S(eparate)IN: The “Masterless Mind” Pt.1

         

I come in the other night like 1.30am, right? And as I am walking up the stairs my mother who had heard me come in says, “Christopher..” I was secretly joyful inside that she had heard me come home, cause usually she is fast asleep, and this night I needed some encouragement. I found myself in a sticky trap, mentally, that I know myself to become subject to when it’s late and I’m tired and I’m coming in from a long day. It’s hard to put into words, but I am going call it the “Masterless Mind” for the sake of this blog, although theres so much to it that I don’t know if that covers completely what I’m trying to say. My mother did what a mother does best, and she listened to my slightly compromised and diminished thoughts from the wee hours of the morning, and I went to bed glad to have such a jewel of a mother that I do. Now reflecting back on the event from a well rested mind, I see the trap I was in. 

 

Seasons come and seasons go in my life, where I find myself around numerous people and then theres periods of time where I spend more time to myself than with others. This regimen of falling in and out of groups has been something that has always been predictable and seen; and subject to the “Masterless Mind” I fall weak in times where these seasons are changing. I fall weak to thinking that I am worthless, or unappreciated, replaceable, that in the end I am vain. I’m a sinner and there is so much wrong with me, that in all aspects I am pointless and ineffective. And it is almost immediate that those thoughts move from what I think people think about me or I think about me, to what God thinks about me. Now it’s a fine line between the “Masterless Mind” and Sin, but dwell in the “Masterless Mind” for long enough and Sin will accompany you. So in looking to avoid Sin, one must look; I MUST LOOK, to avoid the “Masterless Mind.”

  The “Masterless Mind” breaks down into three motions, like this:


1. The Mind has not set or has unset itself in or from a Master.
2. It then attempts to set itself in itself or in the quickest, closest, most open Master it can find.
3. If unable to complete the second motion, then it withers to believe all is futile and worthless.

 

The First motion can come from a couple different angles. Obviously, we are going to affirm that Christ is the one true Master that will only ever lead us away from the “Masterless Mind”, and we point to John 8.12, John 10.11, John 11.25, Colossians 3.1-4, etc. So therefore, we understand that any other substitute for a master other than Christ himself, will put us right back in the “Masterless Mind”, eventually, hopefully; because if not than eternal darkness awaits. The first motion states, “The Mind has not set or has unset itself in or from a Master.” This states ‘not set or has unset’ because it is many times that we already have a master and end up unsetting ourselves from it. To elaborate, when I say, ‘unset’ or ‘set’ I am speaking of the mental state of myself or an individual. The heart and soul, though can’t work apart from each other or the mind, is not the direct aim of my thesis. So that being clarified, when one unsets themselves from a previous master it is often that it leads to the types of insecurities I expressed; which in my case, for the time being, I had unset myself from Christ, the Master. I would also be quick to clarify, that this first motion is not Sin. Often times, it’s the complete opposite, it’s repentance. For in the case of repentance one is unsetting themselves from the masters of this world (i.e. sex, drugs, materials, egoism, worries of wealth and riches, human idols, etc.) to set themselves in The Master of this world, Christ. To examine further this first motion it takes looking into what unsets us from masters or The Master, and advances us in the first motions towards the “Masterless Mind.” Now in holding to the argument and principle in this thesis that the first motion is not Sin, than we must not say that Sin (i.e. pride, lust, hate, etc.) would lead us into the first motion of the “Masterless Mind.” I look to two things that would advance us into the “Masterless Mind”:


1. The Holy Spirit
2. Forgetfulness 

 

