Soldiers of the CROSS


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Hey everyone,

I read this very encouraging article and I had to share it with you.

In our lives there are so many distractions or what can become distractions, for instance: the economy, families, horrible jobs, great jobs, survival or friends etc.. Now for those of us who are trying to live to please God, by trying to follow all His commandments, it gets hard sometimes. For some of us we: cry, complain, curse, lock ourselves away, keep malice with God (poor us), sulk like children, become jealous and envious of those who are not having it as hard as we think we are, pray more, spend more time in God’s presence, meditate and speak God’s word over our lives and in our situations and sadly some of us becomes impatient, forget our purpose and turn away from God.

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1 Corinthians 16:13-14

(13) Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. (14) Let all that you do be done with love.
New King James Version

Are we not in a spiritual fight? Do we not face an adversary that wants to destroy us? Have we not committed ourselves to give our lives, if necessary? Matthew Poole, who published his commentary in 1685, makes a good point when speaking of “quit ye like men” (“be brave”, NKJV):

. . . you are as soldiers fighting against the world, the flesh, and the devil; do not behave yourselves like children, whom the least opposition will terrify and throw down; but like men, with a spiritual courage and fortitude, becoming such who have so good a Captain, and so good a cause.

The “captain of their salvation” (Hebrews 2:10) is our commanding officer in battle. Our Captain has given us the equipment we need to carry out our duties: these four imperatives. All of them—watching, standing firm in the faith, acting like men, and being strong—can be considered as masculine traits due to the military analogies; but they are not limited to men, nor should they be.

Satan has perverted the minds of today’s world to the point that these traits are regarded negatively. Feminists might concede that men are strong and courageous, in some cases, but foolishly so. We are told that women are loving and nurturing and these qualities are to be preferred. So much so that homosexuality is considered normal and a man that truly acts like a man is abnormal—a Neanderthal. It is a mixed-up world indeed.

However, these traits are not mutually exclusive! Notice what Paul says in verse 14: “Let all that you do be done with love.” Verse 13 is not for lumberjacks, and verse 14, for women and sensitive, new-age males! Not at all. As Christians, we are to “be men” and do all with love. Is not love showing concern for others? In the Christian fight, are not watching, standing in the faith, exhibiting courage, and being strong—in order to protect their loved ones and their way of life—showing love? Certainly!

The entire book of I Corinthians is, as Henry Halley says, “Mainly about Certain Church Disorders.” Brethren met in their homes and small halls in one of the largest, richest, and most important cities of the Roman Empire. The brethren there were faced with decadence, temptation, and vices of every sort. They experienced corruption on a grand scale. There were factions and competing groups. Sound familiar? Truly, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Our lives to this point have been difficult, and more tough times lie ahead. We know that God will provide. God is faithful (I Corinthians 1:9), and we do not need to worry about how He will do it. Instead, we need to take care of our end of the deal: to be ever-vigilant, standing firm in the faith, courageous and strong, doing everything in concern for others. All this is summed up by andrizomai: quit ye like men!

— Mike Ford
http://www.theberean.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Home.showBerean/BereanID/8165/1-Corinthians-16-13-14.htm

God never promised that life serving Him would be a bed of roses on this earth, in fact He said in John 15 that we would be hated, BUT…. But what you may ask, well I think you should go for you BIBLE and get to reading to find out the answer. For new believers start with the book of John.

Love you all in Christ.

Shalom

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How to rewire/renew your mind Pt. 3


HERE IS THE KEY TO REWIRING/RENEWING OUR MINDSbible_read_me

Well this is the first step: start reading the bible daily; know what it says especially about the areas in our minds that needs rewiring/renewing. In the old testament the people said that they wrote the word on their hearts so that they would not sin against God. (rephrased psalms 119:11)

Second step: plug into the word of God by meditating on the chapters and verses that you need.
Plug into His word
med·i·tate
/ˈmedəˌtāt/
Verb
Think deeply or focus for a time for spiritual purposes or to relax.
Think deeply or carefully about (something).
Synonyms
contemplate – think – muse – ponder – reflect – cogitate

Replace the negative thoughts that hold us back in the past with the words of truth. Those negative thoughts separates us from God and creates openings in our lives for Satan and His forces of darkness to work in our lives.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Satan comes to KILL STEAL AND DESTROYS US.. HE AND HIS DEMONS HATE US!! Jesus Christ came that we may have life and have it abundantly.

Why does Satan attacks our minds more than anything else? Well, the real battle takes place in our minds and if he controls our minds then he controls us…. The word of God says: as a man thinketh so is he. Lets go back to Eve, when the serpent went to her he played with her mind. He caused her to rethink what God said and she wrongly entertained him….Genesis 3: 1-4 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

TAKING IT FURTHER: How could an adult look at a baby/child and have sexual desires for them? How can parents sell their eight year old daughters to men five times their age into marriage. How can someone hack another human being limb from limb? How can people go on church pulpit and scam the people? How can we hate others and say we love God? How can we envy or be jealous of our brothers because we are not pleased with our own lives.

