Pervasive words of doom and gloom such as hopeless, hopelessness, doubt, fear, are associated words that embody those who have submitted themselves to a lifestyle and pattern of non-stop failure and despair. Even in praying to God, there is that outreach to a constant God of poverty, a God very unlike those who are succeeding. The poor turn their passions, their sufferings to that impoverished God that concerns himself with that omnipresent condition of neglect and without.
In this proverbial state of lack, the mentality of existing from without is much like that when one considers a curse. Where expectation is the motto for those who achieve, lack is the word for those who feel attainment is intended only for others.
Before jumping to the conclusion that I’m writing about prosperity riches or the power of positive thinking, zero in on the idea that achievement is not only a state of mind, but in accepting consequences of actions only in terms of achievement. In other words, achievement is measured by the resulting expectation of God’s will, God’s help and therein we accept the fate not only as a done deal, but in terms of consequences that are not questioned. Our Western society has been reduced to the business model whereas quality and numbers have the most meaning. It might be said that God has His most concern with quality. Not only quality, but commitment to purpose seems to interest the process in fulfilling ‘a calling’ or vocation.
The enslavement modality progresses its cogs and concepts into our consciousness by its constant call to industrial measurement. This measurement call means we always want more and never possess enough. Our attitudes are shaped and formed by our constant comparisons to those who possess more and those perennial adjustments are eternal reminders that we are never good enough.
Enslavement means that we always fall short. If we sport short hair, we want long. Brown hair, we desire it to be blonde. If fat, we seek to be slim, tall, we must be short. If our complexions are light, we want bronze or tan, and if dark, we long to be light. The poor hate the rich, yet pursue the goals of the rich. In fact, there is that forever chase to become the rich. This constant imbalance can be likened to a tuning fork that is maladjusted. Disharmony is the result.
Freedom from the slave mentality is an energy source that is initialized on external surroundings. This is the backward approach to psychotherapy. First, in psychotherapy, we peer into the subconscious and attempt to explain everything irrational in rational terms, gradually working our way outward. In other words, we work from internal to external.
The route to freedom involves not positive thinking, but positive behavior. This is especially true for Christians. Through faith, action is set into motion and thus, we abide in God’s word. We examine Peter walking on water vis-a-vis a positive behavior through faith. Next comes Peter falling in fear when the internal reaction is realized by observation. Faith was mastered by obedience to the word. Fear was actualized by over rationalation.
Counseling then, by traditional thought involves deliberate steps into the darkness and sinister forces deep without our brains. Counseling becomes fraught with mistakes and missteps as most of the wisdom imparted involves the wisdoms that divide the truth of rational thought to that of aberrant behavior.
Establishing freedom outside the slavery mentality means to act on a precept that has been erected between a covenant of man and God. The mental process is such where our only mental exercise is to ‘Yield’ to the stated terms of the covenant. The terms of the covenant are simple. We are to trust God to provide for us as we go about the world obeying what he has asked us to do.
Central to the covenant is one of trust and belief. We must believe God when God has said that his creation is good and that we are heirs to his kingdom reined by His son, The Christ.
Think about it this way. For those of us as Christians who believe in the mission of Jesus, most of us believe as a result of his actions. We can relate to all he did by his external behaviors to his environment. In fact, if one were to examine the internal workings of Jesus, we would come to a complete and automatic halt as the fact is: We simply don’t know the internal mechanism of Jesus.
A depressed person who despairs home in bed will not make headway until the sufferer journeys outside the bed and performs something. First comes the action, and then afterward comes recovery. We seek recovery first from our mental afflictions, but a call to action is the solution, not the other way around.
A slave mentality means we focus on poverty. Slavery means we have a have and detest our master. We see our environment and those over us as horrible masters who live for the sole purpose of control and for squeezing the energy out of the oppressed for evil purposes and horrible results. Moreover, being enslaved means that our war, our first thought is escape. It means we fight and hate and resolve our total soul on the terms of personal freedom away from the slave breaker.
Once we are rid of the slave mentality, our eyes are no longer on the internal factors that enslave us. Instead, we are guided by a personal mission to enjoy life as it was intended by our creator.
The procedure is an easy one as promised an easy yoke from our Lord. We are simply to trust Him for our needs and to obey as we give our lives into service to others. By this way, we crucify our live from this live into another life given freely by our Lord.
The desire of our Father is for us to possess an abundant life. We are to participate in a journey filled with promise and trails that build character and growth. The entire message of Christ is a message of conquering the death of this world and the promise of life into a new world. With Christ, the new world begins now. Thank God, we no longer have to be slaves.