a quiet place where our minds meet -a poem

daily I wait

for your rustling footsteps climbing up the winding path of fallen leaves

by now you must have greeted all wayside gleefully waving daffodils

in size, by name, and of every distinct shade of gold

finding the ever changing doorway to reach our secret garden where our minds meet

for warm cups of freshly brew tea and genuine English muffins

in the tender coolness of many breezy afternoons

we whisper and converse and discourse words and sentences and pages and volumes

at times clashing tiny silver spoons and forks and minds

with frown brows, yet hearts at ease and all in good humour

knowing that this ad hoc assembly of words will be of transient consequence

as full stop daily we halt at the umpteenth semicolon (after we lose count) bidding goodbye and see you

(and remember tomorrow repeating rendezvous)

to this quiet place where our minds perchance meet.

kai 2022-06-24

Know how to detect and counter mind-control

Mind control counter-weapons (many links)

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/mind-wellness-links/

a haiku on haiku

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Winter is best time

suspends in space and in me

warm and cold in rhyme

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Why does this traveler write Haiku? I started writing Haiku in my teen days. I happened to read a book on Japanese Haiku (translated to English) in the library and tried writing some myself. It is simple and short and precise. It is not ambitious. It describes a moment like clicking a snapshot of something in a specific time and space. The result is a picture that tells a story.

Traveler’s mirror reflects: haiku for Scarlett O’Hara

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Burning with passion
firing up optimism
another good day!
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Scarlett O’Hara is the name of the main character in the book and movie Gone with the Wind.

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 30: the paradox of ‘nowhere’

This spiritual journey is all about words. The word ‘nowhere’ is not really what it looks at first sight.

By itself it means no specific meaning. What gives meaning is your attitude. When you look at it you see what you mean in your own heart. When you speak it the way you see it, It becomes what you say it is. A rather dangerous word. You go where your proclaimed words lead you. Good or bad, you choose.

This word is hidden in two words, you see either ‘no’ and ‘where’, or you see ‘now’ and ‘here’.

Most readers see the first set of words which leads one to despair.

The few who see differently are really few. They see hope by recognizing the second set of hidden words, ‘now’ and here’.

The one who sees the ‘now’ word is blessed. Here is the positive example of how ‘now’ is being recognized and proclaimed.

John 4:25-27Amplified Bible (AMP)

25 The woman said to Him, I know that Messiah is coming, He Who is called the Christ (the Anointed One); and when He arrives, He will tell us everything we need to know and make it clear to us.

26 Jesus said to her, I Who now speak with you am He.

And they told the woman, Now we no longer believe (trust, have faith) just because of what you said; for we have heard Him ourselves [personally], and we know that He truly is the Savior of the world, the Christ.

Believe Me when I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the time is coming and is here now when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear it shall live.

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, relies on, and has faith in Me] has (now possesses) eternal life.

She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.

And even now I know that whatever You ask from God, He will grant it to You.

Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I Am]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.

Jesus answered them, Do you now believe? [Do you believe it at last?]
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sound mind

 

today’s answer to how to deal with grief

How To Deal With Grief ? (Click this and visit the original site of audio teaching series by Andrew Wommack)

Quote: “Grief is something that each one of us encounters sooner or later. It cannot be avoided, but it can be dealt with in a positive way. Some of the most influential people in history became better and more compassionate because of the way they dealt with grief; others were thrown into a destructive spiral. This series will help you to come out of grief on the victory side.”

The series covers the following topic:

Your Situation Isn’t Unique

It Came To Pass

God Is Not The Cause Of Our Grief

The Source Of All Grief

Here is an excerpt of the article by the same author, Andrew Wommack.

quote: “The dictionary defines “grief” as, “deep sadness, as over a loss; sorrow” (NAHD). This is not limited to, but certainly includes, the loss of a loved one. It includes the sense of loss that many feel for those who died in the terrorist attacks. People grieve over the loss of relationships, careers, youth, innocence, and many other things.

Those who have lived any length of time are well acquainted with grief and know that it is an inescapable part of life. We cannot avoid all grief, but we can avoid all the destruction that grief can cause.

One of the first things I always minister to those experiencing grief is that their situation isn’t unique. I think this is very important. One of the devil’s most deceptive ploys is to make you think that no one else knows what you are going through. There have even been songs written about, “Nobody knows the trouble I feel, nobody knows my sorrow.” That just isn’t true.

The Scripture says very plainly, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man” (1 Cor. 10:13). Any situation you find yourself in is not only experienced by others, but it is a common experience to us all. This is very important to understand. If Satan can make you believe your situation is unique, then you automatically exempt yourself from all help that is available. Regardless of how others attempt to help, you remain beyond their reach because, in your mind, they haven’t experienced your loss and therefore can’t understand or help you. That isn’t true….

In the early days of our ministry, people stayed away from our meetings by the droves. I was having a hard time coping with that. It was causing me grief. Then I went to some of Kenneth Copeland’s first public meetings.

He rented the Will Roger’s Memorial Auditorium in Fort Worth for a three-day meeting. That auditorium seated 3,500, but he only had one or two hundred there at the most. When I saw that Kenneth was experiencing the same numbers problem I was, it really encouraged me. It didn’t bless me that people weren’t coming to his meetings, but I took courage that someone whom I knew was anointed was experiencing the same problems that I was. 
 Those experiencing grief need to see that others have experienced similar things and have lived through it. In fact, people go on to thrive, not just survive. ..
Another very comforting thing to remember in a time of grief is that the situation is only temporary. One of my favorite phrases in the Bible is, “It came to pass.” That’s why it came: to pass. No tragedy is permanent. Even death is only a temporary separation.

This is exactly the logic the Apostle Paul used to comfort those who had lost someone they loved. ..
Death is not a permanent split for believers. It is just a long separation. We will be united with those who have died. Remembering this will bring comfort (1 Thess. 4:18) and can even provide a lot of positive motivation.

Putting all our tragedies into the perspective of eternity also minimizes their impact on us. .. Romans 8:18 says, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Paul suffered more persecution than any of us ever have…
His affliction wasn’t light because it was less than ours, but because he put it into a different perspective. He said his afflictions were light because they were “but for a moment” (2 Cor. 4:17). After a million years in the presence of the Lord, all the hardships of his life would seem like nothing. That’s true for all of us.

I once had a woman tell me about her terrible situation and ask for prayer for her marriage… I said, “Now, let me get this straight. You aren’t a Christian, and you know you are headed for hell; yet you want me to pray for your marriage and not your salvation?” She said, “Yes.” I said, “After you’ve been burning in hell for a thousand years, you won’t even care whether you were ever married or not. Your marriage isn’t the important thing. We need to pray for your salvation!” She agreed and I had the privilege of leading her to the Lord! We then prayed for her marriage…

 Probably the most important thing I minister to those experiencing grief is that God is not the source of their grief. I believe this is absolutely essential. Anyone who believes that God directly causes their grief, or indirectly allows it to happen, is headed for trouble.

Many people are totally shocked at that last statement…

Look at 2 Peter 3:9. It says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” You can’t get it any clearer than that. It is not God’s will for any to perish, but they do…

 The Lord does everything possible to stop people from going to hell. He sent His only begotten Son to earth to bear our sins. He sent His Holy Spirit to convict us and draw us to Him. He sends laborers across our paths. Any person who goes to hell will have to climb over all these roadblocks that the Lord has put in their way. It’s not God allowing them to go to hell. It’s people’s own free will that God gave them which causes their destruction, not God… 

The Lord is not insensitively standing by and allowing us to suffer. He is touched with our feelings (Heb. 4:15) and has sent His Holy Spirit to comfort us in whatever trial may come (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

This article covers only a very small portion of the material included on my four-part album entitled, How To: Deal With Grief. This is not just for those who have lost loved ones. It will reveal principles that will work to overcome all of life’s disappointments.”

(read the full article at this link: http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/deal_grief)

CD album: http://www.awmi.net/store/usa/cd_albums/1032_c

how to deal with grief

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 28: ‘thought’ is an action word

best thoughtsThe word ‘thought’ is often mistaken as a passive noun. It merely disguises itself like an innocent docile pet and waits for opportunity to be unleashed. Many have been snared by so called innocent thoughts. However, thought cannot operate on its own. Another word must join to it before it becomes functional.

Here is a famous example:
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat, or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?”*
The thoughts are common. They just laze around in your mind. But once you take it, it controls you. You will be driven by food and drink and your five senses (flesh or carnal mind).
“It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”**
Naturally preconditioned thoughts give the false security of the world that can be detected by the five senses. But life has proved that there is no security in nature.

Jesus has proven that the supernatural is where reality is and we receive security from the God who is Spirit. God the Creator God is above and not limited by the natural realm.
God formed us and all things. He is the unlimited sources of all supplies we need.

Conclusion: take thought on Him. Not on stuff.
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”***
“(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have needs of all these things “****
*Matthew 6:31
**John 6:63
***Hebrews11:3
****Matthew 6:32

Philippians 4:8 [Full Chapter]

[ Meditate on These Things ] 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.
Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

today’s thought: your true identity chooses blessing and not cursing

The Good Report: Your True Identity – Booklet
This mini magazine is a compilation of articles on the topic of your identity in Christ.There is an identity crisis in the world today. Mankind is only a shadow of what God created us to be. Most people have become so accustomed to being miserable that they don’t know what they are missing. They don’t realize from where we’ve fallen. Modern man believes he came from monkeys and acts accordingly. They practice homosexuality. Even monkeys are smarter than that. They protect the unborn eagles more than their own young. They have lost all sense of who they are and where they came from.
14-page booklet: The Good Report: Your True Identity http://www.awmi.net/store/usa/books/103
Here is a series of audio teachings on emotion and thought and how to harness them and be free to live the life you are destined to live!
quote: “factor which controls our actions. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as hethinketh in his heart, so is he.” Romans 8:6 says, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Notice that carnal mindedness doesn’t just tend toward death — it is death!No one can consistently perform differently than the way they think; therefore, we cannot change our actions without changing our thinking. It’s not just what we think about that needs changing, but we must change our thinking process. Our emotions are linked directly to how we think.

All people have a perception, or image, on the inside of them of what they are like. This image is not necessarily based on facts but on feelings. One negative experience can distort a person’s perception of themself for a lifetime.

For instance, some people who are beautiful may think of themselves as ugly or undesirable because of unkind words spoken to them as a child. Some who achieve great success still see themselves as failures, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

To a degree, psychology has correctly diagnosed this problem. Psychologists use terminology such as “self-esteem” or “identity” in relating these truths; however, today’s secular wisdom is totally inadequate to help a person change the inner self image.

First, most people shift the blame for bad self-esteem, or self-image, to someone else. It has become popular to blame others for every negative thing in our lives. People often say, “I came from a dysfunctional family,” “My problems came because I’m part of a minority group,” “It’s that woman you gave me” (Gen. 3:12). Other people are not our problem!

All of us have had negative experiences. The choice is ours whether we become bitter or better as a result of them. For every person who can claim some dysfunctional behavior because of a traumatic experience in their life, there are others who have had similar or worse things happen to them, yet they overcame their circumstances. Why? Because problems do not dictate failure; we have a choice.

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” God Almighty gave us a choice. God doesn’t make the choice for us, and Satan can’t make it for us. We have the privilege and responsibility to choose blessing or cursing.

Placing the blame on others is denying the real problem, and it will prevent finding a solution. If other people are my problem, I’m in trouble because God did not give me the ability to control other people. The devil will always send someone across my path who knows how to hit my hot button.

If the problem is within me, then there is hope because through Christ, I can change. This is freedom. Regardless of what others do, I can prosper through Christ.

After psychology tries to place the blame for your problems on someone else, they try to bolster your self-esteem by having you focus on the positive things in your self and minimize the negative attributes. That’s not what the Bible teaches. Jesus said, “For without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).

“Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Paul said, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are” (1 Cor. 1:27-28).

The Bible teaches that there must be an end to self-esteem before true service can begin. Christians should not try and store up the feeble positive attributes of their personalities. That is like trying to stop the bleeding from an amputated arm with a Band-Aid; it won’t work for long.

Regardless of how successful or talented we are in ourselves, we will eventually fail. If nothing else, we will get older someday and will not be as productive as before. If our self-esteem is rooted in our accomplishments, then it will ultimately fail. All the security we have found in ourselves will then come crashing down around us.

