Second Chance Ministries


A Internet Ministry

by Bonnie Nygaard


Dear reader this is for me I am the one that needs “mind Management” OK perhaps you also, because I am aware that most Christians need this. We all are under attack every day with our mind in confusion instead of peace. Jesus always entered the house with these words “Peace be unto you” then Paul added. 1 Cor 1:3 3 Grace be unto you, and peace , from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. KJV Our minds go in all directions but they are not at peace. Let me tell you what I have learned and am now so blessed to have learned it. I can start with a question when you are praying what happens to your mind does the devil want to interrupt your conversation with the Lord. The answer to this is Yes. He always wants to intrurupt. I will tell you what happens you begin to wander in your mind. If we are praying for a healing of cancer we start out OK, but then our mind wanders off in a direction away from that persons healing. We are thinking if only that person would stopped smoking or would start eating correctly or would have gone to the doctor sooner. These things are not important to God, we need to get in to the word on healing and claim that Word for that person.

 1 Peter 2:24 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed .This is a prayer for healing. So you see dear reader just letting our mind drift or wander is just what the devil wants us to do. We have to take management of our minds.  1 Peter 1:13 13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. NIV Here Peter says we need our minds active but always under self-control. We need to dedicate our thinking to Christ and let him be in control. Dear reader this is not easy, we have been wandering and letting our minds be confused all our lives. We always want to be in control and think if we are not in control something is wrong with us. Untrue nothing is wrong with us seeking a peaceful mind with Christ. Wander and confusion are partners they go together and they are weapons of destruction from the devil.  There is no easy way to begin another course of thinking without God in control. You might write little reminders in your home or car or at work, something like this one. Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy MIND, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.KJV.

In obeying this first commandment you can take self control. Loving God with all your heart will keep you constantly close to Him. Loving Him with all your soul will keep you constantly aware of Him. Loving Him with all your MIND will keep you constantly thinking of Him. And loving Him with all your strength will keep you constantly strong in body and spirit. Having this first commandment as our daily guide line to managing our mind will be a great help for us dear reader. We need to start today. James 1:4-8 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. NIV

 Many believe this comment “double minded man” have to do with unbelievers. The truth is James was writing to Christians.  The mind that has to have everything reasoned out is also the mind that is very confused. Reasoning is contradicts to faith. Reasoning is another side of doubt. You have to reason it out because you are in doubt. Therefore for a Christian needing a reason for everything they are actually doubting and not relying on faith. That is what James meant with “double minded man”. There is no obvious sin involved but there is an obvious victory for the devil. James opens with 5 if any of you lacks wisdom; he should ask God, the wisdom he speaks of is not of this world, but of the knowledge and understanding of where we are in our minds. The wandering, confused, reasoning mind is what with holds us from receiving the peace of mind that the Lord wants for us. Prov 3:5-6 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. KJV

As we are steadfast in our mind management directing our thought to God and His Word, we have His promise and he shall direct thy paths. We can’t go wrong if He is directing us, so we can take management of our mind and rebuke the attacks that frequently come from the devil. Each time we pray we first need to claim our self-control over our minds and give our surrender to the Lord for His directions in our thinking. As we practice this in our prayer time, we will find it easier to practice it in our daily lives. I for one am looking forward to the challenge as I discard the devil and his tricks from my mind one day at a time. “Rom 8:26 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. KJV

We must remember dear reader that in our weakest moment of confusion we have the Holy Spirit as our ally and He will help us in all occasions. When we find we can not take control of our minds because of many burdens and worries, we can call on the Holy Spirit to take control. That peace above all understanding is ours as the Holy Spirit takes control of our minds. He is the greatest mind manager we have. He intercedes for us and brings us to the throne of peace. What we need to do is to learn to call on Him before the mind wanders into a state of confusion. We need to acknowledge how very important the Holy Spirit is in our lives every waking hour. If our goal is to be more like Jesus then that must begin with our minds.
Phil 2:55 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  KJV As long as I live this is my goal to be more Christ like. 
Amen & Amen  


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