What we think and believe about ourselves has tremendous impact on soooo much of our lives. What I allow to wander through my cranial cavity can determine much more than I realize. The health of my body, soul, and spirit has much to do with what I think and believe.
In yesterday’s sermon at Castle Rock Bible Church, we looked at a hunchback woman who had been so for 18 years. Think about it, much of her daily view was the ground. Jesus in his compassionate state said, “this woman, our sister, a relative in the promise of Abraham, one of our family, needs to be free from this oppression.” He even pinpointed the reason for the influence. Satan and his wily kingdom had set up camp in her body causing tremendous damage. In his empathetic state, Jesus sidestepped the built-up rules of Sabbath to provide relief to this woman. In the process, revealed the hearts of the crowd into two definite camps.
One of the many points in discussing her ailment was that in our western world, the general mindset is that our bodies are our bodies and sickness or disease or difficulty is strictly the result of poor diet, lack of excercise, hereditary, or pumping our bodies with toxins. Western thinking precludes any demonic spiritual influence on our body, soul, and spirit. Not so in the eastern world, of which Jesus is a part. They have no problem understanding how the spiritual world has a significant impact on the physical world.
In a rather introductory fashion, the idea of agreements was postulated as part of the reason for illness. What we believe about ourselves can have an impact on the health of our bodies as well as a cyclical pattern of thinking which can be damaging and unhealthy. If we believe lies about ourselves rather than the truth of Father, darkness and malady can reign in our beings.
This is why Romans 12:1-2 are so important. “Therefore, I urge (parakaleo, recall Facing the Giants and the death crawl), folks, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God– this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
The thought just occured to me– I hear of folks who struggle to know Father’s will for their lives (whether general or specific), maybe it is because minds are not renewed, but still in agreement with negative ideas about themselves, causing difficulty in sound thinking.
I suggest you spend some time praying about agreements you have made with either Father or the enemy regarding you life. Ask Father to reveal to you where it is in your life you walk in truth or in lies. If you are sincere in your search, He is responsive to such requests and diligence.
Every day I receive an email from the folks at Ransomed Heart Ministries. They are faithful in providing poignant, quality material viable for contemplation through out the day. Interesting that today’s material deals with agreements. Here is their post:
The devil has more temptations than an actor has costumes for the stage. And one of his all-time favorite disguises is that of a lying spirit, to abuse your tender heart with the worst news he can deliver-that you do not really love Jesus Christ and that you are only pretending, you are only deceiving yourself. (William Gurnall)
Satan is called in Scripture the Father of Lies (John 8:44). His very first attack against the human race was to lie to Eve and Adam about God, and where life is to be found, and what the consequences of certain actions would and would not be. He is a master at this. He suggests to us-as he suggested to Adam and Eve-some sort of idea or inclination or impression, and what he is seeking is a sort of “agreement” on our part. He’s hoping we’ll buy into whatever he’s saying, offering, insinuating. Our first parents bought into it, and look what disaster came of it. The Evil One is still lying to us, seeking our agreement every single day.
Your heart is good. Your heart matters to God. Those are the two hardest things to hang on to. I’m serious-try it. Try to hold this up for even a day. My heart is good. My heart matters to God. You will be amazed at how much accusation you live under. You have an argument with your daughter on the way to school; as you drive off, you have a nagging sense of, Well, you really blew that one. If your heart agrees-Yeah, I really did-without taking the issue to Jesus, then the Enemy will try to go for more. You’re always blowing it with her. Another agreement is made. It’s true. I’m such a lousy parent. Keep this up and your whole day is tanked in about five minutes. The Enemy will take any small victory he can get. It moves from You did a bad thing to You are bad. After a while it just becomes a cloud we live under, accept as normal.
(Waking the Dead , 152-53)
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