The Christian should have Christ-esteem. Just like the Apostle Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

The secret to victorious Christian living is not found in self-improvement but in self-denial so that Christ can live through us.

This does not mean that God wants us to have a bad self-image. It just depends upon which self we are talking about. You see, every born-again believer has become a new person in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). (Eph. 4:22-24).

The old man is corrupt and, at his best, is incapable of living the Christian life. This is the self that most people try to patch up and feel good about. Give it up! We have to die to this old self life with all its good and bad, and find a new identity in Christ.

The new man is exactly as Jesus is (1 Cor. 6:17)! That’s right. We are a totally brand-new person in Christ. We have everything that Jesus has, in our spirits (1 John 4:17). We have a totally new identity in Christ. Why then would we want to fix up our old selves instead of just living in our new selves?

If we let the new man dominate us, we’ll walk in power and victory in every area of our lives.

How can you tell if your thoughts and emotions are coming from the new, born-again self or the old carnal self? God’s Word is the key. Jesus says in John 6:63, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Any thought or emotion that agrees with what God’s Word says about you is from your new man. Any thought or emotion that violates God’s Word is from your old man or the devil.

If you are angry at someone, you’re in the flesh (old man). Just repent and get back in the spirit (new man) where you have love, joy, and peace (Gal. 5:22). If you are afraid, you’re in the flesh, “for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). Instead of going to God and asking Him to remove the fear, just step out of the flesh and into the spirit where there is no fear (1 John 4:18).

This is so simple you have to have someone help you misunderstand it. The problem is that we have had a lot of help misunderstanding these simple, biblical truths, but we have a solution.” (Harnessing Your Emotions – Andrew Wommack)

https://store.awmi.net/%2fp-54-the-good-report-your-true-identity.aspx

the book: http://www.awmi.net/store/usa/books/313

quoted from the above :
“Sin is Emotional
This teaching reveals that positive emotions are not optional. God commands us to take control of our emotions. In fact, sin is conceived in our emotions. A person who doesn’t master their emotions is a person who cannot overcome sin.
Self-Esteem
Emotions are a result of how we think. A person who has low self-esteem is going to be depressed. But how does this square with the statements of God’s Word about denying ourselves and becoming nothing in our own sight before God can use us? The answer lies in Christ-esteem, not self-esteem. Our born-again self is the only part of us that we need to esteem. Anything less is destined to fail.
Identity in Christ
We need to analyze and then identify with the new self that we have become in Christ. This teaching will give you a look at who you are in Christ that very few Christians have seen. This is life-changing and one of the major keys to a victorious life in Christ. “harnessing your emotions

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how to have sound mind: part one

Sound mind brings healthy body. How to have sound mind? Here are some thoughts which help to bring sound healthy mind.

Andrew Wommack’s quotes
From: Grace – the power of the Gospel

The Gospel is the most basic, foundational message of the New Testament, yet it’s the most misunderstood. Today’s religious system is not preaching the same Gospel that Paul did. They mix it with the Law, and that isn’t the Gospel at all.

It is offensive to people, particularly if they have a lot of holy actions to their names, when you tell them that all their good deeds don’t make them righteous before God. Then when you tell them sinners who only put faith in God are more righteous than they are (Matt. 21:28-32), that really puts them over the top!

We need a Savior! The only thing we have to offer is faith. We just believe the nearly-too-good-to-be-true news that Jesus died for us and paid a debt we couldn’t pay and gave us a righteousness we couldn’t earn. It’s faith righteousness!

It takes a supernatural revelation by the Holy Spirit to be able to understand this. But once you do, it’ll transform the way that you view God, the way that you relate to God, and the way that you receive from God. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. I encourage you to just humble yourself and ask God for a supernatural revelation of this truth. It’s tremendous.

When you truly get a hold of the grace of God, I guarantee you, it sets you free from sin, not free to sin. You’ll wind up living holier accidentally than you ever have on purpose. You’ll serve God out of love stricter and stronger than you ever would have out of legalism.

Jesus said you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). It’s not truth that sets you free; it’s the truth you know that sets you free. But before you can know it, you’ve got to hear it. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).

Quote from : “Whose Righteousness?”

The word “righteousness” has become a religious cliché that has lost its meaning to many people. Even Christians are confused about what righteousness is and how to receive it.

“Righteousness” and its counterpart, “righteous,” appear 540 times in 520 verses of the Bible. In contrast, “faith,” “faithfulness,” and “faithful” are only used 348 times in 328 verses. This means that there are 1.5 times as many scriptures about righteousness as there are about faith. Righteousness is important.

The mistake of thinking that doing right makes us right is the same error the Pharisees made. Religion has always preached that if we clean up our actions, our hearts will become clean too. Jesus taught just the opposite (Matt. 23:25-26). It’s through a changed heart that our actions change. The heart is the issue. Actions are only an indication of what is in our hearts. Actions are the fruit the heart produces.

Modern-day Christianity often puts the emphasis on actions instead of issues of the heart.

Jesus was in right relationship with God as no one else can be. He is the Son of God. He is God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16).

In return for Jesus taking our sin, those who put their faith in Him get His righteousness instead of their own.

Colossians 2:6 says, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” That means if you were saved by putting faith in God’s grace alone, then you maintain that relationship in the same way.

Failure to understand this truth is at the root of all guilt and condemnation. Satan’s only inroad into our lives is sin. If we understand our right standing with God on the basis of what Jesus did for us, and not by our own actions, then Satan’s power to condemn is gone.

____________Sound mind Bible verses (in NKJV; boldness added)

Philippians 4:8 [Full Chapter] [ Meditate on These Things ] 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.

2 Timothy 1:7 [Full Chapter] For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Galatians 5:22-23 [Full Chapter]   22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

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Mind control counter-weapons (many links)

war between the mind and the spirit

My real life (10): Beware of the mind’s languages

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/my-real-life-9-beware-of-the-minds-languages/

My real life (9): the mind is not a store for old variables

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/my-real-life-9-the-mind-is-not-a-store-for-old-variables/

My Real Life (8): my mind is not a bundle of pre-conditioning!

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/my-real-life-8-how-does-the-mind-form-itself/

My Real Life: Today the Spirit man hears, and speaks

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/today-the-spirit-man-hears-and-speaks/

My real life: beware of the mind’s secret agenda!

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/my-real-life-beware-of-the-minds-secret-agenda/

My real life: the mind is a habit

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/my-real-life-the-mind-is-a-habit/

My real life: the first battle in the ‘mind-field’

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/my-real-life-the-first-battle-in-the-mindfield/

My Real Life: When words are eradicated from the mind, no truth exists.

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/when-words-are-eradicated-from-the-mind-no-truth-exists/

My Real Life – confession of a transformed mind

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/my-real-life-existence-by-the-mind-of-god/

a confession: secret keys to overcome a universal “pandemic” of ignorance

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2021/01/02/a-confession-secret-keys-to-overcome-a-universal-pandemic-of-ignorance/

Psychology vs. Christianity

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/psychology-vs-christianity/

Beware of a humanistic view of things

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/beware-of-a-humanistic-view-of-things/

Know your real spiritual authority and power – use them!

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/know-your-real-spiritual-authority-and-power-use-them/

Sound mind means: pure mind

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/sound-mind-means-pure-mind/

how to have sound mind: part one. https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/how-to-have-sound-mind-part-one/

today’s thought: your true identity chooses blessing and not cursing

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/todays-thought-we-can-choose-blessing-or-cursing/

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 23 – don’t worry

https://freemindconfession.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/a-dictionary-for-navigators-on-spiritual-rough-waters-chapter-23-dont-worry/

Continue with the battlefield in the mind: our weapons

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/continue-with-the-battlefield-in-the-mind-our-weapons/

prepare our minds for action: the boiling frog syndrome and our weapons

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2020/11/19/prepare-our-minds-for-action-the-boiling-frog-syndrome-and-our-weapons/

The new transformer: all about conquering the mind

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2021/02/01/the-new-transformer-all-about-conquering-the-mind/

When words are eradicated from the mind, atrophy (and entropy) sets in

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2020/11/16/when-words-are-eradicated-from-the-mind-atrophy-and-entropy-sets-in/

The new transformer: all about conquering the mind pt. two —who are the enemies?

https://kzlam36.wordpress.com/2021/02/01/the-new-transformer-all-about-conquering-the-mind-pt-two-who-are-the-enemies/

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 23 – don’t worry

Today’s word is “worry”. This word is tied to a lot of negative words and consequences both physical and mental (and emotional). Whether it is spiritual or physical the word worry is not what anyone would like to be with. Why do people still worry? Let us look at the other words that accompany this word and find our answers.

first reason why we worry : a spirit of lack – fear of having not enough of basic materials like food, drink, clothing, mainly external things that make us feel comfortable and secure for survival in this world.

Bible verses: “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ (Matthew 6:24-26; Matthew 6:27-29; Matthew 6:30-32)

second reason: a spirit of uncertainty. we tend to fear the uncertainty of things and events that might impact our surviving and comfortable living in this world. Some fear the uncertainty of the next world if any.

Bible verse “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:33-34

third reason: a spirit of control. We also tend to scrutinize others’ living and want to control their lives too. But the bigger problem of lack of control or rather lack of self control is in us and not in others. The Holy Spirit will give us self control.

Bible verse “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? Matthew 7:2-4

fourth reason: a spirit of fear of man (instead of God). Wrong focus. We tend to look at man as the final judge and authority that will have a final say on our fate on earth or beyond. Actually the deciding authority is in the spiritual realm, God has the final say. He will even lead you to say the right words with His power (the Holy Spirit)!

Bible verses: When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. But when you are arrested and stand trial, don’t worry in advance about what to say. Just say what God tells you at that time, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit. “And when you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what to say, Matthew 10:18-20; Mark 13:10-12; Luke 12:10-12

fifth reason: a spirit of smallness. we tend to fuss about small matters as if they are our only life issues. Jesus warned His disciples not to do that. We are created for the bigger matters, higher calling. so let us not be distracted by the small things in daily living.

Bible verse: And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? Luke 12:25-27

Conclusion: worrying accomplishes nothing. Apostle Paul has a better way for us when confronted with daily living big and small.

Bible verse: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:5-7

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“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 22 –word logic

It is not strictly appropriate to use the word logic to explain spiritual words  But we use it for just this one Due to keyboard malfunctioning a lot of substitute words are used here in lieu of the original better words You find out the alphabets not used The enter function and a lot of  typing keys are lost too  But it does not deter today’s determination of this spiritual work Why do I talk about word logic? Here is a present day reason I often heard parent asking for prayers and complaining their children no longer obey parents unlike the olden days They also use one Bible phrase -self control as a prayer need for their children “please pray for self -control for ____” they urged But we know that self-control is the last fruit in the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit The truth is: you need to manifest the nine fruits in sequence and in all and not just an isolated one! The Holy Spirit is one and not divided into separate parts  You do not show one last fruit suddenly without the Holy Spirit or if you are already born again by the Holy Spirit then you let the Holy Spirit work in you and override your own flesh nature before you show the nine fruits So first thing get your kids to be born again Then be baptized and be filled by the Holy Spirit and then be led by the Holy Spirit and then the fruits will appear and the last of the fruits will be your longed-for self -control! For information asking kids to obey parents will not get you anywhere Only the Holy Spirit helps your kids read and follow the Bible You and your kids need God the Holy Spirit (for past ten years you kept quarreling with your kids as they refused to obey you what make you think they will suddenly respond positively to this phrase “obey your parents” without the power of the Holy Spirit?) Start building today afresh with the Holy Spirit Jesus said your Father is pleased to give you the Holy Spirit

Galatians 5:16-26

New Living Translation (NLT)

Living by the Spirit’s Power

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. broken society

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 20 – sound and mind

Sound and mind are two separate words, each having its own unique meaning. But sound does influence our thoughts. However, interestingly in English the two together “sound mind” means your mind is functional in the natural human society. The word sound takes on another meaning: rational; able to make reasonably acceptable decision; functional. All are relative to the human society as a functional entity for this world to continue its increasingly precarious existence on planet earth.

But there are deeper meaning on the spiritual realm. here are two references from the Bible. The Biblical sound mind is a spiritual mind, which functions perfectly.

