Grace-energized Minds are: God-controlled Minds (13 of 23) by John Barnett

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Grace-energized Minds are: God-controlled Minds (13 of 23)
Series: Women Energized by Grace Series
John Barnett
Titus 2:5

As we open to I Thessalonians 5, we open to Paul preparing new believers for spiritual warfare. As believers and followers of Christ, they were going to be attacked in their minds, by the Devil. That is where he starts. Your body only goes where you mind directs. Your mind is the key to following God. Only a mind stayed on the Lord can have perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). A mind devoted to Christ is the road to God's plan for your life (Proverbs 3:5-6).

When Paul spoke of living in a world that loves darkness, ruled by a prince of darkness he exhorted those new believers to remember who they were. The way to get through dark days in this world was simple as long as you wore your helmet:

1 Thessalonians 5:5-8 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. NKJV

We need to wear our helmet! Paul explained that helmet as part of a complete way of life in Ephesians 6. If you could have seen Paul as God saw him in his battle gear you would have seen an old, gray headed man with a badly dented war helmet. Many dents, slices, and marks show how often the enemy had struck at him.

Renewing a
God-Controlled Mind

The best way to get your mind back under God's control is to think the truth. The helmet that we are to wear as believers is the helmet of what? Salvation. Pull on the straps and fasten tight your helmet of salvation. Surrender again your mind to God's control. Energized by grace, allow God's truth to saturate your mind and see what He can do with you.

The "helmet of salvation," was Paul's confidence of knowi ...


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