The first being the Holy Spirit, would point us to the process of repentance which would be the correct use of the first motion in this proposition, we will touch on that later, towards the end of this blog. The second reason for advancement into the “Masterless Mind” seems to me, to be one of the greatest downfalls on this pale blue dot; Forgetfulness. It is no mystery that the human mind is flawed and is the greatest enemy to the human body; for if not in the pursuit of truth and revelation from the one who is truth and revelation (John 14.6), than the mind can destroy the body by shifting weight and persuading the heart and soul to follow in darkened lies of emptiness. Therefore in this flawed mind, we often times forget of the things that are not stimulating us in the moment. It is no mystery why God pushes so hard in his story for his people to remember (Exodus 20.8, Numbers 15.40, Deuteronomy 5.15, Deuteronomy 8.18, 1 Chronicles 16.12; 15, Nehemiah 4.14, Psalm 45.17, Psalm 77.11, Malachi 4.4, Matthew 16.9, Luke 1.72Luke 24.5-9John 15.20, John 16.4, Acts 20.35, Revelation 2.5, Revelation 3.3). This really is a crucial point, so for a moment just let scriptures like these next few resonate, and hear that call to remember deep in the core of God’s Word.

“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me” Isaiah 46:8-9

“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel…” 2 Timothy 2.8 

“For thus says the Lord GOD: I will deal with you as you have done, you who have despised the oath in breaking the covenant, yet I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish for you an everlasting covenant. Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed when you take your sisters, both your elder and your younger, and I will give them to you as daughters, but not on account of the covenant with you. I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the LORD, that you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I atone for you all that you have done, declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 16.59-63

 

We are called to remember, there is a consequence if we don’t. There is such a push that there must be a reason on our side of the fence that we would need to be reminded. We forget. We forget; we let truth slip past us into the darkened cluttered space of subconscious, so far that the truth of who Christ is and what he has accomplished gets lost in the clutter. Forgetfulness is a weapon against us. So now being aware of this weapon you can see it in full effect in the early manifestations of the “Masterless Mind” theory. When we set in to motion forgetting about the Master that has been set in the mind we dwindle in devotion, our loyalty diminishes, and we begin to unset what was once our whole focus. This can be clearly witnessed in one who finds themselves in a spiritual experience with a major religion, they quickly become the convert and become fully devoted to whatever that major religion looks at as a master, which is usually some form of deity. Now if a trial comes, persecution wages, or something more alluring tempts the once fully devoted convert; then they forget that the deity/master was one who comforts in trials, who loves and is proud of the convert even in the midst of persecution, and claims to be far more alluring than any other temptation. So in conclusion, we must avoid forgetfulness at all costs, for it will lead us away from Christ, separating us from God. To avoid moving away from Christ all it takes is moving towards Him. Moving towards Him in prayer and fellowship, by expressing who we are and looking towards who He is; and the most potent of ways to put off forgetfulness will come with being bathed in Scripture. It is a constant reminder of how Christ is our Savior and He has redeemed us, and in accepting who He is and devoting a life towards Him, we gain none other than Him for eternity. We must seek Christ. He must be the Master set in our minds, for if He is not than we are already in hell. Just as the kingdom is an already but not yet principle, so is eternal darkness outside of Christ. Daily, hourly, every moment we must look to put off ourselves, our forgetfulness and seek to hold Christ as the head and the Master. This is the only way into sober thinking, a clear head, and right judgement; is if our minds are set in Christ. Christ as the Master of minds is the only way to ever fulfill the purpose we were created for; holiness and life amongst God. We must seek JESUS. 


The first advancement into this motion of unsetting ourselves from a master that I mentioned was the Holy Spirit. Now there is a flip side to this motion in the “Masterless Mind” theory. Simply that the first motion, only, we can actually use, as Christ followers, to our benefit. This world calls repeatedly for our devotion and allegiance to, what I would call, a sort of many “caesars.” In the Roman period, Emperor Caesar was god, and he called for all peoples allegiance to him above all else, or consequences would be suffered. This world still has “caesars” such as, television, the internet, porn, employment, movie stars, pop stars, rap stars, video games, health and fitness, and the list continues endlessly of “caesars” that we devote our time, our lives, and are whole selves to; making them a master. In conviction we find that the Holy Spirit calls us to unset those masters from our lives and to set Christ, the Master, as head of our lives (Ephesians 4.15). So in a vague since, Christians should be looking to visit this first motion often; but only to make sure and test that Christ is the Master that we have set our minds to. For in not letting Christ set as the Master of our lives, and continuing in the “Masterless Mind,” we continue, now into Sin, further into being enveloped into the second and third motion. The next couple of blogs will dig into these second and third motions, and we will look at how they only ever lead to Sin, and in this sense, this is why we must avoid the first motion all together by seeking Christ and using scripture, prayer, and fellowship to stay away from forgetfulness. 