In the following first case, Apostle Paul specified that Biblical sound mind means not regarding the things of God, including God’s people, according to our natural mind, but according to our spiritual mind. He also assured that we are not the mere physical natural man anymore. We have become a new creation (in the spiritual realm). So we can have a spiritual mind,  and do function more superior using this new mind.

2 Corinthians 5:12-14, 16-17 (NKJV) Be Reconciled to God : 12., …that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you…then all died;…16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

In the following second case, Apostle Paul elaborated further this sound mind. Take note that he associated sound mind with a number of crucial words and phrases: gift of God, spirit, power and love, not be ashamed of Jesus Christ, hold fast the pattern of sound words, in faith and love in Christ Jesus, and being kept by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

2 Timothy 1:6-9; 13-14 (NKJV): Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,…13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.

The best mind ever is the mind of Christ.  1 Corinthians 2:15-16 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

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“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 19 – the paradox: to think or not to think?

This blog was started because this blogger has always wanted to understand the mind or thoughts. The word “mind” has a lot of meanings. In practice, one can never exhaust the list. Why? Can you ever stop your mind from thinking of stuff? variety of stuff? All sorts of imaginations? Real and unreal? Good or bad thoughts? Who can decide what to think and what not to think?

In this blog we limit our mind to reading some Biblical passages to see what God says. It is interesting to also note how one’s thoughts affect one’s actions, whether real or unreal, rational or ridiculous. The thoughts which came from within show what one truly is. How transparent! Actions are the tell-tale signs.

Summary: It matters what we think as God observes our thoughts. When we align our thoughts with God’s purpose and promise, we cannot go wrong. Otherwise, our own thoughts can be deceptive and even cause our lives.

Genesis 6:5 The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.

Genesis 20:11 Abraham replied, “I thought, ‘This is a godless place. They will want my wife and will kill me to get her.’ (Even Abraham did not walk by faith when he allowed his carnal man thoughts to be acted on. They almost became as he thought and acted, had God not intervened. Surely Abraham felt shame if he had truly loved Sarah).

Genesis 26:7 When the men who lived there asked Isaac about his wife, Rebekah, he said, “She is my sister.” He was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “They will kill me to get her, because she is so beautiful.” (Isaac followed his father’s carnal man thought pattern. Like father like son.)

Genesis 38:15 Judah noticed her and thought she was a prostitute, since she had covered her face. (How his thoughts had deceived him when he walked in flesh and not in Spirit. She turned out to be his own daughter in law! )

Numbers 13:33 We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!” (Ten important leaders of the tribles allowed themselves to be deceived by their thoughts and chose to forget God’s promises. In truth the enemy never thought so. The enemy heard of the greatness of God and their hearts melted as revealed later by a prostitue named Rahab, when she was consulted).

Judges 16:20 Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him. (Samson presumed God was always with him, unaware that only when he had his hair on! Presumptious wistful thinking about matters of God cost him his life).

1 Samuel 1:13 Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. (This high priest Eli no longer heard God. He could not even discern spiritually. His carnal mind was totally wrong in conclusion).

1 Samuel 15:32 [ Samuel Executes King Agag ] Then Samuel said, “Bring King Agag to me.” Agag arrived full of hope, for he thought, “Surely the worst is over, and I have been spared!” (again, mere presumption and wistful thinking resulted in wrong conclusion. Samuel killed him!)

1 Samuel 16:6 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” (looking at and being impressed by the physical and not the spiritual resulted in wrong conclusion even by a prophet!)

1 Samuel 18:17 [ David Marries Saul’s Daughter ] One day Saul said to David, “I am ready to give you my older daughter, Merab, as your wife. But first you must prove yourself to be a real warrior by fighting the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought, “I’ll send him out against the Philistines and let them kill him rather than doing it myself.” (Saul did not believe what God told Samuel to tell him, that God had rejected him as king. His continuous unbelief and disobedience opened doors to further evils. How he underestimated God. He and his son were killed by the enemy instead and David, as chosen by God, was made king after him.)

2 Kings 5:11 But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would certainly come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! (This patient expected the doctor to use a particular method of healing and was disappointed indeed. But God’s man walked by the Spirit and not by fixed rules, and was entirely effective.)

1 Chronicles 28:9 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. (King David has the mind key: know God, align your mind-heart and plan and thought with His!)

the mind is not an independent being
the mind is not an independent being

Continue with the battlefield in the mind: our weapons

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The divine breakthrough has finally when the words of truth is being obeyed and applied in our daily lives in Christ. The mindman has discovered.

The revelation: Why are souls so easily held in captivity by the enemy from the spiritual realm? Because the mind is idle and embraces anything that does not require mind function.

It started with TV program. There is no requirement of the mind to be involved. A variety of ‘entertainments’ has become easily accessible and readily available at any point of time. Unlike books or even newspapers, there is no effort on the part of the viewers.

Now the screen is at hand in the form of mobile phone or similar digital smart pads/tablets. One can access to anything which does not require mind work at any point of time at anywhere!

The limits of time and space have been overcome. A false sense of…

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Sound mind means: pure mind

  1. Matthew 5:8
    Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.

    Matthew 5:7-9 (in Context) Matthew 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. Romans 14:20
    Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense.

    Romans 14:19-21 (in Context) Romans 14 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. Philippians 4:8
    [ Meditate on These Things ] 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.

    Philippians 4:7-9 (in Context) Philippians 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  4. 1 Timothy 1:5
    Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,

    1 Timothy 1:4-6 (in Context) 1 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  5. 1 Timothy 3:9
    holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.

    1 Timothy 3:8-10 (in Context) 1 Timothy 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  6. 1 Timothy 5:22
    Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure.

    1 Timothy 5:21-23 (in Context) 1 Timothy 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  7. 2 Timothy 1:3
    [ Timothy’s Faith and Heritage ] I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,

    2 Timothy 1:2-4 (in Context) 2 Timothy 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  8. 2 Timothy 2:22
    Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

    2 Timothy 2:21-23 (in Context) 2 Timothy 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  9. Titus 1:15
    To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.

    Titus 1:14-16 (in Context) Titus 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  10. Hebrews 10:22
    let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

    Hebrews 10:21-23 (in Context) Hebrews 10 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  11. James 1:27
    Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

    James 1:26-27 (in Context) James 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  12. James 3:17
    But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

    James 3:16-18 (in Context) James 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  13. 1 Peter 1:22
    [ The Enduring Word ] Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,

    1 Peter 1:21-23 (in Context) 1 Peter 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  14. 1 Peter 2:2
    as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

    1 Peter 2:1-3 (in Context) 1 Peter 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  15. 2 Peter 3:1
    [ God’s Promise Is Not Slack ] Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),

    2 Peter 3:1-3 (in Context) 2 Peter 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  16. 1 John 3:3
    And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

    1 John 3:2-4 (in Context) 1 John 3 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  17. Revelation 15:6
    And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands.

    Revelation 15:5-7 (in Context) Revelation 15 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  18. Revelation 21:18
    The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

    Revelation 21:17-19 (in Context) Revelation 21 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  19. Revelation 21:21
    The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

    Revelation 21:20-22 (in Context) Revelation 21 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  20. Revelation 22:1
    [ The River of Life ] And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

    Revelation 22:1-3 (in Context) Revelation 22 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

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Megatrend – Continue with the battlefield in the mind: Why are souls so easily held in captivity

The divine breakthrough has finally come when the words of truth is being obeyed and applied in our daily lives in Christ. The mindman has discovered.

The revelation: Why are souls so easily held in captivity by the enemy from the spiritual realm? Because the mind is idle and embraces anything that does not require mind function.

It started with TV program. There is no requirement of the mind to be involved. A variety of ‘entertainments’ has become easily accessible and readily available at any point of time. Unlike books or even newspapers, there is no effort on the part of the viewers -captive souls.

Now the screen is at hand in the form of mobile phone or similar digital smart pads/tablets. One can access to anything which does not require mind work at any point of time at anywhere!

The limits of time and space have been overcome. A false sense of power surges in every viewer. One can even view another person’s (even stranger’s) life in the privacy of one’s own space and time.

Really, the attraction is incomparable given the current state of the human mind.

Revelation: How are souls being captured by the enemy? Is there no defense? (Not even for the Christians’ souls -minds and emotion)?

In my previous blog I have uncovered the fact that the mind has become accustomed to symbols and short utterances in lieu of words and languages. There is no real substance in those symbols and sounds (not human sounds designed by the Creator originally for our survival as human). The replacement of real words and sounds have taken away thoughts in the mind.

Mind without thoughts. Thought without words. The new generation of ‘human’ is here.

Why are words being robbed by the enemy? Why does the enemy bother with giving such rich variety of goodies of entertainments to replace words?

The Jews and the Christians who believe in God’s words know the reason.

The words of God are the power of God. When we feed our soul (mind and emotion) with God’s words and use His words which are planted in our spirits, we are saturated with His power. The power to live the life from God. The power to overcome the devil. The power to reign as ‘more than conquerors’ through Christ who loved us. The power to live the super-abundant life promised and given by Christ Jesus.

The robbing of words from the mind is therefore a key and deadly hit.

How do Christians counter this increasingly surging violent and yet subtle tidal wave that has robbed, stolen, killed and destroyed so many minds (and happiness) in so many families?

Our weapons are:

  1. the whole armor of God. Ephesians 6:13-18
  2. the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
  3. sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
  4. sober mind 1 Peter 1:13-16
  5. the peace of God. Philippians 4:7

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy..” — 1 Peter 1:13-16 (ESV)

Philippians 4:8 New Living Translation (NLT) 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

“that He (Christ) might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:26-27 (ESV)

A word of warning on how not to pollute our minds: Proverbs 17:4 (NLT) Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip;
    liars pay close attention to slander.

1 Peter 4:7 New American Standard Bible
The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

Strong’s Concordance σωφρονοῦμεν (sōphronoumen)
Verb – Present Indicative Active – 1st Person Plural
Strong’s Greek 4993: To be of sound mind, be sober-minded, exercise self-control. From sophron; to be of sound mind, i.e. Sane, moderate. be clear-minded. NASB Translation: have sound judgment (1), right mind (2), sensible (1), sound judgment (1), sound mind (1).

Know your real spiritual authority and power – use them!

Ephesians 6:13I was woken today in the early hours by someone who had a bad dream. Christians may not realize it, we do have spiritual authority to handle all situations even over matters in the spiritual realms. So I recommend the following article and series of MP3 talks. Please read and listen to them as many times as the Spirit of the Lord leads you, until you receive the message in your own spirit!. You will live the more than conqueror life that Jesus has already given to you!

2 Corinthians 1:22 “who (God) also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”

2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”

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 Following is an article on Spiritual Authority By Andrew Wommack

Please take a minute to read this letter I recently received from a 19-year-old girl.

Dear Mr. Wommack, I realize that you must receive frequent letters regarding your ministry. But even with that knowledge, I feel compelled to write. I’ve just finished listening to your audio series entitled “Spiritual Authority,” and it has changed my life.

When I was in junior high, I became involved in Wicca, or Paganism. For two- and-a-half years I toyed with the powers of Satan, calling on numerous demons to do my bidding. Not only was I demon possessed, but I was heavily into drugs and alcohol. A few months before I became a Christian, I began to realize that I was no longer in control. In fact, I was the one being controlled. My free will was so entangled with Satan’s deception that I lost the ability to think for myself.

On August 29, 1996, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. At the moment I confessed my sin and gave my life to God, He delivered me from the demons, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sexual relationships I was involved in. I thought I was rid of Satan’s power for good.

It wasn’t long before fear started to overcome me. The demons I once fellowshipped with tormented me day and night. I could see them in the corner of my room while I was trying to sleep. When I was outside at night, I could feel their presence. After a while, I began to cope with it, and it became an everyday part of my life. I knew they couldn’t touch me, but I was terrified nonetheless.

Almost four years after my conversion, I was still dealing with these demonic forces. It was only when I listened to your series that I understood the power and authority I have over them. Instead of literally hiding under my blankets at night for fear of the demon in the corner of my room, I smile, say a quick prayer of praise to God, and fall asleep.

Your illustration of how we sometimes picture demons was of particular interest to me. You say that we picture them as towering beasts with claws and such, when in reality they are sniveling, little things. That is so true! The only power they have is the power we give them. What a blessing to finally realize that! My outlook on life has totally changed, thanks to your willingness to be used of God. If it were not for the godly truths of your ministry, I would still be enslaved by my fear.

