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++The Mind and Emotions

A. – “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Proverbs 23:7 KJV 1900
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee.

B. Emotions respond to a signal the mind sends them.

1. Illustration:

Wife and mother: “Why do I feel so much resentment toward
Harold every-time he comes into the house?” Her life and marriage were
being destroyed because of the powerful emotion of resentment. Her
being destroyed because of the powerful emotion of resentment. Her
emotions were being produced by the thoughts within her mind.
emotions were being produced by the thoughts within her mind.

2. Illustration:

Driving down highway when suddenly a glance into the rearview
mirror reveals that a highway patrol car is closing on you with its blue
lights flashing. Your heart leaps into your throat. You feel nervous,
uncertain, and the palms of your hands begin to sweat (perspire).
uncertain, and the palms of your hands begin to sweat (perspire).
You begin to pull over, all the time wondering what you did, and contemplating
receiving a ticket. As you begin to pull over, the patrol car pulls on around
you and keeps going. Then you realize that he is not after you and your
emotions return to normal. What has just happened.

a. You thought you were going to be stopped and issued a ticket.

b. Your emotions responded to that thought.

c. You placed a wrong interpretation on one fact, the patrol car coming up

behind you with its blue lights on, and you did not think of other reasons
why it was happening. (Maybe the car ahead of you was his target . . .
maybe he had received a call and was being dispatched to an accident
scene . . . Maybe the Krispy Kreme doughnut sign was flashing . . . etc.)
Your distorted view and interpretation of the fact produced your emotion.
Your emotions responded to the signal your mind sent them.

C. Listen carefully: It is not the actual event but your perception of the event

that result in changes in your moods . . . your emotions.

D. You determine your emotions by the choice of thoughts you hold and believe.

1. Emotions are not external entities which enter our bodies arbitrarily like a

germ.

2. Your emotions, regardless of their nature, are the product of your thoughts.

3. You re in the driver’s seat . . . You select your emotions when you select

your thoughts.

a. You feel the way you do right now because of the thoughts you are

presently thinking.

b. Change your thinking and your will change your emotions.

d. Illustration:

Reaction in chapel at then David Lipscomb College when
President Pullias walked out on the chapel stage with a folder in his
and.
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3. The five senses: (Sight, hear, touch, taste, and smell) are the doors to the

mind . . . especially the eyes and the ears.

mind . . . especially the eyes and the ears.

4. This is why we must be very careful as to what we allow to enter our minds

through our eyes and ears.

a. – “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring

Proverbs 4:23 KJV 1900
Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life.

the issues of life.”

b. – “Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a

Galatians 6:7 KJV 1900
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

man sows he will also reap.” Sowing negative thoughts produce

negative emotions.

THINK RIGHT TO FELL RIGHT

A. – “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

B. “How do you feel?” The answer to this question depends on what you are

thinking at the moment.

1. If you are thinking positive thoughts your response may be, “I feel great!”

2. On the other hand, if your frame of mind is negative you may say:

a. “I don’t feel so hot.”

b. “I feel lousy.”

c. “I’ve felt better.”

3. If you think negative thoughts you will reap a crop of negative emotions.

If you think positive thoughts you will reap a crop of positive emotions.

C. Feelings aren’t facts!

1. In the earlier illustration, the blue lights were not intended for you. You felt

at the moment that they were, but the true fact was that they were not for

you. Feeling they were for you did not make them be for you.

2. Emotions respond to a felling whether the felling is factual or not.

TWISTED THINKING

A. Twisted thinking produces emotions accordingly.

1. Twisted thinking is your mind processing thoughts, not actual facts or

events, and producing emotional responses such as fatigue, nervousness,

anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, and a host of others.

anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, and a host of others.

a. Twisted thinking can create problems for us.

b. David Crockett: “Be sure you are right, then go ahead.”

2. Failure and negative thoughts, which produce twisted thinking, need to be

promptly ejected from our mind.

B. Saul of Tarsus is a good Biblical example of twisted thinking.

1. In his defense before King Agrippa, he acknowledged the results of his

twisted thinking. – “Indeed, I myself thought I must do many

twisted thinking. – “Indeed, I myself thought I must do many
Acts 26:9–10 KJV 1900
I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison,
having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to
death, I cast my vote against them.”
death, I cast my vote against them.”

2. KJV - “I verily though with myself . . .”

EMOTIONS – “The Mind and Emotions” 3

3. The prime mover behind Paul’s actions and emotions, according to his own

confession, was his thinking. “I verily thought with myself . . .”

confession, was his thinking. “I verily thought with myself . . .”

4. He was the product of what he permitted to enter his mind . . . namely,

negative and false teachings about Christ and Christianity.

negative and false teachings about Christ and Christianity.

a. He thought both were wrong and needed to be done away with.

b. Later, through proper instruction which he accepted, he was able to straighten his twisted thinking.

straighten his twisted thinking.

5. Note: Apply this principle to people in denominationalism and you will

better understand that their feelings and emotions are based on what they

better understand that their feelings and emotions are based on what they

think in right, even if it isn’t according to the Bible.

think in right, even if it isn’t according to the Bible.

a. When their thinking is changed, their feelings and emotions will be

changed.

b. Their thinking is not changed by dealing with their feelings, but with their

thinking. You are not going to change their feelings until you change the

thinking. You are not going to change their feelings until you change the

thinking . . . perceived facts.

thinking . . . perceived facts.

c. Show them exactly what the Bible says. This is why the matter of

Biblical authority is so profoundly important.

1. – “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:32 KJV 1900
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

2. – “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.”

John 17:17 KJV 1900
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

3. What about the truth?

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