4 Steps That Will Get You There
A healthy mind is central to living an abundant life. If our mind is unhealthy, our life will reflect it. The foundation for a healthy mind is believing truth rather than believing lies.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:22-24 to “Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God-truly righteous and holy.” He doesn’t tell us to renew our body or our actions but to renew our thoughts and attitudes. Many times when we want different results from what we’ve been having, we try to change our actions and habits.
When we change our thinking first, actions and habits are more likely to follow and be sustainable.
Most of us would say that we don’t want our minds to plagued by negative thoughts, but how do we keep those thoughts from filling or setting up house in our minds?
Here are 4 ways to keep our minds thinking thoughts that will benefit us rather than hinder us.
- I need to know my identity in Christ. If I don’t know and believe what Jesus says about me, I’m going to be very vulnerable to lies that want to make themselves my identity. For example, if I’m feeling worthless and rejected, I need to remember Ephesians 2:5-7. “Even when we were dead in our transgressions, (God) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus…”
- I need to replace lies with truth. Jesus was a perfect example for us of this when He was tempted in the wilderness. He didn’t argue with Satan; He only refuted him with the truth of the Word. (Matthew 4:1-11)
- I need to meditate on, or fill my mind with, the Word, not my circumstances. When David fought Goliath, he was completely confident of Who God was and that He was absolutely able to give him victory over a giant even though he was only a young boy! His belief in God was much bigger than his fear of the natural facts. When we focus on circumstances, we often start worrying. Worrying is also meditating, but it’s anointed by the wrong spirit. Meditating on the Word is anointed by God’s Spirit.
- I need to get outside of my own comfort zone and serve others. Jesus did this all the time by multiplying food for others when He was hungry, ministering to the Samaritan woman at the well when He was thirsty and to people who followed Him when He was tired and on His way to rest. Rex Rouis wrote an excellent article here on how helping others is a fantastic way to overcome depression.
Having a healthy mind is characterized by thoughts that bring peace and rest, not fear and worry; if you are feeling fearful, check your thoughts! You probably need to change your perspective and your thoughts will change with it.