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August 18, 2014: 2:26 am: Your mind

James 1:12-18

12 God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 And remember, no one who wants to do wrong should ever say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else either. 14 Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. 15 These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death. 16 So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows. 18 In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Temptation comes from evil desires within us, not from God. God will never tempt anyone to sin. It begins with an evil thought and becomes sin when we dwell on the thought and then put it into action. It is like a snowball rolling downhill, sin grows and becomes destructive the more we think about it and then do it. The best way to stop a temptation is before it becomes stronger in our mind by putting the thought out. We stop it before it grows and becomes an action. The thought is not the sin unless we continue to dwell on it. We can resist the temptation to sin by turning to God for strength and choosing to obey His Word. 1 Corinthians 10:13, tells us, “When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.” God will always make a way of escape; no one will be forced to give in to temptation and sin. It is completely our decision. So when temptation comes into your mind, as a thought, remember God has made a way of escape and turn to Him to show you. Trust God and He will help you.

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July 14, 2014: 1:22 am: Your mind

Psalm 23:1-4

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

When we allow God, our Shepherd, to guide us we have contentment. When we chose to sin and go our own way, however, we cannot blame God for the environment we have created for ourselves. Sometimes the consequences of our choices are not comfortable. A lot of the time our troubles are caused because we have made a bad choice. And it is our choice and not God that has caused our situation. Our Shepherd knows the “green pastures” and the “still waters” that will keep and restore us. God knows what will work the best for us and even though we may not understand, it is His wisdom we should depend. It is a matter of trusting Him to know what is best for us, even though we cannot see it. We will reach this place of peace only by following Him obediently. Rebelling against the Shepherd’s leading is actually rebelling against our own best interests. We must remember this the next time we want our own way rather than the Shepherd’s way.

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June 12, 2014: 8:18 pm: Sanctification, Your mind

Just exactly how do we use the Word of God to battle Satan? How do we know where a thought has come from? Is it from God, or ourselves, or did the thought get planted in our minds by Satan? We ask God for wisdom to give us understanding and to recognize where our thoughts come from. Then we use the Word to teach us and we bury it in our minds and then we speak it out loud and rebuke Satan as he tries to pull us away from God. First we have to understand the origin of thoughts in our mind and the Word shows us this through Peter.

Matthew 17:2-4
2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance changed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. 4 Peter blurted out, “Lord, this is wonderful! If you want me to, I’ll make three shrines, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 But even as he said it, a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him. Listen to him.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Peter, James and John have just seen Jesus transfigured right before their eyes and Peter just blurts out the first thing that comes to his head. But even as he was speaking, God spoke and they all ignored Peter’s statement. This clearly shows the thought he spoke was from himself. Thoughts from ourselves can be either good or bad. We have to sort out what will be useful to bring us closer to being like Christ and what will not.

Matthew 16:21-23
21 From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that he had to go to Jerusalem, and he told them what would happen to him there. He would suffer at the hands of the leaders and the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, and he would be raised on the third day. 22 But Peter took him aside and corrected him. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan!
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The thought that Peter spoke was clearly from Satan. Jesus recognized it and spoke directly to Satan and did not rebuke Peter. Satan was using Peter to try and stop Jesus from going to the cross, because he knew this would destroy his power. So Satan used Peter, a willing subject, and Peter spoke it. Any thought that pulls you away from God and leads you into sin is not from God, but from Satan. He will stop at nothing until he has completely destroyed your relationship with God or at the very least made you ineffective for Him.

Matthew 16:15-17
15 Then he asked them, “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus shows us that Peter did not get this from any other source, but God the Father. Any thought from God will not go against His Word and will build us and lead us into a closer walk with Him. We need to pray for wisdom to know where our thoughts come from and then to quickly deal with the ones that will tear us down and lead us away from our Father. The Word tells us to “take every thought captive.” (2 Cor 10:5) do this through the power of God within you.

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June 2, 2014: 10:00 pm: Sanctification, Your mind

1 Timothy 1:6-10
6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 8 So you must never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for Christ. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the proclamation of the Good News. 9 It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. He did this not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan long before the world began-to show his love and kindness to us through Christ Jesus. 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the coming of Christ Jesus, our Savior, who broke the power of death and showed us the way to everlasting life through the Good News
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because God saved us to live a holy life, we have nothing to be ashamed of. Our salvation is nothing we did or even could do. God planned to send Christ before time began and He agreed to come to give us life. So we must never be ashamed to tell others about Christ, no matter what they may think of us. When they reject the power of Christ working in you, they are not rejecting you, they are rejecting God. We have been commissioned by Christ to preach the gospel to every living person. His last instructions before leaving the earth were for the disciples to go out and tell what Christ had done for them. Then He said He would return. So before He comes back, we all have the same mission of reaching others for Christ. And it is the power of God working in you that will draw them to Christ. Jesus Christ broke the power of death and gave us the keys to the Kingdom. The keys are the power of the Holy Spirit in us to empower us to be like Him. Give others the chance to receive Him by letting them see Christ in you and then tell them the power is from God.

