4 SOURCES OF TRUTH
The Bible points us to four sources of truth, all of which are centred in God, surrounded by Jesus Christ His Son, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit of God.
“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”
“Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.”
The Holy Spirit is truth. The Scripture says in 1 John 5:6:
“This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ, not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness because the Spirit is truth.”
SATAN IS MANKIND’S ENEMY
Before we journey into the ten conditions of the mind or ten mind-sets, there is one other truth to be aware of. Satan is “mindful” of the things of men. Satan is the formidable enemy of mankind, especially believers. Mark chapter 8 records an interesting exchange between Jesus and Peter. Jesus had just told the disciples that He would go to the cross. In verse 32, Peter took Jesus by the hand and led Him aside from the other disciples. Privately Peter rebuked Jesus for saying such a thing. In verse 33, Jesus said to Peter:
“Get thee behind me Satan! For you do not have a mind intent on promoting what God wills, but what pleases men [you are not on God’s side, but that of men]”
SATAN CAN CONTROL YOUR MIND
Satan is a thinker! He is interested in the condition of your mind. If, through his efforts, he can promote a spiritually unhealthy mind- set, then he can have control of your mind – both the way you think and what you think.
CONCEALING THE TRUTH
The enemy has the power to blind the mind of man (2 Corinthians 3:14 and 4:4). Jesus came to open the eyes, both spiritual and physical, of the blind (Luke 4:18 and John 11:37). Satan’s intent is to conceal the truth and to promote spiritual blindness. The enemy wants you to forget. God wants you to remember (Revelation 2:5; 3:3).
FORGET AND REMEMBER
A quick reaction to what I am saying might be: But the Bible says in Philippians 3:13, “…forgetting those things which are behind.” To forget does not mean not to remember. The past can still come to mind; it can be remembered. Forgetting means that the past is no longer an issue. For example, you may be hurt by someone, and unless you internalize that hurt, it will not become a wound. A sin is self-inflicted, but a wound is otherwise inflicted. You can forget that past experience to the degree that it no longer is an issue when it comes to mind. You get over it, get beyond it, and get on with it.
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.