Keeping Yourself Pure (Part 4. Making A Covenant With Your Mind/Heart)

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Although this article is part of a series, it is a Complete study on its own. (4 of 4 in series)

* all [bracketed] words in Scripture verses are mine *

This series is about a much misunderstood, much disregarded concept, that of purity. The concept of purity is reckoned obsolete by most in the world because purity in any form is not in our experience. In terms of the natural world, the notion that anything could be of 100% pure content is immediately dismissed out of hand because of what we know about the makeup of our perceived universe. Everything is a blend with something else. Everything is a mixture and no matter how we try to refine something, we realize it will never be 100% pure. Yet God says the street of gold in heaven is "pure gold." We find the same thing in the area of purity of our souls. In eras past, people spoke of a woman of "pure virtue" or a knight that stood for "purity in heart." Those were only ideals everyone realized and the woman that would fit such a category was still flawed, mixed with sin, as was the man that sat tall on the steed standing for a pure heart. The difference between those eras and ours is that in ours we do not stand for anything. We have forsaken the concept of purity and embraced the flawed reality of our sin. We call the sin "human nature" and excuse it, even applaud it as adventurous, brave, pioneering. With each succeeding generation more of the principle of purity slips away and the world embraces its loss as "social evolution." But God says for us to be "holy as He is holy" and to keep our minds on "things that are pure."

"Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord that sanctifies you." (Leviticus 20:7-8)

"Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.'" (1 Peter 1:13-16)

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:8)

Now we know that sin is in every human being whether they know Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior or not. All have sin that makes them "fall short of the glory of God." But God says it is possible for His saved children to live holy, pure lives. The concept is not impossible in very small increments of time. Moment by moment we can defeat the flesh and live that kind of life. Moments add up to minutes, that add up to hours, while the world and the flesh, and yes, the devil beat at you. But the Bible promises that purity is possible, that we don't have to sin, if you walk moment-by-moment with the Lord.

"I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish." (Galatians 5:16-17)

This verse does not promise perfection in all that you do or that you will not sin at all. No one was ever sinless on Earth except Jesus. This is speaking of those times when you war with your flesh to do a sin (the sin that so easily besets you, perhaps). You don't have to lose the battle against that sin. You can win the battle by walking with the Spirit.

In part one of this series on purity, we considered the man of God, Job. We explored some of the things that made him favored of God. We were given a little of his mindset as he worked with his own sinful life, as he strove for purity, in an early time of everyone doing what was "right in their own eyes." (Pro. 16:2) We spoke of the definition of covenants and how Job made one with his eyes.

In part two, we used the premise of covenanting and spoke of using the same principle with one's mouth. We spoke of the power of speech and what good or damage the tongue can do.

Part three covered the hands and what one does with them. We mentioned the Bible's use of the term "hands" and how it summed up one's life and energy, to do good or evil. We correlated this to Paul's identifying with Jesus' nail-pierced hands and his talking about "bearing the marks of Christ" and being "crucified" with Him.

This is the last of this series on purity and we will now consider the mind and heart.

On a personal note: In planning this series, I envisioned the mind as needing to be covered first and it was in my heart to write it that way, but God would not let me for some reason. I don't know why just yet but may learn later. I think that is so awesome that God wouldn't let me ruin His work!

"I'm The Brain. I Need The 'Heart' To Give Me Motivation And the 'Bowels' To Show Me How To Care!"

The Bible's simple illustration of how we think. The only one that truly knows how the thinking process and the motivation actually works is the God who created it.
The Bible's simple illustration of how we think. The only one that truly knows how the thinking process and the motivation actually works is the God who created it.

Everyone hopes that they are well-informed when it comes to making decisions that affect their lives. People feel they have a pretty good, albeit basic, idea of how the mind works and how we process information to come to the conclusions we do. Anyone would tell you that one receives input into the mind through the senses; sight, sound, hearing, touch, taste. That information is taken into the brain and translated into electrical impulses and by some miracle of creation transformed into thoughts, dreams, plans and schemes. Besides this, there is more basic physical information that is translated via chemical markers which we do not need to "run through" the mental process but seem to have this information already implanted by God, something akin to instinct with volition (not mindlessly driven instinct as an animal - but retaining the ability to choose action).