 

So recapping; remember these things:

1. The breakdown of the “Masterless Mind” theory.
2. Two things that advance us into the first motion:

a. The Holy Spirit, whom through conviction should keep us out of this first motion if because of forgetfulness, and looking to Christ as the head and Master of our lives, entirely. 

b. Forgetfulness, which is the one weapon we look to defeat by bathing ourselves in Scripture and seeking our Savior with prayer and fellowship.

3. We must seek Christ at all costs. Family, friends, success, fame… At all costs. He has to be the Master of our minds.

 

See you next time.

 

Here I stand; and I can do no other. God help me. Amen

-Martyred Mind

I give this in all Seriousness.

This is a quick pause in the blog series “S(eparate)IN”, but I feel the need to blog this. The other day I was sitting around with four friends and one of my strong brothers said, “There are 10 channels of Nonverbal Communication, [in the channel of appearance] what are you trying to communicate [with your long hair tied up, and the want to put a bead in it]?” When he asked this I wasn’t drawn back with the question, ‘what am I trying to communicate?’ but for some reason I already knew in my conscience that there was something that was very real to me that I was trying to communicate, I just couldn’t put it into Verbal Communication. After some thought I have come to this conclusion. 

Now it is no mystery that my hair has been talked about numerous times, and the majority of those times it was talked about TO me; things like “Your hair is gross” or “you look like a girl” “how’s Christina feeling?” “Hey Hippie” “Hey goldilocks” “We’re going to cut your hair in your sleep” “Maybe your hair can help us in this situation” “Chris’ hair is distracting my life” or allusions to my hair being feminine, and that is weakening my ability to fight, make decisions, be a man, shoot a gun, ect. A lot of “hataz”, I’ve noticed, but then again “hataz gonna hate.” They will most definitely hate on this blog post and sincerely label me in their heads as “different” “off” or “weird.” Regardless… my conclusion:

On a serious note, the “cultural importance of hair” is nothing new to this planet we call earth, and it has been laid to waste in the materialism and sexual attraction driven culture that we live in today, in America. In the Classical period the Greeks viewed long hair as a symbol of wealth and power, even attributing it to their more powerful gods. For it was common to the Greeks and throughout history, that slaves and defeated armies were required to shave their heads as an act of being under control or subdued. In the European middle ages longer hair symbolized the free man while shorter hair symbolized peasantry. Long hair is often looked at, culturally, as living outside of normality or even in some cases in rebellion to the culture. Such as in Ireland when English colonists who wore long hair were considered to be rejecting their role as English subjects and giving in to the Irish life. Or even in the 1960‘s and 70‘s long hair was worn to show rebellion to orthodox views. The Native Americans viewed long hair on men as a point of attraction and authority. And even more familiar to me, in the Jewish Culture of the Old Testament, there was a special vow that some would take where long hair was looked at as a symbol of devotion to God. (Numbers 6.5). Also, some of you know I have spent many years of my life in the martial arts community that is influenced immensely by the eastern mindset and the Asian cultures. In the Edo Period of Japan (1603-1868), the class of the militant warrior known as the samurai took their hair very seriously.  They would grow what was called a topknot or Chonmage. Its central purpose was to be used to hold the helmet tighter when fighting in battle. Though quickly, it moved into being a symbol of honor, to the point of when the samurai was dishonored or captured in battle they would perform a suicidal act called seppuku, and after killing themselves to uphold their honor the assistant that was there watching would cut the topknot off of the samurai and deliver it back to the family as a sign that they have died respectfully.

