BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND
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Welcome back to ...
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from
I trust that I may congratulate you for waiting!
I can tell you're gonna do very well at this, and strengthening your
self discipline by waiting is a great advantage to you!
Before we begin, be
sure that you're comfortable and have cleared your mind of all
problems so that you can HEAR what God's Word will share with us
today. Make sure you have about 30 minutes with no responsibilities or
This is your own private
Let's take a lil
walk, shall we?
My friend, you and I are going to do some gardening!
BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND
Weíre going to build a PATH of STEPPING STONES
through our garden together as we go. Weíre going to pull some weeds,
plant some seeds, cultivate, water and GOD will make it grow!
1 Corinthians 3:7
So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that
but God that giveth the increase.
Oh yes, and one more thing ...
YOUR MIND ... IS THE GARDEN!
Now hold on just one minute ...
Is this program Biblically sound?
I mean are we supposed to be trying to renew our
ABSOLUTELY ... The Bible reveals this ...
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.
be renewed in the
spirit of your mind;
And that ye put on the new man,
which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
MIND RENEWAL STEPS
BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND TO FIND PEACE
THE GARDEN ... THE MIND
Admitting you have a problem is half
Well, YOU ARE HERE, seeking a solution for your problem,
so I have to congratulate you . . . You are halfway home!
Now, here is another TRUTH to ponder on. Anything
that is worthwhile, takes time. Some problems may suddenly appear and
some are created over long periods of time. Some problems come and go
in a day or so, but many problems do not just go away overnight. Some of
these problems are deep seated and need to be addressed by bringing
the problem to light.
Your anticipation of the problem disappearing is
exciting and admirable and that is exactly how you should be feeling.
If you are not yet ... You will.
You may be anxious to get started and plow through this Spiritual program
as to be healed . . . You may even feel compelled to dive in head
first with passion, being so very devoted to the cause and you can
feel your desire to be healed of the problem so strongly that you
almost cannot keep it inside of you.
Hold on to that feeling!
IF you do not have this feeling, do not imagine
Just remember the promise of Jesus that we discussed in Step One ...
Verily I say unto you, IF ye have FAITH as a grain of mustard
seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder
place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible
Each day when you move on to the next STEPPING
STONE you will need this passion and expectation of success that you
feel right now, and your path to healing will be solid as a rock.
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be
LET GO AND LET GOD!
LET GO (of your problem), AND LET GOD (remove it)!
Here is a little analogy to keep in mind. Problems
(symptoms) may go away, but the root of a problem many times does not.
Look at this clinically for a moment. Let's take diabetes for an
example. If you are a diabetic, you can live a perfectly normal life,
if you manage your condition with insulin, regularly.
BUT ... The problem still exists.
Now, letís go back to looking at this Spiritually.
The root of most problems that require counseling, are not just going
to disappear. Outside influences are often what keep people from being
healed from their problems. Strange as it may sound, people become
accustomed to their problems and in some cases, hold on to them,
whether it be for attention, addiction, selfishness, weakness or many
other reasons that they may not be conscious of, or have not admitted
to themselves. Now this does not mean that one or all of these apply
to your situation but let's face it ... It is just you and God that
really know the TRUTH.
Sooooooo, If the shoe fits ... Slap that rascal on Cinderella so we
can deal with it. Because if you have found that you enjoy the attention
that you receive when you complain to others of your problems or if
you have become accustomed to things going wrong ... THAT too is an
issue that needs to be addressed because the TRUTH is my friend ... That is no way to live.
Our goal, is to identify any and all problems, and to
change your lifestyle, your thoughts, your attitude, and most
importantly, your BELIEFS in order to defeat those influences in your
life. It is the way that you manage the conditions that enables you to
live a happier life, the life that God intended for you.
MIND RENEWAL SECRET
BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND AND HEART
THE GARDEN OF THE MIND AND HEART
Jesus shared these parables with us:
A farmer went out to plant and some seeds fell by the way side,
and the birds came and devoured them up. Some fell on stony
ground where they had no deepness of earth, and soon they sprung
up. When the sun was up, they were scorched because they had no
root, and they withered away. Some fell among weeds, and the
weeds sprung up and choked them. But other seeds fell into good
ground and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty
fold and some thirty fold.
