The subconscious mind is like a computer in which all the information vital to our wellbeing is stored. The information and impressions that are received through the five senses are passed through the conscious mind and judged before they are stored in the subconscious. This data is then used when needed. It is by this information, whether it is true or false, that our judgment and actions are controlled during a crisis.
Our spontaneous reactions and snap decisions are made under the influence of the impressions that the computer of the mind has stored. If we have previously stored data that tells us an individual is our enemy, we will react in a crisis as if he is. Television programs, news media, books, family, friends, and associates influence the information and the impressions we receive about ourselves and the world around us.
If we are loved and respected by our family and associates, especially at an early age, we usually receive favorable impressions of ourselves. But if we live with people who constantly belittle and criticize us, we are prone to have a very low self-esteem.
The child who is told repeatedly that he is sick, weak, ugly, stupid, mean, or lazy will react as if he is. What we are taught concerning ourselves often becomes the mold that shapes our character. We should be mindful of our comments to others.
Here is a little saying that I heard often during childhood years: “Sticks and stones may bruise my bones but words will never harm me.” This is a false statement. We wish cruel words could not hurt us, but they do. Words can separate friends and provoke violence. Cruel statements about us can linger in the mind and hurt long after they are seemingly forgotten by the conscious mind.
“As you believe, so shall it be.” These are the words of our Lord. But it is very difficult to appropriate a good self-image if all we have ever heard or felt from those who had authority over us was negative.
When we are born into the world, we are usually conditioned to accept the image of the first creation and identify with Adam. If we are to become free from that image, we must reprogram our computer. This task is not easy, for we are accustomed to thinking and acting according to the ways of the carnal mind.
Our first action is to accept the atonement of Christ and welcome the Holy Spirit into our life. Then we should read and reread of the lives and teachings of Yasha and the other holy men, allowing the force of these revelations to erase the false data we have previously stored. We cannot react upon the words of Christ until his principles have become our principles and we see ourselves capable of being transformed into his image.
Our carnal mind tells us that we are sinners, so we react as sinners. But the Bible teaches us that we have been redeemed from the curse of sin and that we are new creatures in Christ. We have been reconciled to Yahweh, but we cannot react to this truth until we receive it as true data into our subconscious mind. If we feel we are transgressors, we will feel that we are outside of Yahweh’s loving favor; therefore, unable to approach him by faith.
The Word warns us against having false images between us and Yahweh. The carnal understanding of man gives us a false image to worship instead of a true image of Yahweh. This is anti-God (anti means instead, in place of). It could also be said it is anti-truth, for it attempts to take the place of truth just as it did in the Garden of Eden with our first parents.
It is destructive to worship the image that the carnal man has given us of Yahweh. We must seek until we reach pure truth. Yahweh said, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,” John 8:32. We must pull out, cast down, and destroy all the false images that are set up in the temple of Yahweh (we are his temple) and replace them with the Spirit of truth—the unadulterated word of Yahweh.
Christ was in the image of the Father; this is the image we must see—“as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly,” 1 Corinthians 15:49.
Each of us has created an image of Yahweh in our mind; this is as it should be. We must create an image in our mind of everything we see, feel, hear, or hear about before we can understand its form or essence. If I am unable to create an image in my mind out of the data I am receiving, I will be unable to store information concerning it in my memory bank.
When something formless is being introduced to us, we will remain confused until we conceive an image of it in our mind.
We each see a different image of Yahweh, even when we use the same terminologies to describe him. The image we create influences the way we act and react to our surroundings. Our image also controls the love we feel and express to others.
If we do not believe in the existence of a god or of life after death, we are left without an image to guide us. In other words, we are left without a mirror to reflect our own image back to us; we are completely lost, we do not know who we are or why we are here and we have no concept of a life pattern or a rule book to guide us. No wonder our world has become so chaotic since Charles Darwin’s ignorant evolution theory replaced the truth in America’s governmental system. The Church of the living God needs to stand up and let their voices be heard. A world without hope is a dying world.
“Scolding and spanking a child helps him to learn. Left to himself, he brings shame to his mother. When rulers are wicked, their people are too; but good men will live to see the tyrant’s downfall. Discipline your son and he will give you happiness and peace of mind.
“Where there is ignorance of Yahweh, crime runs wild; but what a wonderful thing it is for a nation to know and keep his laws. Sometimes mere words are not enough—discipline is needed. For the words may not be heeded. There is more hope for a fool than for a man of quick temper.
“Pamper a servant from childhood, and he will expect you to treat him as a son! A hot-tempered man starts fights and gets into all kinds of trouble. Pride ends in a fall, while humility brings honor,” Proverbs 29:15-23 (TLB).
“Don’t refuse to accept criticism; get all the help you can. Don’t fail to correct your children; discipline won’t hurt them! They won’t die if you use a stick (switch) on them! Punishment will keep them out of hell (sheol). My son, how I will rejoice if you become a man of common sense. Yes, my heart will thrill to your thoughtful, wise words.
“Don’t envy evil men but continue to reverence the Lord all the time, for surely you have a wonderful future ahead of you. There is hope for you yet! O my son, be wise and stay in Yahweh’s paths; don’t carouse with drunkards and gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty. And remember that too much sleep clothes a man with rags. Listen to your father’s advice and don’t despise an old mother’s experience. Get the facts at any price, and hold on tightly to all the good sense you can get. The father of a godly man has cause for joy—what pleasure a wise son is! So give your parents joy!
“O my son, trust my advice—stay away from prostitutes. For a prostitute is a deep and narrow grave. Like a robber, she waits for her victims as one after another become unfaithful to their wives. “Whose heart is filled with anguish and sorrow? Who is always fighting and quarreling? Who is the man with bloodshot eyes and many wounds? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new mixtures. Don’t let the sparkle and the smooth taste of strong wine deceive you. For in the end it bites like a poisonous serpent; it stings like an adder. You will see hallucinations and have delirium tremens, and you will say foolish, silly things that would embarrass you to no end when sober. You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. And afterwards you will say, “I didn’t even know it when they beat me up…. Let’s go and have another drink!” Proverbs 23:12-35 (TLB).
“The Lord preserves the upright but ruins the plans of the wicked. The lazy man is full of excuses. “I can’t go to work!” he says. “If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!”
“A prostitute is a dangerous trap; those cursed of Yahweh are caught in it.
“A youngster’s heart is filled with rebellion, but punishment will drive it out of him. He who gains by oppressing the poor or by bribing the rich shall end in poverty.
“Listen to this wise advice; follow it closely, for it will do you good, and you can pass it on to others: Trust in the Lord,” Proverbs 22:12-17 (TLB).
“If you refuse to discipline your son, it proves you don’t love him; for if you love him, you will be prompt to punish him.
“The good man eats to live, while the evil man lives to eat,” Proverbs 13:24-25 (TLB).