by John Barnett

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Grace-energized Women are Discreet: A God-controlled Mind (12 of 23)
Series: Women Energized by Grace Series
John Barnett
Titus 2:5

Jesus loves absolutes.

Jesus loved to bring people to the place where they could see that there were only two choices before them.

He used stark contrasts in His teachings: Broad way vs. Narrow Gate, Light vs. Darkness, Heaven vs. Hell, Having the Son vs. Not having the Son, Saved vs. Lost, Life vs. Death, and so on.

Christ's desire that we see that there are only two choices continues into the church that bears His Name. Each day we must choose go His way or ignore His way. The clearest choice of all before us this morning involves our minds.

Either we choose to have a God-controlled mind or a World-controlled mind.

Either we give in to a Media-saturated mind or pursue a Word-saturated mind.

That was the challenge that the Lord directed Paul to present to the church at Crete and to all of us since.

"To be discreet" in Titus 2:5 in my Bible is a translation of one Greek word sophron, but actually this word is virtually untranslatable by any one English word. It is variously translated of sound mind, discreet, prudent, self-controlled, chaste, having complete control over sensual desires. The Greeks derived it from two words which mean to keep one's mind safe and sound.

God-controlled Minds

In Titus 2:5 This word describes a woman with a mind surrendered to God's control. Her mind is surrendered to God's gracious sanctifying power; and she learns to govern every instinct and passion until each has its proper place and no more.

As we delve into this verse, God's Word makes one thing perfectly clear: God wants your mind under His control.

More than anything else God wants to saturate, influence, fill, direct, dominate and control your mind.

If God has your mind - He has your body,
If God has your mind - He has your emotions,
If God has your mind - He has your appetites,
If God has your ...

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