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THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVES IN YOU
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this study titled The Holy Spirit Lives in You.  How can you know that the Holy Spirit Lives in You?  Let us seek and find the truth within the Bible together shall we?

 

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STEPPING STONE #7

KNOW YOUR MIND

 

Welcome back to ...

THE PATH

 

Psalms 27:14 
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Good things come to those who wait. 
I trust that you're waiting at the end of each step for the next day to continue on. 
It's a great thing you're doing!

 

Good day my friend! Iím happy to join you again here on THE PATH. Today weíve got a lot of ground to (un)cover. What I mean is, Iíll be showing you another very important, very effective way of clearing out weeds in your garden, and how to manage those stubborn ones that want to keep coming back.

YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD

At the last STEPPING STONE, I shared a scripture with you that the Apostle Paul wrote. He said that you are the Temple of God. Youíre about to find out EXACTLY what that means and then you will be able to use your new knowledge and understanding to help you deal with your problem(s) ...

Ready to go on a little adventure with me?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that
your body IS the Temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

God used to reveal His presence in a tabernacle and the Temple.


This is a general diagram of the Temple of God. 

There are three distinct levels to the Temple of God. Three are three levels to the physical structure that was built, and there are three levels to YOU (as the Temple of God).

Okay, now, I want you to think of this in terms of your home. Outside of your home, there is ... The rest of the world. That would be like outside the actual building in the courtyard of the Temple, where all Godís people were allowed and all people of the world are allowed to wander into your world.

Then, (looking back at the diagram) the Holy Place is where the priests ministered. That would be like inside your home where only those you invite in are allowed. You donít let strangers wander in, but family and friends are welcome there.

Then there is the Most Holy Place, which is called the Holy of Holies, where the presence of God was, and generally speaking, nobody was allowed in there except for God's chosen people. That would be like your diary or hope chest. Itís private and sacred to you . . . Itís where you have all your secrets stored. Itís a sanctuary to you. Itís a sacred place where you invite the presence of God, and commune with Him.

Letís take this principle one step further focusing on the TRUTH ...
 YOU are the Temple of God.

Your body (flesh) is what everyone sees. Your mind (soul) is only shared with those that you CHOOSE to share it with by sharing thoughts. Things from the outside world are allowed into your mind (soul) through sight, sound, smell, touch, taste and thought but YOU get to determine WHAT you allow within or believe.

Then the Holy of Holies is your emotions which spring forth from your heart (spirit). This is the place that you want kept sacred. This is the secret place. You MUST beware letting outside influences to ever affect your spirit. You must control what thoughts you allow within your secret place. Failure to do so can have someone using you like a puppet. You know the old clichť ... "Don't push my buttons."

THIS is the reason you feel as you do when there is a problem. You have allowed something or someone to place thoughts in your mind (soul) which you (at the time) accepted as TRUTH or at least the way things were and your emotions (spirit) reacted. You have allowed this thought to grieve your spirit and what you are experiencing is the result.

REMEMBER to control your thoughts as we are taught to do, by renewing our minds daily.

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.

 

2 Corinthians 4:16
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

You must only let TRUTH to abide within your spiritual place. When something enters in that is not TRUTH, you must eject it by telling the TRUTH to yourself, and the lie must leave. If you accept something as TRUTH, it is planted in your subconscious mind, and it remains there awaiting your spirit to act on said thought, even when you are not consciously thinking on it.

Lemme give you an example ... Have you ever been having a SON-sational day and all of a sudden you feel terrible and know something is wrong, but cannot THINK of what it is? Then, you kinda ponder on it and WHAM the bad thought comes to mind.

Another example is you are leaving your home and you sense this feeling like you are forgetting something but have no idea what it is until you sit there and ponder then WHAM, you remember what it was and the feeling goes away.

These are "suppressed thoughts" ... You allowed something in your mind and it lied dormant but your spirit reacts to it whether you are conscious of the actual thought or not. In the second case YOU told YOURSELF to remember something and though YOU forgot, your subconscious mind ... DID NOT. Your SPIRIT reacted to that thought.

In like manner ... The weeds in your garden are things that youíve accepted within whether it be from you or another source and since you have not dealt with it, but it IS in there, it keeps sending a warning of sorts that it needs to be dealt with.

Now most like to just sweep their problems under the rug (so to speak) and try and just push the thoughts back within when they pop up that warning sign by coming to your conscious mind. You must CHOOSE to identify the lies and bad thoughts that youíve accepted and HARBOR, and pull them out by replacing them with the TRUTH.

 

YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

Think of your mind as a computer. You have files that have been in there since the day you were born. Theyíre called memories, just like your computer has memory. Many of them, you donít even know are in there. Youíre not conscious of them. Theyíre like a closed folder until your memory chooses to open them up. Let me give you an example ...

