MIND AND THOUGHTS

 

DEFINITION:    The part of a person that thinks, reasons, feels, and remembers.

FACTS ABOUT THE MIND AND THOUGHTS:

The mind is complex.  The mind is one of the most complex and least understood parts of the human body.

Satan uses many strategies against your mind.  These include questioning the authority of God, deception, seduction,  lust, depression, discouragement, rebellion, and wrong attitudes, emotions, and motives.  Satan also accuses and condemns, causes confusion, and promotes compromise, rebellion, and tormenting thoughts like fear. Satan also blinds the minds of unbelievers.

What you program into your mind affects your thinking.  What you watch, listen to,  read, and  the people with whom you interact–these all affect your thinking.

God wants you to have a victorious mind.  He wants you to have the mind of Christ  (1 Corinthians 2:16).

DEALING WITH  THE MIND AND THOUGHTS:

Ask forgiveness for wrong thinking.  If you have been thinking negative and/or sinful thoughts, ask God to forgive you.

Guard what you see and hear.  Do not program negative and sinful things into your mind.  Do not let your mind become a dumping ground for dirty jokes and gossip.

Take control of your thoughts.   The Bible says that as believers “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Set your mind on God by immersing yourself in His Word.  Isaiah 26:3 declares: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

 

WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT THE MIND THOUGHTS:

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. (Psalm 26:2-3)

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3)

Yet you know me, O Lord; you see me and test my thoughts about you. (Jeremiah 12:3)

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)

Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (Romans 8:5)

But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  (2 Corinthians 10:5)

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. (1 Corinthians 13:11)

Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults. (I Corinthians 14:20)

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)

Watch your life and doctrine closely. (1 Timothy 4:16)

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus. (Hebrews 3:1)

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Improper Thinking.

In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. (Psalm 10:4)

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? … But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. (Psalm 13:2-6)

The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him. (Proverbs 15:26)

Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. (Isaiah 55:7)

Wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts? (Jeremiah 4:14)

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man “unclean”; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him “unclean.”(Matthew 15:19-20)

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’   This is the first and greatest commandment.”  (Matthew 22:37-38)

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  (Romans 1:21)

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires. The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:5-7)

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.  (Philippians 3:18-19)

Negative mindsets to avoid.

-A carnal mind: Romans 8:6-7

-A mind alienated from God: Colossians 1:21

-A defiled mind: Titus 1:15

-A fleshly mind: Ephesians 2:3

-A hardened mind: Daniel 5:20

-A doubtful mind: Luke 12:29

-A vain mind: Ephesians 4:17

-A blinded mind: 2 Corinthians 3:14

-A seared mind and conscience: Titus 1:15

-A despiteful mind: Ezekiel 36:5

-An evil mind: Acts 14:2

-An unbelieving mind: 2 Corinthians 4:4

-A fainting mind: Hebrews 12:3

-A reprobate mind: 2 Timothy 3:8

-A double minded mind: James 1:8; 4:8

-A corrupt mind: 1 Timothy 6:5; 2 Timothy 3:8; 2 Corinthians 11:3

-A reprobate mind: Romans 1:28-32.

Positive mental qualities to develop:

-A ready mind: 2 Corinthians 8:19; 1 Peter 5:2; Acts 17:11

-A pure mind: 2 Peter 3:1

-A stayed mind: Isaiah 26:3

-A renewed mind: Ephesians 4:23; Romans 12:2

-A humble mind: Colossians 3:12; Acts 20:19

-A sober mind: Titus 2:6

-A sound mind: 2 Timothy 1:7

-A mind of love: Matthew 22:37

-A serving mind: Romans 7:25

-A fully persuaded mind: Romans 14:5

-A fervent mind: 2 Corinthians 7:7

-A willing mind: 2 Corinthians 8:12

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