The mind is the foundation of our lives. A good mind could lead to well-being in everything we do. However, an ill mind could lead to tragedy. A peaceful mind is like a calm lake, but a troubled one is like a stormy sea. God says, "Better a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city." The Scripture also says, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."
1. Ill thoughts are the foundation of misfortune.
1) The evil mind: the status when the devil occupies the mind (Mt 12:45).
(1) Evil is the source of agony. It torments a person and those around the person.
Look at the evil deeds of Hitler in Germany, the evil deeds of Japanese imperialism,
and the evil deeds of the communists (Mt 15:19; Ro 2:9).
(2) There is no peace in evil (Isa 48:22; 57:20,21).
(3) Woe comes to the wicked (Isa 3:11).
(4) An evil person is destroyed quickly (Ps 37:1,2).
2) The mind seized by sin: sin is like yeast. It corrupts the mind.
(1) Through the judgment of the conscience, guilt causes pain and suffering
(2) It always fears God's rebuke.
(3) It deprives the mind of joy and peace (Jer 5:25).
3) The proud mind: it overestimates itself leading to a lofty mind.
(1) Boasting about self and abasing others, it produces continual conflict with others
(2) Arrogant behavior begets curses by others. It makes you unhappy because you
cannot share honest conversation and harmony with others (Pr 11:2).
(3) God and men detest it (Pr 16:5,25; 1 Pe 5:5).
(4) A shortcut to destruction (Pr 16:18,19).
4) The negative mind.
(1) It looks at everything from a negative viewpoint.
○ A shoe salesman who went to Africa.
(2) A mind that abandons hope (Heb 13:5,6).
(3) It draws back in discouragement and in despair (Heb 10:37-39).
2. The mind must be changed anew (Ro 12:2).
- The circumstances in our lives do not change us. If our minds are changed, our lives
will be changed.
○ A conversation between Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and a discouraged man.
1) The repentant mind.
(1) Abandons a self-centered mind, no longer master of self
(2) Returns back to God-centeredness, and follows the will of God (Col 3:1-10).
2) The mind that is united as one with Jesus (Ro 6:4; 2 Co 5:17).
(1) A mind of forgiveness, righteousness, glory, and peace (Mal 2:5; Eph 1:7).
(2) A mind of holiness, purity, and the fullness of the Holy Spirit (1 Co 6:11).
(3) A mind filled with thoughts of healing and health (Ac 10:38).
(4) A mind filled with thoughts of blessing and prosperity (2 Co 8:9).
(5) A mind filled with the hope of everlasting life and the kingdom of heaven
(2 Pe 3:13).
(6) A mind that loves God and neighbors (Mt 22:37; 1 Pe 1:22; 4:8; Pr 10:12).
3. We must guard our minds.
- The mind is the foundation of our lives. Therefore, we must guard our minds
(Pr 15:13; 17:22).
1) Through the Commandments, guard the mind lest sin and evil enter (Pr 4:21,22).
2) Always cleanse the mind through repentance (Ps 34:18).
3) Through the Word, supply life to the mind (Ps 19:8; Ro 10:17).
4) Through prayer, abide with God (Ps 28:6,7; Mk 11:24).
5) Always rely on the help of the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:26; Ro 8:26; 1 Jn 4:4).
Happiness, peace, joy, and glory are all in the mind. Only the throne of God should be in the center of our minds. Our minds should not be occupied with any other thing: neither self, nor Satan, nor the world.