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April 29, 2014: 6:16 pm: Sanctification, Your mind

Genesis 16:1-6
But Sarai, Abram’s wife, had no children. So Sarai took her servant, an Egyptian woman named Hagar, 2 and gave her to Abram so she could bear his children. “The Lord has kept me from having any children,” Sarai said to Abram. “Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed. 3 So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram first arrived in the land of Canaan.) 4 So Abram slept with Hagar, and she became pregnant. When Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress Sarai with contempt. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “It’s all your fault! Now this servant of mine is pregnant, and she despises me, though I myself gave her the privilege of sleeping with you. The Lord will make you pay for doing this to me!” 6 Abram replied, “Since she is your servant, you may deal with her as you see fit.” So Sarai treated her harshly, and Hagar ran away. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Word teaches us to pray in line with the will of God.  We are told by the Word that if we pray in line with God’s will, our prayers will be answered.  But have you ever received a promise from the Lord, as Abram did in Genesis, and not seen the results of that promise?  We pray for the promise to come to happen, but don’t see it. It can be very frustrating to know that what you want is God’s will and yet you do not have it.  It is during these times that it is tempting to take matters into our own hands, to force the issue.  Most of the time when we do this it leads to sin.  When we know God has promised us an answer to our prayers and we know our request is in His will and do not see it happening as quickly as we would like, making it happen in our power and time will bring us to sin.  Abram and Sarai found out the hard way that they could not make God move to their time table.  And Sarai ended up in an even more difficult situation than she had been.  Sometimes trusting God means waiting for His timing to work out the situation. He always knows exactly what we need and when it is the best time to give it.  It is the waiting that can cause us to sin and try to make it happen.  Seek to know not only His will, but His timing.  Both are as important and the timing of an answer is just as important as the will of God.  What are you waiting for God to do for you today?  If you have heard from God and know that the answer is His will don’t try to make it happen.  Trust that God will do what He said He would do and do it at the time He has appointed.  Don’t take matters into your hands or you may find yourself in a worse situation and it may cause you to sin.  Wait for God to work His plan in your life and the lives of those you love according to His time and God will answer you prayer.  He will save the one you are praying for, He will heal your disease, He will meet your need, and He will do it at just the right time.

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April 18, 2014: 8:37 pm: Your mind

Ephesians 6: 10-18
10 A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. 13 Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Is this scripture very familiar to you? Does your mind automatically go to Ephesians 6 when you think of the armor of God? If not then you need to put on more of the armor of God. The Word of God will come alive to you as you become more familiar with it. Then when you are faced with a problem or concern, the Word automatically comes to your mind. When you need healing you think of Isaiah 53:5, “And by His stripes we are healed.” Or when you are stressed and need a touch from God you think of Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything; instead; pray about everything. Tell God what you need; and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Or when you are telling someone how to be saved and you think of Ephesians 2:8, “God saved you by his special favor when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”  This is how we fight against our defeated enemy, Satan. Christ has won the battle and Satan is completely defeated. But even though we are assured victory, we must engage in this struggle until Christ returns. Satan will not stop trying to turn us away from God or make us ineffective Christians. And because he is a supernatural being, we must fight him with the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit in us. God has provided this for us but God will not pick up the sword of truth and fight for us, we must pick it up ourselves. Study and know God’s Word and be prepared to fight off discouragement, despair and any other fiery dart Satan may throw at you.

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April 10, 2014: 7:19 pm: Sanctification, Your mind

Matthew 5:27-30
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.