All that said, being heavily influenced by my biblical studies and schooling and also my years spent in the martial arts; I look at my hair probably a little different than the average American. Regardless of the opinion that I have built on it, those two cultures being heavy influences in my life (for an American) have shaped my view of my hair. Though on top of those influences I do place an opinion on it, built by my reasoning and my aim of what I want to nonverbally communicate. So, back to the question, “What am I trying to nonverbally communicate with my appearance?” My hair stands for something to me, It stands for a form of perseverance and it holds a lot of reality to my perception of this life. In the standing belief that we truly hold or possess nothing other than our bodies standing naked before God, my hair is there as a statement. A statement that says, “I have sinned while growing this hair and I remember I am a sinner, and I have been revealed God’s truth while growing this hair and I remember that I am is His. I let it stand as a devotion to God, and a defiance to this culture. I won’t conform or promote normality in this culture with bending to the requests that I cut it, for the normality in the place which I live is deeply rooted in sin, impurity, and immorality; and acting blind towards it is promoted. I am a warrior for Christ and long hair bears the image in my mind of a warriors journey, a man who has encountered things to get to the place in which he is. Long hair shows respect and honor, a promotion of the natural and something that God has given me personally to adorn myself with.” I don’t intend or expect my views of my hair to be pushed onto others at any moment. I also realize that most of my closest peers look at this view, and think of me lesser because it looks like I am wasting energy on something that is of no importance, at least from their perspective. I care not their beliefs in this matter, for it means something to me. I hold fast to 1 Corinthians 10.31, “…or whatever you do, do all for the Glory of God” and hope this scripture leaks into every aspect of life; even into growing my hair. I realize most will think this blogpost is a joke, and if they come to the understanding it’s not… than they will think me the joke, but in the end Christ is my hearts desire and he fully understands my position even greater than I, for he might of even had something to do with me subscribing to the position itself. All in all let us remember that we shall not “judge by mere appearances, but judge correctly” (John 7.24). My hair being ridiculed has reminded me of this frequently and for that I consider myself blessed. 

And I note that when or if I ever shave it back to what it was, than it will also be for Christ to show my slaveship and discipline to Him and Him alone. I’m working my way into this life, where I do all things for Christ.

To Christ be the Glory.

Here I stand; and I can do no other. God help me. Amen.
-Martyred Mind 


S(eparate)IN: #weakblogger

First off, I feel inclined to say that I am sickened that I haven’t blogged in such a long time. It works like this:

I don’t blog for a week and I feel that I will get to it in a couple days, a couple days turns into a couple months and then I feel ashamed to pull up the blog and post for It has been a couple months (insert hashtag * #weakblogger *) And I’m embarrassed to bear such a hashtag… If anything I point this scenario out to let it serve to us as a lesson of sin. *awesome this is working..* It’s no coincidence the series that (yes.) we still are in is S(eparate)IN. When we put off repentance of sin, and think ‘oh I will repent later’ or ‘I’ve already sinned for the day so I will start anew tomorrow…’ we fall to a fallacious mindset that hurls us into separation with God, because then it’s been a couple of months we find ourselves in sin and then guilt (another sin) keeps us from going to God for repentance, for we feel embarrassed and ashamed. *heavy sigh* 

Seek Christ. 
I will blog soon. 

Here I stand; and I can do no other. God help me. Amen.
-Martyred Mind 

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S(eparate)IN: Scripture 1

Psalm 32 David writes a song of redemption.

We find in verse 3-4 David revealing a very key aspect to where the believer should be in sin. Utter depravation. 

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.” 

When one who has tasted the Glory of Christ (such as the one spoken of in Hebrews 6.4-6) finds themselves in separation from Christ it does nothing less to them than waste them in the groans of their spirit, and cause them to succumb to true weakness. 

Moving back up to verse 1-2 we keep the basic principle that David is pushing which is connected throughout the rest of the passage, that,

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.

