Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
In these last days and in these perilous times, we have to know how to walk in victory. Firstly, we must be sober-minded. Indeed, the old saying that “the battle is in the mind” has never been truer. To be sober-minded is to have self-control or a sound mind. It means to have sound judgment, having your wits about you and being level-headed. It’s about having a cool head rather than a hot head.
As children of God, we must be mentally balanced, rational and emotionally intelligent. Being spiritual does not negate our rationality. Intelligence and inspiration are not mutually exclusive! You can be anointed and smart st the same time. We not allow ourselves to be blinded by fear, lust, pride, anger, prejudice, envy, jealousy or vain ambition. Our minds must not be clouded by well-coated lies or paralysed by unknown threats. We have not received a spirit of fear but the Spirit of love, power and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7).
It’s the opposite of being intoxicated by some liquor or other substance. Well balanced believers are known for their composure, sense of dignity, poise and elegance. In fact, Christians should be the most rational, sensible people on earth. Our world, nations, families and organisations desperately need sober-minded folks to lead and transform them.
Don’t stoop low. Even in times of crisis, argument or conflict-think soberly. Don’t be gullible. Don’t panic. Don’t be hasty. Take time to process things. Don’t blurt out the first thing that comes to your mind. Be swift to hear but slow to speak. Be sober minded. You will live to harvest the benefits.
Pastor Josh