October is Mental Health Month. Many times we wait until we have a difficult time physically or mentally to take care of ourselves, but health should be proactive. That includes health mentally, physically and spiritually. Interestingly, all three are intertwined. When we are not healthy in one are, it generally, affects the other two areas.
Where do we begin being proactive with our mental health? It begins with God’s word. 2 Timothy 1:7 is a familiar verse to many Christians. It says,
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” As we meditate on the fact that God has given us a sound mind, we see it manifest in our lives. I like the way the Amplified Bible translates it: “calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” God’s Word Translation says God has given us “good judgment”.
We begin to get off track mentally when we believe the thoughts that tell us anything that is contrary to what God says about us and our situations.
Romans 12:2 tells us to be “transformed by the renewing of our mind”. New Living Translation says,
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,
but let God transform you into a new person by changing
the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you
to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect
his will really is.
Joshua 1:8 tells us of the importance of meditating on God’s word.
This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth,
but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may
observe and do according to all that is written in it. For
then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you
shall deal wisely and have good success. Amplified
Good mental health begins with meditating on God’s word. As we meditate on it, we begin to see ourselves doing it and our actions follow. This scripture says that our way becomes prosperous, we deal wisely and have good success.
It’s a choice and a discipline to think on what God’s word says. Negative thoughts about ourselves, others and our circumstances bombard us daily. It’s easy to believe everything, but God’s word because it’s not what is all around us. It can be what’s first and it can become second nature to us as we give ourselves over to it.
Colossians 3:2 tells encourages us to “set our minds on things above, not on things on this earth.” As we think about what God has done for us in Christ and focus on our eternal reward through Christ, it keeps us mentally strong.
God’s Word Translation of 1 Peter 1:13 says, “your minds must be clear and ready for action. Place your confidence completely in what God’s kindness will bring you when Jesus Christ appears again.” As we place our confidence in God’s kindness toward us our minds are clear and ready for action.
It’s thinking on the good report. It’s thinking about what God has done for us in Christ and what we have to look forward to when we get to heaven that keeps us mentally healthy.
I have two more scriptures for you. The first one is Philippians 4:8 from the New Living Translation:
Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right.
Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable.
Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
The other isIsaiah 26:3,
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you.” NLT
The Bible is filled with scriptures that teach how to have good mental health as we keep our thoughts on God and his word. I pray you have been encouraged by this article.