So far the information has been pretty basic and commonly accepted but the Bible also details for us a process in decision making that explains something men have been trying to explain for centuries in psychological terms, but have found none of the explanations totally sufficient. The bone of contention lies in the part of the process of thinking that contains the motivation behind what we think and the why we find ourselves acting on it. This is the reasoning that involves the mind and thought, and its innerworkings with the heart and motivation. This goes beyond the reasoning of the natural man because it involves spiritual matters that can only be spiritually discerned. Here in this mysterious realm of the mind is where human psychology begins to bog down and spin its wheels. Differing schools of thought argue their methods of dissecting the why of human behavior when it comes to our wrestling with thoughts, and our holding to a motivation. Exactly why do humans think in the ways we do? Why do we cling so desperately to certain patterns of thought? What motivates good and bad thoughts and behaviors? (Of course the world also struggles with what defines a "good" and a "bad" thought or behavior, but the Bible is clear on that).

"These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Corithians 2:13-14)

As we touched on in part two of this series, the source of emotions, motivations and logical thinking were termed differently in the Bible than is commonly used today. The thought was that emotions and subsequent motivations came from deep within an individual. The idea was that emotions come from below the center of a person, in the area of the body that contain the bowels. It made sense if you thought about it, because of what happens when a young man or woman falls in love, the stomach becomes all knotted up sometimes to the point of getting sick. They termed this the "bowels of compassion."

Along with the source of emotions, was the concept that thinking was formed in two levels of the mind. One level was the place of logical, linear thought.In this arena of thinking, a person could logically admit there was a God. "Come now, let us reason together sayeth the Lord." Paul said to "gird up the loins of your mind." The word mind here is the word dianoia (dee-an'-oy-ah). It means "the place of deep thinking resulting in understanding." It was a given that God would be a part of this deep thought process that produced understanding, unlike today, in that as soon as God is mentioned it is assumed that the logic and understanding has stopped and has been replaced by blind faith based on nothing. They knew that the true source for wisdom was, and is, God.

So the mind was a place of linear logical reasoning. The bowels were the origin of emotional input. That left the last level of thinking- the heart, kardia.(kar-dee'-ah). Think of the literal placement for this expression. The logical head was farthest from the emotions (the bowels) but the heart was at the center of the body, closer to the bowels (emotions) so as to be effected by them. To be "centered" was to be balanced in thinking. The heart was where motivation happened, where passion mixed with reason. Why would you kill? or why steal? Why are you getting jealous or envious? The intensity of those actions mean the emotions are entwined in that answer; the depth of the reasoning in them is not even able to be put into logical words by the brain.

A psychiatrist or psychologist will look at why someone becomes a serial killer, for example, and try to determine what programming went into a person that would make them grab and hold onto the obsessive thoughts that lead to that patterned behavior. They may find some common ground in experiences but not always. They may find common patterns of concurrent thoughts but not always. It is emotional but not always. It is delusional but not always. They are left with a perplexing mess which causes all the differing approaches to explaining and treating such people. The Bible is clear, no one can fully know the human heart except God; and he will reveal certain aspects of it by the Spirit's illumination.

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings." (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

"And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God...But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God, For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God." (1 Corinthians 2:4-5, 10-11)

Illustration Of The Battle Between What Our Heart Desires And What Our Mind Thinks

To understand the spiritual nature of the mind/heart connection we have to understand what happens to the spirit and soul at salvation. Remember the Scripture says that no one knows "the things of man" but the "spirit of man" which is in him. The Holy Spirit communicates to our human spirit the things of God and deep knowledge of ourselves. He will inform us of how we need to change our thinking and actions. But all of this involves the human spirit, the Holy Spirit and the "new creature" we become when we are saved.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Let's begin this by saying that we humans are all born sinners. This sin divides us from the God that loves us. Our spirit was dead in trespasses and sin and so in crying out to Jesus to save us we became born-again.

"Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that is cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2)

"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sin." (Ephesians 2:1)

Now we are in a redeemed condition, but still dwell in a difficult place as saved Christians. We dwell in a "tent" of flesh (our body), according to the apostle Paul. In this temporary residence we are imperfect sinners that lust and crave and think evil. Our natural inclination is to sin all the time. We have read the Bible and therefore realize that a wonderful miracle happened when we acknowledged our sin and called on Jesus to save us. God heard and paid for our sin by the shed blood of Christ. And then He sent His Spirit to live with us inside our tent of flesh. Our spirit inside this body that was dead was "made alive." It was not actually dead as we think of death, but the word means that our human spirit was not connected to God in any way. That non-connection would have continued to the time when our tent became weak and fell away in death. Then our spirit and soul which did not have Jesus as Savior would have been separated from Him for all time in a place designed for the evil angels that rebelled against God at the beginning of time. When each of us, as sinners, call on Jesus to save us that connection is made to God and our spirit is "hid with God" in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Our human spirit that is declared clean is now connected to God in heaven.

"For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, [our earthly body] is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality be swallowed up in life." (2 Corinthians 5:1-4)

"Do you not know that you are the temple [house, dwelling] of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are." (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

"But he who is joined to the Lord [indwelt by Spirit] is one spirit with Him...Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit , which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:17, 19)

"Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.'" (Matthew 25:41)

"Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:2-3)

So we were bought with a price, our bodies were purchased by the blood of Jesus. He owns our bodies, our minds. We no longer have the right to say, "It is my body. I can do with it as I please. It is my mind, the thoughts my own, the dreams my own, the ambition my own." God, however, does not claim ownership over the will. We retain a right to choose to do the wrong thing and deny God His right to our bodies, our thoughts and dreams and desires. We can choose to sin, to keep sin in our members, to dwell on sin in our minds, to lust in our hearts.

Just how do we give up such a personal thing as our thoughts, our dreams, our ambitions to God? Well let me say up front that God will force nothing on you. You can choose to be used mightily of God, or live in the flesh and have little or no joy as a result of being out of the will of God. In a moment we will look at how to surrender the throne of our life to God and then how to yield more and more of ourselves to Him so that we may have a "joy unspeakable and full of glory."

I. "Capture Every Thought To The Obedience Of Christ"

1. RECALL  2. REPLACE  3. RE-ISSUE
1. RECALL 2. REPLACE 3. RE-ISSUE

Capturing and examining every thought you think may seem radical, but I assure you, it is not. I understand this will start out for some to be anathema. In some, their minds will say, "My thoughts are my own! I can think what I please!" And they would be right. The problem is we think things that are sinful and harmful to ourselves and others, and we know it. We dismiss each piece of mental garbage into the vastness of the universe as if it evaporates and will affect no one. That is a lie. It harms you. You are accountable for every idle word that springs from every idle thought. These things are dangerous to the Christian not because they damn him, but because it becomes a playground for the evil one and for the flesh. It will hurt you.

"The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile." (Psalm 94:11)

"The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but the words of the pure are pleasant." (Proverbs 15:26)

"This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the gentiles walk [as the unsaved], in the futility of their mind." (Ephesians 4:17)

"But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it in the day of judgment." (Matthew 12:36)

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)

Here is an exercise I do to teach myself to pay attention when my mind becomes lazily accepting of every thought I think at any particular time. It needs to be noted that Satan also interjects thoughts known as "fiery darts" into ones mind. It really doesn't matter, for whether we are thinking evil out of our own sinful resources or Satan tempts us with the thought, this exercise works to help one stay alert and pure in the mind.

When I think a thought and I hear that small still voice of the Lord telling me that was not a good thing to think- I:

1. "Recall the thought." I agree with the Lord and say, "Lord that was wrong. or "that was a lie" or "that was sinful" or whatever the Spirit has shown me about that thought.

