A. Jesus taught, to the twelve, “Let not your heart […the thoughts or feelings (mind)”; Strong’s # 2588] be troubled…” (John 14:1; 14:27).
- There is a good stirring of the mind (II Peter 3:1-2) and an evil way of stirring up the mind (Acts 14:1-2).
- We cannot deny that the world influences one's mindset (Ephesians 2:1-3).
- Think about the difference in being troubled or at peace (Romans 8:5-6).
II. Body: Titus 2:1-8
A. An example of one out of his right mind, and then back in (Mark 5:1-20).
- Demon/devil possession existed for a purpose (Mark 16:15-20).
- It was a power given to cast them out (Luke 9:1).
- Those devils/demons were evil spirits (Acts 19:13-17), the devil's angels (Matthew 25:41 and Revelation 12:7-9); that are now bound and reserved for judgment (II Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6).
- Therefore, the lesson here is not about a demon taking your mind. Rather, to establish what it is to be in or out of one’s right mind.
- Things of this world can overtake our minds, occupy our thoughts, and distract us from our right thinking (Mark 4:19).
- The difference in being sober in thought and not is likened to be awake vs. asleep (I Thessalonians 5:6).
- The answer is NOT found in distracting ourselves with worldly tasks which could actually turn to our hurt (Luke 14:15-24).
- The answer is focusing, investing ourselves in what is truly helpful (Luke 12:13-34). *NOT taking that to an ignorant extreme: https://www.wordsoftruth.net/december082019article.html
- There was a day at hand in the first century (Romans 13:11-14, Philippians 4:5, and James 5:7-10).
- As that day, which was visibly approaching, drew near; the saints were to be focused the more on spiritual things (Hebrews 10:22-25).
- It was not the Judgment Day for all humanity (Mark 13:31-37).
- That day at hand was the judgment on Jerusalem that very much involved the Lord’s wrath (Matthew 23:33-24:34).
- These warnings, and that coming day were much troubling to saints even outside of Jerusalem (II Thessalonians 2:1-2).
- Yet, even with this anxiety and the evil that the world brought to them, they needed to be clear in their thinking (Titus 2:11-14).
III. Conclusion: “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…” I Peter 1:13-16
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