Youíre driving down the street past the park, and you see a little kid swinging on a swing. Suddenly you remember your cousinís birthday party that you went to at a park, when you were five. Wow, you havenít thought about that in years! And with all the things that you have to remember in your busy life, all the years that have passed, all youíve learned, all youíve done, and everywhere youíve been, you still have that memory stored in your subconscious mind. That memory can trigger other memories. If you think a little more, you remember the cherry chip cake with the confetti icing at the party, and the Neapolitan ice cream, and the Playdoh factory that you gave your cousin for a present and even that one trick candle that kept relighting.

Well, I hate to burst a birthday balloon, but I must bring you back to the present now, because thereís a fact that I have to share with you. Inside your mind are millions, if not billions of memories, facts, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, thoughts, feelings, fears, doubts, desires, TRUTHs, and many other things including, Iím sorry to say Ö LIES Ö That are waiting in folders in the recesses of your mind, called your subconscious, that will open up if and when theyíre triggered by one of your senses.

The problem is, the enemy of your soul pushes those buttons as to affect you because he is the one who planted those thoughts from the get go, despite the means by which he used to do so, and he knows you have chosen not to deal with it so he just throws out something that hits your senses and WHAM Ö your subconscious opens the file, and your spirit reacts.

Obviously, there are things stored in your subconscious, that you donít want in there. Weíve been calling them weeds. But you canít reformat your mind, because thereís a lot in there that you want to keep. Those are the TRUTHs. What you CAN do, is get rid of the stuff that you donít want anymore ONE AT A TIME ... when they reveal themselves. Itís not only affecting the performance of your computer, but itís also taking up valuable space that youíre going to be using for new TRUTHs that you will learn.

Below is a diagram of the mind that will help you understand how this operates. You can see that thoughts are able to enter into your conscience where the blue arrows are. If you believe or accept whatever entered as TRUTH, it goes to a storage area to be recalled later. If you donít believe it, you eject it, represented by the red arrows.

 

THE MIND

 

 

 

PRINT OR CREATE THIS CHART ON PAPER

Youíll notice that WORDS and ACTIONS
are the way to eject what you donít want to be planted.

Why ... Because you have to make it perfectly clear, and understood to the adversary, who wants those lies planted in your mind, that they are rejected. If you do nothing, thatís an action in itself. Doing nothing is a choice, and your mind many times accepts it as truth when it may be a lie but since you chose to do nothing ... It is within you. Anything unwanted may just loiter around in there if you donít eliminate it. Rejection is one thing that the enemy of your soul doesnít like, so use it as one of your gardening tools to get rid of weeds.

James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Let me give you a couple of examples of how to eject a lie. Letís say a respected friend tells you seriously that the sky just turned green. Thatís hard to believe, you say, but you take action by going over to the window and looking out at the sky. Youíve taken action, by proving to yourself that the sky is in fact still blue. Now, had you not proven the TRUTH to yourself, you may have walked around believing that the sky just may have turned green until the next time you saw it. But by your actions, youíve confirmed the lie to your mind, it is ejected, the TRUTH goes back to itís storage place, and the TRUTH, that your friend is just a practical joker, (or has suddenly gone colorblind), and that the sky IS blue is planted within your subconscious.

Thatís a lighthearted example, now hereís one thatís slightly more serious. Letís say you had a horrible thought that you know isnít true. Write down (action) the thought. Then eject the lie and reinforce the TRUTH as quickly as possible. Then IMAGINE the LIE being destroyed within as you trash the paper you wrote the thought on. I have personally lit that bad boy up and watched the lie burn to show my Lord that I ain't the one. Please be careful if you are gonna try this one at home boys and girls.

Notice the word EJECT. That doesnít mean to keep any feelings of shame, fear, anger, doubt, or anything else inside, to ďget in touchĒ with later. Always focus on the TRUTH. Lies and evil hate to be brought into the light. The light IS TRUTH. It is the enemy that wants you to harbor such thoughts so he can pull your puppet strings at will.

If youíre alone, donít be afraid to talk out loud. By speaking out, you are exposing the lie to the light. Another example: If the devil tells you that you shouldnít forgive another, you would say something like this: Letís tell the TRUTH now.

My Lord says, Forgive all or I wonít be forgiven.

Matthew 6:14-15
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

In most cases, it was just the devil who planted the seed of deception in the mind of the soul who hurt you and UNLIKE you, they were not taught how to remove the evil seed and it became habit. This means this soul who hurt you was only being used by the enemy of your soul as a puppet, to do his bidding and that is to plant horrible seeds within us which cause us to be unforgiving as to hinder us from accepting GRACE.

Because, my friend ...  The enemy of your soul knows the rules of the Spiritual Warfare game very well and KNOWS that we must FORGIVE to be FORGIVEN so he creates circumstances that hurt us so we will not forgive.

Chances are that there are many untruths lurking around in your mind that contribute to your problem. Remember when you identified your problem(s) in STEPPING STONE #5? I helped you out with the one about selfishness, and now Iím going to help you with another one. Itís called doubt.

