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Having a Sound Mind

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          Some of us have given up on believing certain things because we believe its just not going to happen. We need to go back to what we first believed. You might say, “Well, I was believing for healing for a year or two or for someone in my family to be saved or this or that and it never manifested. I haven’t seen anything change, in fact things got worse so I gave up.” Well, we need to keep on believing, to keep on keeping on, to keep on enduring because all things are subject to change. It isn’t over until it’s over. Even in baseball they say the game isn’t over and your still in the game until the last out. We need to hold fast to what we believe and to what we are believing for God to do in our lives. Hebrews 10:36, 38 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise… Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”

          First, to be sound minded you must be spiritually minded. You must have a mind that is ruled by the word of God and controlled by the force of patience or constancy. James 1:2-4My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience (the force of patience, constancy) have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” The Greek word for patience is hupomone hoop-om-on-ay'; and means endurance, constancy, patient continuance and comes from another word meaning to have fortitude and persevere, to patiently endure. If we are spiritual minded, then our minds are on spiritual things and not carnal things – our minds are being renewed by the Word of God and we will be bringing forth the fruit of the spirit because of the Word in our minds and spirit that will reproduce the things of the spirit of God within us and give us patience in waiting upon the Lord, who is the God of all patience.

          Secondly, to be sound minded, you must be single minded. James 1:5-8If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” The key point there is that the Word said let not the one who is double minded think (who can’t make up his mind) that he shall received any thing of the Lord. You must ask and believe and not waver. To doubt doesn’t mean to question. Doubt and unbelief are not the same thing. To not believe any longer, unbelief is to undo what you once believed, to change your mind about believing something. To have doubt comes from the word double and speaks of two, meaning to have two opinions about something. Doubt is the result of knowing a fact and questioning if it is true. The Greek word for double minded here is dipsuchos, dip'-soo-khos; meaning two-spirited, vacillating in opinion or purpose.

Doubt is knowing that God said “I will supply all your needs” and wondering if He really will meet all your needs. Doubt is knowing that God said, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” and then questioning if He has left you. Doubt is knowing that God said, “I am the Lord that healeth thee” and “By his stripes you are haled” and then wondering if you will ever see the manifestation of that healing. That’s being double minded and a double minded man or doubting man cannot receive anything from the Lord. We need to get rid of all doubt; all double mindedness and questioning against what God has spoken to us and be single minded in our thinking. We need to get rid of all double thinking on every subject and issue and be single minded in all things and have only one opinion about any subject or issue.

          It is like watching the news on TV. When a question is asked about an issue the person answering the question will say, “Well, I think this could happened, but also this other thing could happen. They don’t really believe in any specific thing will happen and so they give a multiplicity of options in their opinion. Most likely we already know that one or the other could happen, but what you do really think. And usually they will make no commitment, but act like a politician. To many people are double minded about everything but we as Christians need to be single minded about what we believe.

          What do we need to be single minded about? We need to be single minded about prayer. When you ask something of God in prayer, we need to believe for it and never change. We need to make our requests and continue believing for it and standing for it, whether or not it happens, or adds up. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways and will not receive anything from the Lord.  Elijah asked the people, “how long will you be of two opinions.” How long will you be unable to make up your mind? 1 Kings 18:21 How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” When you are of two opinions you will always hesitate about the issue and not make up your mind. There is nothing worse than being undecided about an issue because you will always stall or be stopped by it. You can’t go forward when you can’t make up your mind about which way to proceed. Either we believe God’s Word and what He said or we believe another word, that of man or devil. Either we believe God’s Word or we don’t and if we don’t then we are in affect calling Him a liar. But God’s Word says in Numbers 23:19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

          There is nothing worse than being uncertain or undecided about a subject. We need to make up our mind. To ask, then not believe or wonder if you will receive. To thank God and then complain to God about what you got. To believe then doubt, to give and then wonder if God will bless you for you’re giving. To forgive and then get offended. To forgive and then keep talking about it. To accept responsibility for something and why you are going through something in your life and then blame someone else for it. That is being double minded. A double minded man can’t receive anything of the Lord.

Be single minded about prayer. When you ask something of the Lord, believe and don’t question or doubt it again. What if it comes back to your mind and questions or doubts come into your mind of whether that which you have asked for will come to pass. Then enter into the prayer of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a solution for double mindedness when it comes to prayer if you stay in an attitude of thanksgiving before God.

          You need to be single minded about your seed. Your seed is your words, your decisions, your giving. What does this mean? It means that after you have planted a seed, you don’t dig it up and wonder if it’s growing. After you plant your seed, you believe that God said that as long as the earth remains that seed time and harvest shall not cease. Whatever seed I have planted into the ground, I expect a harvest of return of that seed. We need to believe and be single minded about the seeds we have sown, that they will produce 30, 60 and 100 fold. Matthew 13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” We need to believe that the seeds we have planted in the lives of others will produce, the prayers we have prayed for others will produce, the gifts we have given will produce a harvest. God tells us that He will reward us for every good work that is done of a right motive and pure heart. You can’t even so much as give a glass of water to one who is thirsty without getting a reward, a harvest. Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Mark 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.” Everything we do in His name will be rewarded.

