Excite Him to Move Mountains

11/15/2022

“Radio” = our spinning, chattering, or analytical noisy thoughts that are not of Christ

Turning away from the radio is a little bit like saying goodbye to a dying pet. The comfort and companionship we get from our old friend the radio — is very hard to let go of. “Man’s best friend” is not really a pet, but the radio. Just as an animal that is reliable and always with us when no one else is around is therapeutic, so is our radio of self-indulgence, self-justification, accusation and judgment, mopey, looping, fantasies, comparison, pride, fears, and more.

It IS hard to say goodbye to our constant companion, our therapy pet, our radio. The withdrawal symptoms are fascinatingly difficult and painful.

And yet… Jesus won’t compete with a willing addiction to your radio.

“Inner silence is for our race a difficult achievement. There is a chattering part of the mind which continues, until it is corrected, to chatter on even in the holiest places.” -C.S. Lewis

song lyrics

I’m sorry about all of this from the just-ended plane trip, but it almost feels like heresy to say KAREN CARPENTER IS ACTUALLY WRONG. :) She’s been feeding us the wrong thoughts: “I know I need to be in love.” “I know there’s someone out there for me.” “I’m wide awake at 4am, not a friend in sight.”

Sure, “being in love” is fun, but it can be a short term, undependable drug fix, if we are reliant on the “feeling” and “circumstance” to get those warm fuzzies from the outside rather than the Inside.

Don’t “need” someone to love you, just love and Accept the love of God inside of you. Don’t “need” for someone to make you feel secure or for something to make you feel secure, just know the Inner-secure.

The Life of a Believer is inside of you, not outside of you.

To someone earlier today:

Would you PLEASE let go of all the yakking to yourself inside your brain? It’s NOT you, it is just a “radio station” playing noise into your skull. Step OUT of it and into the quiet where Jesus is. You don’t have to “solve” it. Just stop listening to it. You are arguing with a radio station! How dumb is that?! Let it go. Lean back into Jesus, Prince of Peace. The ONLY sounds there are worship and whispers.

Do you want to be admired? Do you want your “needs” fulfilled? What even ARE those things?!

Lust? Fear? Pride? Vanity? They are nothing. Just a radio station in your brain you can TURN OFF. It’s not YOU. They have “nothing in you.”

We don’t let a horse we are riding go wherever it wants. We learn how to interface. Control the radio, the thoughts that are pushing themselves on you! They don’t know ANYTHING!

Do I want to feel loved? That can’t be dependent on any person, or event.

Do I want to feel happy? That’s surely not based on anything external AT ALL. Turn off all of the “radio-thoughts” and “feeling-craving” and “security-seeking” in your brain! You can’t win by arguing with the radio.

Would you PLEASE let go of all the yakking to yourself inside your brain? It’s NOT you, it is just a “radio station” playing noise into your skull. Step OUT of it and into the quiet where Jesus is. You don’t have to “solve” it. Just stop listening to it. You are arguing with a radio station! How dumb is that?! Let it go. Lean back into Jesus, Prince of Peace. The ONLY sounds there are worship and whispers.

This is why “Music” of any pleasant genre can fill up our mind temporarily, bring up memories to replace the argumentative noise, and “make us feel better.” If we are learning truths from Jesus songs’ lyrics, that’s a more sustainable situation. But, we all know any pleasant or exciting or memorable lyrics and melody might replace the grating mind-accusations and mind-arguments, temporarily. This is important evidence that our circumstances or other people and their responses towards us don’t “really” necessitate any reactions and feelings within us. The internal talk is not really “us”--and it’s a choice to allow that yakking in our skull to cause panic, fear, depression, pride, or a “fix-it” mentality.

Since the goal is NOT to be “happy” instead of miserable, we don’t want to ONLY “sweep the house clean” but rather be Clean to be the Wind of the Spirit to do “the greater works” of Jesus and see His Truth flowing like a mighty River down the streets of the towns and cities of this earth.

God is looking for those with FAITH as described above, who “trust fully and fall backwards into His arms,” TO EXCITE HIM TO MOVE MOUNTAINS. Fall back.

“Father, let your Spirit flow inside me til all that will not praise You is undone.” “Brother of the Son” -Don Fransisco

Some Examples

Below are some examples of “allowing the radio to blare and echo in our minds” that probably ALL of us do... These SHOULD be responded to emphatically and vertically and instantly with, “Jesus, I trust you to lead and teach and change me through any of this, no matter if there’s some or a lot or no truth to this! I won’t spend any more time tolerating the brain, and guilt, and fear, or pride, or lust, or love of the world ‘what if’ and ‘if then’ ‘imagination’ cycles in my brain/your brain I/you have. I’m casting it DOWN now and will not allow any more repeats.”

