7. On Self-medication, Slavery, and Real Joy and Peace

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Dear Frazer,

I had to write to you again. I hope that you do not mind. This morning’s time in the woods was too rich to keep to myself. First, I sensed Him with me. Not just like hovering around, but inside and all around. Accompanying His presence is the abiding sense that, as he said, “apart from Me you can do nothing.” There is no thing I want to do apart from Him, because I have been there and seen that even the richest moments that the Carnival can give are like sand and ashes in the mouth in comparison to the cream and honey of the kingdom. I wish everyone knew this.

As we communed, and I lived in Him and He in me, He showed me that the drinking (or any form of self- medication) is simply an attempt to try and feel better – which isn’t bad in itself if we go to the right source. We subconsciously know that we aren’t designed to feel badly. Rather we are designed to run a specific way that propagates and multiplies life. At the tree, we traded in the “by design” for the cheapest of substitutes that have not ever worked for us for thousands of years. Drinking elevates the emotional state – which is depressed from not knowing God and therefore not knowing ourselves – temporarily and falsely. For those who fall into the trap that it is the best that can be had on earth and make it a “can’t do without,” it is a poison that is slowly killing their bodies.

The state that we are designed for, and the one that we seek in alcohol, drugs, sex, and games, is joy and peace. We may not conjure joy and peace on our own. There is a specific transaction that must occur for them to be in us and encompass us. Joy and peace come from a specific source. When that source is absent, or when we aren’t present in it, we are relegated to the pathetic state of a human who cannot attain joy and peace but who longs for it in the depths of his being but can never quite get there so why not just drug it up?

The problem with this – the way that seems right to a man – is that it is not only a lie but is also an inappropriate yoke to put on him. Any yoke that is not fitting is a form of slavery. What you yield to is your master. We are not born to be mastered, but to overcome every thing that seeks to enslave us. We are born to win. As God told Cain prior to the first recorded murder, “Sin is crouching at your door and its desire is to have you, but you must master it.”

In contrast to a yoke from the Carnival, and any yoke from the world system is not fitting and therefore a form of slavery even if it is only slight, there is the yoke of Jesus, who said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

To say that His yoke is easy doesn’t capture the essence of its meaning. It is fit for use, or more specifically, fit to use on you. To contrast the yoke of the world, which chafes and often has a destructive element to it, Jesus’ yoke is supremely appropriate for any man, woman, or child that takes it upon themselves.

“You will find rest for your souls” means that your soul doesn’t have rest apart from His yoke. You will be healed of the chafing of the Carnival and its harnesses, and He will put you into a state of being wherein you are able to receive joy and peace from the source, which is God your Father, and He wants to inundate you with them.

I hope that this helps you, as it helps me.

May you have His joy and peace on your journey.



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