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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Strong Mind pt1

Dear beloved: As many people these days are suffering from effects of despair, discouragement, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide, it is well to know what the word of God has to say about how we can strengthen our mind and stand up to the devastating attacks of the enemy of our souls.  Our mind and our heart, our will, and emotions all go together to make up what the bible calls the soul (gr. psyche), that eternal part of our being that represents what many would recognize as their personality, that part of themselves that uniquely defines who they are.  The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thess. 5:23, Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So we are a tripartite being, the body which is mortal and will be laid down in the grave, is listed last and though also recognizable as uniquely you, is the least important of the three as the other two parts are eternal.

Our brain, which is the body part most think of when  discussing the mind, is a complex organism responsible for the complex thought and neural coordination required to meditate, contemplate, and make logical decisions.  But the mind is much more than just the physical organ of the brain, and this is where the concept of heart and soul come in.  The mind also includes our passion, our desires, our will to do or not do something. In Matthew 22:37, Jesus told a lawyer who questioned him asking, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"  Jesus answered him saying, v37, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind." v38  " This is the great and foremost commandment."   Then He went on to say, v 39, "and the second is like it.  You shall love your neighbor as yourself." v40 "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."  So Jesus was basically saying, you can sum up all of life, your position before God and your position with your fellow man, in these two statements.  So we know also from these statements that it is God's will that our mind be whole and complete, that it not be fragmented and fractured and full of despair and evil thoughts, but that it be made complete to function properly in a way that allows us to make wise decisions, and at the same time allow us to have the peace and joy that God desires for us.

Through the soul the enemy comes against us and makes "ties" with us, or agreements, to get us to walk in the kingdom of darkness, hate God, and eventually hate ourselves, and our fellow man.  We make these ties in many different ways, some knowingly through conscious decisions we actively participate in, and other times it is through family curses handed down to us through the decisions our ancestors have made.  These decisions bring about generation curses, not in the blood per se, but by means of familiar spirits that are assigned to harass us and torment us, and have followed our families for generations.  Amos 3:3 Do two men walk together unless they have made an agreement?   And so it is with soul ties, when we make agreement or appointment with anything in the demonic realm, anything that goes against the knowledge of God in our life, then we open ourselves up to ties that bind our soul to the kingdom of darkness.  I will be speaking more on these soul ties in the days ahead, as we look at how we can free ourselves from the kingdom of darkness, and move over into the kingdom of light, and see the hope and future that God has promised us in His word.  May God bless you today as you pray.  in Christ, Jim

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