Letters from the Fire10:
“The Christian Resistance”
My pastor Michael was preaching about how our world is full of people with “darkened minds.” Most of us have read those passages in Ephesians without considering the full ramifications of what God is really saying. To state it simply, without our minds being opened up to God our efforts in whatever we do becomes futile and curves in on ourselves, thus excluding the supernatural and the miraculous. This also means that the opposite is true – that when we open ourselves up to God we find our true identity, worth, and purpose by encountering the supernatural life of God.
I work in the mental health system and as it was explained to me in spiritual terms, it is a system created by man apart from God. Man took what was essentially God’s domain, namely healing, and did it his way. What ended up happening was man who was himself sick with sin believed he could diagnose and heal himself through a system he devised. It amazes me time and time again when cases are discussed in meetings how various therapeutic suggestions sound good, even great, and most make solid clinical sense. Yet when you really get down to the core of the matter, all the training, knowledge and experience doesn’t make you effective. Healing has more to do with a therapist’s ability to relate to another human being. As I read somewhere,” there is a thin line between brilliant analysis and bullshit.” So what does this have to do with anything and how does God come into play? With therapy as with anything
we as Christians do in life; our minds need to be opened to God through our attitude and our position. It’s not what we know, but Who we know. Do we submit all of who we are to him including our little minds? Do we kneel before him in humility and acknowledge our helplessness and his sovereignty? Are we able to sense the Holy Spirit and track with his movements? It is simply arrogant of man to think that he can heal or do anything apart from God. And in the realm of mental health as in any other realm it is the humble Christian who submits to God, admits her finiteness and opens herself to his greatness, that experiences the thrill of being used by God and witnessing him work as no one else can.