Monday, December 31, 2007

PUSH

A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might...

So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might!

Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain. Since the man was showing discouragement, the adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind. He will do it every time.

“You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn't moved." Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.

Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough." That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to The Lord.

"Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in Your Service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?"

The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back shiny and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that wh ich you used to have. True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your Faith and trust in My Wisdom. That you have done. Now I, my friend, will move the rock."

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the Faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves the mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong........................Just P.U.S.H.

When the job gets you down....................................Just P.U.S.H.

When people don't do as you think they should........Just P.U.S.H.

When your money is "gone" and the bills are due.....Just P.U.S.H.

When people just don't understand you....................Just P.U.S.H.

P = Pray
U = Until
S = Something
H = Happens

Pass this on to all your loved ones and friends who may need it; they may get it just in time. "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." Friends are like quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly. May God Bless You.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Battles for the Mind (Part 1)

By Chet Nowlen


For years now the LORD has been dealing with my heart about what I call "Fit for the Master's Service" training. We hear a lot of good sermons in church but we do not hear many that teach us how to deal with everyday life. I think to be "Fit for the Master's Service" we must go through some training to win in this war called life. Most people do not realize we are in a war - we are in a war with an unseen enemy that wants to destroy us.


To be a soldier one must go through physical strength training and also training to be mentally prepared to fight and win. The unseen battle takes place in the mind. To gain the strength to fight in this battle we must exercise our mind through the study of the word and prayer. Then we are to put on all the armor, which is the word so that we are prepared for the enemy's attacks. We counter attack the enemy, like Jesus did, by speaking the word back to the enemy.

When Adam gave up his authority on earth to Satan, Satan became the god of this world. Satan stole man's authority and caused man to live under a curse caused by his disobedience. Satan is a spirit being, not a physical being, so the only power Satan had in the physical world was to manipulate man through the mind of man. Man was both a spirit man and a physical man so man was his vehicle to get back at God.

Satan's only weapons against us is in our thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. He deceived Eve with a thought (Genesis 3:1-7). The devil approached Eve and there was no fear, no threat - Eve was calm.

Do you remember something that happened in your past you did and your are not proud of? Do you ever hear words spoken in your mind that remind you of something you are ashamed of and the words sound like you talking? It wasn't a strange voice or you would have said, "Who said that?" When you recognized it was your voice you think you must take responsibility for this thought, idea, or suggestion because it was me that thougt it up. But, it was a seed of Satan. Satan is a ventrilioquist - he can throw his voice and in your way of talking and make you believe it was you talking.

Eve's reply gave no indication that she was in any danger. Eve knew what God said and she even quoted what God said, not exactly correct, but she quoted God. This is how powerful thoughts, ideas, and suggestions can be. Eve knew better - she knew she would die, but the thoughts, ideas, and ideas, waged a war in her mind and she lost. The possibility of her eyes being opened and knowing good and evil were attractive to Eve. She had never considered such before. But here come these external thoughts, ideas, and suggestions into her mind. Thoughts are the fiery darts (the Amplified Bible calls them flaming missles) (Ephesians 6:16). Paul spoke of this battle of the mind in Ephesians 6:11-18.

Lets look at Evidence #1 Genesis 3:1-6
  • has God said
  • you will not surely die
  • your eyes will be opened and you will be like God knowing good and evil
  • he attacks us but we are calm because we do not sense danger
  • his arsenal will the thoughts, ideas and suggestions and will they will sound like they are leading us into a better life, but infact they will be leading us into dispare and defeat.
  • they will logical and reasonable thoughts - they will make sense.
  • It is our job to take control of our thought life - if not the enemy is bombarding us 24/7 with thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.
Knowledge and its proper use wins battles!

Who controls your thought life? Your thought life will ultimately influence your words and your walk (life) that can bring you to the goodness of God or something else you are not going to like very much. We must learn from the mistakes of those that have gone before us. We must understand the importance of maintaining out thought life. As we observe the attacks on Eve it became clear that the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11), the evil day (Ephesians 6:13), and the fiery darts (Ephesians 6:16), are nothing more than thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.

"The devil made me do it!" No he didn't, you lost the battle of the mind, you didn't control your thought life, you didn't keep it lined up with the word of God, and you did like Eve where she looked at the tree saw that is was good for food and the tree could make one wise. Adam and Eve were the wisest and smartest people that have ever lived on the planet earth - they have had no negative DNA or heredity behind them. Adam was smart enought to name all the many different animals and they are still carrying the same name Adam gave them in the very beginning.

Thoughts, ideas, and suggestions, maek you think you are going to get better than what you already have so you think you are disattisfied - you think, "Wow!, she/he looks so good, I wonder what it would be like if I had her/him." You are already with the best. The thoughts, ideas, and suggestions make you think there is something wrong with your mate - she/he's not pretty enough or she/he's is not that. You go out there and get involved and regret it the rest of your life. Some of you are living with guilt right now because of thoughts, ideas, and suggestions - you didn't maintain your thought life, you lost the battle of the mind. You didn't use your armor.

Evidence #2 - We are examining our enemy's past in order to discover his pattern of attack and the devices he uses today called Modus operandi ("often used in the abbreviated forms M.O. or simply Method) is a Latin phrase, approximately translated as "mode of operation". The more we know about our enemy the more predictable he becomes. He's not creative - you know what he's going to do - you know what his attack is going to be - always comes the same way - he doesn't have any new tricks. He's always going to approach you the same way and if you become wise to that you can always perdict what he's going to do an you can always be ready to stand against him because victory is sweeter than defeat.

In Luke 4:1-14 Satan's approach, his attitude and the weapons he uses on Jesus are almost a carbon copy of the attacks he used on Eve. Satan said, "If you are the Son of God . . .", its almost like Satan said, "Hath God said". Satan always says something to cast doubt - if he can get you to cast doubt what God's word said to you and get you to accept the thoughts, ideas, and suggestions that he brings then he'll control your destiny.

He knew who Jesus was but he approached Jesus with words to get him to doubt. That how he wins when he gets us to doubt. Here's how Jeus used his battle armor. He said, "It is written . . ." He didn't quote himself he quoted what His Father said. You can't say what is written if you don't know what God said in His word. Notice Satan didn't debate the rocks and the bread - it was over - he knew he could not win that battle so he went to the next temptation. Satan knows that most Christians are lazy and shiftless and will not take the time to learn so he knows they don't know how to win in thegame. So he'll keep coming back.

Next he took Jesus on a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world. Satan tempted Jesus with the thought "You will be be as Gods, if you will worship me, knowing good and evil." Notice its the same game plan he used on Eve. Jesus quoted what the word says and that was the end of that. Next Satan took Jesus to Jerusalem - why? The battle for the mind was raging but Jesus was maintaining his thought life and He was winning. Satan couldn't do anything so he had to skip over to the next subject.

When He took Jesus to Jerusalem he quoted Jesus scripture. That's why we'd better be up on our game and know what the word says ourselves. Satan twists the word around to deceive us. After Satan failed to seduce Jesus Satan went away to wait for a more opportune time to try again. Satan chooses the battles he thinks he can win. He cannot read your mind but he listens to the words you speak. He listens for weaknesses so he can plant half truths and lies that he hope you will believe.

I hope you got something out of this teaching. I would like to hear from you - please feel free to send me your questions to mywelldone@me.com