This is based on the principle that if we are pricked in the heart that something we have thought or said is wrong, that means God has convicted us of it. We then are obliged to confess it as sin.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

2. "Replace the thought." For example if I tell myself the lie: "God can't use me. I am too evil." ... I think or say the opposite using Scripture to undo the lie. I say, The [Bible says] that "God uses the foolish and the simple" and that includes me." Now thinking the reverse does not take back the fact that you spoke a lie. It merely sensitizes you to be more careful to always let your thoughts glorify the Lord. (Sometimes we believe the lie we tell ourselves and speaking the truth with the Word gets our heads straight).

This is based on the principle that Satan and evil cannot stand before Scripture. Jesus used this tactic in the wilderness when tempted. He said, "It is written" to every lie presented to Him... and the devil left Him.

"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (James 4:7)

3. "Re-issue the thought."I go back to what I was thinking before I made that error and check to see if there is a pattern of thought that needs to be corrected. This part of the exercise causes one to see patterns of whining, complaining, rebellion or lustfulness. It aids in our meditation and in our relationship to God. It shows God our sincerity to be holy as He is holy.

II. Feed Your Heart

The second thing you must do to help the mind and heart to stay pure before God is feed the heart with good input and right information. When the mind focuses on God and learns of HIm the heart bends toward God and softens toward Him. When the mind focuses on self, listens to the world, goes with the flesh's wants and desires, then the heart hardens toward God. This is what happened to God's people Israel at times in the Old Testament. This is what happened to Pharaoh when he hardened his heart against God. When the mind focuses on God by reading of Him in the word, by meditating on Him as the Bible says, by praising Him for His wondrous works, the heart is softened toward God and begins to "beat" for Him. The mind cultivates a heart of worship and the Lord makes it grow in grace. When continuous negativity is fed the heart, the heart hardens into something like a stone.

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them." (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

Praying without ceasing and meditation along with reading God's word, feeds the heart and helps make it strong against the constant attacks of evil and sin.

"Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against thee." (Psalm 119:11)

"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." (Joshua 1:8)

The opposite is also true. If you do not read the Word and rely on your own mind to think your way through life; if you do not meditate on the Bible and its words, then you will find your heart falls prey to the fleshly side of you and to the devil's schemes to harden it.

III. Loving God From Your Heart Will...

We have considered the mind and how we are to pay close attention to our thoughts as we walk with the Lord our God. Now we need to take a moment and talk about the deeper level of thought that dwells in the heart. The heart (kardia, "deeper" mind) is like a depository of memory, experience, and the emotions that relate to those memories and experiences. In the heart, conclusions are made about choices of action and no matter what the mind tells itself so as to justify and explain an act committed, it is what is in the heart that is the real reason for doing it.

"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he, "Eat, drink!" he says to you, but his heart is not with you." (Proverbs 23:7)

"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." (Luke 6:45)

The enemy loves to remind individuals of bad experiences and trauma, hoping these memories will begin to harden the emotions and keep someone away from the God that loves them. Faulty reasoning, stress, and tragedy all will be used to motivate people to cling to fleshly, sinful ways of thought, and damaging behaviors. Only God can change the hearts of individuals to make them into the image of His Son.

The Bible uses the illustration of the wearing of armor to guard against just such attacks on the mind and heart.

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with TRUTH [tell yourself the truth and do not let your mind and heart lie], having put on the breastplate of righteousness [which guards the heart], and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace [thinking of others helps get out of the self pity cycle which is a mind trap, reliving tragedy etc.]; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation [to battle this spiritual mind battle is only possible if you know Jesus as Savior] and the sword of the spirit [remember, "It is written"] which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints." (Galatians 6:10-18)

These things all Christians need to be aware of and be doing to keep themselves in a right state before God, but this series is about the possibility that you may see a need to commit to God in the way that Job committed to the Lord regarding his eyes. Are you a person whose thoughts run amok and you feel you need a special stance of readiness before the Lord? Do you know that you have a tendency to be angry with God from time to time and you feel your heart hardening toward Him? Then you may need to make a covenant agreement with God concerning the thoughts of your heart and mind.

