The story of the younger brother found in Luke 15 never gets old. It seems I get a little glimmer of something new every time I read it. This time it was the first part of verse 17 that says, “But when he came to his senses or came to himself.” Now days I think we might say he was out of his mind.
The whole idea of being out of ones mind is what I caught onto today. Sometimes it seems all of humanity has lost their minds doesn’t it? I mean think about it for a minute. If we were in our right minds we wouldn’t do some of the things we do such as abuse drugs and alcohol, eat like we do and burn the candle at both ends. It’s almost as if there has been a spell cast on us. What about those that want to have the right to kill babies in the womb and yet get bent out of shape if an animal is abused or a tree is chopped down? This has to be an insanity of sorts don’t you think?
In the Old Testament there is a confrontation between Samuel and Saul because Saul didn’t do what God told him to. Of course Saul was full of excuses and tried to justify himself, but Samuel told him “For rebellion is as the sin of divination (witchcraft), and insubordination (stubbornness) is as iniquity and idolatry.” With all of Saul’s excuses and justification he seemed to be trying to manipulate Samuel almost like putting a spell on him in order to get what he wanted which was out of trouble.
The Apostle Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 4 “The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…” So there is a blindness that comes from being joined to the ultimate rebel and it keeps us from seeing the truth. Paul told Timothy he must “be patient and gentle with those that oppose themselves…so they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, which are taken captive by him to do his will.” No one would knowingly join the enemy of God if there wasn’t some sort of deception involved would they?
Therefore the solution to our problem is in receiving the mind of Christ which is the only right mind and the mind God always intended for us to have. When Adam set himself up as ruler of his own life he lost his mind and left himself open for deception which is exactly what the enemy was looking for. He saw an opportunity and pounced! Deception brought about rebellion which is as divination. This spell or trick brought about a blindness which lead to more and more rebellion. Thankfully God didn’t leave us in that condition but instead has granted us revelation by his Spirit.
Do you remember Jesus asked the disciples “Who do you say I am?” Peter responded “You are the Christ the Son of the living God.” Jesus said, “Flesh and blood didn’t reveal this to you but my Father in Heaven.” It takes enlightenment from God himself to bring us back to our senses. The difficult part is, like the younger son, we tend to find ourselves in some pretty tight spots before we’re ready to hear. I thank God I finally did see that I was out of my mind and through Christ found my way back to the Father.
Written by Louie