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TRAIN THE BODY MIND AND SOUL FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

TRAIN THE BODY MIND AND SOUL FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

My Brothers and Sisters the time is upon us to get our physical bodies and spiritual minds in tip top condition so God can use us in His Kingdom Building Work.

It is no accident that Paul used an athletic metaphor to describe the pursuit of godliness.  Paul knows there was the potential for victory or loss, so to assure our victory in this spiritual contest, he warned us to exercise.  In 1Timothy 4:7 he used the verb train, which is the Greek word gumnazo, which is where we get our word gymnasium.  The word speaks of not just training, but of “the focused discipline behind the training.”  Discipline demands commitment and consistency.  You will never become godly by accident-an attitude of discipline must precede the pursuit of godliness.

The attitude of one, who would be godly, is first and foremost, one of focus.  Satan has any number of distractions waiting in the wings to keep us off the track toward godliness.  Some of them are even good things–but not better than becoming like God.  The way to keep our focus is to, as the book of Hebrews encouraged us, “fix our eyes on Jesus” (12:2NIV).

Put simply having a goal and focus is not enough.  Physical exercise requires sustained, rigorous effort.  It is not easy.  Spiritual exercise is no different.  Displaying the character of Christ is work.  It is the result of making a conscious decision to live your life based on who you are in Christ.  Godliness is an act of volition.  You must choose to walk, live, and act godly demands personal responsibility and commitment, which grow out of knowing who God is and knowing how committed He is to you.  Once you understand that, then Paul said exercise.

But be aware that exercise is never done in the actual competition.  It only prepares you for the competition.  Once the contest starts, it’s too late to get into shape.  When the bell rings or the first gun goes off, it’s too late to try and get in fifty crunches or a set of leg lifts.  After the coin is tossed and positions are taken, this is not the time for skipping rope or jumping jacks.  You have to be in shape before the game starts to have a chance at winning.

Spiritual exercise begins with Bible study, prayer, meditation, and fasting.  It continues when we practice instant obedience to God’s will.  We expand that exercise by allowing God to reign in our lives.  Spiritual exercise is to be woven into the very fabric and foundation of our lives.  That requires commitment, discipline, perseverance, and long suffering.  We only grow to be the people God wants us to be when we allow our exercise to secure our foundations and stretch our abilities.

 

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BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME

BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME

THE EARLY MORNING SUNRISE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE EARLY MORNING SUNRISE (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

CHILDREN OF GOD, I declare to you that it is time for you to begin to fight the good fight and win.  You have been summed to come forward and BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME, if you would stop being a couch potato, learn to walk by the Spirit, step outside and rediscover the beauty that God has blessed you to be able to see and observe.  Begin by taking a daily walk 30 minutes to an hour daily.  You will soon discover your physical strength returning to you, your spiritual mind has taken control and now you are beginning to walk by the true spirit of God.  You see your body is an electrical and mechanically flesh and blood piece of machinery.  It responds to the signals given to it by the minds energy field.

Now let us look at just how we can obtain that goal:  You have heard the expression, he or she is just a couch potato.  There is no need for you to allow this to happen to you.  You can start by pushing the off button on that remote that lays beside you in the bed are on the couch.  You see the T.V. has become the devil’s greatest avenue of convincing you that he is in control of your life. He acts out your life for you; he carries on the conversation in your house for you.  He thinks for you.  Finally, when he has total control of your mind and body, he zaps your physical strength by keeping you in bondage as a couch potato where he can watch over you.  You never seen to have the strength are desire to do any type of physical exercise.

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH POWER BEAUTY AND SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

THE TOWER OF STRENGTH POWER BEAUTY AND SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

Your batteries need to be recharged regularly in order for you to function at your maximum capacity, and one of the ways to recharge those batteries is a daily walk.  Do not just stroll down the walkway in a hurry to return for more of the devil’s old games.  Make your walk meaningful by looking around, relaxing and becoming one with God, the universe is there waiting for you to re-discover.

God’s ideal for the believer is that we live our lives in the realm of the Holy SpiritWalking in the Spirit, the exercise we should strive for refers to one’s lifestyle.  In other words, we are to live a lifestyles characterized by the Person and work of the Spirit of God.  To be led by the Spirit suggests that same Spirit directs our lifestyle.  It means we allow Him to point the way, to navigate us through the turns and intersections of life.

SANCTUARY OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

SANCTUARY OF PRAYER (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

When you are truly walking by the Spirit, in line with the Spirit, maintaining your cover and alignment, you cannot be seen; only He can be seen.  When people look at you, they see Him.  When you speak, He speaks.  Walking in the Spirit is not so much you becoming an extension of God the Holy Spirit, but the Spirit of God living in you, living through you, touching lives through you, and blessing others through you.

Walking by the Spirit means you stay in line with God.  It means you do not break the line.  It means you do not get out of line.  You do not move until it is your turn.   It means you live your life following the lead of the Holy Spirit.

