2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
The mind is a very important component of the human makeup (which is body, soul, and spirit), perhaps just as important as your heart. Proverbs 4:23 tells us that “all the issues of life flow out of the heart”, so why would the mind be more important?
It’s because whatever fills the mind is what fills the heart.
Paul tells us in 2 Timothy that we have received a “sound mind” from the Lord. Now look at the context: Paul is saying that he has a pure conscience. (2 Timothy 1:3) That's an incredible statement when you consider Paul’s background – he was a terrorist and vehement persecutor of Christians, ordering so many to be executed. So how can Paul have a pure conscience?
The answer to this question is also the key to a sound mind.
Paul understood what Christ had done for him. 2 Timothy 1:2 reveals the gospel is about grace, mercy, and peace. And when you understand that you have received the grace of God through His mercies, His peace will guard and protect your mind and heart (Philippians 4:6-7).
Many of God’s promises are past tense. Ephesians says, “I have blessed you…” Colossians says “I am worthy…” Psalms say “I have surrounded you with favor as a shield…” All of these are past tense and our role is to bring our thinking into an agreement with God. But because we might not feel blessed, or feel surrounded with God’s favor, we have a tendency to think and speak about what we feel rather than what God says.
When God placed Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37), He told him to prophesy over those bones commanding “life” to come into them. Ezekiel was surrounded by dry bones. But rather than speak about lack and the deadness of the circumstances that surrounded him, he agreed with God and spoke what God said.
Likewise, we need to learn to agree with God and declare not what we see or feel, but what God’s Word commands and says.
This is the posture of a sound mind. It is a mindset that agrees with God. It is a mindset that doesn’t go to fear, but goes to faith saying:
- If God’s Word says I am blessed, then I am, regardless of my surroundings.
- If God’s Word says I am worthy, then I am, regardless of my surroundings.
- If God’s Word says I am surrounded by His favor, then I am.
Today rise up with a sound mind and agree with God’s Word.