He put a brain in your head – a magnificently designed organ serving two major functions: 1) to initiate and oversee all of the other functions of the body, making any corrections necessary, and 2) to be your seat of reason, processing information so that you can learn (this also includes memory and emotions).
However, as we saw in our last post, The Devil May Get His Hooks In Your Children, this wonderful organ finds itself under assault by a false mental construct (ego) that you created as a child, (a false persona fabricated as a self-defense mechanism against imaginary dangers), a ‘Dark Mind’ if you will. It contaminates your brain with a jumble of lies in order to modify your mindset, by filtering your senses – resulting in altered meanings to all the incoming information your brain processes to suit its own agenda.
This Dark Mind is a personification of the man-made rules that were handed down to you in order to force you into a conformed behavior that it says will garnish love and acceptance from others. You don’t question the Dark Mind when it speaks because you believe that voice is your own. And every lie you accept as truth increases its stranglehold over you.
The result is that you think it is you who is thinking, but it is the Dark Mind. It is a distortion of your consciousness – a whirlwind of endless mental chatter that rails against the world and those who live in it and will eventually make you its prime target. It does so to keep you off balance, because it is driven by self-preservation, (which it accomplishes by controlling you) rooted in its fear that one day you might wake up and threaten its existence.
When you first created this ‘ego,’ your real mind wasn’t threatened. It was content to have this ego baby sit you while it was off solving your problems. Your brain could not recognize it for the monster it would become.
So the Dark Mind is not your real mind. It works within your mind but exists outside of it. It only exists because of your faith in its reality and in ts declared role as your ‘great protector.’ If you allow it to thrive, your true mind (your soul) goes into hibernation.
In reality, you’ve now inadvertently and unconsciously broken God’s First Commandment:
You shall have no other gods before or besides Me. Ex. 20:3 AMP
Again, this new voice in your head takes in the neutral information your brain receives, and distorts it – giving you altered feedback that the voice says is vital for your survival. You live in a continuous stream of corrupted thoughts with regards to what is real and what actions are required for survival, acceptance and love.
As I said, eventually this voice comes after you. It brainwashes you to believe what I call the ‘Big Lie,’ which says, ‘THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU.’
Here’s how that works: it tells you that you are flawed so that you begin to condemn yourself. Then it tells you that you need to hide those flaws (that you don’t really have) in order to avoid rejection. Furthermore, it tells you how to fix those ‘bad parts’ you have, by giving you tasks to perform that do not work. (Why? You can’t fix a problem that doesn’t exist!)
Thus, it keeps you running blindly on a mission with no chance of success.
Why does it do that? It wants to keep you anxiety-ridden so that you’re too frantic to manage your life, to get you to defer to it’s plans to help you survive, so it gets to call the shots. How does that manifest in your life? It shows up as continual, nonsensical, worrisome assessments regarding every decision you make, such as ‘Will this make me lovable?’ ‘Am I doing the right thing? ‘Will this make me acceptable?’ ‘Will this hide my bad parts?’ ‘What will others think of me?’
In other words, you make yourself suffer, worrying over problems that you do not have. Worse, that voice in your head ‘helps out’ with comments such as ‘You’re ugly, fat, skinny, uncoordinated, stupid, undesirable, etc.’ That protector of yours now spends all of its time calling you a loser.
When you engage with your Dark Mind, you become drained of mental energy, suffer from confusion, lose yourself in daydreams, and you punish yourself with criticism over your non-existent defects.
(When you’re like this, you are separated from God – either ignorant of or forgetting that God’s help is always available:
Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, our God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God, He will come and save you.” Is. 35:4 NKJV
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:5 – 7. ESV)
Moreover, the voice in your head is not content with corrupting your thinking about your present-time concerns; it also reaches into your psyche and distorts your memories – making them bigger, darker and more shameful. Your Dark Mind weaves a tale of what it says your history consists of (your ‘Life Story’) and relentlessly beats you up with it. It tells you that you had a terrible life, you were to blame, and nobody understands what you went through, but it. Equally as bad, the voice tells you that your future will look the same. More lies.
But what does God say?
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jer. 29;11 AMP
However, instead of relying on God’s promise, you run with your Life Story, dragging it around like a ball and chain and blaming every disagreeable circumstance on it.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, the voice in your head is not your friend. It judges you – finding fault with everything you do, think and are. Because you identify with the voice, you judge yourself mercilessly. And when you can no longer contain your self-inflicted pain, you project it outwards.
Life is found wanting as you suffer and wait for ‘something’ to bring you happiness (even though you don’t know what that something is).
Even if you should somehow grasp a moment of happiness, the Dark Mind will tell you things like, ‘This isn’t quite it.’ ‘You’re not quite there.’ ‘This will never last.’
Okay, so what’s the bottom line? We made up this malevolent voice in our head that says the world sucks, other people suck and that we suck. That same voice works to keep us in a perpetual state of emergency so we cannot stop and see what is real.
We create our own suffering, but that is too painful to admit, so we lay the blame on others, the world, or on God Himself – all the while denying our responsibility for how our lives are turning out. We put more faith in the Dark Mind than in God.
Let’s look at all this from a God point of view:
I firmly believe that we cannot rise above this mess of our own making without God’s help. If we could, we already would have.
God has told us over and over that if we lived by His rules, love and acceptance would always follow. (Gn.4:7) He painstakingly laid those rules before us in His word. If we wanted to encapsulate their meaning in their totality, we could say that it boils down to loving God, loving ourselves, and loving everybody else. (Mt. 22:27 – 39.)
We suffer when we reject God because we are rejecting the very Source of complete love and acceptance.
Satan has a plan. It’s to get you to believe that there is something is wrong with you. Then everything else he wants will fall into place. The Big Liar is the source of the Big Lie.
The devil knows you that were created in the image of love and made for love. His desire is to separate you from that love. He does so by giving teeth to that voice in your head, and when you are running because of the sting of its bite, you cannot hear the voice of God.
But if you reach out for God, and place your faith in Him, His voice will become quite clear, as He simultaneously delivers you from your head. (Ps. 18:48 & 37:24; Jer. 33:3.)
The Big Liar is no match for Him… (1 Jn. 3:8 & 4:4.)
We’re still laying the groundwork of the enemy’s curse. (A problem defined is a problem half solved.)
Goodnight and God bless.