“Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the gentiles do, in the futility of their minds …”
Scripture puts a strong emphasis on clear thinking. Paul admonishes us in Ephesians to avoid the “futile thinking” that is common in the world. The Lord wants us to be wise and disciplined in our thinking. Underscoring the necessity of mental clarity, three times in the NT book of 1 Peter we are reminded to be “sober-minded.”
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1.13)
“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.” (I Peter 4.7)
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.” (1 Peter 5.8)
Read those three verses again, and note how important having a clear mind is for living the Christian life. 1 Peter 4.7 is especially strong in it’s admonition. It literally says, “Be clear-minded and sober-minded,” using two forms of the same Greek word: sophronesate. The word simply means “not intoxicated,” and therefore free from illusion or distortion.
Be humble and recognize that sometimes your thinking goes astray, and you need the corrective ministry of the Holy Spirit in order to regain clarity. Pray diligently and ask the Lord for wisdom. Fill your heart and mind with the truth of God’s Word. Invest the time to develop your thinking skills. Don’t jump to conclusions. Don’t believe everything you think.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3.5-8)