“That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.”
THE AGITATED MIND
The word shaken describes an agitated mind. It literally describes the action of a stormy wind shaken to make insecure as in Hebrews 12:27, which says:
“Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.”
It means to unsettle from one’s convictions. A number of factors have an easy influence on the shaken mind: trouble, the emotions (spirit), words, and literature. Any one of these factors can act as a trigger that can initiate a downward spiral.
PETER AND THE SHAKEN MIND
The Apostle Peter is a prime example of one suffering from a shaken mind. He was a man of diverse character. He was naturally impulsive (Matthew 14:28; John 21:7), tenderhearted and affectionate (Matthew 26:75; John 13:9; 21:15-17), gifted with spiritual insight (John 6:68), yet sometimes slow to apprehend deeper truths (Matthew 15:15-16), courageous in his confession of faith in Christ, yet guilty of a most cowardly denial (Matthew 16:16; Mark 14:67-71; John 6:69), self-sacrificing yet inclined toward self-seeking (Matthew 19:27), and presumption (Matthew 16:22; John 13:8; 18:10), immovable in his convictions (Acts 4:19-20; 5:28, 29, 40, 42).
NEVER TO DENY THE LORD
Peter became the leader of the apostolic Twelve. He witnessed the raising of Jairus’ daughter, the Transfiguration, and our Lord’s agony in the Garden. Peter became a miracle worker. He swore he would never deny the Lord (Matthew 26:31-35).
THREE TIMES DENIED
However, with all of his good qualities, Peter had a terrible flaw. He miserably failed the Lord in His hour of crisis because he was visibly shaken (Matthew 26:69- 75). His mind was so shaken by Christ’s arrest that three times he openly denied he was one of His disciples. He even accented his denial with profanity.
THE TRUTH RESTORED PETER
God used a chicken to pull Peter back together. In his third denial, a cock crowed, just as the Lord had predicted. Matthew 26:75 states:
“And he went out and wept bitterly.”
Peter’s shaken mind was restored. The entrance of truth restored it. After his restoration, he was re-commissioned by the risen Lord.
One compulsive behavior becomes especially threatening to the shaken mind – perfectionism.
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.