There are only two mental health providers in the Universe:
• the first One says that He came to give Life that is Abundant; and
• the other one came only to kill, steal, and destroy.
At salvation we go from the destroyer’s control to Christ Jesus’ life that is endless and abundant. However, we still live in fallen human bodies, in a cursed and sinful world.
Often unsaved unbelievers have no idea who is controlling their minds as they head to destruction; they do not realize that sin always pays everyone back with boredom, guilt, shame, loneliness, confusion, emptiness, loss of purpose, and finally death in the form of conscious, endless, punishment in Hell.
Equally tragic is the reality that many saved believers do not focus on the One who wants to control their minds, and thus they do not obey what God’s Word tells them to do to avoid the consequences of sin that are in effect even as a believer. Sin always pays us believers back with boredom, guilt, shame, loneliness, confusion, emptiness, loss of purpose, and most terribly—the loss of rewards.
Because of those truths, Paul was led by the Spirit of God to write the words of Titus to every believer that would ever live. God’s Word the Bible declares that:
God Desires we Maintain
Our Spiritual Mental Health
God is vitally concerned about your mind. He wants you and me to stay in tip-top spiritual health. Our spiritual and mental health are vitally linked. Our minds are the subject of many verses of the Bible.
Our minds are the gateway into the spiritual world and most of those verses challenge us to consider what choices we are making for the health of our minds. Often we fail to realize how deeply we impact our mental health by our personal choices.
Please open to that first word I am referring to in Titus 2:5. Of all the words designating the spiritual qualities God desires in us, this may be the most timely of all.
Paul explains to every believer in Titus 2 that we desperately need:
The Greek word God inspires Paul to write is sophron translated in the New Testament as “discreet, sensible, or self-controlled”. The meaning of this word is vital to our spiritual lives.
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