Losing Your Mind
Let’s be honest, there are a lot of bad things happening in the world right now; everything from the persecution of Christians, to racism, to political corruption. But let’s be even more honest, nothing has changed. Bad things happen now just like bad things happened thousands of years ago. And as we continue to be surrounded and bombarded with the events of the times, I’m beginning to realize how easily we get carried away with negative thoughts and allow our words to respond to them. For a while now, it has seemed like we focus more on the negative than we do on the positive. Almost to the point of it making the positive nonexistent. In light of that, I did some research on the human brain. Sometimes it’s beneficial to gain knowledge of the natural in order to know how to completely overcome the obstacles we face. We tend to jump straight to the spiritual, but since we are also natural beings, we end up winning the spiritual battle while the natural battle continues to defeat us. As it turns out, negative events really do have a greater impact on our brains than positive events. So if you’re having difficulty staying focused on the positive, don’t worry. You’re not alone. The reason our brains give more attention to negative experiences over positive ones is because negative events pose the threat of danger. Our brain then alerts itself and our bodies to potential threats in the environment and struggles to fight them back. And then the awareness of the positive suddenly becomes a deliberate decision rather than a natural instinct. This wasn’t meant to be a bad thing. God created our minds and bodies with a desire to survive and thrive. We are natural born fighters. If we didn’t have that fighter’s instinct when danger arises, we would fail miserably at every turn. But it can be a bad thing. It can be an extremely unhealthy way to live. When does it become a bad thing? When we hand control over to the enemy. Think about your brain. What is its purpose? What is its role in your everyday life? The truth is, and we all know this, our brain controls everything that we do. It controls when and how we walk, it controls when and how we talk, and it even lets us know when it’s time to put some food in our stomachs. Our brain controls how we live our natural lives. If that’s the case, what part of us do you think the enemy is going to target? If we give the enemy control over our mind, we give him control over our lives. Now let’s talk about fear. I personally do not consider fear an emotion. I’m just not willing to give it that much credit. I consider fear a thought. In all reality, we never really “feel” afraid, we just think it. And if our body trembles in fear, it’s only because it’s responding to an anxious thought. If fear really is a thought, you can guarantee it will be the enemy’s number one weapon-of-choice. Once we allow fear a proper foothold in our minds, it begins taking control of everything that we do. If our minds control us and fear controls the mind, then fear controls us. Suddenly we’re on social networking sites posting videos and statuses about the doom and gloom coming to the world and even wasting all of our prayer and intercession time focusing on what the enemy’s doing instead of glorifying and worshipping what God has done and is still doing. So, how do we combat fear? 1 John 4:18 says that “perfect love casts out all fear.” This is obviously not talking about the love that we can offer, but is referring to the love that God offers and is. This scripture is about allowing God’s faithful and hopeful love to penetrate and interrupt our lives. And something beautiful happens when we do that. In one translation, 2 Corinthians 5:14 says “Christ’s love controls us.” Isn’t that beautiful? Perfect love’s control casts out the control of fear. But transferring control from the enemy over to God is not automatic. We have to decide that God’s love is present in the midst of negative circumstance, that it is capable of overcoming any situation, and allow it’s faithfulness to interrupt the doubt and anxiety that plague us. When we learn to receive the love of God and look at everything happening around us through its filter, suddenly all of the bad stuff we could have dwelled on for centuries becomes very miniscule and powerless. We can keep the survival instinct we were created with without allowing it to control us and spend more time worshipping God. I encourage you to allow your life to be controlled by love. Stop the loop of negative feedback the enemy is playing in your mind. Don’t let fear distract you from the reality of God’s love. Allow everything that Christ has done for us to highlight the amazing and wonderful things He is still doing for us today. Don’t pass from this life glad to leave it behind. We know our eternal life will be more than we could ever hope for, but God gave us this life for a reason. He doesn’t want us to be miserable in this world. He wants us to find joy in it as He continues to pour Himself out onto us. Be blessed.