The bible says, submit to God then we can resist the devil (rephrased). We can not resist the devil on our own. Satan has been around for a long time before us; he studies us, he knows our weakness and he will milk it.

THIRD STEP: Speak the word of God over our lives. Say it!!! The bible says we have life and death in our tongues.. Speak it over, over and over again, speak it until you have total freedom over the wrong mindsets that you have. It is like this, I have been learning to play the keyboard for over ten years (HAHA) and I still need lessonsplaying keyboard. Why you may ask? Well, I have not been persistent, I have never practice until I mastered it hence, each time I resume lessons I am still at level 2, when I should be at mastery. Also, remember that it is not by our might or power but that it happens by the Spirit of the Lord our God.

CHECK THIS OUT: For instance, you struggle with rejection. Satan says you are a reject, right BUT God says IN John 15: I chose you, you did not choose ME. God says, you are predestined and called, by Him. Another one: Maybe most of your life people have said you are worthless and no good. God says in Jeremiah 29:11 for I know the plans I have for you says God, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.

These are just a few ways our minds can be renewed. God did not create us to stay under the thumb of Satan. He says that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. God warned us that we would go through hard times, read John 15 but He says that His grace is sufficient for us. He says in our weakness He is made strong.

STEP FOUR: worship, praise and pray to God. Listen as He speaks as well and be obedient to His leading.

These are just a few steps that will help us to rewire or renew our minds from wrong mindsets.

Listen, if God sent His Son to die for our salvation and resurrect Him for our justification, why would He want to harm us. After all He is God, He can do whatever He wants.
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How to rewire/renew your mind Pt. 2


ThinkethShalom friends,

I am continuing on the topic rewiring/renewing the mind.

What is mindset?
According to Web definitions: mindset is an habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations.

In my last post I shared a clip from a christian’s view and his experience of having his mind/brain rewired/renewed. In this post I will share an article from http://www.mind-sets.com/html/mindset/when_your_mindset_was_formed_created.htm
This article informs us how mind-sets are formed and how the mind can be rewired the website above.

WHEN MIND-SETS ARE FORMED

For most of us, our mind-sets were CREATED FOR US, at an early age. Whether though parents, teachers or friends, we readily absorbed what we were told. As we had little or no other point of reference we eagerly accepted new offered knowledge and were not in the best position to critically evaluate what we were told. If reinforced, either verbally or through experience this new knowledge became deeply rooted and embedded within us and began to form our beliefs about how the world operates and our place within it.

Later in life we may have experienced events and circumstances that contradicted what we thought we already knew, even on occasion allowing us to modify slightly a deep rooted belief or mind-set, but mostly we are stuck with what we were told early on and what has been our reference point for much of our lives.

Research across many disciplines including physics, neurology, psychology and education have shown that your mind-set is formed by the combined interaction of habitual thoughts and the corresponding images and emotions they elicit. More importantly it appears that once your thoughts and emotions have become habitual, they form a neural network that keeps the mind-set habitually in place. Keeping you, literally, on automatic.

Your mind-set and its associated neural network will continue developing and become stronger the more you REPEAT and PRACTICE the mind-set. The more habitual your thoughts, the stronger the neural network. The stronger the neural network, the stronger the mind-set regardless of whether your thoughts are positive OR negative.

If you are locked into a negative mind-set about something then you are likely to keep repeating to yourself the negative self-talk surrounding it and to continue to ‘see’ things a certain way. This becomes self-fulfilling until you totally believe it. On the other hand if you have a positive mind-set regarding something then this is usually reinforced also. In effect we see what we want to see. Hear what we want to hear and ultimately BE what we think we should be. Whatever we believe, we tend to prove ourself right – over and over again.

LETS DIG DEEPER – Lets go to the book with all the answers,The bible

PART 3 COMING SOON

How to renew/rewire our minds


Hi all,

The church I attend has presently embarked on a study about renewing our minds. What does God’s word says about that, what does the world says about it, how is it done and can it be done.
Rewiring the brain

I am so grateful that we are on this topic because there are some very hurtful memories that Satan uses to plague me from childhood to present. Sometimes it is so bad that I would pray some ridiculous request to God, asking that these memories or thoughts would be permanently erased. I finally prayed the right thing, which was to ask God for help. He instructed me what to do, which is to: study, meditate and speak His word. This method would help but then I would get impatient with myself because I was not being healed fast enough. I then believed that they would never go away, that they were always going to be a hindrance in my life ( 😦 ). Thanks be to God my hope has been renewed that I do not have to live in defeat to these memories longer and you dont have to live a defeated life either. God’s word say in Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Check out this testimony of how God can help us and has help Dr. Paul Hegstrom:

Scripture references:

Joshua 1:8-9

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Ephesians 4: 22-23

To put off your old self which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,

What does the non-christian scientists say?

TO BE CONTINUED