Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 23

Constructive or Destructive Power – Part 1; Talking Heart2Heart

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Constructive Power flows in unity and more freely while the destructive power is tangled and chaotic….

This is a spin-off of an earlier post “You Who Speak Your Mind,” which is a subject that constantly need attention in our society. There’s an assumption of “I can say, what I want and to whom I want” is running rapidly, but make no mistake about it there are consequences.  Matthew 12:36 “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” So how do we limit this out of control type of behavior? Accountability is key to (intent to harm) because it’s a form of premeditation, so by holding one responsible for their actions will lessen the destructive power as a result of negative actions. Destructive power usually cause a domino effect because this is a “dog eat dog world” (no pun intended). In reality Freedom of speech can have constructive or destructive power, but it starts with the process of thought that is followed by an action.

free-speechFreedom of speech is the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, so what exactly does that mean? Well, what it means and how it’s delivered is very different. Freedom of speech is a citizens right to express themselves and to be respected as well. Dr. Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass and many others started the Civil Rights Movement by exercising the right to express individuality and beliefs. Matthew 15:11 “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” They are definitely among the list of the true leaders of past times who paved the way for you and I. They demonstrated the power of constructive behavior by standing tall and firm upon their beliefs. They fought for the very freedom in which we benefit from today, but the ungrateful attitude is disrespectful to their effort for change. So to say in the least we should be thankful for the pain, labor, sweat, and struggle they endured for our future.

This world is a better place because of the constructive power set in motion decades ago by speaking out and demanding freedom for all. So how powerful are words in general? When words are spoken directly or indirectly, the force is based on its intent. So do you make it a habit to take part in constructive or destructive power when you open your mouth? Which behavior do you take part in? Are you a part of the problem or the solution?

When words are spoken, many times it’s without thought or concern for others. Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” Many have become such selfish people, so as long as things are working out for number one, life is good. It’s a conscious choice to unleash destructive or constructive power which will end in a positive or a negative way, so you choose.

PrintThere’s a saying of “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Not true because broken bones mend after a few weeks, but the pain of negative words can last a lifetime. So if you are one who use this phrase “stop it.”  Words take on a life of its own only when they are released, and then the intent will decide the outcome.


May 06

The Enemy From Within; Talking Heart2Heart

 

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THE ENEMY FROM WITHIN…SEEKS TO DESTROY.

Facing one issue in life or another is quite common, but the outcome of these issues are really based on the actions of the person. You must be disciplined, focused, have self-control, and determination. Some face problems in stride, and seem to recover without even missing a beat. While others struggle with the enemy from within, everyone will experience a meeting with this enemy on occasion. When talking about the enemy from within, it’s the battle that takes place in the mind. You may know what you are supposed to do, but then the chatter in the mind begins. The chatter causes you to waver in your decision, and now the battle begins. James 1:8 “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (translation) A person who has doubts is thinking about two different things at the same time but can’t make up his mind about anything.

The chatter is designed to distract you from succeeding, but you have the ability to control your own thoughts. 2 Corinthians 10:5 “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” So you must take control of your thoughts and not allow them to control or lead you. The enemy from within will destroy your life if you don’t take control of your every thought. You must aim your thoughts in the direction in which you wish them to go because this enemy will use glamor and shine to entice you to follow its lead, so don’t fall for this trick. You do not have control over thoughts as they come to your mind, but you do have the ability to overthrow the enemy from within by taking control of those thoughts.

Every thought is just a thought, until it is put into action. Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” You have the power to set the mood in motion to take part by refusing to yield to your surroundings, situations, or pressures. The environment lurks with several reasons to become emotional throughout the day. So you have to make a sound decision to start each day with a positive attitude and declaring that you are the head in every situation and not the tail. Deuteronomy 28:13 “If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.”

Dealing with the enemy from within is a battle that all must tackle, but unfortunately all will not conquer. You must face this battle with a forceful attitude of determination. Daily living upon this earth can be quite challenging, but there is hope as you face the individual demons. Demons are any and everything that is opposed to God and the plan he has for you. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” The enemy from within will continue to show up on a daily basis, and only you can defeat it. This fight is an ongoing battle, and you must enter each day with the intent to destroy the attempt of this enemy.

THIS IS THE BATTLE IN THE MIND...

THIS IS THE BATTLE TAKING PLACE IN THE MIND…

There is power available to help you in this battle of warfare in the mind. Every conflict you may ever have will start in the mind, as you are literally in a struggle of tug-of-war. The tug-of-war is the best demonstration that brings an understanding to what the enemy from within represents which is destruction on every level. This war can sometimes make you feel helpless in many ways, but this battle is not yours it’s the LORD’S. You must not lean-to your understanding but trust in the word of God and its power. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” So even though this enemy will come to your mind again and again, the word of God will deliver you from it all. Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” Just remember you are equipped by God with the power to face and to bring down this enemy.

This Battle in the Mind; starring the Enemy (Satan)

http://youtu.be/3LpP6jUwhhs

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