MAKING GOD'S THOUGHTS OUR THOUGHTS
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By: Ceci Sullivan
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God's voice created the heavens and the earth. Jesus was the Word made flesh that dwelt among us full of grace and truth. Words are life or death.
Faith comes through hearing the word. This is why we need to speak to God, The Holy Ghost, not justthink to Him. And we need to have faith that we will be deaf unto satan, and alive unto the voice of God. For His Sheep hear His voice and the voice of a stranger they won't follow. If we are sincere with God He will be sincere with us, but if we are double-minded we will receive nothing from the Lord.
I've been thinking about whose voice we hear in our thoughts. The devil is the father of lies, he speaks to his children, he has a voice. That's why Jesus said, You are OF your father the devil, his works will you do, he was a murderer (lightly esteemer) from the beginning and ABODE NOT IN THE TRUTH BECAUSE THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM.
The devil prophesied to Eve a lie about God and that He didn't mean what He said. We do "hear" thoughts in our head, God hears them, the devil hears them. There are several scriptures that talk about God knowing the secrets of our heart. He knows our hidden motives and intentions, even when we don't tell ourselves the truth, and He will reward us all according to not only our works but our motives and intention.
I had a dream a couple of nights ago where I was speaking to a group of women about "the fellowship of Jesus' suffering." It's the cup most don't drink. It's the cup that brings Godly sorrow, for those who take it up.
It's when others sin against us that we can REALLY KNOW how OUR SIN affected Jesus, how He felt about our sin. We don't get it when we repent, but we can GET IT, when we see our sin through the actions and sins of others against us.
There was a man in our past who after several years of knowing us, came face to face with the enemies of his soul. (That's where the Angel of the Lord promises to take us. Ex.23) He was faced with his lust, greed and covetousness due to what he had done to some people in several situations.
He divorced his wife to marry his lover; he hid the fact that he and his whole family believed his father murdered his mother, but due to his father being wealthy none of the children exposed what they really believed in their hearts. His father was a prominent member in the community. Rather than walking in love and faith in all his relationships, and repenting of his sins, he withdrew, and was offended. He lived accusing others and excusing himself, but years later (he had been deceiving himself so long and destroying his soul), he finally acted it out. He shot himself to death with a gun. There comes a time in all of our lives that we must face the sins we committed that nailed Jesus to the cross, if we are ever to know the joy of our salvation. This is a man who would not fall on the Rock and the Rock fell on him. Jesus (THE TRUTH) was a stone of offense. This man shot himself about five years ago.
The story doesn't end here. We met a young couple a few years later, when this man was alive. He slandered us to these people so they withdrew. They could hear lies about us, they were covering their own sin too, and not prospering.) We heard yesterday this guy drank a bottle of Windex and died two days ago. The curse of the one he received came upon him, sad to say.
I thought of the "mystery" of iniquity. The devil tries to speak to us just like He did Jesus. He's a lying prophet who comes to steal, kill and destroy, and without Jesus, and being able to "hear" God's voice, we could all let the devil prophecy our doom. Jesus said "if you receive a prophet in the name of a prophet, you will receive his reward." (You'll see with new eyes.) This man received a prophet...the one who prophesies lies, the father of all lies, and it killed him too. I've been there, it's the kingdom of deceiving and being deceived. And if we won't be honest and care about our motive and intentions, we will truly be given over to believe lies, and be damned. (2 Thess. 2:10, it's a promise too.) God will give us over, if we want to lie and believe lies, it will be done unto us according to our faith.
I was suicidal at one point too, and what I had to admit was that I had gotten saved for my own happiness, to please MYSELF. I had to change my focus, lose my life to find it, live to please God instead of myself. I had to stop hiding in the dark - confess my sins, and pray to be healed.
As A Man Thinketh, So Is He! "On that day when God, by Jesus Christ, will judge men in regard to the things which they conceal (their hidden thoughts)." Romans 2:16 amp. Are you unchaste in your thought? Vs.22 Looking at the word "chaste" ..... am I celibate, clean, immaculate, innocent, proper, pure, unblemished, unsullied, virtuous, virginal, in my thoughts? Am I ordering my thoughts aright? Do we really believe the Lord knows our works and our thoughts?
(Ps.94:11, 139:2, Isa.66:18, I Cor.3:20, Ps.139:3)
"You understand my thought afar off. But Jesus knowing (seeing) their thoughts, said, Why do you think evil and harbor malice in your hearts?"
"Curse not the King, not even in your thoughts." (Ecc.10:20) "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, (secret thought) whether it be good or evil."
"Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord."
"My thoughts are not your thoughts," says the Lord.
"My thoughts are higher than your thoughts." (Is.55:7-9)
Are we sinning against God, or against our brother in our thoughts? (Most Christians don't go there, sad to say.)
"0 Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved! How long shall your iniquitous and grossly offensive thoughts lodge within you?"
(Jer-4:141) "Deliver those who are led away to death, and spare not to redeem those who are held to be slain. If you say "behold I did not know it, then know it is God who searches the thought of the heart, and He who keeps your soul knows it, and shall render to every man according to his works."
(Ps. 24:11-12 Peshitta) Is it possible that what we do about what we think will be how God is going to reward us one day? Maybe it's the cause for the curse in our lives when we don't look at these things.
"For the tree is known and recognized and judged by its fruit ..... For out of the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks." (Been eating up God's children as one eats bread and not calling on Him lately?)
"The good man from his inner good treasure flings forth good things, and the evil man out of his inner evil storehouse flings forth evil things, but I tell you on the day of judgment, men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, non-working) word they speak. For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced." (Matt.12:36).