This is the true redemption, and though David spoke this New Testamental language during the Old Covenant how much greater is this passage fulfilled (Matthew 5.17) for us who rest in the New Covenant of Christ and His blood. For we are blessed because of Christ, we are blessed (Matthew 5.1-12) and made holy because Christ forgave our transgressions and covered our sins in his blood, for now the Lord does not count against those who are in repentance, cleansing our hearts from deceit. 

Then to continue we find David in true repentance which is the greatest step in allowing Christ to connect us and not let us become separated from God the Father; in verse 5

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

And then David reminds us of the comfort that we have in a God who forgives in verses 6-7

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

In forgiveness we find ourselves approaching God in Christ’s righteousness, but it pains me to see so man Christians stop in the comfort of verses 5-7. They feel the conviction of verse 3-4, follow through with the repentance in verse 5, and the Spirit shows them they hold the blessing of verses 1-2. But they shut their ears to God, who is speaking brilliantly in verses 8-10

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.

What a call from God! Don’t stop in your repentance and remain idle only to fall back into your iniquities. Don’t be ignorant in your understanding and understand this! God is calling you and promising that when we come to him, not by force as if we were a stubborn mule or reluctant horse, that he will instruct us and teach us in His ways; in love Christ will counsel us. His unfailing love will rest upon those who trust in Him and what more do you need than that to participate in a resounding voice with verse 11,

Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

When we turn to Christ the separation we are left in due to our fallen creation is closed, He redeems us and surrounds us in songs of deliverance. Once that separation is stripped from our hearts we are to push towards the Lord in our lives and allow him to instruct us in his ways. None spoke this better out of the Old Covenant than that of Ezekiel 36.25-27;29 (NASB),

"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit in you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe my ordinances. Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness…" 

We have been saved. The separation needs to be no more. Seek Christ!

Here I stand; and I can do no other. God help me. Amen
-Martyred Mind 

S(eparate)IN: Session 1

Here we are… 

 

I want to start another series. I know that I had said that there was going to be one more post to finish off the “think” series but going back over the prior posts, I don’t find it necessary. I want to do a series on Sin. I’ve been thinking about it for a while and there are some things to address on that topic that I believe our world looks over.

 

The definition first. 

 

The New Oxford Dictionary defines it as:

“An immoral act regarded as a serious or regrettable fault, offense, or omission against divine law”

 

This immoral act is also a separation. See, sin is the absence of holiness, righteousness, and all that is good (in entirety, God). So in committing this immoral act, you are causing the absence, which in turn leaves us separated from the Most High. We were separated from the garden in the beginning for various things, and a lot of people preach heavy on the reason they believe we were removed from the garden. Pride, disobedience, greed, lust for power, the passiveness of Adam’s manhood, but they all have the same thing in common. They are sin. They are all an immoral act regarded as a serious or regrettable fault, offense, or omission against not just the divine law, but the divine God. So in committing these acts we are left in absence, separated. A lot of times you see our Christian culture personalize sin. They give it a person, presumably because all we ever see (physically) regarding sin, is the person doing it. Then without remembrance and study, on what sin is, we find ourselves giving it a character. It’s not bad to give imagery to sin, for it helps people (an image) grasp some of the affects; but we must keep that type of imagery as a tool not as the machine (our understanding). Because when we make it our understanding that sin is some type of ‘person’ character, then we find ourselves looking at it as an outward danger; that is the problem. Such as, look out for sin, it will get you; or sin is watching out for you everyday, every moment, trying to take you down; or sin loves to hide behind every corner and waits to attack; sin is our worst enemy, we need to fight it. These kind of teachings give an outward appearance to sin, making it an outward event, affecting inward. Like this:

 

SIN (Outside of Us) > Attacks; Fights; Takes us > OUR HEARTS (Inside of Us) 

 

