Sunday, May 8, 2016

Battlefield Mind


There is a War going on. Oh, I know. You went downtown yesterday. You passed by the park and heard the laughter of the kiddies playing. You looked over and saw them swinging and running around. There is a War going on. You felt the gentle breeze against your face as you smelled the fresh baked goods. There is a War going on. I know I know, the Sun was perfect. The Birds were singing. The temperature was a perfect 76 degrees. There is a War going on. Here is the reality, there IS a War going on, AND, YOU are on one side or the other.

Oh there may be no bombs going off. No bullets fling past your head. But trust me, the Enemy is real. And you must always be prepared to face him. The Word declares that we need to..
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"{1 Peter 5:8}
The Word also tells us this..
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." {Ephesians 6:12}
See, the sad thing is, most people live in their happy little bubbles. They just do. They live in their happy little houses, drive their happy little cars, and they go about their daily routines without a single solitary clue, as to what reality really is. That is, until their happy little bubble is popped. Until something hits home, they do not even really CARE to know what is going on. They, for the most part, are asleep.

They go about their days with a "Carnal Mind." They walk in the flesh, fulfilling the things of the flesh. They, for the most part, do not see beyond themselves and their desires. Some of these desires have been accepted, justified, and even glorified by Man. However, what they do not even know is this...
"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." {Romans 8:6 }
They have to hear the Truth. They have to accept the Truth. Once you hear, and accept, they you can receive. Once you receive, then you can grow and be the New Creature, the Child of God, you have become. However, just like the rest of the kids in the Orphanage, until you become Adopted, you do not even know what it is like to be in a loving and caring Family. You just go about your daily routine.

But we are all Children of God. Right? No. WRONG. We are all Gods Creations, we are NOT all God's Children. Look what Jesus said to the Priests, Rabbis, Rulers of the Synagogues, you know, Religious Folks of the time....
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." {John 8:44}
These were the Holier than Thou club. They thought that they were chosen by God and are better than others because they were on their way to Heaven because they were Religious. They were GREAT at their daily routines and GREAT at following their Religion. They were so good, that they were appointed to positions of power and authority and were even teaching others "The ways of God." Yet? Jesus just called them the Children of the Devil.

So wait, Religion is not the answer?? Wait, you can be Religious and still have a Carnal Mind? Yup. Religion is not the answer. Religion, is a man made concept. Accepting Jesus coming to earth, living for, and dying for you, yet rather, raising from the Dead for you, and being adopted into the Family of God, has NOTHING to do with Religion.

If you have noticed, I always attempt to say Child of God, and not use the word "Christian?" I do this for two primary reasons.

One, being a Christian is NOT simply choosing this Religion over that Religion. Christianity was never intended to be a Religion. It is to be, was always to be, and will always be, a one on one relationship is God. Through the Adoption of the Holy Spirit. That one on one relationship is a DAILY one. Not just an hour a week, or every other week, whenever you feel like going to Church.

Two, most do not even know what it means. To say you are a Christian, is NOT saying that you are part of this or that Religion. Christ is not Jesus's last name. You are not saying you are following Jesus. When you call yourself, or some one else a Christian, what you are actually saying, or what you should be actually saying, is that YOU or they, are an ANOINTED one, through the ANOINTING of THE ANOINTED ONE, Jesus.

Should you go to Church? Of course. Should you read the Bible? Of course. You need to grow as the Child of God you have become. Get to know the REAL God. Get to know Jesus and the Spirit. Get to understand who you are NOW.

However, you must be careful to not fall into a Religion and practice that Religion for Religion sake. As a Child of God, the Word declares that we should..
"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." {Hebrews 10:25}
We are to come together as a Family. We are to learn from one another, lean on one another. Celebrate with, mourn with, live with, each other {Romans 12:15} Just make sure that the foundation of that gathering, "Church" is Jesus. Be united.
"And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." {1 Corinthians 10:3-4}
I understand, we live in Physical Bodies. We have our Physical Problems. The fight is not in the Flesh. No. The battle is fought in the Realm of Belief, Ideas, Philosophies, Teachings, Words, Principles, and Laws. To sum it up, we could say, "We fight the Battle on the Battlefield of our minds."

This is why it is so important to feed the Spirit. We know what we need to eat to feed our Bodies. We can exercise and make our Bodies strong. Or, we can fill it full of junk and wonder why we get sick so often. Our Spirit is the same way. The Word of God is the Food. He will nourish and grow your Spirit with His Word. To be Spiritually Minded requires some work on your part. It requires feeding your Spirit.

This is also why it is so important to find a Church, let God lead you to one, that have the same Mind. That have one Vision. One goal. One love. Jesus. Teaching the Word of God. Salvation for all. Without feeding your Spirit, you will starve it, and your Mind will revert back to the things of this world and of the Flesh. That is never the answer. Remember...
"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." {Romans 8:6-7}
So wait, you are saying that even if I do not believe in any of this stuff, Jesus, Heaven, Hell, the Bible, all this stuff, I'm going to serve the Devil? No. I'm saying that you are already His to do with whatever he chooses. Picture holding two $100.00 bills. I take one. I smile, and I put it in my pocket. Which Bill are you thinking about? The one in your hand, or the one in my pocket? The Devil is the same way. He doesn't care about you until you try to leave him. Or, someone, Jesus, takes you away from him. As long as you are his, He couldn't care less what you do. How you live. or anything else. Just do not try to leave..

There is a War going on. You ARE on one side or the other. Which do you chose? Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"


That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord..

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