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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

Refreshment

The average adult might associate refreshment with their favorite alcoholic beverage.  Meanwhile, a typical child will likely imagine their favorite soft drink, shake or slurpee.  After working 12 of the last 13 days, refreshment for me is laying in my hydrotherapy tub and relaxing until its time to go back to work.  As for Sunday’s, my only day off in December, God has given me a new appreciation for the day of rest.

While woman across America will shop until they drop in December, men tend be distracted by sports on the Sabbath.  Although I don’t intend to know why God chose to create the heavens and earth in 6 days, I understand the need to recharge your batteries.  Thus, if you want to experience spiritual refreshment, investing time in prayer, worship and a quiet time studying the Bible on Sunday is a step in the right direction.

At the end of Romans 11, the apostle Paul places a doxology to complete this chapter.  A doxology is a liturgical formula of praise to God like Romans 11:33-36.  By practicing worship, it appears that God rewards those who master this art with divine knowledge from the Lord, Romans 12:2.  A modern form of worship includes soaking in the Spirit, where some churches play non-stop praise and worship music as believers can rest and recline while absorbing and reflecting on the lyrics.  If you want to experience true refreshment, this is a great place to begin.

by Jay Mankus

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