Pray this Christian: Dear Lord Jesus, You know I have had bad experiences and life has been hard for me. I have unresolved issues and I don't understand You and the decisions You have made for me over the years. But Lord, I want to understand all that I am able, and to trust You for all I may not understand in this life. I want to grow in Your grace. Please help me cleanse my thoughts and guard my heart. Guide me to all truth. Do not let me dwell on lies or entertain the fiery darts of the evil one. I covenant my mind to you to dwell only on You and Your word. I promise to dismiss all untruths as soon as I know they are false. I promise to not continue to revisit them in my mind. I promise to call out to You for guidance, wisdom and grace to grow. I pray this in Your powerful name, Jesus. Amen.

To everyone that has not received Jesus as personal Lord and Savior, the decision is easy. Only the devil and your flesh resists asking Christ into your heart. If you have read this whole article you know all the reasons why it is important to call on the Lord. He will not force you to do this. If you don't call on Him someone other than Jesus will pay for every evil thought and deed that you have done. That someone is you and you will pay with an eternity in hell, from which there is no escape. That's why Jesus died, because He knows you can't save yourself. Only God's blood can save you, not your own suffering. Use your brain and listen to your heart because as hard as your heart may be, God is right now letting you know that you need to do this.

So Pray this: Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I cannot save myself and if I die in my sins I will go to a place that was not designed with me in mind. I believe You came to earth as a man, bled and died on Calvary's cross for me. I believe You were buried and in three days You rose up again. I call on You now to forgive me of my sins and save me by Your precious blood. I turn from my sin to You, Jesus, as the only Way of salvation. Thank you for doing this for me and loving me like this. I pray this in Jesus holy and pure name. Amen.

Others in this series of independent articles:

Keeping Yourself Pure (Part 1. Making A Covenant With Your Eyes)

Keeping Yourself Pure (Part 2. Making A Covenant With Your Mouth)

Keeping Yourself Pure (Part 3. Making A Covenant With Your Hands)

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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Excellent, well written. I think it is amazing how our physical health relates so much to our spiritual health.


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

He is the "health of our countenance" and listening to Him does matter. We are a three part being. Body soul and spirit. All work in harmony and if our spirit is hid in Christ and we cling to Him it will help our all over well being. Not to mention the joy and peace in our minds.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I was thinking of the garden experience how the eyes, the, mouth, the hands, and the mind-heart were all integral parts of process.

I enjoyed the teaching on the logical thinking and the emotional bowels and the heart at the center.

also gleaned from your explanation of being dead when not knowing Christ more like being disconnected

I enjoyed this quote:

"we don't have to sin, if you walk moment-by-moment with the Lord."

I learned a lot. Insightful teaching.


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

As I always learn from what God teaches you Tam. I always appreciate your imput. I usually gain more from your comments than I would have thought possible. God bless you sister. I love you. Bob.


exjwlaurie 5 years ago

Excellent job here Brother!

You give us so much truth here to digest! We belong to God: body, mind, soul and spirit when we "come to Christ" for our redemption. So it is important to understand how as a complex creation of God--we fight the enemy on all levels of our human-being. The Scriptures you bring forth address all levels of our "being".

God gives us weapons for our Spiritual warfare--you have done a really good job of sharing those with us! I feel prepared to face my day!

Thank you for the enlightenment this morning! God Bless you brother!


exjwlaurie 5 years ago

Excellent job here Brother!

You give us so much truth here to digest! We belong to God: body, mind, soul and spirit when we "come to Christ" for our redemption. So it is important to understand how as a complex creation of God--we fight the enemy on all levels of our human-being. The Scriptures you bring forth address all levels of our "being".

God gives us weapons for our Spiritual warfare--you have done a really good job of sharing those with us! I feel prepared to face my day!

Thank you for the enlightenment this morning! God Bless you brother!


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

Laurie you are such a blessing to me. You are always there to encourage and give me a word of wisdom. The word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword. It is enough to get all the information we need. I have been awed by the Book all my life, even when I was a Witness. I have clung to it and if I can give others a small part of what I feel about it, then mission accomplished. God is good who gave me every word. I love you sister. Bob.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

no body,

What a great balance of thought and Scripture. Thanks for sharing part four with us.


