Tonight’s Sermon

Three Verses for the Mind

  1. 2 Tim 1:6-7 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

The context is the idea of rising up and doing the will of God.

Paul reminds Timothy of a gifting from God that came into his life by the laying on of hands; but more importantly from the relationship that he had with Timothy.

Paul had previously referred to this gifting talking of the laying on of hands of the eldership and the giving of a prophecy.

It is more personal this time.

1 Peter 4:10-11 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

So Paul’s exhortation to Timothy can be summed up by saying: fan up the flame of charisma that has been put in you.

It is the next verse that tells us what the problem is. Timothy is not fanning the flame of charisma; but is paralyzed in fear. He is not walking in power and love and his mind is messed up because the fears of life are not allowing the grace and gifting of God to move through his life.

Right now our natural condition should be one of living in the spirit of power, the spirit of love and a sound or disciplined mind; not the spirit of fear which did not come from God.

This Greek word for a sound mind is only used one time in scripture. A disciplined mind or a sensible mind. One translation is “holiness with sensibility”.

Now let’s look at a verse every one of us should intuitively know when we find our minds becoming cluttered and confused.

  1. 2 Cor 10:4-6 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 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, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

The weapons of our warfare involve these three actions in conjunction with our minds.

1) Fighting against the powers of the world that “militantly” oppose the things (knowledge) of God. Our weapons, our faith, the power of God and unconquerable love must rise against the push of these lies and deception that seek to steal what we have in Christ. Today, we can name atheists, evolutionists and homosexuals.

Thinking of that look at this verse: 2 Cor 11:19-21 For you put up with fools gladly, since you yourselves are wise! 20 For you put up with it if one brings you into bondage, if one devours you, if one takes from you, if one exalts himself, if one strikes you on the face. 21 To our shame I say that we were too weak for that! But in whatever anyone is bold — I speak foolishly — I am bold also.

2) The demonic strategy is to affect our thinking patterns; bringing confusion and unbelief. Therefore:

“bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”

I do not know of a more powerful verse cure for a mind infiltrated by the lies of this world and the spirits of anti-christ.

Paul would plead with us to take the time to describe the mind battles, the situations and emotions that we are carrying to Christ in prayer. The verse is taking aim specifically at the lies that the world puts on us; but many times our minds have been ransacked by many lies since we failed to fight against the first one that attacked us.

The best strategy is to take each moment of doubts and confusion immediately to the throne of grace.

3) The goal of all of this: to live a life in obedience to Christ.

The lies, the manipulations and the deceits of the world have a way of producing disobedience to the simple ways of following Christ. I am purposely saying simple ways; because we live under a grace with a personal relationship that trumps rules and regulations. The devil’s aim is to come in between you and the grace of God by clouding up your relationship with sin.

Your obedience triumphs over your disobedience; if you return to the life of grace and truth in relationship with Him.

It really is that easy. I am writing this under the umbrella that is describing weapons of war being used in a war over our eternal destiny. It still is that easy. If what I am saying doesn’t jive with your confused and hurt state; all I can say is “bring every thought into captivity to Christ”.

III. In conclusion: Paul’s prayer for us:

Eph 1:17-20 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,

Thinking of the mind; this verse talks of: a spirit of wisdom and revelation centered upon a knowledge of who Christ is; your mind (understanding) (view of life) enlightened. Your mind can grapple with calling, inheritance and the greatness of the power that resides in us.

About hansston

Pastor a church in Sparta.
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