God Gives ~ A Sound Mind!
By Rodney W. Francis“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 , NKJV).
GOD wants us to have a sound mind. There is one thing that will stop us from having this, and that is the spirit of fear. I want you to know that God does not give you fear. God takes away fear,and God replaces fear with His love.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18 ).
FEAR IS AN ENEMY!
Fear is an enemy to God! “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25 ). So many people today do not know God because they have allowed the fear of man to hinder them from seeking Him. They are afraid of the Gospel because of what their neighbours might say! The Bible says fear has torment. And where does fear torment us? In the mind!
God wants us to have a sound mind, and a clean mind. It is our mind that takes us away from God: “the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Romans 8:7 ). God wants to fill our mind with His love and peace: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3 ).
Did you know that what you think affects your life? When you think evil things you are tempted by evil things. But when your mind is clean, you are able to “think straight”; you are able to make right decisions, and enjoy the peace of God.
We cannot have a clean mind until first we receive the Gospel. God brings light/revelation to our mind through the Gospel. When we receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ into our life, God begins a work in our mind ~ He gives us a sound mind! He teaches us to think pure thoughts. The carnal mind is the greatest enemy in life that we will ever face. The mind affects so much of our life, butGod has provided victory for us. The devil works upon our mind, and the devil speaks and works through the carnal mind. He causes us to imagine things, and he causes us to do evil things. What great need there is for a change in our mind!
When we open our heart to the Gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ begins to work in our mind, as well as in our heart. He begins to bring about a change the inside! The Bible tells us: “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ephesians 4:23 ). God has a spiritual renewing for us in our mind. But notice that we have to be willing to do the renewing with His help. We cannot be passive about this. It is important to know that if we Christians continue to feed and fill our minds with negative and wrong things, then we will reap the consequences of that. Today many Christians are bound in their lives because their minds are filled with the things of the world, chasing questionable entertainment and filling themselves with the evil temptations of the world-wide-web, i.e. viewing pornography in the privacy of their own homes, etc. What we fill our minds with will affect the way we think and act. Those negative thoughts and things lodge themselves in our mind and then produce unnecessary fears and torments in our life.
All those fears and torments that you have had to contend and live with, Jesus longs to take them away. Those fears that are keeping you locked up and bound, He wants to set you free from. When your mind is filled with fear it makes your life weak; it makes you hate; it makes you jealous of others; it makes you despise people; it causes you to be a law-breaker ~ all these things work against the love, joy and peace of Jesus Christ that He came to give you! God wants to bring more of His peace to your mind, and He does this through Jesus Christ. He replaces those old thoughts with new thoughts ~ those bad thoughts with good thoughts. “God has not given to you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”
REMEMBER THE POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS FOR YOU!
Let your hope reach out to God. Do not be ashamed of the Gospel! Let your faith reach out to God, believing that God will bring a greater deliverance in your mind. You do not need to be tormented in your mind any longer! If you are having a real battle in your mind, let me exhort you to overcome the tempter (Satan) by confessing out loud the truth of God’s Word: “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them!’” (Revelation 12:10-12 ).
His blood was shed for you, that you might live in His victory day by day! The blood of Christ cleanses you: “How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your (mind and) conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14 ).
YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN WEAPONS ~ USE THEM!
Make sure you use the weapons of your warfare: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every THOUGHT into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 ).
Know afresh today that God is good and that God is on your side, eagerly waiting to give you whatever deliverance of the mind you need!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and MINDS through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy ~ meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:6-9 ). God bless you.