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

Wonderful of you to stop by and to encourage your brother like this. You are a faithful friend and I so appreciate your encouragement and I do need it. Satan beats me over the head from time to time and I am strengthened by the word of my brothers. Love you pastor.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Daily I arise. Daily I don the Holy Armor of Almighty God. Daily I thank God for the opportunity to serve Him, and then I go about my day.


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

Living as a Christian is a moment to moment connection to the Lord and submitting to Him as Lord of your life. It is becoming aware of His plan for each of those moments. Meanwhile our flesh and the devil and the world hammer at us to destroy that mindset. I treasure your imput brother.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Thanks for sharing THE WORD!!! As always you have done the work of the LORD! Voted-UP! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

You have no idea how important those I love you's are to me Lottie. I love you too. It seems the older I get in the Lord the more I preach at myself. I am not done getting old or finding more to say at me. I pray the lessons I'm giving me bless others that are being challenged to live a life pleasing to God. Looking into writing a book - pray for that as well. I am always praying for your ministry.


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IntimatEvolution 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

Your subconsciousness message that Christians should be more aware of their consciousness thinking patterns was indeed a unique perspective. I know your going to buck me here, but, Buddhism meditation practices offer up great resources on how to go about doing what you're describing here. Their methods and prayers easily cross over to ours. But their ancient spiritual-thinking methods surpass our "Christian-ones" by miles, and I'm speaking from experience here.

Since I have incorporated a different way to think about God and my own spirituality, my prayers have become more clearer, stronger and confident. I no longer feel like a meek, little, mouse when I pray and speak to God. If you will, my prayers have become more pure. I also become more alive when I pray. I truly feel like God is listening to what I'm saying, especially now that I know how to say it.

When I need to talk to God, and I'm lost or perplex by something, I often light a candle and focus my thoughts on the flickering flame. There are ancient myths about the purity of candlelight. It is believed in many customs that the light of a candle at it's most center point where it is the whitest, is a direct representation of God's pure light.


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

Picking a "fight" on my doorstep,ay? Naw just kidding. You know I welcome any and all you have to say but you are right I respectfully disagree with you. It is my contention that Buddism and Christianity have nothing in common. When you meditate in Buddism you are trying to release your inner self to the universe. What you try to gain is energy "from the universe". In Christianity you are initially asking Christ into your heart and after you have received Him, your meditations are allowing more of His control in. It is two separate directions for two separate aims. I don't doubt that you are clearer when you have calmed your mind to as little clutter as possible but that is not what prayer is about. It is not about how clearly and powerful you talk to God. It is almost the opposite. It is humbling yourself before the Almighty and realizing that we are nothing without Him. He knows our heart even if we can't utter a word. We give Him our whole mind and our whole heart and in our weakness we are made strong. I said I don't doubt you FEEL better when you focus but that may not be what you need the most. But my dear, only you know what you need spiritually. I can't and won't judge you. As far as the candle, there is some truth to the purity of God being like a flame. There is truth to knowing God is pure, but sweetie you don't have to reach so far. Allow Him in and He will never even leave you. Once that happens what the struggle will be is to get out of His way and watch the miracle that is His life in you. You are an intelligent girl. You say you have found a spirituality that is your own. But what I read is that God has His way to be spiritual and I must fit into that. When I do, I then will live to my potential and until then I will be just "doing things the best I can." Thank you for commenting and I will visit your next creation. Love ya Julie.


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IntimatEvolution 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

Love you too Bob! Thanks for the understanding and knowledge that comes with your comments.


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

You are quite welcome buddy. I am pleased to be able to interact with you. You know I respect you and your honesty. We will always be friends.


Julie 5 years ago

Yeah, this is nice. I've been out of town, so it feels nice hanging out with you here at hubpages. But as you have probably guessed, I have logged off. Got an early start tomorrow. Take care Bob and have a good day tomorrow. I'll be back!!! Nite nite.


