When I think of troublemakers, I think of bullies at school, convicted criminals, and angry neighbors. You could probably list a few as well. But have you ever considered your own mind as a dreadfully difficult troublemaker? Your mind can be filled with greed, selfish motivations, manipulation, anxiety, fear, and resentment—often far more troubling than any person or situation.
God’s Word Is Our Best Guide
But God’s Word guides us as we face these and other mental conflicts. Here are a few passages I turn to in order to develop a godly mind-set (all NIV, all emphases added).
Isaiah 26:3 contains a promise:
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Jeremiah 17:10 encourages authentic faith.
“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
Lamentations 3:20–22 empowers us with hope.
I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
Matthew 22:37 contains a command.
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Romans 8:5–6 explains the process of transformation.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
Second Corinthians 13:11 shows the result of a right mental attitude.
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
First Peter 3:8 helps us to face suffering with the right mind-set.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
Struggling? There’s Hope!
Let’s be honest; everyone faces mental battles. But God’s Word gives us hope. What are you struggling with today? Let’s work together to fix our minds on Scripture. Remember: living according to God’s truth will set us free.
Some Helpful Resources
The following can help us fix our minds on what is right and true:
- Insight’s Scripture Memory Program Collection, Sets 1 and 2, 2 CDs, 2 sets of cards, and 2 vinyl card holders
- Living the Psalms: Encouragement for the Daily Grind by Charles R. Swindoll, unabridged audio book or hardcover book
- The Prayers of Charles R. Swindoll, Volume 1: Devotional Prayers on 31 Themes by Charles R. Swindoll, hardcover book