Be sober minded

“Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.” Titus 2:6

Believers should learn to  realign their faith to sound doctrine. Paul says to Titus  teach them that they “be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.”

The appropriate use of scripture can identify and help correct misguided beliefs. Many people out there are  “carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.” Hebrews 13:9

Paul says, ”Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5 

Why you should examine yourself? To see if you’re in the faith,  for it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. Also you do that because beliefs directly influence how you live. It’s possible for a believer to be influenced/addicted rather, only in wrong things. Galatians 4:17-18 says, “They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.

So prove your own selves.

I like what Paul says in  1 Corinthians 14:22, “So you see that being able to “speak in tongues” is not a sign to God’s children concerning his power, but is a sign to the unsaved. However, prophecy (preaching the deep truths of God) is what the Christians need, and unbelievers aren’t yet ready for it.”

What do you need as a Christian? You need only to hear the deep truths of God. 

Those on drugs use substances to boost their mood, to give them an overwhelming feeling of courage when discouraged. They need a false sense of peace or belonging or whatever. 

It’s same with some believers, all they’re ever after are quick fixes which gives them an overwhelming feeling when dismayed. Not so bad but good feelings won’t get you anywhere. 

I don’t go to church so that I should feel better, socialise better, talk more, or to feel as a part of the crowd. I don’t know if you have noticed, many of us who go to church have a strong feeling of inferiority and going to church helps us feel like superior, boost our confidence, courage, and you name it. But is it the case? Go back home, and reality kicks back in.

Paul instructed Titus, “Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.” Titus 2:6. 

I like motivational preachers but 

likewise I exhort them to be sober minded. It’s wrong to give people a false sense of peace. It is good to empower people, that they develop a positive, and a sense of belonging.  But I would that believers experience for themselves the grace of God, so they may lead a sober lifestyle, and realign their faith with sound doctrine. Learn how to change current behaviours to those that are more useful and productive in the christian faith.

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Laurence Muzembi (Th.D, D.D, MDiv, B.A in Biblical Studies, Cert in Counselling & Psychotherapy ) is author, pastor, life coach and business consultant. Tired of seeing Christians stumble and crush landing, he sets up Muzembi.Org as a guiding beacon for them, and to make a difference.

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