Clear My Mind

Do you have trouble clearing your mind?  Do you battle thoughts from the past, or worry about the future? God has a way to help you clear your mind.  To hear more about this peace that passes understanding, join me for this message.  Listen to the music that goes with this message from the CD “Clear My Mind.” (Recorded January29, 1999)

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1 Samuel 16:14-23

Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.

Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you.  Let ur lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better.”

So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”

One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him.”

Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.”  So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.

David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.  Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”

Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

Outline

1.  God can touch us through Music

1 Samuel 16:14-23, 2 Kings 3:15-20, Genesis 4:21

2.  Come to God to find his peace

Philippians 4:4-8

3.  Ask God to Finish the Work

Philippians 1:4-6

Transcript

Welcome

Hi this is Eric Elder broadcasting live from The Ranch. Tonight I want to talk with you about what happens when words fail. Sometimes words are very helpful to us and we are able to hear people tell us things and we receive those words and say, “Oh, thanks that is great. That is good advice. That is comforting.” But there are other times when words simply fail. And no matter what people tell us, maybe they tell us we think to much or maybe they tell us we need to just forget about it or they will tell us other kinds of advice or pieces of wisdom and the words simply don’t do it. Well, what happens then?

God has another way to speak to us and to speak to our hearts. Tonight I want to focus on that. It is the way that God can help you clear your mind and that way is through music. God has a way of speaking through music and bringing clarity to your mind, bringing healing to those places in our lives where we simply can’t think straight enough – we can’t figure it out. God can do a deep work in us just through the power of music.

Tonight I want to look at some passages of how God has worked through music in the Bible and how God can work through your life and in your life through music as well.

Scripture to Read

To start this off I would like you to take a look at a passage on the screen it is from 1Samuel. If you will read about what happened when King Saul was being tormented by some evil spirit and what happened as David came and played the harp. I will play a little piece of music here while you read that. Maybe God will even speak as you are reading that passage.

I pray that tonight you will get some tips and some insight on how to clear your mind so that you can think better and have some peace that passes understanding. If you will look at your screen at the Message Notes you can read along with me in 1Samuel.

1. God Can Touch us Through Music

As you can tell in that story from 1Samuel God has a way of working through music. When David came and played the harp for the king you will notice that it said, “That the evil spirit fled and that relief came to King Saul and the King felt better.”

Well I believe that God can do that through other kinds of music as well. There is so much music around the world that it just gets ingrained in our thinking. I was listening to a Top 40 kind of station today and we were hearing about the oldies and they were playing just very short clips from songs of the 40’s and 50’s. People were instantly recognizing these songs without even a word being sung, just this one opening bar from a piece of music. It was amazing how I could recognize the songs as well, just from the little short clips.

This music gets ingrained in our lives. There is so much music around the world that is being used to profane God’s name that when God finds music that actually glorifies His name I believe that He has a deep desire

To plant that music in our hearts

To work through it and

To speak into it

He just loves it when we worship Him with all of our heart. He loves it when you come into His presence and allow music to speak to us. This is exactly what happened for King Saul when he heard these songs and somehow the notes and the Holy Spirit working through those notes caused the demons to flee so that he could have a clear mind.

There is another passage where God actually spoke through music and if you will look with me in 2Kings 3:15-20. Here is what it says, it happened to Elisha (a prophet of God) being asked a question and so he said:

“But now bring me a harpist. While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha and he said,’This is what the Lord says:

So as he called to the harpist the harpist came and as he was playing Elisha started to hear from God and he told the people what he had heard, he said

“Make me a valley full of ditches. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also hand Moab over to you. You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.’

Basically, God was saying, “I am going to free you from this drought that you have been in if you will just go out and make some ditches. I will fill them with water and you will have enough water for yourself and for your cattle. I am going to give you victory over your enemies.” Here is verse 20 it says,

“The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was – water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.”

So just the day before as Elisha was listening to harpist play God was speaking to him. He told him exactly what was going to happen the next day. People got ready and prepared and did what God told them to do and that very thing happened that God had spoke to Elisha.

