Thursday, July 30, 2009

Breaking the Mind Habit

I've been reading from "The Cross and the Switchblade" by David Wilkerson (founder of Teen Challenge).
Toward the end of the book, he talks about how the boys (addicted to heroine, etc.) managed to get free of their addictions.
He credits the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
If you are new to this term, it is simply what Jesus mentioned to His disciples when He said "But you will recieve power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be My witnesses..."
It is also what happened on the day of Pentecost to the new, young church. They were already believers in Jesus, but now the Holy Spirit came to dwell within them, and He also "came upon" them- they were immersed in Him, and spoke in other tongues- a new heavenly language- the Holy Spirit speaking and praying through them.
David Wilkerson says in The Cross and the Switchblade that the boys who had been addicted, and then recieved the baptism of the Holy Spirit, would spend time in the chapel of the centre praying in tongues when they started to get a craving for heroine.
I think we need to realize how miraculous this is- somebody with a serious addiction can't just quit cold turkey, and then have a peaceful time praying without ever considering getting the next fix, and yet these boys did just that. Many of them avoided the absolute hellishness of withdrawal, and also the extremely high risk of going back to the drugs.
They mentioned the "mind habit". That the drugs will be out of a person's system in a few days, and that's it, but the mind habit will follow the person relentlessly harrassing them until they cave in and use again. BUT. The boys who'd been baptised in the Holy Spirit overcame the mind habit too- they had a new voice on the inside of them.
It's like that with depression- it's a demon which constantly harrasses the individual until they just can't take it anymore, and they begin to consider suicide. BUT. The baptism of HOLY SPIRIT displaces that demon, just like light displaces darkness. Now the voice of depression is on the outside, not on the inside, and we don't have to listen to it, because we are filled with the Spirit of Christ, and immersed in His power!
If you haven't recieved that power, you can look to God's word- it says "How much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him." If you ask Him too come dwell inside of you, to rebirth you, to immerse you in His power, He will. It is why He sent His Son Jesus to die in our place for our sins- to take our punishment- so that we could be made clean, and recieve the indwelling and baptism of His Holy Spirit and live a new life- a life free of depression.

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