Lord of Our Mind

Michael Beck

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Getting to the bottom of things is overrated. In fact, the desire to know, more often than not, can turn into an unhealthy obsession. Many, many times, our greater need is to let something go, and even, for the time being, remain in the dark.

David had so much going on “behind the scenes” around him. He was chased, conspired against, and spoken evil of by false witnesses. If anyone could have developed paranoia it was David. But what was his cry: “Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.” (Psalm 64:1) He knew that “fear of the enemy” was even greater than the enemy. Surely, he had a firsthand example in king Saul of someone who was driven mad by fear and insecurity. Saul saw enemies where there were no enemies. His fear of an unknown, terrifying future drove him to witchcraft.

David did not want to be controlled by a spirit of fear. To maintain a sound mind he prayed:

“LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.” (Psalm 131:1-3)

Our greatest battles are fought in our mind. If the God of peace is to be with us we must first think on those things that are true. (Philippians 4:8,9) The weapons of our warfare must be mighty through God to the casting down of imaginations. Our every thought must be taken into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Cor. 10:4,5) To this end, certain thoughts must be arrested and led away from our hearts and minds. They are thieves who would steal righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Ghost. We can have a peace which passes all understanding, when we are willing for God to be the Lord of our mind.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.