"What I have come to learn about myself is: whatever thoughts I allow or disallow, go, into the treasure chest of my heart, and it is from this treasure chest that I speak! ...." Ps.7:9 (amp.) "For you, who try the hearts and emotions, and thinking powers, are a righteous God." Rev.2:23
(amp) "I am He who searches minds, (the thoughts, feelings, and purposes, and the inmost hearts, and I will give to each of you the reward for what you have done, as your work deserves!" Jer-17:9-10
"... the heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it (perceive, understand, be acquainted with his own heart and mind)?? I the Lord search the mind, I try the heart, even to give to every man according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings?"
I have to ask myself sincerely, "Am I really living to lay down my life for my brother? Do I guard and protect myself through not Loving my brother with all my heart, all my mind, and, all my strength, because of how it might affect me?? Am I really allowing God to speak to me about my private thoughts towards my brother so that I do what is right on his behalf?
Jesus said, "If we love Him, we will keep His commandments, and the new commandment He gave unto us was ...is .... I give you a new commandment that you should love one another! Whoever says he is in the light and yet lightly esteems his brother, is in darkness until now. Whoever loves his brother, abides and lives in the light, there is no occasion for stumbling or cause for err or sin. We know we have passed from death unto life, because we love our brother!"
Philp.2:2-5 "Complete my joy by being in one accord and one love and one soul and one mind. Do nothing through strife or vainglory, but in humility let every one regard his neighbor better than himself! Let no one be mindful only of his own things, but let everyone be mindful of the things of his neighbor also!"
"Let this same attitude and purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: (let him be your example in humility)! For what man knows the mind (thoughts) of man, except the spirit of man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the mind (thoughts) of God, except the spirit of God."
I Cor. 2:11-14 "... but the natural, non-spiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts, teachings and revelations of the spirit of God, for they are meaningless nonsense to him: he is incapable of knowing them, because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated! But the spiritual man tries, examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things. For who has known or understood the mind, the counsels and purposes of the Lord, so as to guide and instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ and do hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes of his heart! He lived a life of constantly laying down his life for his brother, the greater purpose, and for the benefit of God and His Kingdom .... as the perfect example ... that we would be in the world as He was in the world!"
"Do not worry over things, but always by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! Whatever is true, whatever is honest, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of the things (fix your minds on them)!" Phil. 4:6-8 (amp)
Heb.5:11-14 "Since you have become dull in your spiritual hearing and sluggish even slothful in achieving spiritual insight! For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God's word. You have come to need milk, not solid food. For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and un-skilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action). He is a mere infant (not able to talk yet), but solid food is for full grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between good and evil (the law of the Spirit) of God and love ... or the mind of the flesh, which leads to death!" God does not want us to be wimps in the spirit of our minds. We need to exercise our senses, develop our mental faculties, practice and train them to resist the devil. Submit to God .... not the father of lies. We need to be as professionally trained athletes, being renewed in the spirit of our mind!
Eph. .4:23 "Be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude). Put on the new nature, created in God's image, in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, rejecting all falsity, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one Body and members one of another!"
We are the ones who must choose which cup we will drink from, which table we will partake of! Lies and accusations, or truth and love. Are we in our mind accusing others and excusing ourselves, or do we pray, getting revelation and instruction for how we may love and help one another? Are our thoughts patterned after defending ourselves, or are we allowing the spirit of God (love) to teach us how to wash one another's feet and serve one another? The mind set on the flesh is death ... the mind set on the spirit (of benevolent love and truth) is life and peace!
Heb.12:3 "Let us be careful not to faint in our minds!" "Think of Him who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting, in your minds". "If we suffer with him, so shall we reign with him! For to us it has been granted the privilege, for Christ's sake not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake. You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he commits himself, leans on, and confidently hopes in You!"
Is.26-3 "For God did not give us (but the devil would like to give us) a spirit of fear (timidity, cowardice, craven, cringing, panic), but He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of calm and well balanced mind and discipline and self-control."
2 Cor.10:4 "For the weapons of our warfare are not physical, but are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds Inasmuch as we refute: contradict, disagree, deny, negate, rebuff, reject, veto, renounce, disagree, object, opposes, protest, refuse, scorn, shunt arguments and theories and reasoning's and every proud and lofty thing, that sets itself up against the true knowledge of God; and we lead every thought captive to the obedience of Christ!"
2 Cor. 10:4-5; 11:3 "But now I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from whole-hearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ! So brace up your minds: be sober, circumspect, morally alert set your hope wholly and unchangeably on the grace that is coming when Jesus is revealed. Live as children of obedience."
l Pet.1:13 The battlefield is in the mind! You're called to be a soldier, it's fight or be overcome! (There is no neutral ground)! Allow the Holy Spirit to direct and control you, for the mind of the flesh with its carnal thoughts and purposes is hostile to God. Don't cater to the appetites and impulses of the carnal nature. Live according to the Spirit, controlled by the desires of the Spirit, set your mind and seek those things which gratify ..the Holy Spirit!"
Rm-8:5-9 "Forsake all human reasoning and thought. Let God's thoughts become your thoughts. Hide His word in your heart, that you won't be found sinning against Him!"
Is. 58:13 "If you turn away from doing your own pleasure on my holy day, not going your own way or seeking or finding your own pleasure or speaking your own idle words (which we will if we are thinking our own thoughts)! It is said of the children of Israel, that God was not in all their thoughts! "Not everyone who says to Him Lord ,Lord, will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but those who do the will of God!"
We need to know the difference between God's will and ours and we won't if we aren't sincere with God about our motives. It's a better option than being a wound, refusing to be healed due to our own rebellion.
As we obey in thought, word, and deed, we can lead others in obedience to God in thought, word and deed! May we not give into obeying lies & lying spirits.
"Let us become the children of OBEDIENCE, that we may bear fruit after our own kind (Gen.1:11-12) And thus Glorify Our Father in Heaven!"
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