Mind Control?

Anyone… and I do mean anyone… can observe what is going on today, and remain calm, rational, logical, and peaceful.  But this is a choice.  And this choice once made, requires certain actions on the part of the person who desires peace in the middle of this chaos.

The media and those who want to politicize this pandemic want to control your mind with a constant diet of infection projections, death projections, causing you to think you are next.  Not might be. That YOU are next.  They want you to live in fear.  This agenda is straight out of the pit of hell, because Satan wants you to live in fear.  Satan wants to rob you of peace, and the joy of your salvation.  Whether knowingly or not, those who usher into your mind all these fear factors, are doing the work of Satan to control or destroy your mind.

I recently read about 5 visible effects of Mind Control:

  • Isolation
  • Moody Behavior
  • Metacommunication
  • NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
  • Uncompromising Rules

Yes, I know, I’m taking a chance here.  But I promise this is not going to be a technical discussion… I’m offering tangible and applicable ways for you to fight against this mind control effort.

We are isolated (1)… causing moody behavior (2).

We are being told that using “the Chinese Virus” is racist and xenophobic. (3 – Metacommunication)

We listen to phrases in the reporting process like, “could be as many as 2 million deaths in the USA.” (4 – Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

We are sheltering in place under penalty of law. (5 – Uncompromising rules)

Now what can we do to combat these mind control efforts?

Many years ago as a young boy, I learned an acrostic (A.C.T.S.) that helps me in times like these. Before I walk through that remember what the Apostle Paul instructed the church in Rome, and us today…

ESV-Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

A – adoration

Turn your thoughts to adoring the Savior, Jesus Christ.  Know that His claim to be God is true.  Which makes His claim to have Sole Authority over ALL things true as well.  He is worthy of our praise.  He deserves to be worshiped and adored.

C – confession

Confess to Jesus you are afraid.  Confess that all these statistics and modeling and projections of infection and death are getting to you.  Of course Jesus already knows this, but when you tell Him, you are recognizing His claim to know it ahead of time, and that makes it safe to say it out loud.

T – thanksgiving

Think about how this progression works.  When you take the time to worship and adore Jesus for being in control, through His sole authority; then take the time to confess these things you can’t control make you fearful… this frees up your mind to simply ease away from the fear and say “Thank YOU for being in Control!”  Thank God today for all the first responders, for our national guard, for leaders that are doing everything they can do to get us through this WAR with COVID-19.  Thank God for the home you live in.  Thank God for the family around you.  Thank God for friends you still have, but from a distance.  Thank God there is still enough toilet paper to go around.  (Did you smile? I know you did!)

S – supplication

About now, if you have followed through with a dedicated to choice to fight against the mind control… you are fully engaged in the spiritual war around us.  I’m sure you have a list of people that you are thinking about during this time.  I’m sure you have been praying for them already.  But what about those not on your list?  Why not ask God to open your eyes to see a need you haven’t seen before?  Why not ask Jesus to give you some insight on how you can make a difference in this world under attack?  Do you get where I’m going here?  It’s not about you.  Each of us have our own needs, and I am not trying to minimize any of that.  But in times like these, we must come together.  We must support each other.  We must get away from the mind control games of the world, and meet needs.  God will help us do that, if we ask Him how we personally can be involved.

What is the RESULT of this simple exercise?  What does God promise?

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
ESV – Isaiah 26:3

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
ESV –Philippians 4:7

Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing can make them stumble.
ESV –Psalm 119:165

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. For the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and He also has become my salvation.
ESV –Isaiah 12:2

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
ESV –Isaiah 9:6

We serve a Mighty God!  He is the PRINCE of PEACE!

How about just one feel good story, about how we come together to meet other’s needs?

Did you hear the one about the Dr. going home after work, getting stopped by an officer for doing 85 in a 70 mph zone?

Oh… this is good.  When you read it, just see it as God at Work… maybe He wants to use you, in a peaceful state of mind, to reach someone today.

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50 Shades of Truth

via Nuance

nuance

The now famous quote of Alan Greenspan is the perfect example of nuance in spoken communications.  “I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”  For those not familiar with Alan Greenspan, he is an economist who from 1987 to 2006 was chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve of the United States. Now he works in the private sector giving advice, making speeches, and consulting through Greenspan Associates LLC.

The subtle differences in inferences, implications, insinuations, intimations, and indications also speak of the nuances of our English language.  When someone says, “Just say what you mean,” it is a request for honest, truthful verbal expression of state of mind or intention.  But “meaning what you say” is about that person matching their subsequent behavior or action in ways that are consistent with what was said.  Nuance.

Robert K. Merton is credited with naming and popularizing the “law of unintended consequences.”  He says we act, determined to accomplish certain purposes, but there are often results that we did not anticipate that happen as well – unintended consequences. Nuance in our speech often has this same net effect or result. When we look for biblical models, we don’t have to look very far.

In the eighth chapter of John, after Jesus forgives an adulterous woman, John records a lengthly conversation about truth and freedom.  In the crowd that had gathered, there were those who believed in Him.  So Jesus said to these believing Jews, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.  You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  Which was immediately perceived as a poke at their Roman servitude. So the crowd responds, “We are descendants of Abraham, and we have never been enslaved to anyone.  How can you say, ‘You will become free.’” Clearly these men needed another history lesson of the Hebrew people.

Here comes the nuance of the conversation: Jesus was speaking of spiritual truth, and they were hearing in literal worldview terminology.  The consequence: while the word “believe” in verse 30 might imply “faith,” the nature and context of the dialogue insists “believe” is better translated “intellectual understanding” not saving faith.  This becomes crystal clear in the ensuing conversation.

Jesus responded, “I assure you: Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.  A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever.Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.  I know you are descendants of Abraham, but you are trying to kill Me because My word is not welcome among you. I speak what I have seen in the presence of the Father; therefore, you do what you have heard from your father.

They replied, “Our father is Abraham!

Jesus told them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do what Abraham did. But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do this!  You’re doing what your father does.

They replied, “We have one Father – God.

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, because I came from God and I am here. For I didn’t come on My own, but He sent Me. Why don’t you understand what I say? Because you cannot listen to My word. You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars.Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Who among you can convict Me of sin? If I tell the truth, why don’t you believe Me? The one who is from God listens to God’s words. This is why you don’t listen, because you are not from God.

At the end of this conversation, John says they picked up stones to throw at Him.
[John 8:30-59]

How does this apply today?  The subtle shift in spiritual thinking today is found when liberal theologians, pastors, and bible teachers compromise the Word of God by twisting the words to imply or insinuate something God would never say.  The Bible speaks literally regarding truth, it doesn’t have 50 shades of truth.  It is a guidebook and an answer book for those who seek truth.  Those who seek to rationalize their behavior, actions or words, will always find a way like these Pharisees, to argue with God Himself about what truth is.  Most of the time, those who do this are thinking with worldly minds instead of transformed spiritual minds.  That’s why the apostle Paul gave these instructions:

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

The truth is the truth.  There is no nuance with truth.