2 Timothy 1:7(KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Orevas’ mom suffered mental illness from her early twenties until she died at age 67. Oreva saw first-hand what it was like for someone to live in a fantasy world and have no control over the thoughts that came into their mind. It was a frightening experience. When she came to the Lord, she frequently prayed that neither she nor her children will inherit any of that mental instability. Whenever she felt concerned she would say to herself ‘‘for God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and sound mind’’ (2 Tim. 1:7). ‘‘God has given me a sound mind, He has also given my son a sound mind and daughter a sound mind and I will accept nothing less’’. She and her children enjoyed sound mind.
The world and the devil are making every effort to control the child’s mind. The good news is that you have the authority to resist those efforts. If your child is young, you have the authority over what he puts over his mind, that is, the television, movies, and the videos he watches, the radio programs, tapes and the CDs he listens to, the books and magazines he reads, etc. You can also do as much to help your child fill his mind with Godly movies, words, and pictures, but most important of all, you have the power of prayer. So even if your child is away from your direct influence, you can pray for his or her mind to be sound, protected, and freed.
One of the many wonderful things about receiving Jesus and being filled with the Holy Spirit is that along with every other blessing, we gain such stability and sound-mindedness that cannot be acquired any other way. That is because we are given the mind of Christ. The Bible says ‘‘let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus’’ Phil. 2:5. You can resist the worldly mind and allow His mind to be in control, and we can continually renew our minds by taking every thought captive.
Mental illness does not have to be passed from one generation to the other, and mental imbalance is not God’s will for our children, neither is confused or unstable thinking.
A big part of having a sound mind has to do with what goes into it. Filling our minds with what is out in the world brings confusion. Filling our minds with the things of God- especially the word – brings clarity of thought and peace of mind. The Bible says, ‘‘God is not the author of confusion but of peace (1Cor. 14:33). We must do what we can to make our children have the word of God in their minds so as to crowd out the confusion and ensure that they are sound-minded. God has given us a sound mind, why should we accept anything less for our children?
—George Evuarherhe Djorhogba
Yearly Bible Reading: Genesis 40-43
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