The Sound Mind Principle, Part 1
Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do
How can a person decide what is God's will for his life? Let me share with you what I have chosen to call "the sound mind principle" of Scripture.
In 2 Timothy 1:7
we are told, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (KJV). The sound mind referred to in this verse means a mind under the control of the Holy Spirit, renewed according to Romans 12:2
: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind
. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will" (NIV).
The sound mind is the renewed mind. The sound mind principle involves the use of the renewed mind.
There is a vast difference between the inclination of the natural or carnal person to use worldly "common sense" and that of the spiritual person to follow the sound mind principle. The former depends upon the wisdom of man for understanding; the latter, having the mind of Christ
, receives wisdom and guidance from God moment by moment through faith.
To help you determine God's will for your life according to the sound mind principle of Scripture, follow this bit of logic. First, consider these questions: "Why did Jesus come?" He came to "seek and to save what was lost." (Luke 19:10
) Then, "What is the greatest experience of your life?" "To know Christ personally as my Savior and Lord." Finally, "What is the greatest thing you can do to help others?" The answer is obvious: "Introduce them to Christ."
A spiritually renewed sound mind tells me that the most important thing I can possibly do as a Christian is to allow the Lord Jesus Christ in all of His resurrection power to have complete, unhindered control of my life. Otherwise, He cannot continue to seek and save the lost through me.
Every Christian is under divine orders to be a faithful witness for Christ. Thus, every sincere Christian will want to make his God-given time, talents and treasure available to Christ so that his fullest potential will be realized for Him.
List, evaluate and compare the talents that God has given you in relation to your training, personality and other qualities, then from this, prayerfully make a list of the ways in which your life can best glorify God.
Through this prayerful exercise, the Holy Spirit will reveal His will for your life.
But caution: The sound mind principle does not work unless certain factors exist. See Part 2, coming next.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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