For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Yesterday my blog had to do with a sound mind. There is so much more to it, so today I would like to share a bit more of my journey to a sound mind in Christ Jesus.
Sometimes you hear someone refer to someone else as paranoid. A person who is always imagining things that are not true in the non-Christian world, or the world of psychology, is referred to as “paranoid.”
In the Christian world we often describe that to be a person with a “spirit of imaginations.”
There are a lot of reasons people get to that point, but I believe most of the people I have met, that seemed to be paranoid, got that way because of constantly trusting people that let them down.
Unfortunately a person may be no longer being emotionally abused and they may have left the abuser way behind in their life but they still have a tendency to believe and obsess over things that they think are going on, or being said behind their backs.
When we take a look at the origin of the words “sound mind” we learn that the phrase is taken from the Greek word “sodzu” which means to be saved or delivered. In the way it is used in the scripture above it suggests something that is delivered, rescued, salvaged and protected and is now safe and secure.
So, even if your mind is tempted to succumb to fear, as was the case with Timothy, you can allow God’s Word and the Holy Spirit to work in you to deliver, rescue, revive, and salvage your mind. This means your rationale, logic, and emotions can be shielded from the illogically absurd, ridiculous, unfounded, and crazy thoughts that have tried to grip your mind in the past. All you have to do is grab hold of God’s Word and His Spirit.
When you are saved Christ now sanctifies you and you begin to think differently. It’s been my experience that the enemy will come to you and do everything possible to take you from your new life in Christ. In doing so you will begin to think, “I am crazy, none of this is real. I am mentally ill.” Beloved in the Lord that is exactly what Satan’s plan is. Stay away from people that don’t think like you think, as much as possible. Surrounded yourself with Christian people, and read uplifting books from well-known Christian teachers.
You are now living a life based on super-natural faith and those that do not understand it, will try and talk you out of it.
So what do you do when these crazy thoughts start to run through your mind, as they will?
I suggest getting alone with God and in a prayer speak your concerns to Him. Ask Him to strengthen you and take away from your mind any thought that is not of Him.
God will honor that prayer. In my life, I would have a thought go through my mind that would have sounded okay in the past, prior to being surrendered to Christ, but now it didn’t ring true. God would speak to my mind, “That isn’t true. You are imagining that. Something like that happened in the past and you are expecting this situation to be the same, but it isn’t. It’s the enemy trying to confuse you and put thoughts in your mind to cause stress and emotional turmoil.”
After a couple of years, I begin to enjoy a life free of a spirit of imaginations. God completely delivered me.
It takes continuous effort on our parts. When a thought comes to us that isn’t true, we have to question it, hold it captive and tell it to GO away in the name of Jesus.
There is no magic pill, or magic person it is going to take time. I have, however, prayed with people who have had immediate breakthrough and were instantly delivered from a spirit of imagination and their minds are made WHOLE immediately.
In my case it took a couple of years of praying, believing and blocking confusing and hurtful thoughts. We have inherited a sound mind from Christ. The Word tells us that we have the mind of Christ now. Read the scripture below and let it sink in deeply.
“For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” 1st Corinthians 2:16
So when thoughts come to you that are fearful you have the right as a child of daddy God to tell the devil to flee! You have the mind of Christ. The mind of Christ doesn’t fear, worry or obsess. The pure mind of Christ is full of peace and serenity. You now have that mind in you and you live in a place of peace and serenity.
It doesn’t matter what people say or what they do. You, as a child of God, will come out of each situation victoriously! God is with you, God is in you, and no weapon formed against you will prosper.
The devil flees when he understand that he can no longer use your mind to torment you.
One day a lady who has different, New Age, beliefs said to me, “Cathie you are just living in denial!” No, I am not. I am living in peace, the things the world brings against me cannot bring me down because I am not of this earthly kingdom, I am a part of the Kingdom of God, and my friend SO ARE YOU! Ignore those people. They are blind to the things of God and will remain that way until when, or if, the Spirit of God comes to them.
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In His Never-Ending Love,