Your mind


April 17, 2017: 9:03 pm: Your mind

John 15:1-8
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned for greater fruitfulness by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me. 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who parts from me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! 8 My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Conflicts and trouble in this life are a part of what everyone experiences. But sometimes there are Christians who keep on struggling with the same issues over and over. It would appear they are stuck, but what is actually happening is they are trying to fight a spiritual battle in their own strength. Lack of victory in the life of a child of Christ shows a lack of understanding of the divine resources available. It is the inability to move beyond the problem, the inability to get past the failure that keeps you in spiritual defeat. If Satan can keep you focused on the problem and keep you focused on your pain, he can keep you from being usable for God. And this position is a place of discomfort. You are not really sure what the problem is, but you just don’t feel like life is going your way. Or sometimes you are in extreme pain and fail to look to the One who can move you beyond your failures. Satan’s plan is so subtle and so deceiving you don’t even notice that he is keeping you in a perpetual circle of frustration that keeps you from growing in God and being at peace in your heart. You are apart from Christ. There is no evidence of fruit, peace, joy or patience. You still belong to Him, but you are ineffective for Him. For the child of God this is not a very good place to be, because you will only struggle here and will continue to have your heart and mind stabbed with the darts of the enemy. And Satan has you right where he wants you, ineffective for Jesus Christ. Victory is found in dependence on God. Only when you turn to Him will you get out of the rut of pain you are in. Go back to Him and to His people. There is strength in being connected to Him through His body. Don’t fight Satan with your power, you have none. The answer is only through the Word of God. And it takes an angel to fight an angel. So turn to Christ and ask for spiritual help to get you moving forward for His purpose. Jesus said He would never leave us and He never will, so He is always there waiting to hear from you and mold you into a useful vessel for His love. Only doing His work, for His purpose, and through His power will you find peace.

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November 16, 2015: 12:55 am: Your mind

Job 1:6-12
6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan the Accuser came with them. 7 Where have you come from? the Lord asked Satan. And Satan answered the Lord, I have been going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that’s going on. 8 Then the Lord asked Satan, Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil. 9 Satan replied to the Lord, Yes, Job fears God, but not without good reason! 10 You have always protected him and his home and his property from harm. You have made him prosperous in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face! 12 All right, you may test him, the Lord said to Satan. Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically. So Satan left the Lord’s presence.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This earth is the domain of Satan. He states that he has been going up and down, east, west, north, and south on this earth. Remember that Scripture calls him the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4) and the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2). So we know that he has great access and freedom on this earth today. We are warned by Peter to, “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). This is a warning, and this is exactly what we are told in the Book of Job. Satan himself said that he has the freedom to go up and down this earth. When Satan tempted the Lord Jesus he offered to Him the kingdoms of this earth. The Lord Jesus never said, “You don’t have them to offer.” He simply refused the temptation. Apparently those kingdoms were accessible to Satan, and he has that kind of freedom. When you look at this earth today, it does look like Satan is running things. But God is overruling all things for His purpose and He has given Satan only limited freedom. We are told that the world in which you and I live is controlled by Satan. But we are also told we can overcome him by the blood of the Lamb. We may have to live in a sinful world, but we do not have to be sinful. And Satan is a defeated enemy, through the power of Jesus Christ who lives in you; you can live a righteous life. Remember Who you really belong to and that as a Christian you are not part of this world, you only live in it. God is ultimately in control and Satan only has limited power and soon that will be taken away. So, live in the power of the One who died for you and not in fear of the god of this world.

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September 24, 2015: 9:20 pm: Your mind

 

There are 3 keys to breaking down strongholds in your mind. Any past sin or hurt against you can prevent you from being useful to God by making you feel the pain of the situation again. This keeps you in a position where God cannot use you. A stronghold in your mind gives Satan easy access to your thinking by using past situations where you sinned or someone sinned against you. Change your thinking to God’s way of thinking and you change you life.

