Mental mandates are a bigger threat than mask mandates

Freedom from the pain
Of our mental mandates
Often requires us
To rewire our brain.

Life is a flow
Of moments.
You can’t stop
Their flow,
Even if you refuse
To let go.

I’ve seen
Love negate
The mandate
Of hate
And change the state
Of a human heart.

When you
Step aside from self
You’re free
To see your life
Differently.

Mental mandates are thoughts that try to tell and compel you to feel and do wrongful things. Inner mandates (compulsions, bad habits, and addictions) are actively trying to destroy your freedom. Resist and overcome them! If we Americans had put as much energy into overcoming tormenting mental mandates as we have fighting masks, we’d be saints.

Inner mandates muddle the mind and compel it to blindly follow feelings and desires. They try to steal your free will and make you a slave to their compulsion. People who neglect to decode daily life and discern what really matters, quickly surrender to the mandates of the mind and emotions.

As human beings, some lies infest all of our minds and continually try to mandate that we believe and follow their falsehood. When people allow their desires to make them feel like a powerless pawn, they soon surrender any attempts at self-control.

Overcoming compulsive mental mandates is a great achievement and a most worthy goal. Mental mandates and inner compulsions can only be overcome by mental and spiritual weapons. Physical effort can’t prevail against them.

People who angrily resist external mandates, often weakly submit to internal ones. When they say they can’t overcome a thought, a habit, or an attitude, they’re surrendering to a controlling, internal mandate.

Unmask the mental mandates that are trying to make you do wrong. Openly confess any sin that you’re feeling compelled to do.

Break your date with compulsive mental mandates. Refuse to go out with them. Have the insight to do right. The use of artificial stimulates frequently leads to subservience to mental and emotional mandates that take control of your life.

The more self-centered we are the less we’re aware of other people’s pain and struggles. Then compassion illudes us.

Most people know how to let the mind wander. Few know how to let it wonder free from mental mandates.

Self-disclosure
And full exposure
To someone you trust
Can heal your inner pain
And ease the strain
On your brain.
The truth
Will set you free!

When people start
To listen to and speak
The language of the heart,
They become aware
Of the many commonalities
That we all share.
Then they begin to liberate
Themselves from
The mandate of hate.

The inner channels
Where rivers of living water
Will flow from within us
Can be cleared or clogged
By our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
To prepare our heart
For the way of the Lord,
We must clear our inner channels
And let His Spirit
Freely flow from within us.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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