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Topic: Lock (03/06/06)
TITLE: Lock of Mentality
By Frank Chow
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¡§Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.¡¨
A lock is to secure something to make sure it is not lost. But we often use a lock to isolate ourselves from God like Adam and Eve! Can we call this a ¡§lock of mentality¡¨? As a result of our sinful nature, we protect ourselves with a lock without any difficulties. The example of Adam and Eve tells us that we ourselves are similar with them. When they fall into sin, they would rather be rebuked by their consciences than confess their sin in front of God. Perhaps they were temporarily released from feeling guilty. Whatever it was, they lost the opportunity to turn to God. Their consciences became the refuge of their sin, and they cut off themselves from God¡¦ family. The thing that keeps us from having a rightful relationship with God is the ¡§lock¡¨. Not only does this lock prevent sinners from coming to the Savior, but it also makes God¡¦s children appear senseless. We may lose our spiritual feeling, desire, and passion. Gradually, we may become a Christian of ¡§lukewarm-neither hot nor cold¡¨ (Revelation 3:16).
All of us have the possibility to be bonded by such a mentality lock, but not everyone realizes it. This mentality lock is a blind spot for a person; that is why it is so difficult for one to recognize it. People may have different ¡§locks¡¨, depending on their different experience. Self-doubt and arrogance are two common kinds of them. Anyone who has these kinds of ¡§lock¡¨ may lose the balance on their walk in faith. We have learned this lesson from the Bible. Numerous great men and women, even some spiritual leaders, lost their blessings from God because of their mentality lock. Try to read chapter 5 of The Song of Songs, and you may be surprised by the Bride¡¦s insecurity and doubts. She deeply loved the Bridegroom and had a strong desire to meet him. However, when her beloved one knocked at the door, she had no courage to even open the door. She missed her beloved one as a consequence of her anxiousness. Is the shy Bride too modest to be with the Bridegroom? In addition, Moses and Peter are also examples of people with a similar mentality lock. Why did Moses fail to enter the Promised Land? Was it not because of his arrogance? When he rebuked the Israelites and struck the rock twice with his staff in the Desert of Zin (Numbers 20), wasn¡¦t he overconfident in being a representative of Israelites? Shouldn¡¦t he be God¡¦s servant first? When Israelites revolted against God, Moses persistently asked God to forgive them. Did Moses¡¦ prayer please God? Certainly it did not. Apostle Peter¡¦s experience was also an illustration of overconfidence. The Lord Jesus warned his disciples: ¡§This very night you will all fall away on account of me¡¨. But Peter answered: ¡§Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will¡¨ (Matt. 26:31, 33). Peter was tied to his overconfidence until he faced failure.
A mentality lock is a blind spot in our spiritual lives. Let us pray to our Lord Jesus: ¡§Help us to open every hidden lock. We desire to give all our heart, all our soul, all our mind to you. Come in, our Lord.¡¨
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