Sunday, 24th January 2021

Romans 8:6 – To be controlled by human nature results in death; to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace.

Learning to manage your emotions is the key to peace of mind. I want to share with you four important reasons from why you need to learn to deal with what you feel.

1. Your emotions are often unreliable.
Your gut is often wrong. Your intuition is often flawed. Your emotions often lead you down a blind alley. You can’t depend on everything you feel!

Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death”. You don’t have to accept everything you feel, because not everything you feel is right or will lead you in the right direction.

2. Your emotions can control you.
If you don’t control your emotions, they will control you, and you will be manipulated by your moods. If you’re always guided by your feelings, others are going to take advantage of you. Worst of all, negative emotions are Satan’s favorite tool. He will use fear, resentment, and worry to wreak havoc in your life.

The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”.

3. You need to please God.
God cannot rule your life if emotions rule your life. If you make your decisions based on how you feel, then you’ve made your feelings god, and then God can’t be God in your life.

Romans 8:8 says, “Those who obey their human nature cannot please God”.

4. To succeed in life, you need to learn to manage your emotions.
Studies have shown that your emotional quotient is equally as important as your IQ when it comes to success. How many people do you know who ruined their reputation because of something said in anger? Or missed a job opportunity because of their lack of self-control?

When you choose to follow Jesus, that decision includes your emotions. Jesus wants to be Lord of how you feel, not just what you think and do. He wants to be Lord of your emotions.

“From now on, then, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God’s will and not by human desires” (1 Peter 4:2).


Saturday, 23rd January 2021

Mark 12:29-30 – “The most important one,” answered Jesus, … Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

God wants you to love Him passionately: with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. God wants more than your head knowledge. He wants an emotional relationship with you.

Some facts about emotions.

First, God has emotions. God is an emotional God. He feels joy, grief, pain, and hatred toward sin. The only reason you have emotions is because you’re made in God’s image.

Second, your ability to feel is a gift from God. Emotions are what make you human. It is your emotional ability that allows you to love and be faithful and loyal and kind and generous and experience all of those feelings that are attached to the good things in life. Your emotions may not always seem like a gift, but even the negative ones have a purpose in your life.

Third, there are two extremes to avoid. Emotionalism is the extreme of saying the only thing that matters in life is how you feel, not what you think or what’s right or wrong. Emotions control your life.

On the other hand, stoicism says feelings aren’t important at all, and that it doesn’t really matter how you feel. The only things that matter are your intellect and your will.

These 2 extremes are to be avoided. God gave you your emotions for a reason, and He wants you to worship him emotionally with all your heart and intellectually with all your mind.


Friday, 22nd January 2021

Hebrews 12:3 – Think about Jesus’ example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him. So do not get tired and stop trying.

God wants you to be healthy in every area of your life— emotionally, spiritually, and physically. For mental health, you must focus your mind on the right things.

1. Think about Jesus.
You’ve heard the saying, “You become what you think about most.” If you want to become more like Jesus, you have to fill your thoughts with Him.

Hebrews 12:3 says, “Think about Jesus’ example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him. So do not get tired and stop trying”.

2. Think about others.
The Bible says in Philippians 2:4, “Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing”.

Our world teaches you to think about yourself and nobody else. But Jesus was countercultural, and when you think about him, you’ll more naturally think of others.

3. Think about eternity.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). When you start focusing on truths like that, all of your problems seem inferior compared to the glory, the joy, and the pleasure of the things awaiting us in eternity.

Your mind is your greatest asset and also the greatest battleground. Ask God to help you make the choice every day to feed on God’s Word, free your mind of destructive thoughts, and fill your mind with Jesus, others, and eternity. Then you’ll have won the battle.


Thursday, 21st January 2021

Psalms 119:112 – I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what.

The reason why most people are ineffective in life is that they’ve never learned how to fight the battle of the mind.

If you want to learn to manage your mind, you have to be delivered from destructive thoughts. That isn’t easy, because there are three enemies that keep you from fulfilling all your good intentions of changing your life.

1. The first enemy is your old nature.
Paul says in Romans 7:23, “There is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me”.

Do you ever find yourself doing things that you don’t really want to do? That’s the battle in your brain between your old, sinful nature and your good intentions.

2. The second enemy is Satan.
Satan cannot force you to do anything, but he can make enticing suggestions. He is constantly planting negative thoughts in your mind. He’ll use other people or he’ll use the TV or he’ll just throw a thought in your mind.

3. The third enemy is the world’s value system.
Does anything in our society encourage self-discipline? Not much. The Bible says in 1 John 2:16, “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world”.

With enemies like that, no wonder we struggle with discouragement and despair and failure!

So how do you fight this battle? Look at what 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says: “Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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”.

You have a choice. Your mind has to listen to you. God didn’t give you just a mind. He gave you a will! The best time to win the battle with temptation is before it begins.

“I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what.”


Wednesday, 20th January 2021

Mathew 4:4 – Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

If you want a healthy mind, you must feed your mind with truth.

We all know the importance of nutrition. Good food and good calories make you stronger and healthier and give you more energy. Bad calories and junk food harm your body. The same is true in your thought life. You must feed your mind with truth and not with junk or poison.

The best leaders make the best decisions when they have the best information. Even if you are a good leader, if you don’t have the best information, you’re going to make a bad decision.

You need the best information to live the best life that God wants you to live. That information is right there in the Word of God.

The Bible says in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”. Also, Psalms 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path”.

God wants you to make the best decisions and receive His best for your life. You do that by feeding on the Word of God throughout your day, every day.


Tuesday, 19th January 2021

Proverbs 4:23 – Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

God is far more interested in changing your mind than changing your circumstances.

We want God to take away all of the problems, pain, sorrow, suffering, sickness, and sadness. But God wants to work on you first, because transformation won’t happen in your life until you renew your mind, until your thoughts begin to change.

Why is it so important that you learn how to manage your mind?

1. Because your thoughts control your life.
Your thoughts have tremendous ability to shape your life for good or for bad. Maybe someone told you when you were growing up: “You’re worthless. You don’t matter.” If you accepted that thought, even though it was wrong, it has shaped your life. You must choose what thoughts you will let affect you for good or for bad.

2. Because the mind is the battleground for sin.
All temptation happens in the mind. Paul says in Romans 7:22-23, “I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin”.

One reason you get mentally fatigued is because there’s an intense battle in your mind. It’s intense because your mind is your greatest asset. Satan wants your greatest asset!

3. Because it’s the key to peace and happiness.
An unmanaged mind leads to tension. A managed mind leads to tranquility. An unmanaged mind leads to conflict. A managed mind leads to confidence. When you don’t try to control your mind and the way you direct your thoughts, you will experience an enormous amount of stress in your life. But a managed mind leads to strength, security and serenity.

“Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace” (Romans 8:6).