Now, if we remember and see sin as the absence or the separation it should work the other way around. Sin is the separation of us and God, which we always bring on ourselves. The Godhead is always fully in pursuit of us, this is why God can’t sin, and God will never tempt us, because its counterintuitive to his whole plan. Because for now God is in the spiritual and not the physical, sin isn’t a physical issue. Now sin can affect the physical, with illness, disease, and fatigue, but we will look at that in a moment. Sin is a heart issue, because the more we choose to let this evil separate us from Christ, the more we find our hearts hardened, our understanding darkened, and eventually total depravity (Ephesians 4.17-18). Sin separates, that’s why Satan’s main tool is division. To divide and conquer. He’s eternally on a path of separation (see Revelation 12) and he aims to divide us, and separate us from God to join him on the path to his eternal destruction. Although the covenant changes from the Old Testament to the New Testament. The concept of sin does not. Let’s look at 1 Samuel 14.34:

 

“Then he [Saul] said, ‘Go out among the men and tell them, “Each of you bring me your cattle and sheep, and slaughter them here and eat them. Do not sin against the LORD by eating meat with blood still in it.”’ So everyone brought his ox that night and slaughtered it there.” 

 

It was Levitical Law, not to eat meat with blood still in it (Lev. 3.17; Lev. 7.26). Context wise this was for cleanliness and it was common among cults to eat and drink blood, which would worship false gods. So God made it a command not to eat and drink blood, in doing so the sin was committed in the heart by disobedience. The action of eating the blood, simply, wasn’t what put one in sin (Mat. 12.1-3). See, eating the meat with blood still in it would go against what God spoke, leaving one not in unity with the Father. Not being in unity would push one away from God, separating where God stands and where you would be standing in disunity (for those two places can’t coexist in each other). Therefore you would be in sin, you would be in separation, and you would be in absence. Sin is an inward issue, that’s why this series is called S(eparate)IN because inside of us sin is separating us from His Glory, Himself. Therefore, it would go like this:

 

OUR HEARTS (Inside of us) > Disunity, Separate, Absence > SIN (Outside of us) 

 

Our hearts choose disobedience which in reality is disunity with the Most High; this disunity separates us from His plan, His will, His ground. We have to stand separate if we choose something counterintuitive to Christ; thus we now stand in absence from God. Absence from God can only be stood in for a matter of time, that which no one knows except the Father, before Absence is imminent and eternal. There is beauty in who Christ is, that needs to be brought forth with this topic. Christ is all that is good, and He is eternally a healer, a promoter of goodness, a kind hearted compassionate God, and He will always take care of His flock. The beauty in this is that if you are for Christ, you are with Him, you are together, you are in unity with Him. There is no middle line. It’s black white, He said it Himself,

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”

-Matthew 12.30

 

So if we are not pursuing Christ, requesting cleanliness, and letting the Spirit transform our minds, we are in sin. We are in separation. 

 

Also I said I’d readdress the issue of the physical being affected by sin. I believe that your sins can affect your physical health. I don’t count it something as mystical though, meaning I would never jump to that conclusion immediately, nor would I condemn the sick for their sinful shenanigans. But based of the premises that sin is separation, it would make since that the more you choose to be in the absence of God, and you choose things that separate you from the Author of Life; your life is going to suffer, and become ill willed, and fatigued. Though I find it more a special treatment to those who know God intimately and have tasted full amounts of his glory; to find themselves sick when caught in sin. 

 

Sin will cause us to loose our lives, our souls, eternally. Death is a moment when we pass from this life to the next but despair is not physical. Despair is an abstract concept that wains on for eternity while one is outside of the presence of God. In the words of Kierkegaard,

The despairer cannot die; no more than ‘the dagger can kill thoughts”

So true death for those in the eternal separation is despair, a sickness that will last and never break. This is why we need to SEEK CHRIST. 

 

Never the less, I plan to address a few sins in this series and boil them down to the roots and find exactly how they are causing us to become separated from God. With knowledge like that we can tactically further avoid committing or being tempted to the degree that we were as infants in our faith. 