When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom, and doesnít
understand, then comes the wicked one, and carries away what was
sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way
side. He that received the seed into stony places is he that
hears the Word, and immediately with joy receives it, yet he has
no root in himself, and grows only a while, because when
tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, he is
quickly offended. He that received seed among the weeds is he
that hears the Word, and the cares of this world, and the
deceitfulness of riches, choke the Word, and he becomes
unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he
that hears the Word, and understands it. He also bears fruit,
and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
He that plants
the good seed is the Son of man, the field is the world, the
good seed are the children of the Kingdom, but the weeds are the
children of the wicked one. The enemy that planted them is the
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of
heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the
wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and
brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the
servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst
not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it
tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants
said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
My friend, the TRUTH is ...
The SOURCE of the problem is not YOU!
The problem is that a seed was planted within
you by ... The enemy. He plants these bad seeds inside of you so that
they will grow and affect your choices and as time passes ... Your
life. It is called Spiritual Warfare and like it or not ... You are right in the middle of it. It is a battle between God and
Satan and is an ongoing battle for your soul.
Most of us are like the person Jesus just described
in His parable as being the ones who received seed among the weeds. Our
mind is full of these weeds. And one of the biggest reasons that we have
all of these weeds in our garden is because the enemy our soul has CON-vinced us that
these various weeds are attractive flowers (much like dandelions) when in reality ...
We have been deceived.
We have become so accustomed to accepting some of the ways of manís
world, that it chokes out the TRUTH, and that is where our problems
arise. Soon our garden fills up with weeds, insects, snakes, disease,
birds ... Whew ... There is hardly any room for the Word in there, and when
you keep watering the weeds, by way of thought and worrying about
these problems ... They grow.
MIND RENEWAL TAKES TIME
BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND JOB DESCRIPTION
Letís pull these weeds (lies) within your garden.
Letís give 'em a good dose of TRUTH and bid them good riddance. Letís
clear the land, so you can plant new seeds as to bring forth fruit for
What we must remember is ... Weeding is NOT a one
time task. As with a physical garden, your spiritual garden needs
regular maintenance. You can pull every weed and come back a few days
later, and you will find that a few more weeds have sprung up!
Some seeds are hidden deeper under the dirt than
others, but they still rise up. Some of them, you may have thought that
you already pulled, but a tiny bit of one little root broke off and
remained, which, of course grew another sprout. Or perhaps more "birds"
(outside sources) brought in more weeds (thoughts) by way of getting you to
possess anger, jealousy, lust, greed, fear and doubt
even shortly after you weeded.
The wind carried some in by way of friends whispers, television,
The point is ... You must keep after it. It is a new
lifestyle and it takes a little time and effort to keep the weeds under
control, but you will find that it takes no more time than the
problems that the weeds in your life have caused.
Fertilizer works best when you apply it a little at
a time, regularly. If you dump a whole bag or a whole bottle in all at
once it can kill the garden. If you only do it once and then never
apply it again, youíre not going to achieve the results that you would
if you follow the directions on the label by performing this
application as directed. It will work the same way with the spiritual
garden of your mind.
You must CHOOSE to pull weeds and fertilize the garden of
your mind ... With TRUTH often.
Be patient. One step at a time. Remember the
insulin? Donít fill your cup so much that it runs over. Do
not expect immediate results. As with a garden, it takes time before
you will see the actual fruits of your labors.
Keep in mind that you are changing your entire lifestyle, so maintain
your earnest desire to be healed, and think of the tortoise and the
hare ... Slow and steady wins the race!
I purposely repeat the
importance of following THE PATH one step at a time for 14 days,
because it is sooooooo important for you to get the maximum benefit of each and
every step. I urge you, not to miss a day and then do two steps in one
Just as with prescription medication ...
If you take this Spiritual medicine for a day here and there when it
says take EVERY day for 14 days ... You may not be healed.
In our minds, we tend to think that miracles are
things that happen suddenly ... All at once.
After all, when Jesus healed people, it happened right away!
There may be many reasons why you have not been able
to overcome your problem up until now, but here are a couple of
Because of the limits that the world today, and we
ourselves, have put on FAITH, we (without knowing sometimes, or
without willingness to admit it) reserve a little doubt deep inside. Doubt is
the opposite of FAITH. That is enough to keep a miracle from happening
immediately, or for that matter, from happening at all.
So we must
The BELIEF in what you want ... NOT what you do NOT
Another possible reason, is that God oft times has a
plan, which is different from ours. He may think that you need to
learn some lesson along the way so that you will not repeat a sin. Or
perhaps, He may know of another person that it may affect in one way
or another if you are allowed to experience this and He is moving
things into place for the best recovery for you and/or the affects it
may have on another situation down the road.