          It doesn’t matter if it all comes now or at a later time, over time or all at once, for it will come and there will always be a harvest of our actions, words, love, patience, encouragement, gifts given for the need of others. All seeds sown will produce. The only problem is that sometimes we want God to distinguish between our good seeds sown and bad seeds. We would like for our good seeds to bring a harvest, but for the process to not work for our bad seeds that we have sown. But the Lord said that all deeds, whatever we have done, will be rewarded, good or bad. Matthew 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” So if we want a good harvest, we have to sow good seed. If we want to reap forgiveness, we have to sow forgiveness. Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” He says it a little differently in Luke 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.” To prove the relationship, Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Simply put, we reap what we sow. If we sow forgiveness, we reap forgiveness. If we sow unforgiveness we will reap unforgiveness. If we sow love, we receive love. If we sow patience, we receive patience. Whatever you sow into the lives of others you will reap back multiplied.

We have to stop asking when, digging it up and trying to examine it and just believe in the process. Some seeds come up overnight, some next week, some next month; and the spiritual is no different than the natural. When you have given something into the life of another, let go of it and don’t look back, don’t ask about it, don’t look to them to return the harvest, but look to God and believe He will return the harvest of that which you have sown into the lives of others. He will give back a better harvest than any man can or will. The devil may say you won’t get a harvest, but God is not a liar and God will always see that you get a harvest for your good deeds and offerings of love. Seed and harvest time will not cease. God said you will reap if you do not faint. Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season (when it is harvest time) we shall reap, if we faint not.”

          Third, we need to be single minded about our past. It means 2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Old things have passed away. To be single minded about my past is to believe you are a new creature, a new creation in Christ. When the devil reminds me about something in my past, I remind him that I am a new creature. When others remind you about something you have done, when you remind yourself of something in your past, when a situation reminds you of something in your past, you and I need to be single minded about our past and say, its over, its washed away by the blood of Jesus, its forgiven and forgotten. God has forgotten it so I can forget it. God has forgiven me so I can forgive myself. I know from experience, for me sometimes that is the hardest part, forgiving myself even though I know God has forgiven me because I believe what He said in 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

          Fourth, you need to be single minded about other peoples past. We might easily accept the one about ourselves and say, “Praise the Lord, my past is over, its gone, I’m free” But are you single minded about your husband or wives past. We have to not have a double standard where we think of our own past one way and others past a different way. We need to see them the same way. Your past and my past are both the same, past. We need to be single minded about those things.

          To be sound minded is one, to be spiritually minded is two and to be single minded is three. To be single minded is to have a mind that is not given to inner debates. This is the definition of strife. You are in strife when you are out of agreement with what God says. We normally think that strife is just when we are in an argument or disagreement with another person. And you are right that you are in strife when you are in an argument with another person. But the reason that both of you are in strife is not because you are not in strife with one another even though it is being lived out with one another.

You really don’t have strife with your wife, or with your husband, the real strife you have is with God. The only way that strife can ever exist in your life is when you are out of agreement with God. I know that this sounds crazy by the way we are thought to think, but you cannot have strife with another human being, its impossible. Your strife is with God. The reason why there is strife in that relationship is simply because you are in strife with God; you are out of agreement with God.

God has not called us to come into agreement with each other first, He’s called us to come into agreement with Him. When I am agreement with God and my wife is in agreement with God, then we are not going to have any strife. Not because we are in agreement with each other but because we are each in agreement with God. Whenever there is strife in our relationships it is because one of us or both of us is out of agreement with God. It does not matter which. The strife that you are demonstrating with your spouse is only a byproduct of the strife that you have in your own heart, it is not with your spouse and he or she is not the cause of why you feel the way you do.

          When brothers and sisters get into strife, when kids get into strife, it is not because the other person is the problem, it is because one of the children or both have gotten out of agreement with God’s Word and that results in strife. As long as you stand in agreement with God you can’t be in strife. Just look at Jesus and you will see that what I am saying is true. Others strove with Jesus, but Jesus didn’t strive with them. Others had animosity, anger, hatred, bitterness and jealousy toward Jesus, but he never had those things against another, no matter what. Even on the cross He showed this when he said of those who crucified him, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Someone can be in strife and take it out on you, but their strife is inside their own heart and not within you. This can solve a lot of marriage issues. The strife that comes to the surface in our marriage relationship with one another can really be dealt with in our own hearts.

