Thinking for Life

Our ladies’ Bible study started working on the book and study guide by Joyce Meyer called Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind. I’m using the book I bought some years back published by Warner Faith, New York, NY, Boston, MA, and Nashville, TN in 2002 and copyrighted in 1995. The Study Guide was copyrighted in 2000 and published in 2002 by Faith Words, Hachette Book Group, New York, NY.

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(This is the most current book that one of our ladies bought at a brick and mortar store. The copyright is 2017 and it’s the book and study guide combined.)

 

At our Bible study we enjoyed the Scriptures and the insights Joyce gave us. We also got a chance to talk and consider how the Word applies to our lives. One of the ladies is barely in her 90’s and she’s been a Christian for decades. When Joyce Meyer spoke of Satan’s schemes, she was a bit horrified. Even though I’m sure she’s read in 1Peter_5:8 , (KJV) that we need to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

 

What I hold on to is the fact that God is the Great I Am, and Satan is His defeated foe. Not that the devil doesn’t have power. He has the power on earth that mankind gives him by following the evil one’s ways and rejecting God’s ways. Yet, he cannot do anything beyond what God allows. There is our free will to consider as well. Ah, it’s a complicated business in the supernatural. The supernatural realm lasts forever; this time on earth for us is short in comparison.

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So, I got talking about C. S. Lewis’s book, The Screwtape Letters. It’s a lead demon teaching a less experienced demon the subtle ways to fool people out of faith in God. This elderly lady had heard of Professor Lewis’s tome, but “didn’t think it amounted to much.”

 

Now she’d like to read it.

 

The Bible talks a lot more about God than the devil, yet it mentions hell much more than heaven. I don’t know if it’s because God knew people wouldn’t really believe in hell after a time and He wanted to be very specific about the torment there, or if it’s because He couldn’t put into words that we could fully comprehend about the wonder of heaven and being in His presence. Our brains do not compare to the all-knowing God’s capabilities.

 

I know one thing. I had to close the door behind me so I could stop listening to the television set because I kept getting drawn into a progressive story. That’s one disadvantage of Netflix. Once a series leaves the viewer on a cliffhanger, it’s a matter of moments before the next show comes on if the person so chooses to watch the next one, unless it’s the end of the entire series or the last one of the season. Some might consider that a benefit, and occasionally I enjoy not having to wait to see how things turn out, but it’s easy to lose an hour or two or three and realize important things got left undone. It’s like a drug and don’t I know that Satan loves it when I’m not writing about Jesus and the hope He gives the world.

 

I’m looking forward to continuing our study of The Battlefield of the Mind because it’s already got me thinking about the way I may ponder myself right out of the will of God. “Write a book on marriage,” I thought God whispered to my heart. Then I decided if there were so many out there what did I have to say? We’re all unique and King Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun in the book of Ecclesiastes when he was feeling down. There may not be anything new under the sun, but one person’s insights may reach a couple when another writer’s ideas didn’t touch their heart at all. If God did indeed tell me to write on marriage, then I need to obey. It’s imperative for me to seek Him to see if I heard correctly from Him or not.

 

I spoke to my husband about this show that sucked me in tonight. A young couple constantly miscommunicates. I’m mumbling, “Why didn’t he say something to her?” I turned to him, “They never talk.”

 

He said to me, “There are some people that are just like that.”

 

I then said to him, “I guess that’s why we’ve been married for forty-one years, because we talk.”

 

Today he vacuumed the rug and I made a point of saying it looked nice, because that’s important to him. He doesn’t whine or ask for compliments. I just notice that if he points out, “At least I got the carpet cleaned today,” in reference to not getting something else done, that if I say, “Yeah, it looks great,” his body language changes. Maybe his shoulders get pulled back and he stands a little taller.

 

If I don’t feel like telling him thanks because I’m tired or self-absorbed, sometimes I make myself be considerate because I’d be polite to a stranger. Why not be kind to the man I love?

 

I hope you’re having a great day. May God bless you.

 

 

 

 

Body and Mind

I’ve mentioned in the past that our Ladies’ Bible Study is doing Joyce Meyer’s The Mind Connection. Faith Words, New York, NY published this book and the accompanying Study Guide in 2015 and it was copyrighted in the same year.

Today we worked through chapter 15 – The Mind Body Connection. Psalm 139:14 (KJV) says: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Joyce Meyer makes some tremendous points about how the body and the mind are connected and impact each other.

The other day when I was de-cluttering a room where I write, I found a small note. I thought someday I may want to write on how to lose weight. My insight for the day: set your mind to choose healthy foods at the grocery store before you shop. It will help you to be healthier and possibly to lose weight – only if you need to.

The Bible says in Romans 12:1, (KJV): “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 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.
Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

God implores people to think in many places in His Word. For one,  Isaiah 1:18, (KJV) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Jesus said,  “What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David,” in Matthew 22:42 (KJV).

I don’t know what you’re thinking of, but I hope they’re good thoughts.

Php_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. (KJV)

God bless!

Thoughts

I’m amazed that our Bible study topic is based on Joyce Meyer’s book, The Mind Connection, and “Walk in the Word” on Christian radio is following the life of Jacob and how his thinking impacted his actions.

Pastor James Mac Donald is discussing strongholds of the mind, very interesting. If Joyce Meyer will speak about that remains to be seen. We’re only on chapter five. She continually refers the reader to the Bible and to God as our main focus to maintain equilibrium and joy in the ups and downs we face in this world.

She’s right. It’s just that in the thick of things, I’m used to reacting how I’ve always reacted. It takes a re-training of perceptions and responses, which they both say doesn’t happen overnight.

I’m glad they say that so I’m not overwhelmed with guilt. “Why am I not getting this, like, immediately?!!”, I might be tempted to say and feel deep in my inner person.

I took 3 x 5 cards and wrote some quotes from Joyce Meyer’s book for my tiny filing system. These were on focus. Somehow focus came up more than once today. I also quoted two sections of Scripture from Ecclesiastes from a chapter that Joyce recommended. I didn’t choose her reference, but a little farther down the chapter.

King David’s son, Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, and he was known for incredible wisdom. Here are some of his thoughts at the latter part of his life.

Ecc 5:18 (KJV) Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.
Ecc 5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.
Ecc 5:20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

The New King James Version of the Bible in verse 5:20 says, “For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.”

Ecc 7:5 (KJV) It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

So, as I did dishes today, because of Joyce’s book, I decided to pay attention to what I liked about doing dishes. It’s cold today and it was incredibly windy. I noticed that as I washed in the warm water, my hands stopped feeling like ice. Nice.

My husband told a lady that if you have dishes to wash, you must have food to eat, and that was a reason to be thankful. She tells me that she quotes him, often.

So, I hope you are enjoying your life, no matter where you’re at, no matter where you live, no matter what your circumstances. I hope you can find something to celebrate.

I’m thinking, “This is not my home, I’m only traveling through before all of eternity.”

Be blessed.