The power of your mind by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is such a great book. This post is a review of the book as written by Ayobambo Jegede. Bambo is one of my favorite cousins, and we share so much in common. She works as a program officer at a research and consulting firm and creates time to fuel her passion- food and writing. As a Christian, she loves to inspire people to live a life of faith and trust in God. She captures her inspirational thoughts and novel recipes on her blog, www.youcookandlive.com
“Reading is essential for those who see to rise above the ordinary.”- Jim Rohn
The quote above is so true because our minds only improve when we feed it with good information. Truth be told, “adulting” is not easy. One minute, you’re at home being fed, given transport money and gbam next thing, you’re responsible for taking care of yourself, a family and others! The “sudden” transition takes a lot of grit and sanity to face the challenges that come our way as adults. This can only come with being in the right mind making mistakes and learning from them, and taking out time to build yourself personally which includes reading (which is a way of learning from those who have made mistakes and learned the right way of doing things). Therefore, I made a choice to read a book this month which I would be sharing with you some excerpts. The aim of this review is to:
- Inspire YOU to pick up that book and read!
- Improve your mind by cultivating a reading habit.
- Kill boredom by doing something productive.
Below, I have highlighted 22 lessons I learned from the book. Enjoy!
Lessons from the Book- The power of your mind by Chris Oyakhilome
- Managing your mind not only determines the character of your personality but also the results you get and the quality of your life.
- The way to transform, improve and upgrade your life is to renew your mind.
- You can work on your mind and change its concepts and that change will show up in your character and the results you have in life
- The mind is an intangible, spiritual entity and only God’s word can shed the best light on it. Heb 4 vs 12.
- The mind is the faculty of man’s reasoning and thoughts. It holds the power of the imagination, recognition, and appreciation that is responsible for processing feelings and emotions resulting in attitudes and actions.
- When your eyes focus on an image, it is your mind that focuses and interprets that image.
- The best education in the world is an attempt to inform, refine and develop the mind through the senses of the outward man. It is the education of the inward man, the human spirit which leads to the education of the mind.
- When you leave your mind open, any worthless seed can be thrown into it and it will grow.
- Guard above all things, guard your inner self so you can live and prosper. Bar out all thoughts of evil and banish wayward words. Proverbs 4:23-24 James Moffatt bible.
- If someone says something to you that challenges Gods word, bar it from your mind!
- God also shows us exactly how to place a guard over our minds -by choosing thoughts we allow passage. Phil 4 :8
- Start learning to think happy thoughts. Practice it until you become good at it.
- If you don’t arrest and control your thoughts, you will find yourself saying and doing things you never thought you could do.
- Our minds are the battlefield of spiritual warfare.
- Strongholds are mental walls of containment that prevent people from advancing in the things of God.
- We can only engage the enemy using our spiritual weaponry.
- The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit.
- The sword of the spirit -The word of God is the only offensive weapon in our arsenal. As you meditate on and mutter and speak God’s word, those mental barriers will come crashing down like the walls of Jericho.
- With your Armour in place, nothing the devil throws at you can penetrate.
- The Joy of the Lord is your strength and God wants you to be strong in the strength he’s given you.
- God wants us to be strong and courageous and that strength comes from the Joy of the lord. The joy is expressed in singing, dancing, laughter, words of praise and loving harmony you have with your brothers and sisters in the Lord.
- Don’t set your mind on failure or on things that make trouble with you.
With these points above, I would suggest this book to both young and old readers, fast and slow readers and those who are looking forward to improving themselves which comes surely by first renewing your mind. If you’re new but probably slow at reading books, not to worry, you can slowly but consistently read the book for a month with about 6 pages per day and by the end of the month, you’re done! Be yourself and enjoy reading!