31 Days to Mental Health
You are a spirit, have a soul, live in a body. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
You are a spirit. That is where the Word of God (His promises) are stored…in the inner (born again) man. This is where the Holy Spirit, who is God, lives. You’re never alone.
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“Don’t Know God?” before continuing.)
Soul: The mind, will, emotions, intellect, and memories.
In order for the hidden man of the heart (1 Peter 3:4) to dominate the soul, conduct must be controlled. Self-control, discipline, self-restraint are part of the fruit of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25)
“Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.” (Galatians 5:26 AMPC) That is NOT living in the Spirit and cannot make a Believer happy.
Therefore, conduct must be controlled to have mental health.
When you have a sound mind, your capacity to remember things will flourish.
THE WILL OF MAN
The strong-willed carnal nature was inherited from Adam because of his sin in the garden. A resistant stubborn attitude toward obedience to God can be changed by a daily diet of receiving God’s Word. In the beginning when God saw the void and the darkness on the earth, He spoke words: “Light be! Light was!” The carnal nature, proud, defiant, and unyielding to God, can be transformed by His Word to produce the peace and joy of a sound disciplined mind.
Gates to the Soul
What you see.
What you hear.
What you say.
Your submitted will is the Sheriff at the gate. “You can come in. You stay out!”
Everything in life is either a plus or a minus to you, including being "unequally yoked with an unbeliever," which is definitely a minus. (See 2 Corinthians 6:11-18) You choose.
TAKE THE CHALLENGE!
For the next 31 days, write one verse each day on a card or sticky note. Speak it several times a day. If you can, memorize it. Meditate on it.
Meditation: keep it in; keep secret; guard it; keep under; commit to keeping it. The Hebrew word “Hagah” means to murmur, ponder, imagine, speak, study. It is not like a lion roaring, (arrgh!) but rather like chewing.
Meditation is strengthening your self-control and renewing your mind. God’s Word in your heart will produce the fruit of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit has an assignment to help you and teach you in every area of life. Why? So that you can enjoy the abundant life Jesus died to give you. (John 10:10)
Remember: “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7) If you can change your thinking and your words, you will change your life.
There are things that can hinder or steal the word, like listening to hours of news programs. Jesus said, “Take heed what you hear.” (See Mark 4:23-25) The world enters into the soul by what you hear and what you see. Self-control and discipline are essential for a sound mind and guarding your spirit.
God’s Word when spoken produces life.
Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63)
What’s the goal here?
Change your thinking, change your life!
1. Joshua 1:8 AMPC
“This Book of the Law (God’s word) shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.”
2. John 14:16 NKJV
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever….”
3. 1 Corinthians 2:16 NLT
“For, ‘Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?’
But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.”
4. Luke 24:45 NLT
“Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.”
5. Ephesians 4:23-24 NKJV
“… be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
6. Colossians 2:9-10 NKJV
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”
7. 2 Peter 1:4 NLT
“These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.”
8. 1 Peter 3:8 NLT
“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters.”
9. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
10. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
11. Philippians 2:2 NKJV
“… fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
12. Psalm 59:16 NLT
“But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.”
13. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 NIV
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.”
14. Romans 12:2 NLT
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
15. Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
16. Romans 8:6 NKJV
“For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
17. Titus 1:15 NKJV
“To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.”
18. Philippians 3:13 NLT
“…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize….”
19. John 14:14-15 NKJV
“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
20. Mark 4:19 NKJV
“… and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”
21. Philippians 4:6 NIV
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
22. Colossians 3:2-3 NKJV
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
23. Matthew 6:26 NIV
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
24. Isaiah 41:10 NLT
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
25. 2 Timothy 2:4 AMPC
“No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of [civilian] life; his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him.”
26. 2 Timothy 2:15 WBT
“Study to show thyself approved to God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
27. Hebrews 3:15 NKJV
“Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
28. Philippians 4:8 NLT
“… one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
29. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
30. 1 Peter 4:7-8 NIV
“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
31. Revelation 2:26 NKJV
“And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations…”
Recommendations For Further Study:
Who I Am in Christ Scriptures
E.W. Kenyon: Audio Books (Excellent)
Signposts on the Road to Success: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQteNiEB6Pw&t
The Two Kinds of Righteousness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SoCPrktRXQ&t=4s
*Do make sure you have a healthy diet and exercise often.