TargetPoint Volume 27 of 32
Todays Verse/Thought: Fear vs. Sound Mind
II Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of FEAR; but of power, and of love, and of a SOUND MIND.
Let's start today by taking a closer look at the word SPIRIT as it's used in our verse for these last three days. The Greek word is PNEUMA, meaning the Holy Spirit of the living God. Its definition speaks of a movement of air . . . as in wind . . . as in breath . . . or the vital principal by which a human being is animated.
Several days ago, we talked of asking God to fill you with His Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 tells us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Here the words BE FILLED are in the present tense, which implies to keep on being filled.
It is my contention that this is the way to have a SOUND MIND, a mind that has its senses about it . . . a mind that is self-controlled and disciplined . . . a SANE MIND.
When we have a sound mind, our imagination is healthy. We are able to see God's vision for our lives, for opportunities that arise. OUR THINKING AND ATTITUDES ARE INSPIRED by the Spirit of Christ and you can come to say as Paul did in Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
There are times for all of us, I'm sure, when our feet first hit the floor in the morning that you perceive immediately that your THOUGHTS ARE OUT OF WHACK. Perhaps you feel a sense of depression, confusion, or foreboding.
Remember, fear never comes from God. These are the times that we must CORRAL OUR THOUGHTS and place them at the feet of Jesus. As you're walking away from your bed, IMMEDIATELY BEGIN TO WORSHIP and praise God in your heart. Ask Him to replace those fearful, scattered thoughts with HIS THOUGHTS. ASK HIM TO BREATHE HIS HOLY SPIRIT INTO YOU, so that you can keep on being filled. THANK HIM for your sound mind. Ask Him to give you a spirit of discipline and self-control. ASK HIM TO ORDER YOUR THOUGHTS for the day. Godís Spirit will begin to breathe into your mind . . . God-given sanity will prevail!
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Embracing Our Valleys