1. Know your position in Christ!
Matthew 16:19
19 “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

John 14:13-14
13 “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!”

Under our own authority we have no power and remember we are not dealing with flesh but with fallen angels who have more power than we do, but we have been given power under the name of Jesus Christ. When Christ went to the cross as a sinless man, He defeated the authority of Satan in this world. The authority that he stole from us in the Garden of Eden. Christ has all authority and as believers we also have it under His name. In Jesus name we can rebuke Satan from trying to deceive us.

2. Use the Word of God.
Matthew 4:1-4
Then Jesus was led out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted there by the Devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he ate nothing and became very hungry. 3 Then the Devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, change these stones into loaves of bread. ” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.’

We are to follow Jesus’ example when we struggle with a stronghold in our minds. When Satan reminds of us of past sin or past hurt we are to remember the Word and speak it. Jesus was not using His power as God, but was acting as man and in a weaken condition, when Satan came to Him, but Christ used the Word as a sword and quickly rebuked the Devil. We are to do the same. Remember, even a good thought that goes against the Word of God can come from Satan and should be rebuked. We use the Word as a sword to fight the battle. Ask God for discernment to recognize the lies of the enemy that come into your mind.

3. Keep fighting and do not give up!
Matthew 7:7-8 “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.

Do not give up! Whatever it is that you are trying to overcome, will be defeated. The victory is yours; Christ has given it to you. Each time you come up against it, walls break down and keep breaking down until the barrier in your mind is gone and Satan does not have easy access to make you feel unworthy or unloved. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean to your own understanding!

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July 17, 2015: 1:51 am: Your mind

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

This text tells us that Satan targets his attacks on our minds. We know that because Paul is talking about “arguments”: “the knowledge of God,” and “taking every thought captive.” Our freedom in Christ begins in our mind: we must learn to think differently.  When Satan attacks a Christian’s mind, he starts building strongholds.  This is a place that he can operate from and he wants to set up permanent residence about this issue in your mind. He will get a grip on the your mind until you begin to think there is no way to overcome the problem, no way to save your marriage, no way to become effective for Christ, no way your child will be saved. Whenever you say, “There is no way or it can’t be done,” you are looking at a stronghold in your mind that Satan has set up to prevent you from receiving victory or becoming effective for Christ. Satan can whisper things in your ear that you think are in your mind, but he cannot make you continue to think about it or make you do it. You are responsible for what you do with the thought after he places it in your mind.  If you continue to think the thought that is contrary to God, even if it is a good thought, he can set up a stronghold in your mind to keep you in bondage. Our weapons against such attacks are: prayer, reading the Bible, obedience to God, meditation on His Word, fasting and service. These weapons can prevent strongholds, but we must pull down the ones Satan already has set up in your mind. This can be done by recognizing them when they come up and by loosing Satan’s hold through prayer. Matthew 16:19 says, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” We are to pull down these strongholds and stop thoughts planted by Satan or our own rebellious thoughts by recognizing them.  Pray for wisdom from God to do so and rebuke the thought. Focus on what God can do in your situation and think on Him and His power to take care of your problem. Ask God for wisdom to know what you are thinking is good and building your relationship with Him.

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June 17, 2015: 11:14 pm: Your mind

Psalms 118:19-28

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will enter into them, I will give thanks unto Jehovah. 20 This is the gate of Jehovah; The righteous shall enter into it. 21 I will give thanks unto thee; for thou hast answered me, And art become my salvation. 22 The stone which the builders rejected Is become the head of the corner. 23 This is Jehovah’s doing; It is marvellous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which Jehovah hath made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save now, we beseech thee, O Jehovah: O Jehovah, we beseech thee, send now prosperity. 26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of Jehovah: We have blessed you out of the house of Jehovah. 27 Jehovah is God, and he hath given us light: Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. 28 Thou art my God, and I will give thanks unto thee: Thou art my God, I will exalt thee. 29 Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; For his lovingkindness ‘endureth’ for ever.
The King James Version, (Cambridge: Cambridge) 1769.