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

Always a pleasure. I've asked you if you are on Facebook haven't I? Well I spend time there too. I have made so many friends on Hubpages that are on there too. I also connect the writing there and generate some traffic, not a lot for me. I don't have real popular topics and I don't know a lot about how to punch that up. You are certainly a wonderful friend. I used to hate to see what other "Christians" were doing to you in comments. Thank you for visiting me even while gadding aboout out of town. Thank you for your friendship. I pray for you all of the time and have ever since we started commenting on each others hubs. My wife sees me get excited over my friends and she smiles and prays for them too. I remember the first time she saw me commenting on a hub of your and saw your picture. She said, "who's that?" I said "that's my friend Julie." Of course she kinds grimaced at the name. (Julie is my ex-wife's name - That's not your fault) Last night she said, "who you talking to?" I said "my friend Julie." She smiled when she saw your picture. She prays for you too. So take care and travel safe. I will talk to you later. God bless.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Robert Excellent! Yes! We must "Trust in the Lord with ALL our heart..." You have used wonderful visual illustrations as well to give further insight and inspiration! The Blood of Jesus is able to “purify us from all unrighteousness…” I John 1. This is why we ALL NEED JESUS as our LORD & SAVIOR! Thank you for sharing this Marvelous Message Bro. Bob! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

Don't you just love it when I preach at myself. The best articles are those that hit me right between the eyes. This series was like that. I will be so happy to go to heaven because I will not be sinning anymore. I will be pure and I will be able to know in my heart that I haven't thought, done or said anything that brings dishonor to my Father. Now the blood covers it but I still live in this tent of flesh and I still struggle with my sin. I love ya DeBbie. Praise God that you were blessed.


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sunkentreasure 4 years ago

GIVE GOD JOY By BERNARD LEVINE

The most beautiful eyes in the universe

watches over us with passionate love

The most powerful hands that there is

protects us with awesome strength and care

The kindest heart you will ever find

flows with boundless grace and forgiveness

There’s so much tenderness in God’s Spirit

There’s so much giving in God’s nature

When we look for a true friend,

God’s compassion is always there for us

When we need deliverance,

God’s help is so mighty

The most valuable treasure in the whole world

is that Jesus loves you

Give

God

joy in praise and appreciation

for all His wonderful gifts.

© Bernard Levine


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no body 4 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

Beautiful poem. I am so glad you shared. This hub is the result of my personal struggle with my mind and my struggle to keep it pure. Hope your struggles are producing glory for God. Blessings Bob.


jemson 3 years ago

as a christian let us give our self fully to the Lord. We do not harden our hearts. God wants our life because He made us like Him. God knows our paths and all our HOPES are in God's Hand.


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no body 3 years ago from Rochester, New York Author

Thank you jemson for commenting. Our mind is the playground for so much evil. If it is not focused on God at all times it will drift in the direction the sinful flesh wants. A constant vigil as if we are on guard duty in an actual war is necessary for indeed we are at war according to Scripture. God will give us rest in Him but that does not mean we can let our mind rest regarding sin. The enemy does not rest nor does the flesh.


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Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

Wonderful insight you have shared here as to how to guard our hearts and mind. It is a daily struggle, but we can truly claim His promise that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. I am so glad I made the choice long ago to remain pure until marriage as relates to not having premarital sex. I have been married for 36 years now.

You have covered a lot of area here.

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God bless you.


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no body 22 months ago from Rochester, New York Author

Thank you so much FaithReaper. We live in flawed flesh that loves to sin. The flesh knows when we are tired or distracted or weakening. It listens to Satan's voice as he tempts us. I am so looking forward to going to heaven and the number one reason I keep looking up is that in heaven I will no longer sin. I will never again grieve the Spirit or quench the Spirit or do anything displeasing to Jesus. I will be able to love Him and my family (the church) forever with no sin. I know others have many reasons to want to be in heaven. But for me it is the sin thing. My flesh is so weak. I try so hard to stay focused but my mind wanders. Or I will be watching television and suddenly realize that what I am seeing is something I should never be watching! The way I stay in focus is to always actively (as much as possible) pray without ceasing. I try not to relax and put my mind "on auto-pilot" because it may seem to be resting but in the end it is more work to get back inline then if I never relaxed at all. It is nice to know that you kept your purity. I wasn't saved and in my own power I was not able to wait. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for your comment and thank you for sharing the article. I appreciate it so much. Bob.

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