Sound Mind – The Phantom of Fear Cont.

Written February 12th 2008 Tuesday

Posted February 19th 2008 Tuesday 

Sound Mind 

     I am willing to guess that many people have questioned if God truly grants His people a sound mind.  Some might even say the opposite is true.  I might even say the opposite is true if you caught me on a bad day.  Nonetheless, God does grant His people a sound mind.  That sound mind is meant to keep fear and distress at bay.  Yet, what is a sound mind exactly?  That is what we are going to investigate.    

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 

Exploring Sound Mind:  

PLEASE NOTE MY UNDERLING AS YOU READ THE FOLLOWING DEFINITIONS:  

SOUND MIND – FROM THE GREEK LANGUAGE DEFINITION =

WE WILL HAVE TO TRACE THIS WORD[S] BACK THROUGH THE LANGUAGE AS IT IS DERIVED FROM VARIOUS WORDS.

4995.  swfronismov” soµphroánismoás, so-fron-is-mos´; from 4994; discipline, i.e. self-control:— sound mind. 

4994.  swfronivzw soµphroánizoµ, so-fron-id´-zo; from 4998; to make of sound mind, i.e. (fig.) to discipline or correct:teach to be sober. 

4998.  swvfrwn soµphroµn, so´-frone; from the base of 4982 and that of 5424; safe (sound) in mind, i.e. self-controlled (moderate as to opinion or passion):— discreet, sober, temperate. 

4982.  swvzw soµzoµ, sode´-zo; from a primary  sw`” soµs (contr. for obs.  savo” saoás,safe”); to save, i.e. deliver or protect (lit. or fig.):— heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole. 

5424.  frhvn phreµn, frane; prob. from an obs.  fravw phraoµ (to rein in or curb; comp. 5420); the midrif (as a partition of the body), i.e. (fig. and by impl. of sympathy) the feelings (or sensitive nature; by extens. [also in the plur.] the mind or cognitive faculties):— understanding. 

5420.  fravssw phrassoµ, fras´-so; appar. a streng. form of the base of 5424; to fence or inclose, i.e. (spec.) to block up (fig. to silence):— stop. 

     Just through looking into the Greek Language and the depth of meaning of “sound mind”, we know that God has not called us to be rattled by fear.  Instead, He desires that our minds be disciplined and self-controlled; not a rambling mess that the Enemy can use to control us.  God would have our thinking to be correct; correct being in line with His Word and the Truths of His Word.  We must teach our minds to be sober, temperate, and discreet in our thinking.  It will not come naturally.  We run our minds they do not run us. When our minds begin to become extreme we know that we are in trouble.  We are to be moderate in our opinions and passions; which is inclusive of what goes on in our minds.  We reign in our feelings and our sensitive nature, silencing the screams of the fears and stopping their affect upon us.  Fear cannot hold us when we know in our minds, spirits, and hearts, that God meant for us to feel [believe in our minds] we will be saved, delivered, protected, healed, preserved, do well, be made whole, etc. either literally or figuratively, as is needed.  

     Considering all of this, we will have to look next at why we do not necessarily live in this type of mindset, the “sound mind” way of thinking.  For unless we do, we cannot enjoy the freedom from fear God would wish us to have.

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