Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Trail

By Chet Nowlen

Last weekend my wife and I took a trip to Montgomery Bell State Park here in Tennessee. We had a wonderful buffet lunch at the hotel in the park and then took a hike on Wild Cat Trail. We had our camera with us and we were like little kids as we were having the best time looking at limbs, broken branches, rocks or whatever we could find that had the shapes of the letters in the alphabet. We found and took pictures of some very interesting letters.

We then drove around the park looking for another great place to hike and we discovered M.B. Trail and Ore Pit Loop trails. We must have walked up and down the hilly trail for about five or six miles and I remember beginning to feel very tired.

I knew we should be getting close to where the vehicle was parked because I could see it in the distance. I remember feeling concerned because the trail was leading us away from our vehicle. I remember the thought came to my mind that we are on the wrong trail and we should go back. Then I heard my spirit speak to my mind, will, and emotion, “don’t be afraid, stay focused on the trail and you will reach your destination.” Then I realized that our mind, will and emotions can cause us to get off track and cause us to miss out on the things we desire. Our mind will and emotions can cause us to give up on our journey and turn around and go back the way we came never reaching our destination.

The mind, will, and emotions is how the enemy comes against us. He uses trickery and deception to cause us to get off track by whispering thoughts of fear or with words like these; “You are not going to make it, you’d better turn around and give up on your dream, your goal, your desire, your destination.”

Jesus said that we can have whatsoever we say:

22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Mark 11: 22-24 New King James Version

Notice the key words; “and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Satan hates us so much he wants to destroy us. He cannot physically do it because he is a spirit therefore cannot operate in the physical world without the use of a body. He can only accomplish his goal of destroying you and me through the use of suggestions to our mind will and emotions. He used his trickery on Adam and Eve and he succeeded because he was able to convenience them to relinquish their dominion and authority on the earth to him.

Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 New King James version - Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and he did just that. What Jesus did on the cross took the dominion and authority away from Satan and gave the dominion an authority back to us. Every word that Jesus said was for us to use and defeating the works of the evil one and to be an over-comer in every area of our life.

He came so that we can live life and to live it more abundantly. The enemy does not want to you know this so he keeps whispering in your subconscious thoughts of your past failures and mistakes. He whispers thought of inadequacy, selfishness, and self consciousness.

The Holy Spirit whispers thoughts to your spirit too, but we cannot hear him if our minds are full fear doubt and unbelief. The secret is to listen to your thoughts and your words and if they do not line up with what Jesus would says then rebuke those thoughts and those words in the Name of Jesus. Resist the devil and he will flee from you just as he fled from Jesus when Jesus was tempted by Satan. Jesus set Satan to running because Jesus on replied to Satan’s temptations with a quote from what God had already said.