The Ghetto State of Mind

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                     The Ghetto State of Mind  The Ghetto state of mind is an intriguing concept. In my hometown this mind set is on an upscale. It has always been there but in the last 5 years its grown rampantly like wildfire. The ghetto state of mind comes in all colors and nationalities. You can identify it by how someone carries themselves and by their words and actions and how they treat others.   Let us explore this unaesthetic mind set.  This mind set is at one of the lowest mindsets. In this mindset the person always has to be right, always gets their way. Putting their needs first is always on their agenda. Some examples are screaming and honking at an elderly to cross the street as opposed to a more noble mindset of going out of your way to help an elderly person cross the street. This mindset is also displayed by not letting people merge on the highway knowing that now they will now have to exit. In some states not merging is against the law but it is just human decency tha

Slaves to Sin

                Slaves to Sin

                                                                    

    I love allegories and metaphors. I am a visual thinker so images really help me understand things. I recently met someone who has diabetes and had an organ transplant. Things were going very well with the transplant but there came a time where he was under a lot of stress and stopped taking the medicine that helped support his transplant. As a result the organ was rejected. It was his pancreas. He regrets not taking his medicine now.  Back to this story in a moment.



    I am reading Romans in the bible and trying to understand the concept of Sin. How even I still sin and get caught up with things of the flesh and I am a Born Again Believer and how in Romans 6:6 It says, For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin, because anyone who has dies has been freed from sin.


  Hmmm, well it is true I am no longer a "slave to sin" like I was before I gave my life to the Lord. Although I still sin.  Paul knows the struggle is real too! He writes this in Romans 7:21-23  So I find this law at work: When I want to do good , evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body,waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks to be God -through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.


  Back to my friend with diabetes..  Here is my metaphor... Your body is like a dead body, its of the Sinful nature. One day we will have our real bodies that will be our glorified bodies. Until then we are living with these temporary sinful bodies. They are like my friend's body that had a transplant. So in order for my friend's body to be functioning well and for survival purposes he has to take the medicine or else his body will reject the transplant.  Just like that if we don't take our medicine daily we also will go into rejection too. Rejection for us is becoming a slave to sin. Our body will go into rejection and become so weak and it will be become very hard to fight off infections that before had no problems doing so. Infections as in, temptations.  Our Medicine is the Word of God. If we renew our minds daily we won't be as vulnerable and weak as the temptations come our way to attack us. Lets keep our spiritual immune system in good shape. 


  Unfortunately, while we still have this transplanted type body we won't be completely free and safe from all attacks. I look forward for the day when I will get a new perfected glorified body! So until then lets keep daily taking our regenerative medicine!





Blessings!!



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