DAY #9: The Goal of Power, Love, and a Sound Mind | June 21-Day Firm Foundation Devotional: “Renewing the Mind”

Sunday, June 09, 2024 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

June 21-Day Firm Foundation Devotional: “Renewing the Mind”
DAY #9:  The Goal of Power, Love, and a Sound Mind

Devotional reading from “Winning the Battle for Your Mind,” Chapter Four ~ Problems We Have With our Minds

Today’s Lesson

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline [sound mind]. 8 So you must never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don't be ashamed of me, either, even though I'm in prison for Christ. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the proclamation of the Good News. 9 It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. He did this not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan long before the world began – to show his love and kindness to us through Christ Jesus.

Verse Seven is a passage that many of us have memorized. We quote it when we feel fearful or under some kind of attack in our thinking. The way we use this text highlights our tendency to apply Scriptures primarily to personal needs and challenges. Certainly, the Word of God is intended to help and bless us.

However, when verses seven and eight are read together, the context changes. Verse eight makes it clearer the reason that we don't want a spirit of fear, but rather "power, love and a sound mind," is so that we will be empowered to tell others about Jesus.

Regardless of the adversity that Paul faced, he continued to stay focused on proclaiming the Gospel. He encouraged leaders and believers to adopt a similar focus.

Having power, love, a sound mind, living a holy life, and knowing God's plan are provided not only to answer our cry of, "Lord bless me!" The Scriptures empower us to fulfill the mandate, "Go bless others and boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ!"


1. How does serving others help you maintain a "sound mind?"

ACTION ITEMS (What I will do with what I have learned):


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