I am now actively pursuing the calling God placed on my life, a calling to ministry. I am excited and anxious for the future and the things that God will be able to accomplish through my obedience. My Christian walk is stronger than ever before, and my friends constantly ask what’s different about me. They don’t seem to grasp that a nineteen-year-old can be so in love with God that it’s physically evident.

Again I thank you for your willingness to step out in faith and be used of God. God, through you, has touched my life and, I’m sure, the lives of countless others. I’m looking forward to listening to your other teachings.

Tori from PA

Isn’t that awesome! Praise the Lord for the power of the truth and how it sets us free (John 8:32). The only power that Satan has is the power of deception, and the worst thing about deception is that you don’t know you’re being deceived. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be deception. Once the truth is received, deception loses all its power. Therefore, Satan loses all his power when we know the truth.

Many people don’t know the truth about Satan’s defeat. In fact, many Christians are the very instrument the devil is using to foster the deception that he is still a powerful foe. “Spiritual warfare” is one of the hottest topics in the church today. People are expending great amounts of energy constantly battling the devil in ways contrary to Scripture, but in reality, Satan has already been defeated. We don’t need to defeat him again.

We need to believe that Satan has already been completely destroyed (Heb. 2:14) and simply enforce his defeat. The only power he has is the power to deceive. Our battle should be against the wiles (trickery) of the devil (Eph. 6:11), not the devil himself. Any other approach is actually giving the devil authority and power which he doesn’t have, and he uses that to intimidate us. The only weapon Satan has is the power we give him when we believe his lies.

Warfare only takes place between two undefeated foes. Once an enemy has been conquered, the war is over. Satan is a defeated foe.

Colossians 2:15 says, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” The archaic meaning of the word “spoiled” here is “to plunder; despoil” (American Heritage Dictionary). This means that after Jesus defeated Satan, He stripped him of everything he had, specifically the keys of death and hell (Rev. 1:18). Satan has no power to imprison anyone.

The Greek word that was translated “shew” in this verse (Col 2:15) is “deigmatizo” which means “to exhibit” (Strong). This comes from the root word “deigma” which means “a specimen (as shown)” (ibid.). Satan is like one of those bugs we had to capture for biology class. We caught it and then impaled it on a board with a little pin to exhibit it. You need to picture the devil nailed to the cross of Jesus like a bug on display. Hallelujah! Take that, Mr. Devil!

The Greek word that was translated “triumphing over” in Colossians 2:15 is especially significant. It means “to make an acclamatory procession” (ibid.). This is specifically referring to the way the Romans had a “triumphant procession” after they had defeated their enemies.

Upon conquering an enemy, the Romans would hold a parade. They would take the conquered king, strip him naked, and drag him through the crowd behind the conquering king or commander for all their subjects to see. He would be humiliated and insulted, but that’s not all. They would also cut off the thumbs of his hands and the big toes of both feet. This was to assure the subjects this enemy would never be a threat to any of them again. He could not hold a sword and he would never be able to run again. There was no need to fear him any more. Any rumor about him ever challenging Rome again would be scoffed at because the citizens had seen him in the parade.

The same thing happened to the devil. That’s what this verse is referring to. Jesus not only beat the devil, but He had a triumphant procession to display the devil to the universe as a totally conquered foe. Satan should never terrify us again. Unfortunately, many Christians have missed the parade. They haven’t seen God’s triumphant procession that was pictured in God’s Word where Satan was displayed as a totally defeated foe. They are circulating rumors that Satan is a powerful foe to be reckoned with. That’s not so.

Satan is still alive, and we do have to reckon with him but only because he has so many lies circulating about his power against us. These are all lies, and therein lies Satan’s power. If we believe his lies, he then uses our own authority, which our fear grants him, to work his destruction in our lives. He has no power of his own. He’s using the power and authority that our misdirected faith gives him.

When I was just beginning my walk with the Lord, I came into the knowledge that demons do exist, and they are not all in Africa. We encounter demons often, and they are the workers of much of the evil we see every day. At first, this caused a fear in me that actually gave these demons in-roads into my life. On one hand, I was resisting them, but through fear I was also empowering them.

An example of this happened to me in Arlington, Texas, where I grew up. I was in love with the Lord and wanting to minister to people. I decided to open up what I called “Arlington Christian Center.” It was going to be a home where people who were being controlled by things like alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. could come and stay while we broke the power of the devil over them and helped set them free. I rented a two-story house, right on the edge of the University of Texas at Arlington campus, and started fixing it up.

This house had been a fraternity house, and there had been a lot of demonic activity in the house prior to our occupancy. The people were gone, but not all the demons were. There were some strange things about that place. One night I was working up there at 1 am., and some demons attacked me. There was no one in that house except me, but I was being hit and choked, and I was fighting for my life.

I ran out of that house and got in my car and backed out of the driveway. I was ready to “burn rubber” and get as far away from there as possible. Just before I got the car into drive, I heard the Lord say to me, “What are you doing?” I told Him I was getting away from that place as fast as I could. He then reminded me of the Christian’s armor that was described in Ephesians 6:10-18, and He said, “There isn’t any armor to cover your back.”

I knew what He meant. He was saying that the armor He had given me only worked when I faced the devil, not if I turned and ran. I thought, Lord, You couldn’t want me to go back into that place and face those devils. He never said anything else to me. I pulled back into the driveway and thought about that for what seemed to be an eternity. Finally, I got out of the car and walked back into that house. I spent the rest of the night fighting off fear and those physical attacks of the devil. When I left in the morning, the demons were gone, and there was a supernatural peace in that place.

During that time, I had a lot of demonic attacks against me. I had dreams where demons would attack me, and I would wake up bleeding from those encounters. They weren’t just in my mind. I was being physically attacked. That also happened one night in Louisiana at a Bible conference. It felt like I was being choked to death. I won, but these demonic encounters were not fun.

Then one day as I was praying and binding every demon on every continent, it dawned on my lightning-fast mind that I was actually spending more time in my prayers talking to the devil and rebuking him than I was talking to the Lord. I knew that wasn’t right. The Lord began to reveal to me that all my attention on the devil was actually giving him these in-roads into my life, which caused all these attacks.

I repented and changed my thinking and focus and guess what? It’s now been at least thirty years, and I have never had another demonic manifestation in my life. I have seen demons manifest around me in other people, and I’ve cast them out, but those personal attacks stopped nearly instantly. There has never been another one because the only reason Satan’s imps were able to manifest like that to me in the first place was because of the fear I released toward them. The fear is gone, and therefore, so is their power.

This is an awesome revelation and one that is not the dominant theological position on Satan and demons today. This truth desperately needs to be communicated throughout the body of Christ.

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You can download the free audio teaching from below:

Spiritual Authority (by Andrew Wommack)
Understanding spiritual authority is vital. Many of us are confused and defeated because of a lack of understanding in this area. We passively wait on God to do what He has already told us to do. Or unknowingly, we take upon ourselves the responsibility of doing things that belong to God alone. This leads us to blame God for things that aren’t His fault, which pleases Satan. If he can make us think that everything is controlled by God, we’ll become passive and allow Satan free access to sow destruction in our lives. This series takes the cover off Satan’s deception and shows us the power that God has committed to us. Watch your faith soar and your situations improve as you receive the truths of your spiritual authority in Christ.

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  1. Who’s The Enemy?
  2. What Authority Does Satan Have?
  3. How Does Satan Fight Us?
  4. Authority Comes From The Law
  5. The Battle Is In Your Mind
  6. Aggressive Authority

My real life (10): Beware of the mind’s languages

In the previous post, the mindman realizes that there are many old variables in his mind that merely need cleaning up. But what to clean and how to clean them? This are the issues he is addressing here.

When he looks into his mind, he finds that the only substance is made up of words -mainly words in languages that he has acquired many years ago as a toddler. Amazing. The languages he learned as a toddler have remained after all these years. He is an adult now of course. Many languages have been added over the years. He learned them from family, schools, work places, churches, social groups, the streets, the markets, and the various forms (including multimedia) of reading, watching and listening materials and people too. They did not necessarily give him new languages or new words, but they persuaded his mind to accept values and interpretations, repeatedly until he thought the attachments to those languages or words were part of his belief or him.

Languages alone do not mean a thing. They are neither beneficial nor harmful. The meanings or intents rather, behind the languages are the stuff that give value (merit) or devalue (demerit) to a language.

Yes, just check the language you have in mind and you will agree. Your intent is the driving force behind the language.

When you have an evil intent, your language becomes evil. You may speak the same sentence of the same words, but you may mean two opposite outcomes when you say them at different times to different audiences. You can speak one sentence with faith (that it will happen). You can also say the same sentence with doubt (not believing that what you say will happen). You became what you thought!

This is very common in prayers. You pray but you receive what you know you actually is saying in your heart (your mind). Jesus reads thoughts (mind). God watches the heart (the mind). The Holy Spirit searches the hearts.

The serious questions are: What shall we do with such double-mindedness? What can we do to get rid of bad values or intents attached to the languages in our minds?

The mindman has found his answers in the words of God.

  1. Be single-minded. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and he will not receive anything from the Lord. (James 1:5-8) Why is one double-minded? Because one lacks heavenly wisdom. The Bible said that we can ask God in faith. (James 1:6) The key is to ask God and ask in faith.

  2. Put off the old man with the bad values in his mind. Put on the new man with the good values in his mind. This is easy said than done, someone may say. How can it be carried out?

Here are the practical steps according to the words of God: Ephesians 4 (read whole chapter)

Summary of Practice: Walk worthy of the calling with you were called. Ephesians 4:1b There are three steps involved:

that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,” (22)

you no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles (unbelieving) walk, in the futility of their mind, (understanding darkened, alienated from God’s life, ignorance and blindness in their mind, past feeling, given to lewdness to work all uncleanness with greediness) (17-19)

and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,” (23)

“and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (24)

The things to put away: lying, sin in anger, steal, corrupt words proceeding from your mouth – bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking. All these grieve the Holy Spirit. (4:25-31)

More things to put off (chapter 5): fornication, uncleanness, and covetousness. Filthiness, foolish talking, coarse jesting.

How? You have not so learned Christ! 4:20)

Read chapter five of Ephesians:

The things to put on: be imitators of God as dear children – kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, walk in love as Christ also has loved us…now you are light in the Lord, walk as children of light. Manifest fruit of the Spirit (goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. Walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time…understand what the will of the Lord is…be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Finally, what does all this mean and how can it be achieved? “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might…for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood…therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

The battle in the mind rages whether we like it or not. By grace and truth which already came through Jesus Christ, God has given every believer faith, His words and the Holy Spirit. These are more than sufficient in the spiritual realm for our mind renewal. The Holy Spirit enables us to walk according to the will of God. Just as Jesus had promised to all who want to follow Him, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

For the mindman, thus, it is just a matter of learning and un-learning. Learning Christ means we need to read the Bible. We need to listen to the Holy Spirit. Un-learning evil thoughts means we substitute them with thoughts of Christ. He has found that God has indeed given the resources in the spiritual realm, and all we do is just believe and appropriate them in our daily walk with Christ.

How long is this renewing process? Well, for the mindman it is a life time walk.

The apostle Paul has very encouraging words for all who are in the same process:

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” (Philippians 4:12)

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My real life (9): the mind is not a store for old variables

paradigm shift: new mind
paradigm shift: new mind

In the previous post I talked about the mind not being a fix condition. You can come out of any condition if you know the truth about it.

Then I mentioned my personal experience, that is, I have departed from the conditions set in my life. Not that they no longer exist. The change is that I do not allow my mind be bound to them, mainly a lot of ‘must-haves’. I also stated that I have lived well without the conditions. The obsessed mind is not me or anyone when the mind is bound to a ‘must-have’.

Why such a drastic action? The action is not really drastic in the physical sense. I continue to enjoy using some of the amenities and daily necessities. The reason is drastic in the spiritual and soul realm. The mind is set free. You no longer are held in bondage by stuff. You can live on even a minimum of physical stuff if need be,

When the missionary goes to a relatively undeveloped place he cannot afford any modern amenities or they just do not exist. What does he do? He makes do with whatever he has. Life is well and comfortable when he is led by the Spirit of God. Of course I am not referring to those who continue to be bound by the physical elements of this modern world.