God speaks through music. In fact, I was playing some of these songs for a friend and they were saying, “God, was speaking to me through the music.” I didn’t have any words written down and yet they actually got the words out of the songs that I had written to the songs. I had written the words down but I was not singing them and simply by listening to the song God spoke similar words to this person. So I know that God can really speak through music. I am going to play a little bit later tonight and just have God speak to you through the music as well and I am going to ask Him just to send His Holy Spirit to do a deep work of healing in you.

2. Come to God to find His Peace.

Before I get to that thought I just want to talk about preparing your heart to receive from God. There are some things we can do and I don’t want to give you to many words because I want God to do the work through the music. I just want to give you a few brief words about preparing your heart for God.

When you want your mind cleared and you have these anxious thoughts about the future or you have regretful thoughts maybe about the past – God says to come to Him.

That is the best way we can clear our minds. Simply to come back to God again and again and ask Him to clear our minds. You can find all kinds of ways to try to clear your mind: you can do drugs, or try alcohol or you can do wild sex or you can do anything you want to do to clear your mind. The best way you are going to find that will give you peace forever is to come to God and He will help you clear your mind.

Look with me if you have a Bible near you at Philippians 4:4-8. This passage talks about how to get that peace that passes understanding. Philippians 4:4-7 it says this whole concept of just coming to God. He says,

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

God says, through Paul, that there is a way that we can have the peace that transcends understanding, the peace in our hearts that passes all understanding, we can’t even understand why we have this peace. He tells us how we can have it.

1. WE REJOICE, Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS.

2. Let your gentleness be evident to all for the Lord is near.

1. Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God.

This is the concept of bringing your burdens to God and laying them down at His feet. Just come back to God and say, “God, this is what is on my mind. I am worried about Y2K. I am worried about the future. I am worried about my in-laws. I am worried about not having in-laws. I am worried about my children. I am worried about not having children. God, I am worried about various things in my life and I just lay it down before you. I just want to lay it down again.” Just say, “God, this is yours, I present this request to you.” The Bible says that the peace of God that transcends all understanding will come upon us. That is one way to get our minds clear and get our hearts prepared to just receive from God and say, “God, I just want You to speak to me. I want You to remove this and clear my mind. I am going to You for this answer and this peace.” God is the one who can do this.

3. Ask God to Finish the Work.

Let me give you one final note here. This is from Philippians 1:4-6, if you will back up a few pages. Sometimes we do all we can to have our minds clear, we say, “God, I want my mind cleared and I feel like I’ve done everything I can do. I have tried to right relationships with people. I have tried to make amends with people that I have hurt or people that have hurt me. But there is still some unfinished business God and I don’t know what it is. This unfinished business in my mind, I simply cannot get out of this mode.” Well, God says that He is can clear up those things. Here Paul tells us in Philippians 1:4-6

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. God didn’t come to save you just to leave you here to struggle, to leave you here with doubts, to leave you here anxious and fretting. God came to save you to give you abundant life. If you are not feeling that abundant life I just want you to ask God to fill you up with life that overflows. The life of the Holy Spirit that will just bubble up out of you.

You may not be that way a 100% of the time, I am not that way and Lana is not that way – 100% of the time of feeling that flow. But God says we can come back to Him again and again and ask Him to fill us up with His Holy Spirit. To ask Him to give us that peace that passes all understanding. To complete the good work that He began in us. God has been faithful to do that over and over in my life and in other people’s lives and I believe He will be faithful to you even today as you are watching this. Whether you are watching this live, or watching this recorded later I believe He will be faithful to complete what He has begun in you.

With those words I just want to play a song over you. I just want God to speak that peace into your hearts. I want you to be able to come to God and lay your requests before Him and just say, “God, this is what I’ve got. These are the concerns, the burdens. You know them God, whether they are healing, whether they are relationships, whether they are frustrations. Whatever they are, doubts, worries.” God can take those. God says,

“Cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you.”

We can cast our cares on God because God cares for us. When we come back from playing these songs and letting them minister to you I just want to talk about the absolute best way to clear your mind and that is TO BE AT PEACE WITH GOD.

