Do you ever feel like someone else is controlling your life? Maybe it’s a boss you fear, your spouse, a neighbor, politician, business associate, coach or some other person you’re organizationally connected with but have no control over. If so, it’s a grand opportunity to learn more about God’s government of man where one person is not in control of another, but everyone is under God’s jurisdiction.
In God’s universe, man does not control man. Man reflects the intelligence, love and wisdom of God. Understanding this truth can help harmonize relationships with other people.
A boss may determine your paycheck and outline the schedule of your day, but he cannot control your thinking. That is your domain. If he affects your attitude and outlook, that is a power you’ve given him, not a power he possesses. And it’s an illusion, for in truth, he has no control over your thinking. You are always free to reflect the Mind of God independent of anything he says or does.
In the New Testament, it is recorded that Paul and Silas were severely persecuted and locked up and shackled in the inner dungeons of a prison. Physically, their plight looked hopeless. But they had learned enough about the reality of Mind that they didn’t let their thinking get imprisoned by the material outlook. They sang hymns and praises to God. They were not intimidated by their jailers. The account reads, “Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!” (Acts 16:25-26, NLT).
If you ever feel imprisoned by another’s actions, “Pray and sing hymns to God!” Remember the supremacy of the one Mind, and stay clear that God governs your thinking, never your neighbor.
As you stay spiritually inspired, what appears to be an imprisoning condition, can melt away before your eyes. God can accomplish spiritually what you cannot do humanly.