Having been engaged in an international corporate world for the major part of his working life, the mindman had been conditioned to live in modern cities, sleep and eat in international hotels, travel by air, work in air-conditioned offices, frequent company’s corporate doctors, associate (even socialize) with corporate clients, suppliers and competitors and so on. He reached a point when he could not differentiate what was mere conditioning and what was real in his life.

However, when he encountered the truth of spiritual reality he marveled how little he valued those amenities. They had left no permanent marks. He could pack an overnight bag at any time and walked away.

How do you apply this wonderful freedom? Well, for a start, appreciate the local food and living environment. Of course you need to train and unwind all your mind’s habits. One good way of ridding old habits is to learn and practice new ones -build a foundation of your new way of life, fit to accommodate new variables in life.

For example, start sleeping and even working in non-airconditioned rooms. Where weather permits go outdoor and adapt to the outdoor air when working or resting. Be a traveler. Like a perpetual travel. That means you are not bound to any form of transport, any language groups, any food, any drink, any bed, any room, any sofa, any washroom/toilet, any TV program, any cafe, any bar, any smell, any taste…etc. O, yes, you need to be exposed to insects and their bites at times. Be prepared in your mind. Be used to sticky heat too, in humid weather that makes you sweat and feel sticky a lot. Be really prepared (through practical weaning) for internet-lessness and mobile-phone-lessness and the effect thereof…

There were many new things for Abraham, the Father of faith, to learn as he walked on according to God’s direction. The mind is a battlefield and he won the battle from the very moment he listened and obeyed the Spirit of the Lord. For the mindman this same key applies. Really, when he thinks about life serioiusly he realizes that there are many old variables in his mind that merely need cleaning up.

Apostle Paul gave very good advice on this subject of adaptation of your mind:

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content; I know how to be abased, and I know how to be abound….I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13). “Now godliness and contentment is great gain…and having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8)

Jesus Himself declared this state of divine freedom: “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:20b)

Psychology vs. Christianity

A personal note: As my second ‘career’ (voluntary and not paid), I studied wellness promotion and community health administration including Health Psychology in my post graduate academic pursuit. One interesting aspect was the focus on health behavior modification. The tools I acquired were practical in the physical realm and of some use in helping a person to at least focus on and exercise self control over dysfunctional behavior. I ‘practiced’ the tools as a voluntary ‘worker’ and worked with a medical professional. However, we soon found that the main roots of the ‘problems’ were deep within the persons and the rooting out of such deep set stuff needs supernatural means! True enough we use the words of God to help the persons go back to normal functioning for awhile. But in the cases we encountered often they reverted to their old way once they went back to traditional churches which have not yet encountered the power of the Holy Spirit. Even in Charismatic churches when worldly systems are being relied upon and taught, the persons had not been taught or motivated to read the words of God consistently in big chunks, and soon relapsed to old ways.

Healing is really not a physical or mental/emotional matter. It is spiritually rooted and needs spiritual means. The power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God are the only two sustainable means to transform a person and give him or her a new life (and life more abundant)!

________________________________Psychology vs. Christianity
By Andrew Wommack 

Psychology has its roots in ancient philosophers like Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato. None of these men were worshipers of the true and living God. At best, they believed in a god that was not involved in the affairs of men, and at worse they worshiped multiple pagan gods.Modern psychology was brought to the forefront by Sigmund Freud in the late nineteenth century. Freud certainly wasn’t a godly man. He was obsessed with sex and linked every problem of man to the sexual drive. This man had serious problems, even his most devoted followers admitted that.Here is the point: If the root is bad, then the tree has to be bad. Jesus said this very plainly in Matthew 7:17-18:“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”The root of psychology is bad, and therefore, the fruit cannot be good. I’m amazed at the acceptance of psychology in our society and especially in the church. Many churches and ministries have resident psychiatrists on staff. This isn’t the approach Jesus took. He met the needs, all the needs of the people through the power of the Holy Spirit, and I believe He intends His church to do the same. They don’t have to depart and go to the world to get their emotional needs met. They should bring them to Jesus (Matt. 14:16-18).I know many Christians are appalled at these statements. Aren’t there Christian psychologists? Certainly there are. I have some friends who are very successful psychologists. But they will be the first to admit that psychology and Christianity do not offer the same answers to our problems. They use their position to bring the truths of the Gospel to people who would never come to the church for help. If the people will receive the truths of God’s Word, they don’t need any other help. If they won’t receive the Gospel, then in some cases, psychology is better than what they have.Christianity and psychology have some things in common: They both state that our actions are the product of inner processes. But in describing what those processes are and how to change them, Christianity and psychology take the opposite approach. For one thing, the very word “psychology” reveals an anti-god approach.The word “psychology” comes from the Greek word “psycho”, which is a derivative of the Greek word “psyche” meaning “soul.” Psychology looks no deeper than the soul of man for answers. It totally ignores the spirit realm: our spirits, God’s Holy Spirit, and demonic spirits. The Word of God is replete with teachings and examples of the influence of God, demons, and our spirits on our actions. Any “answer” that doesn’t take the spirit realm into account isn’t going to the root of the problem. The Greek word “psyche” was also the name of the Greek god of the soul. “eros” and “psyche” were lovers in Greek mythology. Who wants that?Here are four major tenants of psychology that I believe are incompatible with biblical Christianity:1) We are products of our environment.2) Therefore, we are not responsible or accountable for our actions.3) This leads to placing blame for our actions on anything else but on us, making us victims.4) Self-esteem is paramount.Let’s look at these areas in the light of Scripture.First, environment is not the determining factor in who we are and what we do. Proverbs 23:7 says,“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”The Word of God shows us that OUR thoughts are what make us the way we are. Environment has some influence on your thoughts, but it is totally wrong to say you’re the way you are because of what has happened to you. If that were true, then everyone who has been through the same negative experiences would have the same problems. That’s not so. You can find siblings with the same genetic make-up and environment who respond totally different to the same situation. We always have the choice of becoming bitter or better. God gave us that choice. Deuteronomy 30:19 says,“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”God said the choice is ours, and what a simple one: life or death. A “no-brainer.” But just in case anyone isn’t sure which to choose, the Lord gave the answer to this quiz. “Choose life,” He said.We are not doomed to be victims because of past experiences. We can be born again and become brand-new people through the power of Christ. Psychology doesn’t offer that.Second, since our conditions are a product of how we chose to react to our environment, we can’t blame others for our problems. Taking responsibility for our actions is the big difference between true Christianity and psychology. Psychology has influenced our society to such a degree that no one is held accountable for their actions. Even murderers are being acquitted because it’s “not their fault”; they were abused as children or whatever. That’s stupid. Some of us have had problems that others haven’t, but God still holds us accountable for our own actions, regardless of what has happened to us.The night before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples not to let their hearts be troubled but to be of good cheer (John 14:1 and 16:33). Those who hold to the belief that our environment is the determining factor in our emotions and actions would criticize Jesus for telling His disciples to do something they were incapable of doing. But they had a choice. The Lord told us to rejoice in the Lord always (Phil. 4:4). We can choose to go against the pressures of our environment. In John 16:33, Jesus told His disciples,“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”In this passage, Jesus told His disciples that they would have tribulation. What an understatement! They would see Jesus crucified in just a matter of hours. Their hopes would be dashed. Sadness and confusion would overwhelm them. Fear would cause them to live behind locked doors for the next three days. Yet, Jesus told them to be of good cheer. That wasn’t unreasonable; it was doable. And we can do it too if we don’t listen to the psychobabble of today.There is much, much more to Harnessing Your Emotions. I simply ran out of room to share it all in this article. I drew some illustrations of these truths and made an outline of some of the major differences between Christianity and psychology. I firmly believe that psychology undermines true Christianity, and these differences need to be pointed out. Psychology has crept into nearly every aspect of our lives, and most of us don’t know it.Harnessing Your Emotions
We all have emotions, but do they rule us or do we rule them? Psychologists and Christians alike agree that actions are the result of inner thoughts and feelings, emotions. But that is where the agreement ends. The Word says that sin is conceived in our emotions. If that is true, then the Word must also give us a way to harness our emotions. Andrew’s teaching will present you with a new perspective on emotions.

http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1005

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Psychology-vs-Christianity

My Real Life (8): my mind is not a bundle of pre-conditioning!

who influences your mind?
who influences your mind?

Today the spiritual mindman deals with the ‘scientific’ way of the natural formation of the mind. Good news and bad news for a nonspiritual mindman.

Good news: you will know how your mind has been formed or is being formed.

Bad news: you will not be able to dematerialize such conditions unless you transform your mind.

First, we define what it means by being scientific (for the nonspiritual realm). Scientific is not a monster or a mystery. It is just a way to explain stuff.

Form a ‘statement’ about something of your concern. Like, (1) this human is obese; and (2) obesity is bad for human. Define your first statement. What do you mean by being obese? Use generally and commonly acceptable standards: predominantly medical in this age. So you use term of measurement like BMI. BMI above … is considered overweight. BMI above … is obese! Gather all relevant information to justify your statement. Measure that particular human and ascertain his or her BMI. Define your second statement: (a) What do you mean by being bad? Use same concept as above. Define your second statement: (b) What do you mean by ‘obesity being bad’? Do as above… until you justify the statement.

Good news for the spiritual human beings:  you are free from the above. So don’t bother to carry the above steps in this article.

How does the mind form itself?

By conditioning. This word is both art and science. The rulers (in spirits) of this age use mind conditioning as its method of influence, controlling practically every field of human living:  science (medical) and art (including psychology) philosophies use it to explain and operate things (including how people should live their lives from birth to death); the commercial world is expert in using it to influence the whole world to buy and sell products and services and lifestyle and values ; the territorial physical rulers (political and power system) in the nations use it to subdue and ensure loyalty and obedience for their own indefinite reign; the education system uses it to ensure its own survival from generation to generation; the religious and cultural system uses it to enforce perpetuity of the common belief and practice of a group of people… the usage list is practically inexhaustible.

If you read the descriptions of official documents, articles and reports written and formulated with careful (not wanting to be accused of being bias or personal) wordings, you will note that the word ‘condition’ is frequently used to substitute a lot of ‘unmentionable’ but ‘real’ (physical) words.

Minds are formed by conditions. Conditioning by the above varieties of influences start the moment one is born into this world. You may think it is you. It is not. You are not a bundle of conditioning! Conditioning of the mind is like making a cake: put in the specified ingredients, mix them, bake them for a specified time. You have your cake. Did the cake make itself? No. Someone else decides what a cake should consist of, and how it should be conditioned.

Did your mind make itself? No. Someone else did it for you.

A really mind boggling and frightening thought that one’s mind is controlled (often manipulated) by another mind(s)! The mindman shuddered to think that the more one reads or watches or is exposed to the products (‘wisdom/philosophies’ of this age) of others’ minds the more his mind will be subject to conditioning by others, including the dead. The godless. The damned. The perished. Many Christians are not aware of this fact. This is what God meant by His chosen people (who should be led by the Holy Spirit) committing adultery when the Israel mingled, followed and adopted the ways of the pagans (controlled by other spirits).

Can you come out of the pre-conditioning? Yes. You can. By the Spirit of God. Yes, be conditioned by the Spirit of God.

Has the mindman applied this? Yes. For example, through living by the Spirit, he has been set free from a lot of ‘must-haves’: air-conditioning; water heater; regular three or five meals a day; special fixed diets; regular fixed hours of sleep; vitamin and nutrition; fixed daily physical exercises; medicine; insurance; using of motor transport; entertainment; regular ( to him, it means excessive) multimedia communication (books, magazines, journals, newspapers, TV, radio, YouTube, telephone, reading any form of written stuff, even operating manuals, any forms of mind influences and manipulations from the conditioning systems as described above.

One may ask, how does the mindman live on then without the above ‘amenities’ or ‘necessities’ ? Of course he lives comfortably and well. The difference of a free mindman and a bound mindman is that the free one is no longer bound by ‘must haves’ or he does not make self-condemning statements like ‘if I don’t have them I will die!” The obsessed mind is not you.

This question is for non-spiritual Christians especially, “How will you survive when the Revelation prophecy comes to pass?”

Bible verses ________________

However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew,..the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit…that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

These things we also speak…which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

But the natural man does not believe the things of the Spirit of God.

But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself if rightly judged by no one.

But we have the mind of Christ.