Thereís something down deep in your subconscious, that may be telling you that this program may not work for you. I mean after all, how can anything thatís free and without obligation of any kind, work on something as serious as your problem which you have carried perhaps for so very long? Itís GOOD to admit it. In TRUTH, it wonít work unless you do admit it, and obliterate that doubt. You canít kill a weed unless you admit itís there. Now, doubt is more like a fungus than a weed Ö Kinda like mildew.

Youíve got little seedlings in your garden that are young and fragile, and a little doubt, a little fungus, a little mildew, can ruin them. Doubt likes to grow in the dark, it doesnít want anybody to know itís there Ö Especially you, because you might just identify it and attack it with some kind of mold spray called the light of TRUTH and then where would it be?

It would be HISTORY.

Well that is NOT the enemy's plan. His plan is to keep you under subjection by use of fear and doubt. The last thing he needs is for you to BELIEVE and establish HOPE.

 So call forth that doubt and letís give it a large dose of the TRUTH called FAITH, so itíll wither up and die!

It always helps to have a visual picture of things to put them into perspective. Youíve seen little animations of the little ANGEL standing on your shoulder whispering into your mind. Thatís your conscience, telling you TRUTH and righteousness.

On your other shoulder is the depiction of an EVIL SPIRIT, standing in the little red suit with a pitchfork, whispering wickedness. Donít let birds leave droppings of doubt in the garden of your mind.

Take action ... Press the fingernail of your index finger to your thumb, and flick that little imp off your shoulder!

Do you remember when we first became friends, the very first TRUTH I shared with you is that you must possess Faith. Now Iím going to answer the question, How can something FREE possibly work? Because Jesus promised that it would. He gave His life for FREE. He gave us Salvation for FREE.

Have FAITH in Him and He will set you FREE of your problem.

 

CLEANSE THE LAND

If you scroll back up to the mind chart, youíll see that the categories inside the left hand column are the things that you want to keep. In this STEPPING STONE, your task is to weed out anything that falls into the categories inside the right hand column.

To do this, go back to the problem(s) that you identified. Ask yourself which sense it used to get into your mind in the first place. Find it's source. You can do this procedure with ALL bad thoughts within or lies from this day forth, that reveal their ugly head.

Imagine in your mind, but actually do it, with your finger and drag that lie to the center circle and tell the TRUTH about this matter. Then eject it with words or actions. If youíd like, you can use this as one of your activities in your MIRACLE GROW project by doing this once a day. Soon youíll be replacing those categories on the right with ones like patience, humility, compassion, benevolence, hope, understanding, dependability, etc.

CHOOSING TO ACTUALLY DO THIS FOR 30 DAYS WILL TRAIN YOU TO DO THIS WITHOUT THE PAPER THEREAFTER AND ESTABLISH AN AWESOME NEW HABIT OF DEFENSE.
 

Let me remind you once again, that you are the Temple of God, MADE IN HIS IMAGE, and you have to be cautious of what you let inside.

Out with the bad, in with the good.

REMEMBER ...

THINK GOOD THOUGHTS

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK on these things.

Ask God to help you with your weeding.

Ask Him to show you the TRUTH that youíre seeking for. Heís the most effective weed killer there is!

SEEK THE TRUTH

Where does TRUTH come from?

John 14:6
I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life.

LET US PREPARE OUR LAND AS FOR OUR LAND TO BE HEALED.

2 Chronicles 7:14  
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

Hosea 10:12
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to SEEK THE LORD, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.

 

GRACE ... GOD'S GET OUT OF HELL FREE CARD

We all make mistakes. We fall. Sin gets in our way. Temptation surrounds us and we don't always resist. But that is exactly why God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to give us the FREE gift of GRACE! He wants you to ask forgiveness and keep fighting the good fight of faith. When you find yourself struggling with feelings of failure, unworthiness, fear, weakness or shame, just remember that God loves you so very much and He wants you to get back up when you stumble. PERSEVERE! NEVER GIVE UP! If you have a bad day, this study will help you understand more about the liberating GRACE that our Father wants each and every one of us to enjoy.

GRACE
 

 

STEPPING STONE SEVEN


Excellent ... You are on a roll.

Make sure you physically and mentally picture yourself removing the lies using your chart. I know youíre anxious to move forward, but remember, you donít want to flood your garden. Now that your seventh STEPPING STONE is in place, give it some time to settle firmly into the ground and Iíll meet you back on THE PATH again tomorrow. Be sure and keep weeding the garden as necessary every time a bad thought pops up in the Spiritual garden of your mind.

Continuing in EACH step daily is so very important.

If you like ...

You may go back over each completed step as often as you like as to be sure you have not missed anything.

MAKE SURE YOU JOT DOWN A LIL SOMETHING IN YOUR PERSONAL JOURNAL

You have completed STEP SEVEN

Tomorrow, return to the Forum page of this program:
 

And we will proceed to ...

STEPPING STONE #8

And I will meet you there!

 


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