Are you joyful today? Do you have many days of joy? Everyday is a day that the Lord has made and as His child you are to be full of joy because of His love. Because you are on your way to heaven and have the righteousness of Christ is reason to have joy. Having joy is not laughing all day and being happy about your circumstances in life. Christ was not happy while He was on the Cross, but He did have the joy of the Lord knowing that He was in God’s will and knowing what was to come because He was obedient. Joy is a decision you make. It is impossible to have joy without peace. Peace is knowing that God is in control and that all things will work for your good according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). It is trusting that God is your Father and that you are safe in His love, no matter what the storm of life may bring. Do not let the Satan steal your joy from you.  He knows that if he can steal your joy, you will not live a victorious life. Make the decision today to trust that God gave you this day and to be glad in it. He is your God and thank Him for He is good and you are His child.

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March 19, 2015: 7:05 pm: Your mind

Matthew 5:27-

27 “You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 So if your eye-even if it is your good eye-causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your hand-even if it is your stronger hand-causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Old Testament law stated that it was wrong for a person to have sex with anyone but the person they were married to. (At that time in history it did not need to be stated that men marry women and women marry men. It was also law not to have sex with someone of the same sex.) But Jesus is saying here that to have the desire to have sex outside of marriage was a sin. Jesus emphasized that if the act was wrong, then so is the intention. To be faithful to your spouse with your body but not your mind is breaking a very vital trust in your marriage. Jesus is not condemning the natural interest in the opposite sex or a healthy sexual desire for your spouse, but the deliberate and repeated filling of one’s mind with pictures and images that would be evil if acted out. It is the concentrating on these images and the thoughts of them that are sin. It is evil and will lead to division and disharmony in your marriage. It is dishonest and it is adultery to seek these images and think on them. Jesus knew what we would be facing today with the accessibility of every image through the Internet. He knew what would be happening today. If you struggle with Internet pornography, but have never acted out the desires of your thoughts, it is still sin. And it will destroy you as all sin leads to destruction and separation from God. Seek God’s grace and turn from your sin and seek help. You will need someone else who has gone through what you are going through to help you overcome it. The stronghold that Satan has set up in your mind, with your permission, will be difficult to break. But it can be done because ALL things are possible through Christ. But He is the answer and He is the only answer. Do not wait. Do it today.

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February 20, 2015: 10:21 pm: Your mind

Matthew 12:33-36

33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good. Make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

These are very powerful words spoken by our Lord. Often we do not realize the power of the spoken word in our lives. Every word we say is being recorded and one day we will have to give an account of all that we have said. Not an account for sin, but for usefulness. Our minds cannot comprehend this time, but God has said it will happen. So what do we do now to not regret what we say. Jesus reminds us that what we say reveals what is in our heart. And what is in our heart is what is in our mind and what is put into our mind. But we can only change what is our heart if God has done a circumcision of our heart. We need to allow God to cut away that which is not needed from our minds and those desires that will only harm us. It starts at our acceptance of His work on the cross and letting Him save us from our sins. Then we fill our mind with His truth from His Word. Then we think and meditate on His Word. As He fills our mind and thoughts, God will change our attitudes and intentions to conform to His. As He fills us and we focus on Him, what we say and what we do will reflect God in our lives. To change what we say, we need to change what we think and believe. Only God can change us and only God can deliver us from ourselves and our words. Let God perform a cutting away of all that is not of Him in your heart today. Go before Him and seek to know what God would remove from you today and then fill the void with His truth found only in His Word.

