REAL POWER: MAXING OUT ON GOD'S LOVE
INSIGHT POINTS YOU IN
THE RIGHT DIRECTION BUT DOESNíT GIVE YOU THE POWER TO MAKE THE TRIP
When I studied psychiatry in medical
school, I learned that giving insight to emotionally disturbed
patients often didnít solve their problems. Sometimes there was
marginal improvement in their symptoms, but cure was rare. Counseling
sessions were a never ending search for critical insights that
hopefully would result in improvement.
The quest for a critical insight was
a difficult trap from which to escape. Your mind tells you if you can
just get the insight you need, you can turn your life around.
Unfortunately, this was rarely the case. Even when we discovered the
critical insight, it rarely transformed a patientís life. Insight may
have pointed the patient in the right direction, but it didnít give
him the power to make the trip.
RENEWING THE RATIONAL
MIND IS NOT ENOUGH
Renewing my patientís rational mind
with insight wasnít enough. We were trying to cure emotional problems
by treating their rational mind. Itís not surprising our treatments
were relatively ineffective. We were aiming at the wrong target using
a gun that was firing blanks. We needed to shoot at their emotional
mind with a weapon that had real power. We needed the power of Godís
Although most people believe they
make their decisions on a rational basis, the truth is that emotions
dominate their life. In the tug of war between reason and emotion,
your emotions almost always win. Itís an unfair contest with the
outcome rigged in favor of emotion. The rational mind doesnít stand a
chance. Itís almost as if your emotional mind is taking anabolic
steroids and is unstoppable. For your entire life you have been
pumping emotional iron. Your emotional muscles are so powerful they
bully your rational mind and push it wherever they want to go. Your
emotions end up controlling your life.
Negative and depressing thoughts
packed full of emotion climb into the driverís seat and hijack your
life. The message is clear. When your emotions are out of control,
your rational mind will go for a rough ride until the storm of emotion
subsides. Logic is powerless in the face of unrestrained emotion.
Your rational mind watches disaster getting ready to happen and is
powerless to stop it, because the emotional mind is deaf to the voice
Even courts recognize that we are
creatures of emotion. When people lose control of their emotions, and
in a fit of passion commit murder, the courts charge these people with
second degree murder, because it wasnít premeditated. First degree
murder is reserved for those who plan and carry out their crime in a
calculated, cold-blooded fashion.
In the battle between reason and
emotion, emotion is the unequivocal winner. Emotion keeps conflicts
going for hundreds of years. If you ask people why they are fighting
against another ethnic group, they will tell you the reason is
obvious. They point to a previous injustice or war that happened
fifty, five hundred, or even two thousand years ago. They believe
they are totally rational when they say it makes sense to fight about
something that happened hundreds of years ago. When you hear these
people talk, you are not listening to the voice of reason. You are
listening to the voice of emotion explain why hate and conflict are
rational responses to the injustices of the past. For most people,
renewing the emotional mind is nearly impossible. Thatís why
conflicts in the Middle East continue without end in sight.
One of your highest priorities must
be to tame your emotional mind and push it in a positive direction.
Until you do that, you will not be in control of your life. The power
of emotion will dominate your life until it meets the most powerful
forced in the universe, Godís love.
Renewing your rational mind is
relatively easy. You spent the first twenty years of your life
learning how to do it. Public education put enough material in your
rational mind to last ten lifetimes. Unfortunately, no one taught you
how to renew your emotional mind. No one told you Godís love is the
most powerful force in the universe. No one told you Godís love can
heal damaged emotions.
Renewing the emotional mind is hard,
because it requires healing. Education isnít enough. Chemical
dependencies and damaged emotions will never be healed by taking a
class at a university, or by talking to a counselor who tells you all
of the reasons why things will be fine once you get everything
straightened out in your mind. They can spend years educating your
rational mind, and you will never escape your chemical dependencies
because your damaged emotions have not been healed.
Godís love is the definitive cure for
damaged emotions. God is a specialist at renewing your emotional mind
through the power of his love. He can heal your emotional wounds,
remove your emotional scars, and wash away your guilt. Although his
love will not change the bad things that happened to you in the past,
it will erase their power. His love will not only point you in the
right direction, it will also give you the power to make the trip.
God designed my mind to be the door through which the power of his
love flows into my life. My mind is where Godís love is brought to
bear on the problems of life. When I fill my mind with the power of
his love, miraculous things happen. But itís not the mind that makes
them take place. Itís Godís love that makes the miracles come to
pass. Godís love gives me a completely new way of thinking and
feeling. His love heals my damaged emotions and washes away my
guilt. His loves points me in the direction of a new life and gives
me the power to make the trip.
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