“Be sober, and to doubt prepense, These are the sinews of good sense.” ~ Sir William Hamilton
Are you sober-minded? When we hear the term sober-minded, we immediately assume they refer to being free from alcohol and all mood-altering chemicals, but it means so much more. Being sober-minded means being free of any toxic waste influencing our souls (the soul is our mind, emotions, and will). Adverse people, places, things, and situations can easily find their way into our lives, and most of the time by personal invitation.
Here is an abbreviated list of ways we sell out our souls and compromise our sober-mindedness:
- Spending too much time with negative people.
- Constantly watching the news.
- Reading questionable literature.
- Engaging questionable social media platforms and groups.
- Watching questionable tv shows and movies.
- Listening to questionable music with provoking lyrics.
- Isolating and obsessing over our lives.
- Choosing to go it alone with our negative thoughts of ourselves or others.
- Never caring about anyone other than ourselves.
- Refusing to put on the whole armor of God.
- Failing to practice spiritual principles in all of our affairs.
The bible mentions sober-mindedness numerous times. There are at least one hundred scriptures that emphasize the importance of being sober-minded. The biblical definition of sober is “to walk the land in peace.” If we want to experience a consistent state of peace and serenity, we must strive to be sober-minded. The goal is to free our minds of any negative influence that would allow toxic waste to live rent-free in our souls. Sober-mindedness is a choice and requires a constant evaluation of the people, places, things, and situations in our lives. We are never sober-minded if we willingly sign over the title to our soul to some person, place, thing, or situation.
Who or what are the people, places, things, and situations that are compromising your sober-mindedness? Today is the day to start making changes and walking this land in peace.
God of peace and serenity, thank You for the opportunity to be sober-minded. Please cleanse my soul of any toxic waste, and grant me the willingness and courage to change the people, places, things, and situations in my life that compromise my sober-mindedness in any way. You deliver a life full of countless promises for those who are rightly related to You; please help me grow closer to You every moment of every day. In Your Spirit and Name, I pray these things. May Your will not mine always materialize, now and forever. Amen.