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Power Of Suggestion

Has anyone ever found themselves worrying about something that they know in their heart of hearts; is rediculous?

The power of suggestion is an extremely strong force.  This concept dictates that the mind will follow it's thoughts.  A great deal of sdvertising uses the power of suggestion to make people remember their jingles and their products.  They will flood us with their literature and TV commercials and eventually you have it in your head.

This power can also be used for malicious and terribles means.  For example, say you were at home and your husband/wife was driving to a country town that night.  Later that evening you hear on the radio that there has been a major accident on the freeway which your partner was driving on.  In  your mind you start to worry about them, so you call them on their phone.  There's no answer.  Now your mind will start to find ways to justify that worry.  It will build scenarios and draw connections and conclusions which reinforce the idea that your loved-one has been killed in that accident.  Now you start to panic.  In fact, the reality of the situation is that your partner had stopped for a coffee on the way to their destination and the reason why they didn't answer the phone is because they left it in the car while they were in the coffee shop.  Do you see how the mind can work against us when worry and fear are involved.

The enemy knows how our minds work, and can set such chainreactions in motion.  The enemy can implant images, concepts and thoughts in your head and will try to make them seem like the truth and more than that; the truth about you.  The more you worry that a lie is true, the more your mind will try to find ways to reinforce and justify those lies to make them seem like the truth.  Revelation 20:10 refers to Satan as the deceiver of the brethren:

"And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever."

He will take your worst fears and tempt you to believe that they are a reality, so be on guard!  As Christians, it is our duty to put on the full armour of God everyday.  The armour is described in detail in Ephesians 6:11.  I would like to draw special attention to the helmet of salvation.  The helmet protects your mind from the enemy and the fleshy thinking of our human bodies.  The thoughts and attacks of the enemy are what Paul referes to in this book as: "firey darts".  Use your shield of faith to deflect these arrows.  Know who you are in Christ and know that who the enemy says you are, is an absolute lie!

In this same defensive manner, be careful about what you think about.  The power of suggestion is powerful and can lead yout o be deceived and confused about who you really are and what is really happening around you.

In 2 Corintheans 10:5, Paul says:

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

This MUST be done on a mental level and spiritual one!  I cannot stress this enough.  Allow the Lord our God to be in control of our thought life.  Plead the blood of Jesus over you and the Holy Spirit into you at the start of every day to be one with God in his strength, His truth and His wisdom.  Remember, he IS the way, the truth and the life of each and every Christian.

I leave you this week with one of my favourite scripture from Philipians 4:8-9:

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."

By: Paul Hersee
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The Accuser Of The Brothers

Another situation to ponder people!  Around a month ago, I re-dedicated my life to the Lord.  It has been a trying and at times indescribable experience as I rediscovered what I feel I may have lost some time ago. 

Each and every one of us who are covered by the blood of Jesus Chrsit, are dangerous to the forces of darkness in this world.  Satan does not want you to have the Lord's favour and I have discovered that the primary "arena" in which he likes to operate is our minds!  I have recently experienced a period of time where I have found myself reliving the sins of my past.  And, in retrospect I have learned that there were many aspects to my past sins which I was blind to at the time.  You see, not only does Satan seek to lead us to sin, but he seeks to keep us there with guilt and condemnation.

God's love for us is SO great and unimaginable that we cannot comprehend how he can simply blot out our sins and whip them away forever! 

 “He has done this through the death on the cross of His own human body, and now as a result Christ has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are standing before Him with nothing left against you—nothing left that He could even chide you for” (Col 1:22)

Satan is described in the Book Of Revelations as the "accuser of the bretheren".  He's purpose in accusing us is to separate us from God.  If we feel low within ourselves, this causes us to draw away from God.  But, this is exactly what we must not do! Psalm 73:28 says: "But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds."

So, stand strong in what you know that gospel says about you!  You are only clay and you are not perfect, but through the sacrifice and victory of Christ, you are made clean of all transgressions!  You may make mistakes, and things may go wrong for you, but you ARE the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!  Stand tall in authority!  Let go of your sins and mistakes which have been forgiven and stand stordy against the enemy.  Know the tricks of the enemy so that you will not fall victim to them!  I have found that the workings of the enemy are clever and many, but know this: If it is something which makes you doubt God or urself, and if it is something which draws away from what the bible teaches; then it is the work of the enemy and must be ignored!

Good life family!

By: Paul Hersee
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My Friends, I have been a Christian my whole life, but in recent days I found myself looking back at my life and realising that in certain areas of my life, I had fallen away and done things which the world may accept, but Christian life does not. I prayed to God repeatedly and asked for forgiveness, and although I have no doubt that he forgave me, I felt as though I could do more. I went to church and recommitted my life to the Lord. It was a beautiful, life-changing experience. Since then, I have been in constant prayer to God becasue I still feel bad about low places which I allowed myself to fall into, and today I was praying and God spoke to me. He said: "You did these things because of your curiosity, and the enemy used the opportunity to draw you in. You have been a threat to him always and he took that chance to strike you. But, I have forgiven you. Do not allow your guilt to give him something else and keep you from me. Do not try to understand why you sinned, but rather, do not sin in those ways again and you will stay pure always." It was a beautiful thing. It was humbling to feel so blessed in that moment and I take it with me. Has anyone else ever had trouble letting go of past transgressions?

By: Paul Hersee
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Spreading the good news
I truely believe that we are  God's messangers and we should all stand for the truth and speard God's word. We have access to the net and so many people use it for bad things, like porn and trash like that. We Christians should use it to help our lost brothers and sisters see the way, but also help our fellow Christian who need to be strong or if we need a prayer or just to talk to one another. we should all stand united in Christ our God, who saved us from our own sins and loved us even when we didn't deserve such love. But through the Blood we are Saved. Let's help the blind see... let us all pray daily for the lost

By: Attaya Danial
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