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, if you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ I am going to explain to you how you have that. Without that

You are never going to have that peace that comes in your heart.

You will never be reconciled to God.

You will never be able to make things up to God until you come through Jesus Christ.

So if you don’t know Him yet join me after I play this. I just want to speak a special word to you. For those of you who have already received that gift I am going to pray for you as well. I’ll be praying while I play but I also will come back and pray a special prayer for you that God will really bring clarity to your mind. That He would right the wrong thinking that you have and give you that peace that passes all understanding. With those words would you just ask God with me as we pray to bring upon you that peace and that clarity of thinking?

Prayer

Lord, I do pray that You would fall upon Your people, clear our minds, clear our hearts, and speak to us even now. In Jesus Name, Amen.

I hate to even interrupt you or interrupt what God is doing but I do pray that God would just continue to minister to you.

Ministering Music

I have just finished recording about twelve of these songs and I have put them up on the website. If you would like to hear more of this music so that it can just minister to your soul I encourage you to click on the CD at the bottom of the screen. It will take you to this whole CD called “Clear My Mind”. You will be able to listen through some of these songs and just listen to about 50 minutes worth of music. Just let God minister to you and speak to you after you watch this or later on in the week or later on in the month (you can bookmark it) and just let God talk to you through this music. It is just instrumental music to help you clear your mind just as David played the harp and people were set free.

God has called me to do three things here on the Internet.

1. to preach.

2. to play.

3. to pray.

So through this combination of preaching the word and playing ministering music and praying minister through the Holy Spirit I just pray that the combination would bring about the fullness of God to you so that you could be free in your mind.

We are also just putting the final touches on a CD of the same music. If you want to take it with you we can make that available to you as well. This is not a fundraiser or anything like that. We just want this music to bless you and to give you just a peace that you can take with you on a CD or a tape. You are welcome to download it off the Internet anytime you want and listen to it on your computer. If you will just send me a note, I will be glad to get that out to you so you can have that piece of some of this quiet music.

In fact I read a story today about a man who heard a harpist play and just the peace that it brought to his soul. It was just an email that happened to come to me and it happened to be about a harp and about how God used that. At the very end it just brought tears to my eyes too. Just reading the story then even afterwards I realized that it was exactly what David did and exactly what I was planning on doing with you tonight. To just let the strings, just let the music of God minister to you.

How to Have Peace with God

Now if you have never made a commitment to Jesus Christ you may not be able to even grasp the peace that I am talking about. I want to turn with you to a passage in Romans that talks about the best way to clear your mind which is to be at peace with God through Christ. If you will look with me at Romans 5:1:10. Here it talks about having peace with God and being reconciled with Christ. I am just going to read you these ten verses and even through the verses, the word of God, I pray that this will speak to you more than anything else you hear tonight.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”

What that whole passage says is that God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die for our sins. While we were still the enemies of God. You may not feel like you are an enemy of God but if you have turned and followed your own ways and haven’t consulted with God before then you have probably done some things that haven’t been pleasing to God. Those things that don’t please God are simply called sins. The penalty for sin is death. Someone is going to have to pay that price. Unless you find someone else to pay that price for you, you are going to have to pay it. That is why we as Christians are so excited to have found Jesus Christ. Jesus is the man that stood up and said, “I am going to pay Eric Elder’s sin. I am going to pay Lana’s sin. I am going to pay the sins of anyone who will believe in me and believe that I have paid their penalty of death already on the cross.”

That is how we have reconciliation with God. Jesus didn’t have to do this. In fact it says here in this passage “very rarely will someone die for a righteous man.” Even a very godly man is dying and you have a chance to take his place you may not do that, even for a very righteous man. Yet look at Jesus Christ who died for us when we weren’t even righteous. “We were enemies of God,” is what the Bible says because of our sins. He died for the ungodly so that we could have eternal life. THIS IS AMAZING LOVE! It says at the very beginning that we have peace with God through one thing, in verse one it says, “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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