(Quoted from: 1 Corinthians Chapter Two. Please read the whole chapter.)

My Real Life: Today the Spirit man hears, and speaks

Today the Spirit man speaks, as he hears.

In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit.” Isaiah 27

What does he do when he hears the voice? He writes. This is how stories and journals are born. Often he writes without fore-thoughts. They are words spoken, sounds that came to him spontaneously.

They are picture words. A picture comes to his spirit and he can see it clearly like a vision. The picture is real. It exists. Can he not do anything? He can choose to ignore such words, sounds, or pictures. But he likes them. He believes they mean something to someone somewhere.

He is a recorder. He records what he hears, sees, and believes.

Often one or two, sometimes more, travel pass, and sight his writings. The words and pictures draw them. They linger. Some visit again. Some decide to keep track.

Yesterday he discovered that seven readers from Namibia and seven from Nigeria came to one of his blog sites. Two from Namibia stayed and subscribed to follow his blog.

He had had readers from other parts of Africa, the more heard of cities. But this was the first time from Namibia. A real pleasant surprise! He felt the same elation one day when he saw a ‘huge’ (a few hundreds) group of south Koreans came to visit his blog too! They came to read all about Yom Kippur!

He had had visitors, viewers rather, from different nations, many are names to him. He has never known the existence of them. But the national flags come on, representing the existence of a special people, with its own words and sounds.

It humbles him to know how people of different sounds exist and survive. They all share one mode of communication, that is, using sound. Sounds are made into words, each of which denotes a meaning to a group of people. That group can then share with one another their individual thoughts, intents, wants and needs.

Lately he started singing Spirit songs. One night he was working on his new mobile phone testing its recording function. He felt in his spirit to sing so he sang sounds and words he could not understand. The next day he looked up the meanings of those sounds and found that a sentence consisted of words each with a meaning from five different nations! Together they formed one complete sentence asking him to download the lyrics of a very old hymn and post in his blog about a group of 26 Christians including 3 young boys, who were forced to march 600 miles (966 kilometers) from Kyoto to Nagasaki where they were martyred; all the while singing the Te Deum. He did publish that post the night before (on the anniversary date of the original martyrdom date, even though he did not know the meaning of what he sang) as his spirit had received the message.

Why are sounds given to man so he can hear and act? What is the purpose of narrating the above episode? The voice of certain origins cannot be silenced. They are crying out for remembrance. For whom? I believe there is a specific audience each specific voice calls. When they cannot hear, someone hears for them and get those voices published. The target audience will be led to the published voices and then hear, as they see (read the words and see the pictures in the words).

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Beware of a humanistic view of things

The Believer’s Authority
By Andrew Wommack

Is there someone in your life who just rubs you the wrong way? If there is, it may surprise you to learn that it’s not really that person who is creating the rub. There is someone else at work—your real Enemy—and he may be using them in an attempt to gain an inroad to your life. There is a spiritual war going on, and as a believer, you must be aware of it.

Many Christians have adopted a humanistic view of things. They do not realize the spiritual implication behind what is going on in their lives. What I mean by humanistic is that they only look at things on a surface level. They think most everything they encounter on a daily basis is either physical or natural.

The truth is, there is a battle raging every single day in the spiritual realm. That battle is for your heart and the hearts of every other person on earth. God is trying to influence people and draw them toward righteousness and toward Himself, to live consistent with Him so that His blessings can manifest in their lives.

Satan, on the other hand, is waging all-out war trying to steal the hearts of people away from God. He wants to fill their hearts with his trash and corruption. And honestly, although most Christians recognize this to a degree, I don’t think they realize how intense the warfare really is and how much their actions are contributing to it.

If I could sit and talk with each of you reading this, I would find that many of you aren’t aware of the spiritual significance behind what’s going on in your lives. You attribute much of what is happening to circumstances and therefore passively accept what comes your way. When you do that, you’re ignoring the intense battle that is being waged for your heart every single day.

The choices you make, the things you say, the actions you take, and what you believe about what is happening around you determines whether God or Satan dominates in your life. Satan cannot control you outside of your will. He cannot do anything without your cooperation and consent. But you need to recognize that you’re in a battle.

Many people choose not to believe that, but whether they do or not, the fact is that it’s taking place. Your unwillingness to engage in battle doesn’t mean that the battle isn’t raging; it just means you’re going to lose. But once you realize the battle is real, you can then learn to recognize what’s going on and take the proper action to improve your situation. You can resist the devil.

James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Ephesians 6:10-12 reads,

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

This is referring to demonic powers. There’s a chain of command, an authority structure in the demonic realm, and this is listing these different levels. But notice that it says you are not wrestling against flesh and blood. Much that goes on in your life is not just human.

I’m not going to get into this thing about, “Are people possessed, oppressed, or depressed?” I believe it’s useless to debate that. In the Greek, where the Bible says a person was demon possessed, the word literally means “demonized.” It just means they were under the control of the devil. Christianity has tried to make something out of possessed, oppressed, or depressed. But it’s not in Scripture.

The fact is that people are being influenced and controlled and used by the devil—they really are. This needs to be said because there are a lot of people who honestly believe that all the demons are in Africa.

It’s not the person sitting next to you at work, it’s not your neighbor, and it’s certainly not your husband or your wife that’s the problem. Anyone who is not paying attention can be influenced and inspired and used of Satan to come against you. If you were to recognize that, it would make a huge difference in the way you respond to them.

For instance, I get a lot of hate mail. There was a time when I took what was said personally. But I’ve come to realize that Satan uses these in an attempt to get my attention off of what God has told me to do. Now I look beyond the person, recognizing that Satan is just using them. That allows me to keep it in the right perspective.

I’ve had good friends come against me and do some pretty mean things. And you know what? I was able to look right past what they did and forgive them. I could see that Satan was taking advantage of them to hurt me through some weak area in their lives. When you finally see that, you don’t get angry or bitter with the person, and you are able to walk in forgiveness. Then, when they do turn around, the relationship can be reestablished.

There are also times when you have to engage the Enemy directly, even if the Enemy is using a friend. That’s exactly what Jesus did when He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan.” That was the same day Jesus asked Peter, “Who do you say I am?” And Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said, “You are the CHRIST, the Son of the living God.”

In Matthew 16:15-17, it says,

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

After this, Jesus began to talk about what was going to happen to Him: “They’re going to take Me, they’re going to kill Me, and I will rise again on the third day.” And this same Peter, who had been inspired and controlled by the Holy Spirit just moments before, began to rebuke Jesus, saying, “Be it far from You, Lord. This will never happen to You. I’m going to stand here, and the rest of us will defend You. But we are not going to allow this to happen to You.”

Then Jesus turned and spoke these words to Peter: “Get behind me, Satan.” I’m sure Peter was shocked, but Jesus wasn’t really talking to him;He was talking about Satan to Satan, the one who was controlling Peter. Peter’s words were not coming from God; they were inconsistent with the will of God. Peter was being inspired and controlled by the devil in the things he said.

Now, that’s a pretty strong statement, and a lot of people honestly think this is a little over the top. They think they don’t need to respond to people this way. But I can guarantee you that there are times when Satan is speaking directly to you through people. He is using people to get at you. Whether you recognize it or not, this goes on much more than you know. You are in a spiritual war.

I tell you there is a supernatural war waging today for your heart and mind. In fact, for some of you right now, the devil is trying to oppose the words you are reading in this letter. He wants to discredit them and cause you to ignore or reject them. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, is bearing witness in your heart and trying to get you to open up and receive these words. It’s spiritual warfare.

To win in this war, you must know who you are and the authority you have as a believer. To help, I have a teaching series called The Believer’s Authority. Don’t go another day without understanding how to defeat the real Enemy. You have the power and authority to do it, and now it’s time to use it.

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  1. Week 1 – We’re In A Spiritual War
  2. Week 2 – Who Made Satan?
  3. Week 3 – Who Made Satan? / With Authority Comes Responsibility – Part 1
  4. Week 4 – With Authority Comes Responsibility – Part 2 / Law Enforcement
  5. Week 5 – Law Enforcement / The War is in Your Mind

My real life: beware of the mind’s secret agenda!

 

mind's secret agenda
mind’s secret agenda

It is obvious that every mind has his own agenda. This makes a Bible ‘teacher”s teaching life challenging. Although we all agree that we should be led by the Holy Spirit, who is our real teacher, when it comes to interpreting the Bible, every mind comes forth with its own agenda. Does this mean the interpretation becomes distorted and not aligned with the original God’s words? Often it does distort the intent of the words of God.

We need to be alert against spiritual influences from the enemy’s spirits. For example, a brother in Christ has encountered depressive thoughts because of his sudden Spirit-filled changes which his not-yet-Spirit-filled wife could not accept. Nor can his own not-yet-Spirit-filled church accept him and support him in terms of his renewed discipleship life. For about seven months he alone went through his new life in Christ filled with enthusiasm and zeal for God’s words and God’s kingdom.
The depressive thoughts hit too. The more he is on fire for Jesus, the more the ‘enemies’ pour cold water on him. As he read through the whole Bible, he found identification with the suffering Christ and all verses about suffering. When his church invited speakers he listened to and was touched by testimonies of intense sufferings often from totalitarian regimes (political persecutions), and severe illnesses.

His predisposed mind’s agenda of identification with suffering has preconditioned him to see justification in his personal suffering, and that it glorifies God, justifying his weak position adopted in his family, as changing from it to that of the head of the family is more difficult and he is not prepared for the battle.
How should we view this biased interpretation of the Bible? Do all sufferings identify with the sufferings of Christ? The answer is in the Bible. Since it involves Christ’s suffering, the only right way is to see what Christ’s suffering means in actual Bible verses (not in emotion or feeling or even what we think).
Here are some basic Biblical principles and applications:

  1. The Bible has to be read as a whole (not once but many times and on ongoing basis).
  2. The Bible verses must be read in chunks (whole book, whole chapter, chapters before and after, and all related Bible books and verses in other books of the Bible).
  3. The clear focus is on the Almighty God the Father who is also the Creator, not man. On Jesus who is the Christ, the Son of God, not any other name. On the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Christ (God). On the redemption plan of God.
  4. God is Spirit. We read to understand on His spiritual terms, not on the terms of our human senses (physiological/mental/emotional).
  5. The Holy Spirit is the only way to understanding God’s words.
  6. The Bible does not give allowance or cover up personal weaknesses that contradict the stated commands of God.
  7. Jesus Christ has given more than sufficient resources in the supernatural realm to each believer to live the full victorious life in total obedience to all the commands written in the Bible. Compliance to one command does not contradict another command. No command nullifies all that Jesus has accomplished on the cross and given to every believer in Christ in the heavenly places.
  8. Power and authority are required to live the superabundant life Jesus has required of His disciples and Jesus has already given them to all who believe.
  9. Jesus Himself only did what He saw the Father did and spoke accordingly. The sufferings he bore were two-fold in the following Bible verses:

A. OVERCOMING SIN: “For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Christ).” 2 Corinthians 5:21
How did he do it? “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death on the cross.” Philippians 2:8
B. OVERCOMING DISEASES: “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness- by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:24-25
JESUS HAD OFFERED HIMSELF ONCE FOR ALL IN HIS SUFFERING, AS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE. HE HAD FULFILLED THE HOLY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS REQUIREMENT OF GOD, AS REVEALED IN THE BOOKS OF LAW OF MOSES AND THE PROPHETS.
“Then He (Jesus) said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.’” “By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:9a-10.

Reading on from Hebrews 10:12-24, we can know that according to the will of God, Jesus had opened our way to God by His blood (the blood of the covenant) and His flesh (body). The Holy Spirit of grace has witnessed this to us.
Jesus’ suffering was part and parcel of the above supernatural salvation package and it had been done. No amount of our own suffering could add to this accomplishment. Jesus’ sacrifice brought glory to the Father as He obeyed and did the will of God.

Coming back to the case of the brother who is being oppressed under the evil spirits of Jezebel and Ahab, is the suffering in accordance to the will of God? What did Elijah (the prophet at that time) do to such spirits? He did not allow himself to suffer under them. He glorified God by obeying God’s Spirit. He was given instructions and protections by the Spirit of the Lord. He did not suffer a bit. later when the spirit of fear followed by the spirit of depression came upon him, the Lord sent His angel to minister to Elijah, who recovered and went on to his next season of ministry.

