“The end of all things is near. Therefore be sound minded and self-restrained and alert to stay focused and balanced on the things of God so that your communication will be clear, reasonable, specific and pleasing to Him.”
1 Peter 4:7
In so many verses of scripture, we are admonished to focus our mind on the Lord, and the reason for this is simple, your mind is the doorway to your spirit. And if not properly guarded, it would lead to destruction.
3 parts of the mind control ones ability to make decisions; The conscious mind - the part we are aware of and think with; The unconscious mind - in summary, is the part that sorts every stimulus that’s being received by your 5 senses; The subconscious mind - the part where ‘mental programs’ are formed, and most of these mental programs are created out of survival instinct, and these mental programs control how we live.
Imagine a certain Person A who was sitting with friends working on an essay that was due in a few hours, right next to them a group of people passing by were discussing how air turbulence can cause a plane crash. At the moment the only thing that matter was submitting that essay.
A couple of weeks later, Person A was on a plane, and the pilot announced that there was some air turbulence and immediately, Person A recalled all the information that was being shared by the group passing by. What happens next? He begins to imagine all the possible outcomes from a plane crash and all the information he has ever gathered on plane crashes, either passively or actively.
Using this scenario, let’s go over the 3 parts of the mind. At the time when person A was working on that essay, the conscious mind was in control. However, he did not know that his unconscious mind was processing every stimulus from his 5 senses, including the conversation of the group passing by. Now, having processed this information the unconscious mind sends it to the subconscious mind, who thought to itself that, that particular information is something Person A would require. Thus, the formation of a ‘mental program.’
Weeks later, that same mental program controls the mind of Person A. This, my dear friends, is how mental programs control a person. It is important to note that mental programs are not always negative. It is why the word of God says, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”(Romans 12:2)
In the Parable of the Growing Seed, Jesus said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know-how. All by itself, the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29)
The ground in this parable can be likened to the mind and the seeds to mental programs. The Bible says ‘the seed sprouts and grows, though the man does not know how’ and before long it produces its fruit and then the man gets whatever seed he has planted.
Understand this, the world has its mental programs but the Lord has His Word. Paul said, “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and produce for you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”(Acts 20:32). The word of God can produce what it talks about in you but first, you must have it in you (Romans 12:2). Refuse to live like an ordinary man, you have been called to a higher level in life.
Our opening verses says “The end of all things is near. Therefore be sound minded and self-restrained and alert to stay focused and balanced on the things of God so that your communication will be clear, reasonable, specific and pleasing to Him.” (1 Peter 4:7). There’s so much for you to do in the House of God and you can not function maximally without a sound and alert mind. You must prepare and balance your mind so that you do not miss the Lord.
Remember what Jesus said,
“Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ”