A Healthy Mind

““For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16)

The mind is a major battlefield for attacks against us from the enemy. When we become children of God, we are urged to renew our minds by changing the way we think. (Romans 12:2) As such, our perspective changes from seeing things the way the world sees them to having an eternal perspective.

The world’s way of thinking is based on deductive reasoning which relates to making decisions based on known facts. Faith requires believing in what we cannot see and trusting that God is who is says he is and can do what his word says. And then by believing in the power of God, we will see the tangible manifestations of his power.

Paul also warns us to focus on what is pure, honourable, lovely, commendable and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:16) Being intentionally positive and grateful produces hormones which are good for our mental health. It is draining to sit around and talk about negative things and rehearse sad stories about the world. These behaviours and habits are emotionally draining and toxic.

We very often attract the things that we think about repeatedly and some exaggerated fears become a reality because of our own self fulfilling prophecies. Let us pray and cover our minds and daily wear the helmet of salvation to protect our thoughts. (Ephesians 6:17)

A.P.-Y.

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