“It’s my fault.”

“It’s not my fault.”

“I’m overweight, so I need to be self-conscious.”

“I think I look good.”

“It’s not fair.”

“They don’t like me. They don’t respect me.”

“I’m not going to make it.”

“They think they’re special.”

“I can’t ever live up to that.”

“I can’t ever stop that - it’s just who I am.”

“They aren’t as __ as I am.”

“I hate my life.”

“God can’t forgive me.”

“I’m a failure.”

“I have nothing to offer.”

“It will always be like this.”

“He/she doesn’t love me.”

“They are a clique.”

“I wish I could have __.”

“They are prideful.”

“He/she is a liar.”

“I know more than they know.”

“They’re stupid.”

“I’m stupid.”

“I’m bored.”

“I want more more more adventure.”

“It won’t hurt this one time.”

“I wonder what it would like if __.”

“Everybody has flaws. Everybody sins. So what’s the big deal. That’s legalism.”

“They think they’re better than everyone.”

“Every time I do ___ I’m a bad person and I can’t stop so I’m hopeless.”

“If I just play out in my mind all the worst case scenarios of health and safety, then I can in myself prevent the guilt I would have if something bad happened.”

“Do I look like I’m doing a good job raising children? Am I doing it right? She is doing a better job than me. What are they thinking about how I’m handling this situation? I can’t help with their children because mine have these problems.

“How do I appear in mind and body to other people? I’m not funny enough, I’m not ‘happy’ enough, I’m not *looking* like I’m ‘connecting’ enough with Heaven things.”

“I’ve tried and failed so many times.”

“I should be able to do it all, and I can’t, and I’m such a burden”

“I want to help but why would they listen to me because I have ____ problem.”

“They don’t understand.” “They don’t care.”

“They probably won’t hear me.” “I’ll be misunderstood.”

“I don’t know all the details, so I can’t help.” “I might mess something up.” “I’m no use to anyone.”

“They can always express themselves so much better than me.”

When you start writing them out it’s so obvious how self-centered it all can be (even though in the moment the lies try to say otherwise).

The Answer is always SHUT IT DOWN and be Vertical. You can CAST DOWN the imagination. It exalts itself to remove Jesus’ lordship!

Again: Respond emphatically and vertically and instantly with, “Jesus, I trust you to lead and teach and change me through any of this, no matter if there’s some or a lot or no truth to this! I won’t spend any more time tolerating the brain, and guilt, and fear, or pride, or lust, or love of the world ‘what if’ and ‘if then’ ‘imagination’ cycles in my brain/your brain I/you have. I’m casting it DOWN now and will not allow any more repeats.”

Jesus Alone!!!

“The victorious Christian neither exalts nor downgrades himself. His interests have shifted from self to Christ. What he is or is not no longer concerns him. He believes that he has been crucified with Christ and he is not willing either to praise or deprecate such a man.” (A.W. Tozer)

The victorious Christian shuts down the radio of talk, talk, talk trying to understand himself and how he should feel about himself and his circumstances and failures. “I should feel bad, bad, bad because...” No. Rather, I am on a journey of BECOMING and my job is to keep my focus on Him and tune out the chatter of self talk. “I’m bad, I’m blind, I’m being punished, God is angry with me, I’m a failure, it’s hopeless.” Blah blah. No. The victorious Christian doesn’t think about himself. It no longer concerns him.

“The radio” is not just negative self talk and dark thoughts. But the radio that needs turned off can also be a different kind of dark thought: ambitions, things we want, things that might happen to us that are so-called exciting, imaginary promotions, imaginary accomplishments, imaginary wins of various kinds, imaginary relationships etc. That too is a radio that needs turned off. Leave it in God’s hands please?

Ok. You all now know what to do! Again:

Respond emphatically and vertically and instantly with, “Jesus, I trust you to lead and teach and change me through any of this, no matter if there’s some or a lot or no truth to this! I won’t spend any more time tolerating the brain, and guilt, and fear, or pride, or lust, or love of the world ‘what if’ and ‘if then’ ‘imagination’ cycles in my brain/your brain I/you have. I’m casting it DOWN now and will not allow any more repeats.”

A Dinner Conversation

Casting Down Imaginations

What follows is a conversation during dinner regarding this topic (please excuse the noise from the restaurant's patrons)... The conversation started with the question: “Are there times when junk is blaring in your ears when it would be helpful to tell somebody else so that you can have help? But I know that it’s bad seed simply because it’s the ’radio.’“

 

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