I recently heard a sermon where the minister speaking claimed that the average person thinks 1500 words per minute, more than most of us are able to speak in that same amount of time. He also reported that 80% of what we think about is negative and self-condemning in nature.
When Jesus read from the Book of Isaiah (61:1), He said that the Lord “has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted. ” It stands to reason that you and I are surrounded by individuals whose hearts are broken and are in need of ministry. Does that describe YOU?
Last month, a young lady told me that, 3 years ago, she was in a car accident while she was driving with her teen aged brother. She sustained very minor injuries. Her brother was killed. The guilt she felt, and the shame of “being responsible” for the popular boy’s death, had literally driven her from even attending the church she was raised in.
Last week, a woman told me that she was *** abused by her father as a child. Within 5 minutes of the start of that conversation, she was in tears. Her disdain for him was quite apparent.
Yesterday, a woman welled-up with tears as she expressed shame for not having reported her ex-spouse 20 years ago when he *** abused her daughter from a previous marriage. She had just learned that he had *** abused others since then and the guilty feeling was eating away at her.
Last night, as we ministered healing to a college girl, we inquired about her need to forgive others. She could not readily recall anything but an admittedly silly school girl situation. During prayer, we asked the Holy Spirit to show her if there were any others who needed her forgiveness. Within a few minutes, she realized that perhaps she DID need to forgive her father for “not being there” for her emotionally. God was already at work.
Years ago, I was handed a cassette tape on healing. After listening to the tape, I prayed that God would reveal who had hurt me so that I could forgive them.
By the time He was finished with me, I had made a list of nearly 300 names of people who had offended me – some of them in very major ways – then proceeded to pray a prayer of blessing and forgiveness over each and every name. In some cases, I wrote the name on a slip of paper and either burned, buried or flushed the paper down the commode, thereby erecting a “monument to the moment” so that, should the enemy ever again attempt to remind me of the pain, I could remind him of the moment I released them from their debt.
It was an amazing, life-altering experience that I STRONGLY recommend.
I’m convinced that we can train ourselves to practice better “self-talk. ” If it’s true that we are speaking that many negative words within our own heads, how can we expect any good fruit to be born of that activity?
Before you dismiss this as some sort of New Age mumbo-jumbo, consider that each of us has, at one time or another, said to ourselves, “I am SO stupid!” or declared of yourself, “What a dork!”
Things of that nature.
Maybe it was someone else who programmed you with THEIR words. Stupid, lazy, fatso, loser…or worse.
Perhaps society has labeled you in a more polite sort of way… divorcee, illegitimate, alcoholic, depressed…and you’ve even used those words to describe yourself.
You get the picture. God is famous for changing the names of His people. If what you're calling yourself is NOT what God refers to you as, stop agreeing with the world. Learn what the Father says about you!
If not, you may indulge in negative self-talk. King David was talking to Himself when he wrote, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God. . . , ” Psalm 42:5. By talking to his “soul, ” he was addressing his mind, his will and his emotions.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit, ” Proverbs 18:21.
“… you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth…, ” Proverbs 6:2.
“Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness, ” James 3:5-9
The tongue: It’s some powerful instrument. Don’t underestimate the damage yours may have done to yourself.
By the way, how are you talking about OTHERS?
RENEWING OUR MINDS
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…, ” Romans 12:2.
Renew your mind! Learn what GOD thinks about you! While praying for a young Christian woman a few years ago, I felt the Spirit urging me to remind her of what it was that God thought about her. I mentioned three or four verses of Scripture as tears flowed from her swollen eyes. Suddenly, she bolted upright, scowled at me and, in a gruff voice, barked, “She doesn’t deserve it! She doesn’t deserve it!”
Liar! We know Satan is lying when his lips are moving.
We need to know that we are worthy, friends. YOU are worthy… worthy of being saved, worthy to be healed, worthy to walk in freedom from guilt and shame and all the bondages you may be dragging around with you, despite your shining Christian exterior and Churchy game face. To say otherwise is to declare, “Nice try, Jesus, but the cross simply was not good enough for me. ’
There are no VIP sinners, friends. The Blood of Jesus cleansed us from ALL unrighteousness. How many sins had you committed 2000 years ago? Have you committed any since then? Get your mind around this: where there is no law, there is no sin in the eyes of the judge and you cannot be convicted or condemned. If all the speed limit signs were taken down, how can anyone be guilty of speeding ever again? Sure, there may be consequences for speeding – a blowout could roll your car and cripple or kill you – but you won’t be arrested for speeding ever again.
(NOTE: I’ve recently read that the words we’ve translated as “sin” and “sinner” weren’t even found in the everyday Koine (Coin-A) Greek used by almost everybody throughout the Roman Empire during the first Century A. D. Yet, the King James translators – unaware of the differences between Koine and Classical Greek – used words that have no known parallels in any known Greek literature! Amazing! Other English words you wouldn’t find in Koine Greek would include – hold onto your phylactery – Jesus, Christ, Lord, Church, Pastor, Bishop, Tithe, Christen, Hell, Devil, Gospel and Yea. Plus many more. )
Go ahead and chew on that for a while. I’m STILL chewing myself!
Point is, by focusing on how “bad” we are, the world – including The Church – has done a masterful job of beating us into submission with shame, sacrificing legions of Saints upon the altar of Guilt and creating quite a powerless army in the process. For the most part, we are far from being the glorious, overcoming Children of God.
Child of God, the Father is NOT angry with you. You need to know that. You need to remember this truth. Satan will do his level best to make certain that you DON’T! It is TRULY a battle for your mind.
Just as Jesus died upon Golgotha, the Place of the Skull, we, too, must kill the condemnation that we are prone to entertaining in our minds within the place of OUR skulls.
Every blessing, Michael Tummillo A servant of Godhttp://www.YourTown4Jesus.com
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