by Daniel Rodgers

Developing a Healthy Mind
Dan Rodgers
Philippians 4:8-9

ILLUS: In the booklet, Daily Bread, Bill Crowder shares the following story about the Beatles:

At the height of their popularity, creativity, and wealth, the Beatles produced a controversial project called "The White Album." It signaled the breakup of the band by featuring pieces that were primarily individual in nature instead of collaborative.

It also revealed a growing disenchantment with all that their fame had produced. In his song "I'm So Tired," John Lennon expressed the emptiness of his "successful" and wealthy life with these profound words: "I'd give you everything I've got for a little peace of mind." All that he had, all that he had accomplished, and all that he had become could not meet this simple, yet deep, personal need.

The author concludes: "The world we live in cannot offer peace. It offers only poor options. Pleasure, power, and possessions are no substitute for peace of heart and mind."1

Of course, you and I know that the only way a person can have real peace of mind is by knowing the One whose name is "Peace." In Isaiah 9:6b, it says, "... and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." In John 14:27, Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

This morning, I want us to consider the importance of the mind. Paul is writing to the church at Philippi. Throughout the book, he stresses the importance of the Christian experience; how to pray, how to live for Christ, maturing as saints, and much more. One of the things he talks about is the importance of the mind--how we are to control it and how we are to develop it; for in truth, the mind is what controls us. If a man does not have control of his mind and his thoughts, there is no way he can please God, nor can he have the peace of G ...

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