Was the brother obeying the words of God and was he led by the Holy Spirit? Ephesians 5:22 and Colossians 3:18 clearly stated that Christians wives are to submit to Christian husbands. Like Elijah’s case, he needs to take up the spiritual authority of Jesus Christ and deals with the evil spirits of Jezebel and Ahab.
Was he in obedience to the command of the Lord when he sought to know the will of God and was filled with the Holy Spirit? Ephesians 5:17-18 has the answer. What did Jesus tell His disciples? Luke 10:1-11 details His instructions to the seventy He sent out to ‘harvest’ for the kingdom of God.

Lesson learned: beware of mind agenda influenced by the enemy’s spirits.

On the case of a Christian who suddenly became very sick (with vital organs failing) for forty days in the hospital and recovered despite the doctors’ finding no cause nor treatments to cure him, was the case glorifying God? Which part of the Bible say that such a case of suffering (apparently from spiritual enemies) give glory to God?

What Jesus did over such cases of human being attacked by the evil spirits was very simple. He merely spoke a word and cast them out and stopped the sufferings. He had never spoken a positive word to allow the afflictions to continue. He stated His mission on earth clearly the day He started His earth ministry:
Luke 4:18-19 (ESV)
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus did exactly just that as He had proclaimed, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:21

Ephesians 5:1 “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.”

 

My real life: the mind is a habit

wave and rock

Daily Practice makes a habit

It takes time and patience to experience a renewal of your mind if you try to use your own efforts. The mindman has discovered. The mind is a habit forming thing. It has taken on years of practices to accumulate a lot of stuff which, unlike physical stuff, cannot be cleaned out by mere physical spring cleaning.

Try as you may, you will still find cobwebs and junks in the forms of thoughts, attitudes, patterns and ways of: perceptions, approaching issues, assessing, valuing, and functioning. All these hamper your decision making.

The modern society has developed clever commercial ways out. Trends and styles and fads. constant changes and increase in varieties and variations have deceived a mind to think that this is renewal or worse, new creation.

Looking behind every change in fashion and fad will see clearly the empty and vain hope without any real substance and depth in terms of change.

Why? Because human mind is just human. The fickleness of the mind has made commercial marketing a thriving viable profession.

The real change does not lie in the commercials.

The real pool of deep water with stagnant stuff needs to be cleaned out and needs deep ‘surgery’ beyond the human mind.

Where? The mindman has discovered that the real change starts deep within, in one’s spirit.

When your spirit is reborn, you become new. The habits in the mind can be removed by the constant washing of water by the Word of God. The habits are of the natural human man and cannot stand the Word which is of the power of the supernatural God. Real transformational power is from God. He is the Creator. He can recreate and form new creation in anything, including all life forms. Life is from God.

Thus, God’s words are life and spirit, just as Jesus had declared. Those who believe can read His words and be transformed by the renewing of the mind, even in areas of deep set habits.

What are mere human habits compared to the creation of many universes? God spoke and they came into being.

“By faith we understand the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)

Read Philippians 4:8 [Full Chapter]

[ Meditate on These Things ] 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.

My real life: the first battle in the ‘mindfield’

The mindfield which is in the unseen realm is much much more perilous and deadly than the minefield in human physical realm. The mindman has discovered.

Why? In the physical realm everything physical however tightly concealed will be uncovered. Nothing hidden will not be revealed. There is nowhere to hide, really. How can you hide darkness? You cannot. How can you hide death? You cannot. Foul rotten smell of death will soon seep through the layers of covers and permeate the air that you breathe.

How can you hide light? You cannot. Light seeps through every crevice and swallows up everything dark. But the mind can stop light and hide darkness for a time. It has become the ‘nurture bed’ for spiritual attack (in the forms of mental/emotional/mood illnesses or dysfunctions).

As long as the mindfield is filled with dark thoughts, lies and deceptions from the spiritual enemy, human (flesh and blood) is no match to them. No human ways in healing can heal the mind and restore it to complete wellness as it has been originally designed by the supernatural Creator God.

How to become more than conquerors in the mindfield battle?

The mindman has discovered the truth from the Word of God, which is the Power of God. The winning factor in the mindfield battle is ‘POWER’. Whose power? God’s power.

Belief in God and the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God gives us the power to overcome even the mind battle. How did Jesus Himself cast out demons and heal the sick (including those tormented in their minds)? By speaking God’s words as the Son of God. Today we are called to be sons of God. We have the authority to speak His words and do exactly as He did.

Firstly we must know the good gifts that God has given freely to all: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and  and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” James 1:17.  “Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” Ephesians 1:3.

  1. Who qualifies to receive the good and perfect gifts (including the power to overcome)? Those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:2 “But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
  2. What are the power gifts for the mindfield battle? “that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge” 1 Corinthians 1:5. “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us  wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-” 1 Corinthians1:30. “But we have the mind of Christ” 2:16.
  3. Why does God want to give you such good gifts? God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. “so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1:7

Secondly we must know and believe how this great power of God in us work and how may we know.

  1. “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 1Corinthians 4:20
  2. “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places…” Ephesians 1:17-20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Ephesians 3:20
  3. “Now we have received…the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1 Corinthians 2:12 “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him“1 Corinthians 6:17.
  4. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” Romans 8:14.
  5. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil” 1 John 3:8b.
  6. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faithWho is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”  1 John 5:4-5

In practice, the battle is won through reading the whole Bible, meditating on the words of God, speaking and praying the words, and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth, just as Jesus has commanded and promised. One caution word: read whole Bible and not be deceived by evil spirit using verses out of context.

The Holy Spirit is always ahead and has warned the watchman many times without fail beforehand to be alert and discerning in the spiritual realm where the real battle is. (Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 10:3)

Indeed, Jesus’ advice that we watch and pray means we watch our mind and pray in the Spirit (one spirit with the Lord) and in His words.

Action today for those who believe:

Pray through the Bible. For example, take the first chapter of 1 Corinthians and pray, asking for those good and prefect gifts from God to manifest in you.

How to deal with untruth in our mind?

How To Overcome Doubt
By Andrew Wommack

audio teaching on this topic at: http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1046 

No one is immune to doubt. It can and does happen to us all. You’ve just got to know how to handle it when it comes. Even the greatest men and women of God recorded in the Bible had to deal with doubt. Jesus said of John the Baptist,

“Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist” (Matt. 11:11).

That means John was greater in the sight of Jesus than Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, or any Old Testament character you can name. Yet John doubted the most important thing of all by questioning whether Jesus was really the Christ.

John the Baptist had been cast into prison for criticizing Herod about marrying his brother’s wife, an incestuous relationship. He had been there sometime between six months and two years and became so discouraged that he asked two of his disciples to go to Jesus and ask Him if He really was the Christ. It’s easy to read that and not think much about it, but the truth is, it was nothing but unbelief on the part of John the Baptist.

Think about who John was. He was separated unto God and filled with the Holy Spirit while he was still in the womb. Even Jesus wasn’t filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb. It is believed he lived in the desert near the Dead Sea with the Essens, the writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls. They were a people who were super-legalistic who dogmatically practiced many rituals of self denial. He certainly had not lived what we would call an easy life. John was separated and focused on his purpose.

His entire life was committed to preparing the way for the Christ. He spent thirty years preparing for a ministry that would only last six short months. John is the one who saw Jesus and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”(John 1:29). The anointing on his life had to be exceptionally powerful because his ministry defied logic. Thousands of people from many nations came to the middle of nowhere to hear this man preach, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And God had revealed to him that through a visible sign from heaven he would know who the Christ was. He would see the Spirit of God descending upon the Messiah in bodily shape as a dove. That came to pass when John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River.

At that time, John was absolutely certain that Jesus was the Christ. He had zero doubt. He was so adamant about it that he said “I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God” in John 1:34. In Luke 3:16 he said, “One mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose.” And in John 3:30 he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

However, after being imprisoned for a period of time, he began to doubt. This says a number of things, but an important one is the fact that anyone can doubt. How did Jesus respond to John’s doubt? Well, He certainly didn’t respond the way most of us do. He told John’s disciples to go back and tell him of the miracles they had witnessed and that John would be blessed if he would just believe. That’s it. Jesus didn’t try and make John feel better by letting him know He understood his pain or by making a few complimentary comments. Jesus reserved those comments till after John’s disciples left (Luke 7:24-28).

This puzzled me for many years. Why didn’t Jesus say these things about John the Baptist in the hearing of John’s disciples so they could have brought him that word? It seemed to me like that would have helped John more than just telling him to look at the miracles, and he’ll be blessed if he believes.

Years after I first had these questions, I was reading from Isaiah 35 and came across the passage that says,

“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert” (Is. 35:5-6).

It suddenly struck me that this was exactly the answer that Jesus gave to John’s messengers. Look at what Jesus said in Matthew 11:4-6:

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.”

Jesus performed all the miracles Isaiah prophesied He would do, and threw in the healing of a leper and raising someone from the dead just for good measure. What Jesus did was He perfectly fulfilled the prophecy about Himself, and then referred John the Baptist back to that word. Jesus reminded John of the scriptures, to deal with his doubts. That’s Jesus’ method of dealing with our doubts.

Many of us have Bibles lying around gathering dust. Some of us even carry one. But when we’re struggling with unbelief, we don’t want a scripture; we want something tangible, something emotional that we can feel. We would rather have Jesus just put His arm around us and say something about how everything will be all right. That would make us feel better. But overcoming doubt isn’t just about feeling better; it’s about getting back into faith that only comes from the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).

Jesus sent the Word back with John’s disciples. He knew this would stir up John’s spirit to overcome the doubt. Peter understood this about faith when he wrote about it in 2 Peter 1:12-15, which says,

“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.”

Peter was stating how important it was for his words to be received, as they were, in truth, the Word of God (1 Thess. 2:13). To prove to them that these were not just fables he made up, Peter refers to the time they were with Jesus on the mountain. They saw Jesus shine as the brightness of the sun. The Shekinah glory cloud of God overshadowed them all, and they heard an audible voice out of heaven say, “This is my beloved Son: hear him” (Mark 9:7). They also saw Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus. That is pretty impressive!

But Peter went on to say in 2 Peter 1:19, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy.” What could possibly be more sure than all these supernatural signs? Peter gives that answer in the next verse when he talks about the Scriptures (2 Pet. 1:20). The Scriptures are more sure and more faith building and doubt destroying than seeing Jesus transfigured or hearing an audible voice from heaven. Hallelujah!

The only sure way to overcome doubt is to place your faith in the Word of God and depend on that more sure word of prophecy. Don’t allow your five senses to dominate your thinking. You must come to a place to where God’s Word is more real to you than anything you can see, taste, hear, smell, or feel. When you’re in doubt, refer back to the Word of God just the way Jesus told John the Baptist to do. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word.

There are only two times recorded in the Bible when Jesus marveled at anything. Once He marveled at the people’s great unbelief (Mark 6:6), and in Matthew 8:10 He marveled at a Gentile soldier’s great faith. A faith that made Jesus marvel is worth examining. What was different about it? The number one difference was what the centurion said,

“But speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.” (Matt. 8:8-9)

The centurion had a faith that was in God’s Word alone. He didn’t have to have Jesus come to his house and wave His hand over the sick servant. If Jesus would just give him a word, that was all he needed.

Contrast this centurion’s faith with the little faith of Thomas, who was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples. The first time the risen Christ appeared to His disciples, Thomas wasn’t present. The other ten disciples told Thomas that Jesus was resurrected, but it was eight more days before Jesus appeared to His disciples with Thomas present.

“But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25)

Jesus walked up to Thomas and told him to put his finger into the print of the nails and thrust his hand into Jesus’ side and to not be faithless but believing. Thomas fell on his knees and confessed Jesus as his Lord and God.

“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

Jesus placed a greater blessing on those who believe without seeing than those who believe because they have seen. In other words, there is a greater anointing on believing the Word than believing signs and wonders. Don’t get me wrong. I believe in signs and wonders. Jesus used them like a bell to draw people unto Himself and so should we. But the ultimate, the more sure word of prophecy, is the written Word of God. There is a greater blessing on just believing God’s Word than there is on believing because of supernatural circumstances. Those who are looking for circumstances to confirm their faith will fail when the strong battles of unbelief come. We have to get our faith so rooted in God’s Word alone that we can withstand a hurricane.

