Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Mind of A Child of God

“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)

A sound mind is part of our rightful inheritance as children of God.*As is written in the Bible, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:18-19). “This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in Him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust Him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him” (John 3:16 The Message).

God further promises His children,* “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NIV).

Soundness of mind comes to a person when he or she has peace with God, peace with other people, and peace with his or herself. All fear and worry interfere with soundness of mind. God tells us in His Word, “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” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV).

Soundness of mind is only possible as we think right thoughts. Sound thoughts help to produce a sound mind. The Bible says, “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 TNIV).

3 comments:

marcello said...

Hey!
Very good!

Helena said...

I have been struggling with hostility and personal attacks in the workplace, and cannot find a wholesome group of people anywhere. Many profess love of God and Christ, but only to gain intimacy in order to learn how to manipulate me and get me under their control to use my skills to make themselves successful. What do I do?

House of Virtue said...

Dear Helena, you are not alone on this, it's important to realize that the final attack on the Christian church is not coming from the demonic world, its coming from the market place; it’s going to be how we as Christians will survive in the market place (the places of our daily interactions with the world).

In Matthew 5:38-42, the plain instruction is, suffer any injury that can be borne, for the sake of peace, committing your concerns to the Lord's keeping. And the sum of all is, that Christians must avoid disputing and striving. If anyone says that flesh and blood cannot pass by such an affront, let them remember, that flesh and blood shall not inherit the kingdom of God; and those who act upon right principles will have most peace and comfort from the LORD.

The revelation of who we are in Christ becomes one of the most powerful revelations that stabilize us in our Christian walk in this our time.