Is the thought of sin that comes into your mind sin?  The first initial thought is not necessarily sin.  We are all faced with temptations every day of our lives.  And every sin that is committed started with a thought.  Sometimes these thoughts come from our own sinful nature, but sometimes the thought is planted by the enemy.  It does not matter where the thought came from.  Any evil thought can become a sin if it is allowed to grow.  Sin rarely happens spontaneously, it always comes to us as a thought. First it is a thought, and then we justify our right to the thought and continue to think about it.  We have just stepped into sin.  Once we dwell on the thought and our right to the deed, follow through is not far ahead.  So, the initial thought is not the sin, it is dwelling on it and then to follow through with it.  That is why Christ stated that to even think about another person in this manner is a sin.  We make up our minds to sin before the deed happens.  So your first thought is not the sin, but if you continue to dwell on it and justify it in your mind, now you have sinned.  Rebuke the thought and pray for understanding to keep your thoughts pure.  We are all going to think evil thoughts and as a child of God, we need to remember that and keep our thoughts pure.

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March 13, 2014: 7:20 pm: Sanctification, Your mind

Philippians 2: 12-16 

12 So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when l am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work. 14. Do everything without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, 16 as you hold onto the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
The New American Bible, (Nashville, Tennessee: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) 1997.

We are all three-part beings that consist of a body, a soul and a spirit. Your body relates to the physical environment around you. It likes to feel good and be comfortable with plenty of great food, sleep, relaxation and comfort. Your spirit is the part of you that relates to God’s Spirit. It wants a relationship with our Creator. When you ask Jesus Christ to save you, forgive you and wash you with His blood, your spirit is put back into relationship with the Spirit of God. A person will never find contentment if his spirit is not in unity with the Spirit of God. Your soul is a three-part existence of mind, will and emotions. When your spirit is in unity with God’s Spirit, it is your mind, will and emotions that strongly resists following or surrendering to God’s will. It is your mind that has been recording every wrong thing that has happened to you and every wrong idea and belief about God. You mind has stored all the pain of your past experiences and keeps them alive through the emotions they evoke when you think about past failures and pain. Your spirit tells you that God loves and cares for you and then your mind plays an old tape that says, “Ya right. Where was God when this happened or that happened?” Your soul will not surrender to God without a fight. Paul was addressing this un-surrendered soul when he told the Philippians to work out their own salvation. God will not cross the walls of your self-constructed inner strongholds, so they keep His grace and healing out. We must tear down these walls ourselves and allow God to come in and make new tapes of love and joy and peace. Satan can push your buttons anytime he wants just by getting you to remember an old hurt or painful experience. 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 states, “We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.” Work out your salvation by tearing down the strongholds in your mind that are preventing you from becoming all of what God intended you to be.

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February 13, 2014: 7:39 pm: Sanctification, Your mind

Matthew 5:17-20

17″Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18″For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19″Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20″For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

It had always been God’s intention to send Jesus Christ to the cross for our sin. It was not something new He thought of at the last minute to compensate for the way things were going. Nothing from God’s plan for man has ever changed. Nor will it ever. He will return again just like He said He would. But it may not be everything that we think. Just like His first coming was not what the Jews thought it would be. Even though they had the scriptures to teach them, they thought that His first coming would be something different. But there was nothing in the Law or the Old Testament that Christ did not fulfill and nothing that He changed.

When you read the Word, your understanding is filtered through your past experiences of life. You put what read into what you know. This is why you should pray for the wisdom of God to open your heart and your mind to understand what God wants you to know. Pray for discernment to know how the scripture you are reading is speaking to your life. Then apply what you have read. True wisdom is application of what you know. Only through understanding and applying the Word of God can you be effective for His kingdom. Jesus said in Matthew 4:17, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The kingdom of God is living what you know to be true about Him. In the kingdom of God His will is always done. It is never questioned, but always understood and done. Live your life in the kingdom of God by doing the will of God from what you know about His Word.

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January 23, 2014: 10:13 pm: Sanctification, Your mind

2 Corinthians 10:1-6
1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ-who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 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.

Philippians 4:6-9
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.

The source of all your spiritual battles is found in your mind. We walk and live in the flesh, but Satan is a spirit and works in the spirit world all around us. The good news is so do God’s angels and they are constantly in battle for us. But they only have power as we give them power. In other words, if we allow Satan to set up a stronghold in our mind and we do not fight him, with opposite and godly thoughts, words and actions, God’s angels have little power to help us. But when we pray and continually affirm the Word of God in our mind and with our mouth, this releases God’s ministering agents to fight Satan on his turf. That is why Paul tells us we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. But we can only fight them with the help of God’s angels. We give them power with our thoughts, words, and prayers. Strongholds are broken down and we are freed of our sins whatever they may be. There is no power on earth that is greater than the power of God working through His praying people. Don’t allow Satan a home in your mind any longer, you know what sin is and you know what God would have you do. And you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!

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