William James is credited with saying that the greatest revolution is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. If changing the inner attitude of the mind could do it, there would be no more broken New Year resolutions!
The psychologist’s use of language infers that a person by just changing his inner attitude of mind can change the outer aspects of his life along with it. All I have to say there is “HA!” Then quickly I must add, “AHA!” The aha is because of the word inner that he uses. There is only one person who has access to that inner self of the person. Only the Creator may enter that sacred citadel of personhood.
Eve made a fatal error—a vital error it was—the inner flame that causes us to be a human-being was extinguished. Outside of His intervention, after the age of accountability, we are dead in trespasses and sins! For there to be any change in the inner attitude as William James describes, God the Creator must bring about the hope and the faith that the mind will accept and allow. Then, and only then can anything be done about the inner attitude of the mind.
There is a Balm in Gilead! There is help beyond our own resources. He never forces his way into that inner citadel, but when asked, the angel of God stands ready to enter. It does not matter the location, the time, the weather, or anything else that is happening in the outside world, He answers at once that call for help! The inner person is changed at once, from one who is unable to cope for example with just one more scream of “Mama! Mama!” That person at that moment is able to go and pick up the child, hold it close and croon a lullaby. She can sit down and rest and gently doze as she hums softly to that little one. She can be renewed in body, mind and spirit!
The greatest revolution as described by our famous psychologist, William James, is dependant upon self. He does not allow for the helplessness of that soul to climb out of that despair without a call for help to the Rock of Ages.
My brother, John, hated his life because of alcoholism and for years fought the losing battle. He described this as a gravedigger who digs the hole too deep and he cannot climb out. The shovel is too short to use. He needs Someone to reach down to him and help him to climb out. John could manage to be sober for years, and then fall off the wagon, and he tells about that final battle that led to victory in his book, Rosin for the Bow. He sat down to write his complaints to the Lord. Something just did not add up. Why did prayer never work for him? Why did memorizing scriptures not work? Why did good intentions never work? As he wrote, the words and lines began to form into a poem, “Why can’t I be like Job?” his question became his plea to understand why God did not help him in that awful struggle. It became a long epic poem with beautiful words and perfect meter—the Lord met him in it, and surprised him with joy.
The Lord began to answer him in the words and lines of the poem. It was in the fact that John loved birds and always cared for them by making houses and feeding stations for them. He would buy wild bird food before he would buy something for himself! He watched them and listened to them. He wrote poetry about them and he mimicked their calls on his violin. The Lord asked, “Why have you never taken them for a sign? They have nothing to prove to me. When they need to fly, they fly!”
It was a signal for John to stop that trying to do it by himself. By giving up the struggle, by abandoning himself to God, he gained the victory, and remained sober for the rest of his life. He said, “I never fell after writing that poem, “Why Can’t I?” The revolution came about through the revelation that God brought by breaking through into his consciousness with an answer for him. He said, “It was like having a flashlight in the pocket and never knowing how to turn it on. When God spoke in the poem, the light came on, and I could see my way.”
No amount of resolution can bring about that revolution! As the Apostle Paul said in Romans 7:21-25 (NIV) So I find this law at work: when I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner to the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Jesus Christ came to bring a great revolution. The world and its systems are part of a dying world. Eternal life comes with joining in the great revolution and becoming a soldier of the cross!
We have just celebrated Easter and now we set our faces at this time, resolutely towardJerusalem. We stand with Jesus. We survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of Glory died. Our richest gains we count but loss, and pour contempt on all our pride. Were the whole realm of nature ours, That were a present far too small! Isaac Watts penned those words, and we sing them with great joy as we have just experienced Easter Sunday. All the churches of the world rang with the singing, and the bells of celebrations!
Now we go marching! marching! marching as to War! With the Cross of Jesus, going on before! (Eph.6:14-18)
As we put on the whole armor of God we take our places in his war against the schemes of the enemy. We stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around our waists, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, the sandals of peace on our feet, then we grasp the shield of faith, don the helmet of salvation, while we stand ready to wield the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God—then prayers, and the banner over us is Love!
Hallelujah! Now this is the Greatest of all Revolutions! The great question for each person is, “Are you a soldier of the Cross? Is your spirit joined with His, in the battle for truth?”