thoughts

How do you control what you are thinking about ?

Did you know that your thinking can affect your body and your physical health ?

It’s important to control your thoughts because repeatedly thinking bad thoughts makes them take hold of your mind…. and recovering that territory becomes more difficult.

One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You”

When Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus, he was OK as long as he was looking at Jesus…. but when he looked around, he became afraid and started to sink. (Matthew 14:28 – 31)

May I say, from experience, this is a good illustration of Isaiah 26:3….. as long as we are thinking good thoughts of the Lord the enemy cannot disrupt our minds…. but if we dwell too long on negative thoughts that the enemy feeds into our minds, we are overcome…. our peace is gone and our body is in distress and the longer we go on in this state the harder it will be to get back to that quiet resting place…..  even if we can get our mind back on God, it may take some time for the physical body to follow.

Anxiety, fear, depression…. the doctors treat the physical symptoms in the body and they deaden the mind with drugs that they barely understand (the long term consequences have never been explored because they have only just been discovered).

God does not want this for any Christian…. He says, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you REST”  (Matthew 11:28)

YOU CAN RECLAIM the territory in your mind that you have given to the enemy…. because it is GOD’s WILL that you have control of YOUR mind.

The demons do not own your mind…. YOU DO…. they are trespassing on your territory and they can only do it because YOU have allowed them to do it by the thoughts that you dwell on the sin in your life.

Dear children of GOD…. your Father WANTS for you to live in VICTORY… and He will help you recover all lost territory but you MUST be willing to PLAY YOUR PART….

1. FAITH…. have a steadfast faith that God IS delivering you in spite of anything that may appear to contradict this.

2. SURRENDER to God… do not hide sin…. confess and forsake it… you cannot hold on to sin because then you are aiding the demons and hindering God’s work on your behalf.

3. RESIST…. God needs YOU to resist as much as you are able… He WILL defend you when you are unable to help yourself….. but it is HIS WILL that you make some effort of your own…… the demons love human robots that they can control (2 Timothy 2:26)…. but God WANTS you to CO-OPERATE with Him, He gave you FREE WILL and He will not trample on your free will and He will not allow the demons to trample on your free will either…. you must actively RESIST evil thoughts and CHOOSE good thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5).

passivity

Passivity is one of the serious dangers facing people these days…. both the heathen and the Christians are affected by it…. passivity is basically about “surrendering our will” and just “going with the flow”…. I have a lot more to say about this, but today I make a start.

We have seen (in previous posts) that satan’s inability to “organize” this world according to his wishes is because of man’s FREE WILL….. God made it a “law” (which He also respects) that man must be allowed free will… the right to choose his own destiny.

We have also seen (in previous posts) that even when human’s recognize (and many do not) the great IMPORTANCE of their free-will in the SPIRITUAL realm….. they CANNOT remain “neutral”…. for many years, I tried this approach….  knowing that God loved me, yet realizing that I could not conquer satan’s activity in my life and perceiving the closer I came to God the more this activity intensified, I backed away from “total surrender to God” (I perceived myself to be a hypocrite to claim such surrender and knew that God could not be fooled)…… yet on the “other” side, I would NEVER “completely surrender” to satan either…. I just could not “bow down and worship” satan because I knew the spiritual consequences of such a decision…. and all I was trying to do in my spirit was play “one against the other”…. both God and satan wanted my soul, and all I wanted was to be “left alone” to enjoy a “quiet life of peace and contentment with no suffering or misery (spiritual or physical)”…. I wanted out of spiritual warfare… I wanted to just enjoy my life on earth in a modest way (not an “evil” person but not a “dedicated Christian” either)…. am I so different from most other humans ???… I mean, who wants war their whole life ??

For many years I managed to “get away” with this…. I was happy with my life… but the “status quo” eventually changed (I was a fool to think I could maintain a “non-aligned” position INDEFINITELY)…. I see it so clearly now, how the enemies of God were subtly working on me behind the scenes… although they could not break my “will” (and I was never passive) they eventually managed to gain “foothold” and “territory” in my life (too long a story at this time)….. GOD rescued me and completely delivered me from their clutches in what is the most traumatic and terrifying experiences that I have ever had in my life (as yet).

This post too long for a “daily” message….. but here are few points to ponder…

God is NEVER “pushy’… HE WANTS US to use all our faculties actively  as we “work with Him” in accomplishing “great things” in our lives…. it’s scary at times, but we have to TRUST HIM COMPLETELY as we follow His directions.

Satan and his horde of demons HATE US…. there is ZERO “love” for humans with them… even those humans who bow down to him and say “Lord satan” are just “disposable vessels” that he will use for a while and then discard….. even if he gives them “the whole world in the palm of their hand” it’s only for a FEW BRIEF YEARS and then like a dream it all disintegrates and changes into something HIDEOUS and HORRIBLE and their end is TERRIBLE.

My earthly life can never be the same again….  I KNOW “beyond this life”…. but more important than that I know GOD better….. humans have such “bad” ideas about God, they think that He wants them to be like pawns on a chessboard that He  may maneuver them around as He pleases. They feel that He wants them to be absolutely PASSIVE, possessing  no power to choose or decide… so either they just sit back and wait on Him to “do something” or else they take “blind and uncertain steps” always looking over their shoulder and expecting Him to punish them at any moment for having done “something wrong”….  they either see God as a “stern judge who forbids them from doing what they want to do” and ready to hammer them “if they step out of line”  OR ELSE they see Him as a permissive “convenience” that will overlook whatever they do and give them whatever they want and put His “rubber stamp” of approval on their lives just because they “went to church… or sang in the choir… or “witnessed” to somebody…. or gave money to some church or charity.”

All these views of God are encouraged and gleefully promoted by the devil and his demons…. and God (apparently) “isn’t doing much” to correct these distorted ideas about His Character and Personality…. why ?

It’s all in the Bible already…. the whole “plan” from start to finish… all laid out for for all (angels, demons, humans) to see…

the whole world has the Bible… it is the most printed and distributed book on the planet…..and  He reveals Himself to those who seek Him. (Jeremiah 29:13, John 1:38 – 39)

Do you feel “compelled” to do something (go somewhere, buy something or say something) and wonder if it “could be God’s will”…. the more overpowered you become with this “compulsion” the less likely it is to be God’s will….. because the Holy Spirit is very gentle and soft and easily missed (except you be in immediate peril)…. on the other hand “irresistible compulsions” are exactly the way that satan’s demons get you to do what they want you to do….. spiritual DISCERNMENT…. along with the written Word of God….. and you are expected to TEST “notions in your head” and use all your common sense (etc.) when trying to decide if a matter (or thought) is from GOD or the devil.

God wants us to serve Him with all our senses intact…. but the devil is quite happy with puppets and robots as long as HE GETS WHAT HE WANTS (sound familiar ?)

God is “never in a hurry but always on time”….. satan and his demons want you to sin “quick” (before you think too much about it or change your mind) hence the “compulsive” nature of most of their “suggestions”…. and if you entertain “their” thoughts after you know that it’s not of God… your “compulsion” may quickly turn into an “obsession” and the “pressure” will not ease up until the SIN has been committed.

In future posts…. I hope to explain how YOU CAN “guard” your thoughts… know the “good” ones from the “bad”… and CAST OUT the “bad”…. effectively RE-GAINING control of your MIND…. which is where it all starts.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, nobody can ever care for us as much as you care for us…. may your children discover that YOU are all we will ever need….  our best good comes from YOU and YOU alone. Amen.