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Free Thinking

Rev. Jaron S. Green

 

One of the greatest works of creative ingenuity is the human form.  We are fearfully and wonderfully made. The human body has 100 trillion cells (that’s 10 to the 14th power) – a number that’s unimaginable to us, and even to politicians in Washington, unless you’re talking about national debt.  The human body has up to 840 MUSCLES.  What’s more, we have 206 BONES in the adult human body, and more than half are in the hands and feet.  I’m no doctor, but I can appreciate the 28 skull bones and 33 vertebrae that help hold our frame together.  The anatomy lesson continues when you consider the 40 different ORGANS in the human body.  I’m just trying to tell you – The human body is a complex and masterful creation – so complex that no man or woman, scientist or inventor can ever duplicate it.  YOU ARE GOD’S WONDER.  Time and technology bring us closer to understanding how the human body works.  However, neither time nor technology can recreate God’s wonder.  I thank God for science, but only GOD is GOD.  Only God could speak out over nothing and create everything.  Only God could say “Let there be light,” and light appears.  Only God could speak life, and life appears.  Only God could create the human brain with the ability to learn, perceive, reason, imagine, and believe.  Your mind is so brilliant that, as you were reading, it made a subconscious attempt to locate all of the bones and muscles that I mentioned earlier.  The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

 

The Bible warns about the wasteful plans of the enemy to steal, kill, destroy… YOU!  The enemy wants to destroy you spiritually by disrupting your everyday connection with God.  Not only that, the enemy wants to physically destroy you – your body, your health, your very earthly existence.  The enemy’s contingency plan for your destruction – in case he can’t outright kill you – is to get you to destroy yourself, MENTALLY.  He wants to make your destruction an inside job by making you an accomplice by analysis.  If you’re convinced to think you’re nothing, you’ll be nothing.  Your actions will lead to you doing and being nothing. If you think you’re a loser, you’ll be a loser.  If you think your opinion never counts, you won’t be speak out or be creative.  If you think no cares, you won’t care.  But if you think someone is watching, you’ll get fresh, comb your hair, buy some fancy fragrances, and dress to impress.  If you think you’re the man, you’ll try to be the man.  If you think you’re gifted, you’ll exercise your gifts and talents.  You’ll look for opportunities to SHINE! – We’ll have to try and sit you down!  If you think you’re a singer, you’ll try to sing – You won’t care what SIMON COWELL says.  For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

 

That’s why the Bible is clear to tell us exactly WHAT to think ON:  Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  Can you think of something good and praiseworthy?  Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year, 43.8 million, to be exact.  Many are suffering from misunderstanding and confusion – the inability to think of something good and praiseworthy.  Truthfully, some folk suffer in a mental battle with their human nature – the flesh, their own logic, their own intelligence, their own mind trying to outwit God, when He’s desperately trying to download a Heavenly mindset into you.  Quite simply, you can’t outwit Him, can’t outgive Him, can’t outlive Him, and can’t live without Him.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus – Philippians 2:5

 

Today, I want to begin to speak to ailments of the mind: distress, depression, desperation, and defeat.  I want to speak PEACE to every stressed mind.  I want to speak JOY to every depressed mind.  I want to speak LIFE to every desperate mind.  I want to speak VICTORY to every defeated mind.  God is going to correct your thinking, the misunderstanding, miseducation, and misinformation in your mind, with the REVELATION of the WORD!  Through Him, the Word, we have confidence, assurance, and strength.  He is our secret weapon waiting behind the closed door.  He is our refuge.  He is our place of sanctuary and safety.  He is our bridge over troubled waters.  He is our way out of no way.  He is our help in times of distress and turmoil and trouble.  And, when He died on the cross to redeem us, His resurrection gave us power to LIVE, really live. That means, we are victorious EVERYDAY in EVERY WAY.

 

What great consolation for your mind!  When family and friends aren’t there as you hoped they would be, Christ consoles you.  When you were so pessimistic that you had almost talked yourself out of a great opportunity, Christ encouraged you.  When you didn’t love yourself, Christ already loved you.  In times of terrible grief and loneliness, Christ has comforted you. His Holy Spirit fellowships with us, speaking to us in a still, small voice – and sometimes very audibly, sometimes moving upon us, sometimes stirring us.  That Spirit lives in us and participates in our daily journey as our everyday life-partner.  If we only knew what we have in Christ.  We do not have someone who is out of touch and unable to sympathize with our weaknesses.  We have someone who sits high but looks low.  We have someone one who has experienced exactly what you’ve experienced, who has been in your shoes, and who has been tempted and tested in every way.  He is ready to help you think through what’s been boggling you.  That means you don’t have to suffer, unless you want to.  You don’t have to be mentally beaten down, unless you want to.  You don’t have to be the one who goes home from a street fight with a black eye, unless you want one!  

 

Jesus Conquered DISTRESS.  In the Garden of Gethsemane, when he prayed and cried in anguish, He was grace under pressure.  He prayed, sweating so, until his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Jesus conquered distress when he uttered the words – Nevertheless, not my will – but your will be done!  Jesus Conquered DEPRESSION.  Remember when he lost his friend Lazarus, or when his own hand-picked disciple betrayed him.  Remember when another disciple swore and denied him.  Jesus endured heartbreak.  But, the conquering moment happened from the cross, when Jesus said, “forgive them for what they’ve done to me – they don’t have any idea what they’re doing.”  Battle with depression WON!

 

Not only that, but when he was hanging on the cross, bleeding, suffering and slowly dying as an innocent man, Jesus Conquered DESPERATION.  When people stood watching, and the rulers sneered at him; when they said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One,” He was fighting for your mind.  When the soldiers mocked his thirst and offered him vinegar, in desperation, Jesus could have commanded a legion of angels to come to his rescue, but He had you in mind!  Jesus Conquered DEFEAT.  When he who was God became obedient to the point of death, but didn’t stay dead – When he who was the Word of Life was buried, but didn’t stay down – When he who is the Resurrection and the Life rose with ALL POWER in Heaven and in Earth in His hands – When he told Paul to write and tell his people: You are MORE THAN A CONQUEROR because I LOVE YOU! – That’s when Jesus conquered defeat.  That same Jesus Has Given You Power to FREE YOUR MIND, to think freely, to live fearlessly, to be woke, and to awaken, to walk proudly, confidently, and live peaceably and prosperously, because you are fearfully and wonderfully made to do just that.

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