Mind Control: "God's Plan to Recapture Your Mind!" Part 2

Back on August 5, 2010 I posted part one, and said that in the next post I would address how my friend and mentor Ray told me how to battle the flesh to strive for Holy Living. Well, it is December and I am ready to continue. Earlier this year I hit a wall with my false Christian living.  I am still wrestling the flesh, but am striving for a better life everyday.  Ray shared with me some practical methods in how I can overcome my sins. Here is a list of practical things you can and probably should try.

#1. Pray - The Christian has no power if he doesn't pray frequently every day.
#2. Read your Bible - You will not know how to live on this earth as a follower of Christ Jesus if you do not know what he taught or said. Also, you will not know what you should pray for if you don't know God's will laid out in the Bible.
#3. Write some daily affirmations on a note card and look at them frequently - This can be a list of things. It can be some scriptures, prayers, practical applications, a statement of things to avoid or affirm, and the main goal of it is to keep your mind on God through Jesus Christ, and battle the evil that lies within.
#4. Put into action what you have learned and committed to - All of this is in vain if you don't do it!

I want to share with you an email that Ray sent to me and a few others. He addresses this very issue of writing and following Biblical affirmations.

Hi Everyone,


Over the last few weeks I have received many emails and calls wanting more details about how to practically do personal affirmations. I shared with them many of my experiences with personal affirmations and did some Biblical research to see if there are some good Biblical examples we could learn from . One of the best examples I could find of this in in Psalms 101: 1 have recorded it below for your reference.

"A Psalm of David. I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O LORD, I will sing praises. I will give heed to the blameless way. When will You come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil. Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure. My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me. He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me. Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, So as to cut off from the city of the LORD all those who do iniquity."

A few things I noticed in the passage are as follows:

1. David was speaking to God about his commitments

2. This is a Psalm and Psalms were sung. This is obviously something that David vocalized and interesting enough he made it public. There is incredible value in making our commitments know verbally and public. It strengthens our resolve.

3. I noticed that 13 times in 8 verses David verbalized something he would either do or would not do/allow.

Some of you have said that the practice of doing a verbal affirmation is a little awkward. I know it was for me too at first, but if you practice this, there will be huge paybacks for your confidence, emotional well-being, effectiveness and God's supernatural intervention. I hope you will start this practice today if you haven't already. Just keep a notebook handy and write down as many positive affirmations from the Scriptures that you can think of. This should be an ongoing project in which you will expand your list of affirmations. Be sure to use Psalms 101 above as an important model. Remember he was referring to action that he was resolved to take, not how he felt. Sometimes we don't feel like doing what we should, but as we affirm it and do it our emotions change to the positive as well. Once you say the affirmation aloud, then speak something to God about them. Here are some an examples.

Phil. 4:13 "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." God, thanks that there is nothing you have asked me to do which is too difficult to do with Your help. Thank you that you will give me all the strength I need. (Once again speak aloud to God. Remember Psm 18:6 - "In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears." Notice David clearly spoke aloud. He says he called, he cried and that God heard his voice.)

Eph. 3:20 "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us." Thanks God that you have wonderful intentions toward me. Thank you that you want to even do more than I have asked. What a great God you are!

2 Cor. 9:8 "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;" Thanks God that you are going to provide an abundance for everything you want me to do. Things like providing for my family, meeting our emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Thanks that you are able to mobilize all Your resources for me and that I will be able to do everything you have asked me to do!

Hope this is helpful. Please try this for three weeks and see what kind of difference it makes in your life. Once you have a positive history doing this, help your family put these things into action. It will make a significant positive impact on you and your family's future.

Please email me to let me know how it is working. I know God will go into action for you as you practice these things.

Your brother in Christ,
Ray

I am thankful everyday for that man's commitment to helping others strive for holiness in Jesus Christ. I have been greatly encouraged by him and know that he has a reward for his faithfulness to the truth.

Many professing Christians are sitting around and waiting for something to fall from the sky.  It already has, and it is the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit.  I love the sovereignty of God and His ability to decree, save, and move the course of time according to His great will.  I personally believe that God's free will precedes ours.  However, just because I believe that doesn't mean that I think we have no free will to exercise.  The truth is that we must find a way to purpose our lives toward the calling that we have received.  If you have purposed in following Christ and have been "born again," then you have to have a plan, or let's just say that you have entered the narrow gate, and you need a good map, or in today's society a good GPS.  But, even with a good GPS you need a destination.  Try reading "The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan, it will give you a good visual as to what it means to walk the narrow path from an allegorical perspective.  It is a very helpful story because it is riddled with Scripture passages, and gives a visual as to this journey that we are taking.  Purpose to write down some affirmations and then follow them and encourage yourself with them.  Preach to yourself with them, and renew them often.  Never throw them away, and put them in your mind.  Remember that the mind is the watchman of the soul, and you must be on your guard because the enemy is lurking around.  No matter how spiritual and mature you think that you may be, it is true that many mighty prophets and teachers have fallen.  So set your mind on the things of God and never look back!

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