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February 10, 2015: 7:54 pm: Your mind

Psalm 141:3-4

3 Take control of what I say, O Lord, and keep my lips sealed.
4 Don’t let me lust for evil things; don’t let me participate in acts of wickedness.
Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do evil.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

James wrote that “the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do” (James 3:5). On the average, a person opens his or her mouth approximately 700 times a day to speak. With so many opportunities to speak evil, we would all do well to memorize Psalm 141:3 and make it our New Year’s resolution. David wisely asked God to keep him from speaking evil. Knowing the power of the tongue, ask God to guard what you say so that your words will bring honor to His name. Evil acts begin with evil thoughts It is not enough to ask God to keep you from temptation, make you stronger or change your circumstances. You must ask Him to change you on the inside. You need a change of heart and a change in what you think. Keeping His Word in your thoughts will keep you from evil thoughts and evil deeds. Your behavior will follow your thoughts and the words you speak will speak of the intend of your heart. Keeping Christ as your center will keep you from evil.

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January 28, 2015: 6:51 pm: Your mind

Isaiah 43:1-7

But now, O Israel, the Lord who created you says: “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt, Ethiopia, and Seba as a ransom for your freedom. 4 Others died that you might live. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. 5 “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will gather you and your children from east and west 6 and from north and south. I will bring my sons and daughters back to Israel from the distant corners of the earth. 7 All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God does not want you to be afraid of the future. God holds your life in His hands and everything that happens to you is God filtered. Know that your situation has gone by God and He has approved of it. It is either for your benefit or for your growth. So when you are going through the valley and life has not been kind, remember that God knows exactly what you are going through and He is with you. Look for the opportunity to grow stronger in your relationship with Him. The stronger you are in your faith in Him, the more use you will be to Him in the Kingdom. Every good thing and every bad thing has a purpose in your life. Look for the good to come out of each terrible situation. Yes, take the time to heal, but do not stay there, go forward into the work that God has ordained for you. Take time to listen and learn what God has for you in each difficult situation, but it was not meant for you to stay there. Move ahead and move into His plan. As God told Jeremiah, He tells you, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” If God has a plan for you, how can you stay in your pain and let it consume you? Move forward knowing that He is with you and He will show you each step you are to take. Trust Him! He is your Lord and He will not let you stay in the valley of your pain because that is not His plan for you. His plan is to use your pain to help others. Go forward knowing this and trust that He will guide you. You will never forget, but you can forgive and be used to make a difference.

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December 9, 2014: 7:45 pm: Your mind

John 12:31-33

31 The time of judgment for the world has come, when the prince of this world will be cast out. 32 And when I am lifted up on the cross, I will draw everyone to myself.” 33 He said this to indicate how he was going to die.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When Jesus Christ died on the cross, the prince of this world, Satan was cast out and he no longer has full control of this world. He is limited by God as to what he can do. So that means that everything that happens is God filtered. Meaning God controls everything that Satan does. So why would God who loves us so allow the world to go through such devastation like hurricanes, war and suffering? God is only allowing Satan to carry out what man has chosen and that pattern of destruction was set in place a long time ago when man chose sin over obedience to God. When sin entered, man gave the world back to Satan and death entered. But with death comes destruction. With destruction come all kinds of disasters. As long as Satan is still allowed to cause pain, he will, until Gods purposes are fulfilled. And anywhere Satan causes pain, there is death. But for believers it is a different story. The blood of Jesus not only purchased our eternal salvation, but it renders Satan powerless over those who believe in Christ Jesus. That does not mean we are not affected by all of the disasters of this world or that we will not suffer pain, loss and physical death, but means that we are protected by God from spiritual death. Satan cannot touch us or remove us from God’s love. Now that may not seem like a comfort when you’re going through suffering, but it is. God will not leave you alone to go through any difficulty that He has allowed to happen in your life. But He will be with you and He will use it to make you more like Christ. But the choice is yours, either to allow God to use your sorrows to grow more like Him or you can become bitter and shut God out. What you choose does not change God, He still loves you and will protect you from separation from His love (Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”) That is peace you can cling to. As this world becomes more uncertain, you can have perfect peace that Christ has promised to give us because He has cast the prince of this world out!

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