The mind is a Battlefield

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  1. #1 Cturtle, Jun 19, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2015
    Ever wonder why you are having trouble having peace in your mind as Jesus promised we could? Do you ever feel as if no matter how hard you try to fall asleep some nights...your mind is racing with all kinds of thoughts...even from months or years ago? How about having just been hurt or yelled at by someone, and you just want to give them a piece of your mind? Sound familiar?

    As 2 Timothy 1:7 says..... For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power (also defined as authority), and of Love, and a sound mind.

    King David in the Psalms wrote.....My heart was hot within me, while i was musing the fire burned: then spake i with my tongue. (39:3)
    Wow those are certainly some very descriptive words King David is using. My heart was hot within me.....sounds a lot like someone chewing on what someone did to them, and right before blasting that person with very angry words. And then the first verse says....."I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me." The second verse says " I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred".

    Now see those verses in the nlt. Ps. 39:1-3
    I said to myself, "I will watch what i do and not sin in what i say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me" 2) But as i stood there in silence - not even speaking of good things - the turmoil within me grew worse 3) the more i thought about it, the hotter or angrier i got, igniting a fire of words:

    Shew.... sure sounds familiar to me. Just like a lot of people (me included) who the devil gets them to chew on the wrong that was just committed against them....and then they either hold it in causing sleep and digestive or other bodily problems like anxiety or what have you, or they let someone have it, in the most unkind way.

    But how in the world do we keep ourselves from sinning by exploding? Or letting that hurt, cause us many sleepless nights, or digestive problems. How do we forget, forgive and have the peace of mind that Paul is telling Timothy about, that Christ came to give us? Cuz remember that as Jesus was basically telling the disciples "good bye" and praying for them....He told them that He was giving them His peace. And in my mind...that is peace of mind and when a person has peace in their mind, then the body follows suit.

    As many places in the New Testament tell us to forgive, and walk in Love (God's Love that He shed abroad in our hearts when we were born again Romans 5:5..or in other words....He poured into our hearts His Love, when we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and Ezekiel 11:19 that says "and I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take way their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart ). But honestly how does one stop the musing or as google puts it..reflecting (which is not bad unless you are reflecting on the fact that someone just ripped you a new one or tore your heart to shreads....or any other thing that is negative). The answer is to meditate and put into practice Philippians 4:8 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.

    Some of you may think...yea right that is easier said than done...and as i struggle sometimes, i can agree with you, but the only way to get this mindset changed is by practicing it. Or consistently putting this gift of the Word into practice. Being a doer of the Word and not just a hearer only. And vs. 9 says to keep putting into practice what you have learned. And this goes along with Romans 12:2 which says "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way that you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

    The amplified says it this not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to it's external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by it's new ideas and it's new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Wow sounds like by meditating on the Word of God...the true, pure things of God, or even blessings and pure happy things that have come from God....we can change our attitudes and find peace in our minds...which flows into our bodies (as science has proven that stress kills, and has other affects like ibs and acid reflux...etc. or even anxiety and mental illness).

    Romans 8:5-6 says it this way...."those who are dominated by the sinful nature, (which according to the Bible worry is a sin also) think about sinful things (musing which leads to unforgiveness and anger and possible worse), but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit" (parenthesis added are my words). And pleasing the Spirit can also be said as pleasing God. Vs.6 says that "letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. I don't know about you....but the peace in my life sounds better than hanging onto all of the stress and unforgiveness and what not.

    One last thing that i want you to see is that unforgiveness and musing cause one to be in strife with another person or persons. And according to James 3:16 whereever there is jealousy and selfish ambition (or strife), there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. So as we allow the musing (and if you are have not truly forgiven) and unforgiveness in our minds and hearts....not only does it open the door for the devil to take a shot at you that he did not have coming, which results in trials in our lives, confusion and sickness in our bodies..... it also causes a temporary wall between us and God (till we repent according to 1 John 1:9), and causes a lack of peace in our minds and lives.

    James 3:17-18 says that the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others (not condoning being a doormat). It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favortism and is always sincere. 18) and those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

    So please consider "Humbling yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you......James 4:7-8a

    Jesus paid for our sins on the cross with His Blood. And He defeated that it no longer has any authority over us (Romans 6:14). So even if you trip up and make a mistake...confess it and get back up and toddle some more...till you can learn to walk.

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  2. @Cturtle Greetings,
    Thank you for taking the time to bless us all with these sound words of truth and wisdom from with in the written word of God !! I think this should be read over and over until it becomes a part of ones every day life.
    Thank You Again
    God Bless
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  3. Thank You for the kind words but in all was God that wrote it. I only take credit for being the typist :). I plan to read it at least a dozen more times....cuz i know God was speaking to me as i wrote it, and i can learn a lot by studying everything that He gave me.

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  4. GOOD STUFF! Blessing to you my sister!
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  5. I think the bible says if you Trust God your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24

    Also, remember how Daniel was thrown in the lions den and the angels stopped their mouths. Well that s what we do do the devil, trust God, believe in His Word, and he cant attack us.
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  6. So.. I really do get what you are saying in the case of our own emotions overflowing and us wanting to just lash out at that fellow for saying such degrading and insulting things... How dare he.... and we churn and churn trying to figure out how to craft the perfect rebuke....

    I guess that we gotta be careful to discern what the real truth is... There are times when rebuke truly is warranted but our fear or desire to "be civil" holds us back.... False teachers pray off of this because they KNOW that our general tendency is going to be towards love rather than calling down fire from heaven...

    Remember Jeremiah 20:9
    Then I said, "I will not make mention of Him,
    Nor speak anymore in His name."
    But His word was in my heart like a burning fire
    Shut up in my bones;
    I was weary of holding it back,
    And I could not.
  7. After complaining about how counting sheep didn't help me go to sleep, a young Christian friend said, "Instead of counting sheep, talk to the Shepherd."
    It works for me every time.
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  8. Thank you John for replying!

    As i read your post a couple of things come to mind. One is that as you are right that sometimes a rebuke is in order, but wccording to the Word it must be done in love. And as we search God for the truth of the situation (cuz when we are upset sometimes things can be different than we think), we cqn be searching Him for how He desires that we handle things.

    As King David in the psalm that God had me use pointed out....our natural desire is to blast that person, whom we think did us wrong.....BUT God desires for us to walk in love and total forgiveness. These are commands. And the other thing that King David pointed out was that the only reason why he exploded...was because he chewed on the offense instead of letting it go like God commands us to. The Bible says to be slow to speak and slow to anger, but be quick to listen. So in a lot of ways...we should be like the turtle.....consistent and steady in the things of God and quick to forgive, and quick to love. Quick to answer a harsh tone with love and forgiveness and blessings like in Matthew 5:44.

    God is Love. And He desires that we love people (even when they are being difficult) the way that He has loved and loves His children. I mean if He can send His Son to die on the cross for our sins, when we could care less, or we are knee deep in sin, then it seems to me that He desires that we treat others with the same grace. In fact the Bible tells us that.
    Matthew 6:14-15 ; 5:23-24 ; Mark 11:25 are all good examples.

    In my mind the thing to do is to obey God, and His commandments.....and leave the rest up to Him.

    In the case of confirming that someone is a false prophet....we just make the choice to not listen to them. But even them we have to forgive them and leave the teaching or correction of their lives and what they ae saying up to God. He is big enough to take care of His own. And as He said...His Word never returns unto Him void.

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  9. #9 autumn oddity, Jun 21, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2015
    I was feeling this way last night... ,this was definetly for me...When I have time, I will read this.
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