DAY 16: The Soul Part 1: The Mind

As we discussed a few days ago, the soul is like the control center of the triune being. It’s constantly scanning for how to think, choose, and feel.

Our job? Is to stay connected to the Vine of the Word, so that the soul acts more like the Word, than the world.

Today, we’re going to laser-focus on one-third of the soul, the mind.

First of all, how do we know the mind is part of the soul?

Proverbs 2:10 gives us the spiritual ground to prove that the mind is a part of the soul. This verse says, “Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”

Because knowledge is a matter of the mind, this proves that the mind is a part of the soul. Proverbs 19:21 and 24:14 also indicate that knowledge and wisdom are related to the soul. In addition, Psalm 139:14 says, “My soul knows it well.” Since to know is a matter of the mind, this also proves that the mind must be a part of the soul. Psalm 13:2 speaks of bearing concern in the soul. This concern must be something considered in the mind. Lamentations 3:20 says, “My soul remembers them well,” indicating that the soul can remember things. By these verses we can be clear that the mind as the organ to know, to consider, and to remember is a part of the soul.

So now that we’ve built that foundation… wait…does God care about mental health then, too? 

Yep! He sure does.

Counselor. Advocate. High Priest. Our Power of Attorney. Comforter. Friend. All names for parts of the Trinity.

Thank God that our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are there for us in any time of need!

Yes, even a mental breakdown. Anyone else been there?

There are two favorite scriptures of mine that highlight mental health masterfully in the Bible.

The first is 1 Corinthians 2:16, which reads “For who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”

The mind of Christ? Us?

Yes! As Christians, we get access to the mind of Christ! Working in tandem with the Holy Spirit, and as we renew our minds to His Word, we become more like Him! This includes His mind! (Romans 12:1-2)

In fact, no matter where we came from or what we did in the past, God uses the “least of these” (like Paul, who wrote this section of Ephesians) to show and declare the mysteries of God! God wants to reveal His wisdom to you, which means your mind is a pretty powerful container!

Paul writes in Ephesians 3:8-12,

Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.

God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence, trusting that He will show us even things He kept secret in the past!

The second scripture I think is so encouraging regarding mental health is 2 Timothy 1:7, which says:

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

In my life, I’ve struggled with crippling anxiety. So much so, that in 2020 I gave myself an ulcer. Mental health is nothing to joke about, nothing to diminish, and nothing to blame a “lack of faith” on either.

However, Jesus didn’t set up a system of giving us a beautiful mind just so that we could survive. He created us to thrive! This scripture is one I regularly declare to myself in the mirror, to remind myself that I am not led by whatever negative thoughts may come into my head.

I can reject those that don’t line up with the authority and identity I’ve been given as a daughter of the Most High King Jesus, and bind them on earth, which binds them in heaven! (Matthew 16:19) As I let the Words of Life seep into my thoughts through meditation, anxiety lessens and the love of God rises up.

I’m praying for a sound mind over you today! A mind that is fearless, self-controlled, and well-balanced! Calm, brave, and powerful!

See you tomorrow,