If the problem that you have is one that you have
brought on yourself, or one that you cannot seem to let go of ...
Ask yourself this ... How
long has it taken you to turn to God for help?
He is so very patient
with us, shouldn't we be a little patient too?
If it takes longer than we
prefer for a miracle to happen, do we give up on God and doubt that He
will help us?
Nehhhhhhh ... He is worthy of our patience as patience
establishes our FAITH.
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we
stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so,
but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation
worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience,
If you think about it, it may be that miracles are
happening all around us, instantaneously, all the time, but our
impatience allows doubt to creep back into our minds so quickly, and
we may sabotage ourselves with our own doubt! It could
happen so fast, that we never even recognize that a miracle took
When we think of miracles, the ones that happen
suddenly are the ones that we seem to remember most, but how many
more miracles have happened that are just as extraordinary, that
have happened over time?
This is how it will be with this procedure.
It requires the entire 14 days.
MIND RENEWAL CAN BE FUN-TASTIC
BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND - IT IS VERY REWARDING
While we are on THE PATH, we are going on some FIELD
TRIPS as well. Some of
the Field Trips provide information that will help you to increase
your knowledge, ability, and FAITH to overcome your problem.
Most Field Trips are references to Bible scripture
as the Lord is the real Physician here. His treatment is imperative.
He IS the healer. The miracle comes from Him. Without His Word, the
prescription cannot be filled.
Some FIELD TRIPS
are music ... If you donít have a high speed
internet connection, or cannot get the music from our CD Player
to play, it will not affect your program. It is simply an enhancer to
the program. Maybe you can get some of your own Christian Music CDs,
buy some, rent some, borrow some or go to your local library or tune
in your radio to a Christian station and hear
some. Seek and ye shall find.
They say that music soothes the soul. How do you
know that is true? When God sent an evil spirit upon king Saul, David
played Godly music for him and the evil spirit went away.
And it came
to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David
took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed,
and was well,
and the evil
spirit departed from him.
Evil spirits HATE anything holy, so go
ahead and tap your toe when the
moves you with the music. The words from these
Christian songs will stick in your mind and assist you during the mind cleansing
process. Most people cannot recite scripture very well, but they sure can remember
every single word to their favorite Christian Songs.
The more you put into something, the more you get
out of it. In like manner, these FIELD TRIPS are designed to help you achieve the
greatest success at conquering your problems. You may be on one of our
FIELD TRIPS and say to yourself, ďThis doesnít apply to me, or my
problem,Ē at time in my life, but it is all part of the big picture.
Ponder on this, you would not sit down
to dinner and dig into a big spoonful of yeast, but the
bread you eat would not be the same without yeast. You may not
recognize the necessity, but at some point in your life, when outside
influences try and sneak in to pose a problem, these things that seem
unnecessary now, will all be stored in your garden shed and on hand to
prevent new weeds from growing.
There are many times throughout this program when
things will be repeated. That is because repetition makes things easier
to remember and it is our goal TOGETHER to free you of your problem so
you can be and do what God wants you to be and do.
Many attempts repeated, complete any undertaking!
There are also going to be times when I will be
speaking frankly with you.
That is because I am your friend and feel I have the right and
obligation to do so.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend but the
kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
If you would
like to read more scripture on renewing your mind before
proceeding, check out this study ...
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.
STEPPING STONE TWO
Now, youíve opened THE GARDEN GATE and you see that the
Spiritual garden of your Mind needs a little work and you know
how it got that way. This means that youíve cleared enough
weeds out to lay down the second STEPPING STONE into your
Garden as to be able to gain control over your garden within.
Ponder on the
TRUTH today that over the years the world and satan HAVE planted
seeds in your mind that have blossomed and produced thoughts
that you do not want within your Spiritual Garden.
Your second step is to begin
surrounding yourself with reminders of your purpose.
Positive reinforcement makes a big difference in your
progress. Place encouraging notes, stickers, pictures,
magnets, etc., anywhere and everywhere to give you a
refreshing hopeful reinforcement of your goals throughout
MAKE SURE YOU KEEP UP WITH ALL
OF YOUR STEPS. WE DON'T WANT TO TURN AROUND TO FIND WEEDS
COVERING THEM AGAIN.
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 TWO
BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND
Tomorrow, return to the Forum page of this program:
And we will proceed to ...
STEPPING STONE #3
And I will meet you there!