          You may say, “oh no, we really need someone to help us through our strife.” No, you need to get into agreement with God. You may need help having the areas of your life that are not in agreement with God pointed out to you, but that is where your problem is. It’s not with your husband, your wife, your brother or your sister, or somebody else, its with God and you need to fix it there and then it will begin to be well everywhere else. Most problems in life are due to inner disharmony, not because of disharmony with your spouse or other people. Anytime I sense myself getting off key, myself getting upset, disturbed, unsettled, lacking peace, I always know that it means I am loosing my connection with the Lord, that the problem is within me, in my spirit and I need to humble myself before the Lord and ask for His grace and help, to settle me and bring me back to His peace. When I am resting in Him, trusting Him, in fellowship with Him, I am at peace within and so at peace with others and my situation, no matter what it is or others may be saying or doing. If I am right with the Lord and in fellowship with Him, walking in the spirit, then I am at peace with my world around me. When I get out of kilter, I can’t blame the circumstances or what someone else said or did, though I may want to, I have to admit the real issue and problem is within and if I will put that right, then I will be settled and at peace with everyone and everything else because I am trusting and resting in Him.

          Many people think that if others will just agree with them then there will be peace. But the problem is, you don’t necessarily agree with yourself or you’re constantly changing or you don’t agree with God and so there is disharmony in your life. Those who think that they will have peace if others will agree with them need to understand that the real problem is that they don’t agree with themselves or they are constantly changing or they don’t agree with God and so there is strife in their life. Strife is not because of a disagreement with others, but because of a disagreement with God, because of being out of alignment with God’s Word and that makes you contentious and argumentative. It does me, every time. But when you are in agreement with what God says, then you won’t be in disagreement and argumentative with others. You just won’t have strife and contention and won’t want to have a fight with others because when you are in agreement with God you will be at peace within and so you will not be struggling and striving. Romans 5:1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God…” or we have the peace of God or we share God’s peace now that we are justified by faith. That is how Jesus could hold his peace in front of the high priest and pilot. Matthew 26:62-63 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace.Mark 15:4-5 And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee. But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.”

          Why did the Pharisees always argue with Jesus? Because they had an argument with God, they were out of agreement with God’s Word. Eliminate conflict from your mind and you will eliminate conflict from your life. We must eliminate conflict from our minds to eliminate conflict from our life. What does that mean? It means I have to deal with being single minded and get rid of being double minded and if I will get rid of all the conflict and debates and uncertainties in my life and mind so that I can be sure of what is an issue in my life and be sure of what God says about prayer, to be sure of what God says about money, to be sure of what God says about forgiveness and everything else God tells me in His Word. I need to be single minded about the issues then I will have no more conflicts in my mind. Then when there is no more conflict in my mind, I will no longer be a source of conflict for anybody else.

          But when you have conflict in your mind, you become a source of conflict for everybody else around you and you wonder what is wrong with the other person, what is their problem, what is their beef, what side of the bed did they get up on. The problem is they can’t make up their own mind in their own head and have conflict in their mind about what they believe about something, what they are going to do about something, what they think about something and that conflict in their head is touched when you get involved in their life. When you come into contact with them, when you get involved with that persons life, then you are tapping into the overflow of their inner conflict that already exists and that is whey you get sucked into it. If you have an inner conflict going on you will get sucked into the same thing and then you both think each other is the problem when you already had a problem by yourself and they already had a problem by themselves and you two people with a problem got together and now you each have someone else you can blame for the conflict that you have within.

Deal with the inner conflict in your own life and have peace in your own mind, have peace with yourself, have a truce within yourself, get the right side of your brain to come into agreement with the left side of your brain. Be the arbitrator if you have to, but get the two sides of your brain into agreement so there will be no more conflict. Do we believe what we see or do we believe what God said? Part of you says I got to see it, part of you says I got to believe. Well agree to believe God’s Word and see it on the inside whether or not you see it on the outside. Now you have the conflict resolved in your head when you can see it on the inside, because part of us always wants to see something. There is nothing wrong with that, we just can’t judge by what our eyes see and if we will see it within by faith, then we can stop being double minded about it.

          Jesus defeated Satan 2000 years ago. Yet many of us are dominated and imprisoned by all kinds of strongholds of fear, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, destructive habits and many other strongholds that have taken hold and been in our lives for years. If we are not experiencing the freedom that is ours in Christ, the answer is right between our ears. The mind is the access point that Satan uses to get into our lives so that he can have power over us. The devils only way of access into your life is through your thoughts. It’s the lies of the devil that have the power to destroy your life, family and future. You need to win the battle for your mind and take control of your thought life. You can do it but your thoughts and words must come into agreement with God’s Word and then power will be released into your life. When your thinking is right then you will make right decisions and have God’s blessing on all we say and do.

          James 3:10-18 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

          Jesus said, “the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me” (John 14:6). When another with strife and contention comes into your presence, if the enemy finds nothing in you to latch onto; no strife, no offence or hurt, no contention, no unforgiveness, no bitterness toward that person, you will remain at peace because you are at peace within, no matter what they may say or do and you will not be sucked into conflict with them. If there is no strife within you, no disagreement within your spirit, you will not strive with others who try to strive with you. Let the example of Jesus speak to us. They stove with Him, but he never had strife or let their strife and anger touch His spirit. He was free because He was walking in the spirit and above the evil that was within them and so it couldn’t touch Him.

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