Struggling with my thoughts today – on my writing, my routine, and the magnitude of opportunities available to help me on this journey – the Spirit spoke the song lyrics: free your mind and the rest will follow. (En Vogue) Okay, God, what are you trying to tell me?
You’ve heard the saying – you are your own worst enemy. I looked that up and this is what I found: “you yourself will always be the worst enemy you can encounter; you yourself lie in wait for yourself in caves and forests.” (From Thus Spoke Zarathustra, by Friedrich Nietzsche.)
I’ve heard things like playing old tapes, negative self talk, and overthinking. All of which I plead guilty.
They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.2 Peter 2:19 (ESV)
The Amplified Bible defines “that” in this scripture as a person, thing, philosophy, or concept. With this definition I clearly see I am enslaved to my way of thinking. The negative beliefs I hold about myself hinder me from attaining my goals while trying to think positively is not strong enough to change my perception of myself. Another saying comes to mind: You can’t get there from here. But can’t you? Can’t I?
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”John 8:31-32 (ESV)
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.Galatians 5:1 (ESV)
So what can be my conclusion? I see it as a circle. I am free in Christ Jesus – As I abide in his word – I will know the truth – I am free in Christ Jesus.
I can’t get there by mental gymnastics. Jesus told us he is the way, the truth and the life. I will find my way in him.
Grace & Peace,