Read Ephesians 4

Also if you need a book to dive into that is thick and takes reading every line over once or twice than check this out: Sickness unto Death.


Here I stand; and I can do no other. God help me. Amen
- Martyred Mind

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What are you listening to?

I know I have another blog to complete our think series but I was waisting time on youtube on my first day of Thanksgiving break and thought… this has to shown to my audience. 

Fist watch this.

That is Kanye West, at a concert in ATL around a year or so ago. He says, “I sold my soul to the devil I know it’s a crappy deal / at least it came with a few toys like a happy meal.” 1,691,367 follow him on twitter as of today. That is over one million people listening to him daily, listening to a man who sold his soul, surrendered himself to Lucifer so that he could gain a couple toys, a couple million in the bank, some girls, some fame. And people open their ear to a man who said this also. Use discernment to who you listen to. 

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! - Mat. 6.22

Don’t be so blind to think that this doesn’t apply to what you listen to as well. What you see, hear, and let into your body is either light or darkness. You make that call. And use the scriptures as your standard. Look at what you are listening to. A popular song is Lil Wayne’s song featuring Eminem called ‘Drop the World.’ I used to listen to this song because it had nice flow and a sick beat, but then I realized what I was listening to. It occurred to me after I watched the video and after I had been reading Revelation and doing some biblical study on Satan that Eminem’s verse sounded a lot like someone I was studying. Don’t read it as a rap verse as much as just read it for what it is and tell me who it sounds like…

(Eminem’s verse is in bold)

it hurts but I never show,
this pain you’ll never know
if only you can see just how lonely and how cold
and frostbit i’ve become
my back’s against the wall
when push come to shove
i just stand up and scream f-ck em all
man it feels like these walls are closing in, this roof is caving in,
oop its time to raise it then
your days are numbered like pages in my book of rhymes got em cookem boy
this crooked mind of mine got em all shook and scared to look in my eyes,

(Revelation 12.9 “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”) Satan is trying to use his crooked mind to lead this world astray.

 
I stole that f-ckin clock, i took the time and i came up from behind
and pretty much snuck up and butt f-cked this game up

(Revelation 12.12 “He is filled with fury, 
   because he knows that his time is short.”)

 
better be careful when you bring my name up f-ck this fame
that aint what i came to claim, but the game aint gonna be the same
on the day that i leave it
I swear one way or another i’ma make these f-ckin haters believe it,
I swear to God wont spear the rod, i’m a man of my word
so your f-ckin heads better nod
im gonna f-ck around in this bitch and roast everybody
sleep on me that pillow is where your head will lie, permanently bitch it’s beddy-bye,
this world is my easter egg, yeah, prepare to die’
my head is swoll
my confidence is up
this stage is my pedastal

(Revelation 12.17 “Then the dragon was enraged at the woman [the church/spirit] and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.”) Satan is wanting to roast every last one of us who hold Christ’s commandments; and he can’t wait to kill us as he is built up on his false confidence and pride.

im unstoppable the incredible hulk
your trapped in my medicine ball
I can run circles around you so fast your f-ckin head will spin dog,
I’ll split your cabbage and your lettuce and olives, I’ll f-ckin

I used some scripture out of revelation that tell of Satan’s fall to earth, it’s debated who the woman is in chapter 12 but that isn’t the point here. The point is that Satan is furious and he is coming to kill us and he might just be starting to lead us astray through artists like these men. We have to be careful with what we are listening to. It’s ok to be informed but don’t get wrapped up in this stuff, be super cautious it is a slippery slope. 

Here I stand; and I can do no other. God help me. Amen. 
- Martyred Mind 

"People understand me so little that they do not even understand when I complain of being misunderstood."
- Soren Kierkegaard. journals Feb. 1836

This is my conviction. Praise you Father for this man allowing himself to be used as your instrument. 

"How can I reconcile the free will necessary for morality and the causal determinism necessary for science?"
- Immanuel Kant

Think: Part 4 “Thought effects the Christian”