we no longer do the same things as before. Henceforth, we no longer conform to the world; it no longer shapes our mind. The world has many experts who shape men’s mind with their spirit. If we accept their ideas we will follow them without knowing where it leads. God's word says: “Do not be conformed to this world”. Those that will help us to be conformed to this world are not true friends. Let the Holy Spirit shape our mind; let Him direct us and unite us with the Son and the Father! Those who let their mind be shaped by the world will have a common purpose and tragically end up as “Babylon the great whore”. “They give their power and authority to the beast. These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is the Lord of lords and the King of kings, and those who are with Him are called and chosen and faithful” (Revelation 17:13-14). Here we see what happens with those who did not want to be led and shaped by the Holy Spirit. Those that allow the world to shape their mind will find themselves fighting against God their creator. They do not understand they are going to fight against the one who gave them life. But one thing is sure: they are all fighting against God in the same mind. Every thing we have is from God who provides all life. Many made a good start but this is not enough. We have to learn to keep away from harmful thoughts and to be constantly renewed by the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is a continual growth. If we do not continually grow we will never reach our heavenly inheritance. Therefore, under the direction of the Holy Spirit we purify ourselves, just as He is pure   (1 John 3:3).