The reason Jesus didn’t try to make John feel better with a few kind words, an emotional touch, was not because He didn’t care. He cared for John so much that He gave John His best — the written Word of God. That’s how Jesus dealt with own His temptations (Matt. 4), and that was and still is God’s best way for us to deal with our temptations to not believe.

Maybe there’s a reason the Lord hasn’t used an emotional touch to deliver you from unbelief. Maybe it’s because He loves you so much that He’s trying to help you operate in the highest form of faith — faith that takes Him at His Word. If the least of the saints today are greater than John the Baptist was then (Matt. 11:11), surely the Lord is wanting us to operate on at least the same level in which He dealt with John’s unbelief.

My Real Life – confession of a transformed mind

be transformed by renewing the mind
be transformed by renewing the mind

The mindman discovered that we exist by the mind of God.

The mindman found this in his old draft. He updated and completed the post on this day of 5-27-2013. This is a confession of a transformed mind.

______________________________On the first day of this last month of 2012, the mindman thought of existence.

He has realized for quite sometime that he could not exist by thinking, although some philosophies preach that one thinks therefore one exists or one exists therefore one thinks.

The mindman’s mind has been renewed by a major spiritual transformation. It was not a natural event. It could not be explained in words. He then started to be aware that his existence goes beyond the soul (mind and emotion). Here is an excerpted account in the mindman’s journal.

______________”My existence”. (a rather self-focus narration here)

To be real is very important to me. I used to think that being real means I can think for myself. But now I know thoughts can be deceptive. Only the motives (intents) behind the thoughts reveal what the truth is. What I think does not necessarily mean it is real. No matter how much I think or how intensive I think, the thoughts could not make me real.

What is my real life? Where is this real life? Where does it come from? How should I find it?

When I argued over my case as a human existence, I ran out of words. Not that I had no more vocabularies, the words came out as mere sounds, without any substance. I knew they were unreal. There was no basis for thoughts to claim any existence unless they were backed by something more authoritative. What could be the authority from whom I could assure of my reality in thoughts 100%?

None. None in the human natural realm.

Medical (including physiological/psychological/mental) science could not prove my existence except certain agreed discernible signs that are used universally by the profession for their practice.  Spiritual realm is not accounted for when such signs that can be discerned by our human senses are used to measure life.

I have no human answer. I cannot ignore the truth that my answer is in the supernatural and spiritual realm, where a reality of my existence exists.

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In real life experience of the mindman, human natural way cannot give account to how a dead man can be raised to life after being certified dead six hours ago after fervent prayers by loved ones and friends. In another case of a brain dead man, he also woke six hours later after fervent prayers by his wife and a group of Christians who happened to be around attending a worship service. He was up and about totally without damage and lived on with his wife and four little children like any other healthy man. One elderly vegetable seller woke and regained everything she had lost mentally and physically after she lost all memory and was bed ridden for months. She was completely restored because someone gave her husband a CD on divine healing by Jesus and played to her day and night. Both the lady and her husband became Christians after that. She was not only made well she was given big bonus in her mind and spirit. She read the whole Bible six times within a year.

The list of supernatural mind recovery and restoration is endless. in a small limited circle the mindman has already encountered many minds being healed and some even being given supernatural upgrading!

As part of his quest since young teen to study and understand the matters of the mind, the mindman has spent his recent years observing and noting the increase in frequency of such unnatural occurrences. One thing he has learned and has also practiced is effective prayer. He has found that his prayers get increasingly answered.

He has reached the point of believing that all the words of the Bible are truth and spoken by God. He believes that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no  variation or shadow of turning. Of His own free will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.” (James 1:17-18)

Thus he is drawn to practice living the life of the new creation. In real life. He knew the verse about new creation in 2 Corinthians 5:17 more than 30 years ago. But he did not know then how to live the new life. Now he knows. What has caused the change? The transformation started when he began to believe and encounter the reality of the spiritual realm. He has had the true renewal of his mind through believing and opening to the transformational power of the Holy Spirit. He has started to believe that all the words of God are truth and can be practiced in the physical and mental realm.

______________the transformational verses: Romans 12:1-2

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

1 Corinthians 2:16 “But we have the mind of Christ.”

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” background explained

lights from heaven
lights from heaven

Why does the spiritual mindman start this new journey to read God’s words? Because he has navigated the uncharted waters previously and known how tough it is to sail without a pilot or a navigation guide. So in this dictionary he records everything he perceives in his spirit to share with his spiritual novice friends and brethren. This is not a conventional Bible words dictionary. It is a compilation of his spiritual notes while reading the Bible.

Here are the Bible verses as his solid foundation and plumb line for his notes and for all readers who have purposed in their hearts (spirit) to read the Bible afresh and be led by the Holy Spirit.

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1 Corinthians 2

English Standard Version (ESV)

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

2 And I, when I came to you, brothers,did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Wisdom from the Spirit

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,     nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—

10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 2 more gems – freedom

more Bible gems
more Bible gems

The mindman cannot keep still. The words of God burn. The words keep coming like an avalanche, with little time or space (in the mind) for any other thought. He has been praying for the ‘mind of Christ’ taking over his mind completely recently, more intensely. Here are some of the answers.

(1 Corinthians 2:16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.)

__________________Words of God as understood in the spirit (led by the Holy Spirit). Today we focus on ‘paradox’ in God’s dictionary.

Freedom: This means ‘not free’ in human or natural terms. A very difficult word for the human natural mind. How to be free and yet not free? Yet in the supernatural (spiritual realm, this is real freedom!)

Romans 6:21-23 (ESV)

21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Great: Again, this means not great in human or natural terms. But in the supernatural (God’s dictionary) realm, this is real greatness!

Matthew 18:3-5  (ESV)

and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,

Matthew 20:26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,

Luke 6:22-24 (ESV)

22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

Hardness: This word ties with another word, love. The heart, which is a spiritual state, can be hardened by lovelessness. The cold sets in and ice forms like crust. All these happen not in the unseen but real realm. This word also ties with the word unbelief. Again, this is a spiritual state. It means you do not believe in the spiritual reality of God. How to remove this spiritual crust? Spiritual love of God. 

  1. Matthew 19:8
    He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
  2. Mark 3:5
    And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
  3. Mark 16:14
    The Great Commission ] Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.

I: This is a paradox word. The ‘I’ must die so that another ‘I’ may live. No death, no life. Who am “I”? It is not what I think I am. It is what God thinks “I am”. What God thinks will qualify you to enter His kingdom. Jesus said, “unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)

Galatians 2:20-21 (NKJV)

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

John 3:6-7 (NKJV)

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

Jesus (Yeshua): This word is defined by each believer of Jesus. No one can force you to use a definition which means nothing to you. What you believe is what you get.

Matthew 7:23 (NKJV)

23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

King: There are only two kings. The one to whom you give your full trust and loyalty is your king. Your king issues decrees and since you are his subject you will need to follow. Royal decrees cannot be changed or broken. Your king has absolute right and authority over you. When you end up in the place where the real King assigns you, you will know which king (King) you have submitted to all your earthly lives. 

Here are some examples of the outcome when you disobey your real King (the Son of God, Jesus):

  1. Matthew 8:12
    But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
  2. Matthew 13:42
    and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
  3. Matthew 13:50
    and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
  4. Matthew 22:13
    Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
  5. Matthew 24:51
    and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
  6. Matthew 25:30
    And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters1 : anger, bravery, consider and many more

rough waters

There is a new dictionary which is not exactly new. It has been hidden to many who do not venture into the spiritual realm. The mindman has discovered this new way of reading words, really important words, the words of God. So he begins his real journey on the rough uncharted waters.

Here are some of the new meanings of words or phrases he has found on the way. Enjoy your own navigation through the spiritual mind journey!

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Anger: it means murder when you think anger in your mind concerning your fellow Christians.

Matthew 5:21-23 (NKJV) Murder Begins in the Heart 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire. 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,

Bravery: If you think of men and fear them and do what they like you to do, you are  a coward. Only when you mind the matters of God and do the will of God regardless what men may say or do to you, you are considered brave, Jesus is the best example of bravery. Peter is a typical example of the opposite.

(Matthew 16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Matthew 16:22-24 (in Context)  Matthew 16 (Whole Chapter)  Other Translations )

Consider: means accounting action. Many think this is just a matter of thinking in your mind. But in the new dictionary it means real action. For example, it is same as the word count or account. When you consider something in your mind your account in heaven starts updating with debits and credits being input into it!

 Romans 6:11 (EXB) | In Context | Whole Chapter 11 In the same way, you should ·see [count; consider] yourselves as being dead to ·the power of sin [L sin] and alive ·with [to; with reference to] God ·through [or in; in union with] Christ Jesus.

Defile: it means even your thoughts are action words. Mark 7:20-23 (ESV) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Excellence: come in two forms: the power of God (the Holy Spirit); your spiritual knowledge of God.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:7 [ Cast Down but Unconquered ]  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
  • Philippians 3:8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.

My Real Life: Mindman’s adventure- uncharted waters 2013, a journey into sound mind

ImageThe mindman continued his journey to see God in the Spirit this year. His understanding is that this will be a journey into sound mind!

BACKGROUND FOR 2013 JOURNEY

On the new year eve a small group gathered in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to worship, read God’s words and prayed. On the same day a number of Scripture songs in two languages were identified and chosen. Amazingly some could not be recorded in the special edition CD for the occasion. Some others were recorded repeatedly at least three times in the same CD! One crucial song sang the Scripture from Revelation 19:5-7, “ Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both[a] small and great!” And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the[b] Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

The gathering started at 9pm and ended reluctantly before 2pm. During the worship and prayers in the Spirit, the group sang ‘Alleluia’ many many times. When the alarm clock rang at 11:59 to alert them for the cross over to a new season of time in the Lord, they were all refreshed. Later one of them received a message from his family who were also worshiping and praying in their main church, at that time, that two prayer groups at two different locations were also singing the same ‘Alleluia’ verses at that time even though they had never communicated prior to this event!

That means the three groups (big and small) of believers were all being led by the Holy Spirit at the same time that night! This confirmed the Bible verse,1 Corinthians 6:17 (NKJV) “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.“  Romans 8:14 (NKJV) “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

Revelation received regarding what Bible books to read was: start from the Book of Genesis. See the faith journey of Abraham. The Bible reading was very rewarding. Indeed, the journey to see God is a journey for all believers. Abraham’s life is a type for all Christians who walk by faith and not by sight, led by the Spirit of God and not by flesh.

The Lord God has revealed Himself to one man, Abraham and called Himself the God of Abraham. The same Lord God Almighty had also revealed Himself to Abraham’s son Isaac (through the promise of God, born according to the Spirit of God, Galatians 4:29), and called Himself the God of Isaac. He also revealed Himself to the grandson of Abraham, Jacob (later changed to Israel), and called Himself the God of Jacob.

The same God makes sure each born again Christian knows He expects each to know Him personally as his or her own God. God is Spirit and not bound by time or space or any point of history. When He looks at each man He sees the whole life of the man at a glance. When He looks at a group of men He looks at all at the same glance, regardless of the different time and space in which they are placed at any point of time or space.

It is impossible to describe God using our human mind. We can only know a bit of God when He reveals to each of us by His Spirit. This is an exciting journey indeed for each members of the group as fresh revelations are being received daily by each individual.

This is the journey of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Uncharted waters. Very refreshing and real to each of us. Our God is awesome!

RESOLUTION 2013 FOR MINDMAN

2013 New Year Resolution for the mindman:

Be more obedient to the prompting of his spirit man, as led by the Spirit of the Lord. .

Instead of relying on his mind’s running commentary, weighing all the pros and cons, making decisions after a lot of weighing and guarded arguments even in his head, living in his mind and worshiping his own mind and great minds in the world, he is determined to make a clean break and trust God, Who is Spirit and is real. he will not waste his precious time living in vain, idle words. Words are not to be wasted.

Words should be Spirit. Words should be life. That is the original purpose of words created by the Creator Who uses words to perform and accomplish everything.

The only pros and cons he will weigh in his mind will be: is this word from the self (mind and emotion), or is this word from the enemy (the deceiver), or is this word from the Lord (the Holy Spirit).

He really looks forward to sailing in the spirit on uncharted waters. It has been a long time since he went in a boat. He remembers the refreshing wind, the choppy waves, and the hope and expectation to see land beyond the waters!

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