My friend and coworker in the Lord, Jim Bailey, gave a wonderful talk today on Overcoming a Slave Mentality. In this message Jim tells of how the Israelites "physically" came out of the bondage of Egypt's slavery but never quite got free mentally. His text was out of Numbers 13 & 14 and addressed the two mindsets that the Israelis had when the spies came back from the promised land. Jim contrasted the discouraging fear-filled reports of 10 spies to the encouraging faith-filled reports of 2 spies (Joshua and Caleb). Here are a few points that Jim made on the subject of having a slave mentality.
- assume weakness and are exploited by people who keep them weak,
- choose not to stand with God and His promises,
- live with a temporal time-based perspective instead of an eternal one,
- plan for defeat rather than preparing for success,
- are governed by past pain and suffering,
- have unredeemed eyes that see the worst, and
- spread dispair dragging others down.
"Under three things the earth quakes, And under four, it cannot bear up: Under a slave when he becomes king"He spoke of how God chose Moses to lead the Exodus from Israel because he was not raised as a slave and did not have that mental framework. He challenged us to humbly embrace our call to be royal people and not live as slaves. I found the message to be challenging and liberating.