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Cauterized Minds

Cauterize refers to the burning of skin or flesh with a heated instrument. This is done with a caustic substance, typically to stop bleeding or prevent the wound from becoming infected. This is a common practice used for getting rid of genital warts as these are initially frozen before cauterizing. In a harsh warning to a teenager pastor, the apostle Paul guards against falling prey to hypocrisy and lies.

Through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared (cauterized), 1 Timothy 4:2.

The term brain freeze originated in the early 70’s. Associated with drinking a Slurpee from 7/11 too fast, a sudden shooting pain in the head appears. When individuals have a senior moment, forgetting what you were talking about is also attributed to brain freeze. Beside age, what causes human minds to become cauterized? Beyond physical science, what supernatural forces are at work to alter healthy minds.

[And may show their soundness by] ceasing to give attention to Jewish myths and fables or to rules [laid down] by [mere] men who reject and turn their backs on the Truth. 15 To the pure [in heart and conscience] all things are pure, but to the defiled and corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are defiled and polluted, Titus 1:14-15.

In a letter to a young pastor, the apostle Paul blames this on deluding and seducing spirits, 1 Timothy 4:1. Earlier in 1 Timothy 2:14 Paul writes about Eve’s mind being deceived and deluded prior to giving into temptation. Meanwhile, Paul suggests that fables and myths passed down to children can defile and pollute consciences. Unless Christians learn to hide God’s Word in their hearts, Psalm 119:9-10, you won’t be protected against demonic attacks to sear your minds, Ephesians 6:12.

by Jay Mankus

Brain Freeze

Two of my favorite beverages are Slurpees from 7 Eleven and Arctic Rushes from Dairy Queen.  If you drink either of these 2 frozen treats too fast, there is a chance you might experience a brain freeze.  However, there is only one speciality shake which almost certainly guarantees a brain freeze with every sip, the Orange Freeze from Charcoal Pit.

While brain freezes are usually a summer time occurrence, they are much more common than you think.  Physically brain freezes are obvious to diagnosis as shooting pain reaches your brain as your body cools too quickly creating a shock like effect.  Spiritual brain freezes occur when Christians withdraw back into sinful habits.  Instead of staying alert and disciplined, individuals allow their minds to wander, freezing the presence of the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:17.  This trance like state leads to a darkened understanding, hardened hearts and a futile mind which rationalizes any lustful act that you might pursue, Ephesians 4:17-20.

Our enemy, the devil has been using brain freezes to deceive people since the Garden of Eden, 2 Corinthians 4:4.  Although conditions may vary, there is a cure to spiritual brain freezes.  According to the apostle Paul, the first step to recovery is to let Christ renew your mind, Ephesians 4:23.  A spiritual transfusion is necessary to rid your memory of all guilt, shame and sin, Colossians 3:1-4 by replacing this with the holiness and righteousness of Christ, Romans 13:14.  This process does not occur overnight.  Rather, it is gradual as you renew your mind with the word of God and worship, Romans 12:1-2.  Stay the course and be sober so that you mind will thaw from Satan’s grip, warming up with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, 2 Peter 1:3-4.

by Jay Mankus

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