Some of you are losing battles you should be winning because you are not in shape.  It is not just that Satan and his pimps are on your trail.  Some demons cannot be cancelled out.  They have to be cast out.  Jesus said some demons come out only by fasting and prayer.  Fasting and
prayer are essential exercises.  Some of you are holy but ungodly.  You come to church every Sunday, but you are not in shape.  You cannot work out once a week and expect to see results.  Walking through the gym once a week does not get you in shape.  God has called you to be a godly woman or a godly man.  He wants your relationship with Him to be manifested in your conduct and actions.  Godliness is not measured by your behavior in church or the way you conduct yourself in the spotlight.  God wants you to leave your church seat, walk out of the door back out into the world, and do what He has called you to do, the way He has called you to do it.

SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

SERENITY (PHOTO BY PASTOR DAVIS)

It is time to get in shape.  Sign up for a heavenly gym membership.  There is open enrollment.  And what a deal!  Jesus paid the price in full at Calvary.  But don’t be satisfied with just signing
up.  Go on and work out.  Stick with the program.  You will soon see the results you have been
looking for.  Remember, winners never quit and quitters never win.  Now is the time to get up off that couch, stop being called a couch potato and begin to fight to win.  Learn to walk by the
Spirit and be counted among the stars.

But I say walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). (Galatians 5:16 AMP)

BEAT THE DEVIL AT HIS OWN GAME, and begin to live in the newness of this life been renewed by the Holy Spirit as He lifts you to heights unknown and unthinkable by you in this space and time.  “DO IT NOW!”

 

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LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT

LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT

Blindness

Blindness (Photo credit: Community Eye Health)

 

Let me begin today’s lesson with a question to each one of you, and the question is this, “Are you suffering from a physical blindness or perhaps from spiritual blindness?”  Our lesson today will take you deep into the heart of these two types of blindness and show you what happens when a beggar hears that Jesus is passing by and he yelled out to the Lord and asked the Lord this question, he said, “LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT?”  And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well. (Luke 18:41-42 ESV)

As Jesus and the disciples traveled towards Jerusalem, they approached Jericho and sitting beside the road was a beggar who was blind and disabled.  When the blind man heard that Jesus of Nazareth was going by, he shamelessly cried out for Jesus’ attention.  He called Son of David,” a title for the Messiah.  This means that the blind man understood Jesus to be the long awaited Messiah.  The crowds tried to hush the man, perhaps trying to keep Jesus from being harassed by beggars.  But that only made the blind man more persistent.

Any normal human being, heading toward certain death, would be extremely preoccupied and probably not necessarily in the mood to help others.  But Jesus did not reject the man as the crowd had done.  He ordered that the man be brought to him, and then asked him to voice his request.  The man replied unhesitatingly, “I want to see!”  How many times in his life had he voiced that desire?  Probably thousands, But here he stood before the one person in the universe who could actually make his desire a reality.  And he would not have asked if he had not believed that it could be so.

Jesus recognized the man’s faith.  As a result of such faith, Jesus healed him.  All Jesus did was speak the words and instantly the man could see.  He immediately joined the crowd of followers, staying with Jesus, and praising God.  This was also the response of the people in the crowd.  There were no healings of the blind recorded in the Old Testament, so the Jews believed that such a miracle would be a sign that the messianic age had begun.  Jesus healed other blind people as well, so these people knew something special was happening.  A poor and blind beggar could see that Jesus was the Messiah, and the crowds understood that God was to be praised for such miracles.  But the religious leaders who saw his miracles were blinded to his identity and refused to recognize him as the Messiah.

When we come into the full knowledge and power of understanding that our sickness and diseases are curable through our faith in Jesus, and although we may be spiritual blind just like these religious leaders were, our eyes can be open by our faith in Jesus and we can see the glory of the Lord.  Let us praise God for his mighty works through his son Jesus for opening the blind man’s eyes when the blind man yelled out to Jesus with these words, “LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT?”  And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well. (Luke 18:41-42 ESV)  Isn’t God good?  In everything you do this day, everyplace you go, and with every person you come in contact with, you ought to greet them with these words, “GOD IS GOOD!”  Let there be no shame in your game, speak truth to power, in the name of Jesus, AMEN!

WE ARE COMMANDED TO LOVE HEAL AND FORGIVE

WE ARE COMMANDED TO LOVE HEAL AND FORGIVE

Flowers of the Field (Photo by Pastor Davis)

How do we repair a major breach in our lives, when that breach is the glue that binds us together?  Jesus commanded us to love one another.  Love our neighbor as ourselves.  The very first thing we need to do is to get Jesus into our homes, schools, communities, workplace and everywhere we work and playJesus is love; he is alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.  He is the author and finisher of our faith.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48 ESV).

Now my friends, take a few more minutes of your valuable time, and watch this video clip about love, healing and forgiveness.  Then make this day, your day of healing as you pray and meditate on the word of God that his promises will be fulfilled in the lives of those who are in need of God’s blessings this day.

LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT

LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT

Healing of the Blind Man

Let me begin today’s lesson with a question to each one of you, and the question is this, “Are you suffering from a physical blindness or perhaps from spiritual blindness?”  Our lesson today will take you deep into the heart of these two types of blindness and show you what happens when a beggar hears that Jesus is passing by and he yelled out to the Lord and asked the Lord this question, he said, “LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT?”  And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well. (Luke 18:41-42 ESV)

As Jesus and the disciples traveled towards Jerusalem, they approached Jericho and sitting beside the road was a beggar who was blind and disabled.  When the blind man heard that Jesus of Nazareth was going by, he shamelessly cried out for Jesus’ attention.  He called Son of David,” a title for the Messiah.  This means that the blind man understood Jesus to be the long awaited Messiah.  The crowds tried to hush the man, perhaps trying to keep Jesus from being harassed by beggars.  But that only made the blind man more persistent.

Any normal human being, heading toward certain death, would be extremely preoccupied and probably not necessarily in the mood to help others.  But Jesus did not reject the man as the crowd had done.  He ordered that the man be brought to him, and then asked him to voice his request.  The man replied unhesitatingly, “I want to see!”  How many times in his life had he voiced that desire?  Probably thousands, But here he stood before the one person in the universe who could actually make his desire a reality.  And he would not have asked if he had not believed that it could be so.

Jesus recognized the man’s faith.  As a result of such faith, Jesus healed him.  All Jesus did was speak the words and instantly the man could see.  He immediately joined the crowd of followers, staying with Jesus, and praising God.  This was also the response of the people in the crowd.  There were no healings of the blind recorded in the Old Testament, so the Jews believed that such a miracle would be a sign that the messianic age had begun.  Jesus healed other blind people as well, so these people knew something special was happening.  A poor and blind beggar could see that Jesus was the Messiah, and the crowds understood that God was to be praised for such miracles.  But the religious leaders who saw his miracles were blinded to his identity and refused to recognize him as the Messiah.

When we come into the full knowledge and power of understanding that our sickness and diseases are curable through our faith in Jesus, and although we may be spiritual blind just like these religious leaders were, our eyes can be open by our faith in Jesus and we can see the glory of the Lord.  Let us praise God for his mighty works through his son Jesus for opening the blind man’s eyes when the blind man yelled out to Jesus with these words, “LORD LET ME RECOVER MY SIGHT?”  And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well. (Luke 18:41-42 ESV)  Isn’t God good?  In everything you do this day, everyplace you go, and with every person you come in contact with, you ought to greet them with these words, “GOD IS GOOD!”  Let there be no shame in your game, speak truth to power, in the name of Jesus, AMEN!

WHAT DOES AGING MEAN TO YOU

My Dad, My Hero, Me at age 65, My Dad at age 95

WHAT DOES AGING MEAN TO YOU

My Friends, this is a question that I ask each one of you regardless of what age you may be at this time, because we all are living in the process of time.  Day by day, we are moving towards the day we no longer will live in this body.  Therefore, let us understand that there are things we can do to make this process a health one.  Successful aging does not have to be a process of doom and gloom.  The choice that you have before you is to live a joyful and healthy life all your life, in other words all the time you have been given for the task you were sent here to accomplish.  Therefore, I say to you, if you will be obedient to God, as He has commanded you to do, there is no reason to believe you cannot reach your destiny.  Listen to what He commands us to do, He says, “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

Today I celebrate my 66th birthday in this body, and I can truly say that I have been blessed with almost perfect health all 66 years.  I have never been hospitalized, never been on any type of medication and can jog five miles daily.  The Lord has truly poured his blessings out on me and allowed me to walk upon this earth daily teaching and preaching his word in perfect health aging gracefully in what I call successful aging.  You too can experience the same, no matter what age you are, no matter what your physical condition may be.  All you have to do is to start from right where you are at this very moment.  Make a decision to change your way of living and grow daily in God’s grace, watch and smile as you see yourself aging successfully.

Now listen up, as I share with you the process of aging and how you can enjoy this process as you make the necessary changes to get into the process. First, aging is the accumulation of changes in an organism or object over time. Aging in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change. Some dimensions of aging grow and expand over time, while others decline. Reaction time, for example, may slow with age, while knowledge of world events and wisdom may expand. Research shows that even late in life, potential exists for physical, mental, and social growth and development.  In this statement, we understand and now can confirm that modern research has caught up with the teaching of the Bible.  “Now listen to what the bible teaches us concerning aging, it says, “Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:12 KJV).  This confirms to us that no matter what age we may be, we have an opportunity to change our physical and health conditions if we would only run this race with our minds stayed connected to Jesus.

Remember, aging is an important part of all human societies reflecting the biological changes that occur, but also reflecting cultural and societal conventions. Roughly 100,000 people worldwide die each day of age-related causes.

Age is measured chronologically, and a person’s birthday is often an important event. However, the term “aging” is somewhat ambiguous. Distinctions may be made between “universal aging” (age changes that all people share) and “probabilistic aging” (age changes that may happen to some, but not all people as they grow older including diseases such as type two diabetes). Chronological aging may also be distinguished from “social aging” (cultural age-expectations of how people should act as they grow older) and “biological aging” (an organism’s physical state as it ages).  There is also a distinction between “proximal aging” (age-based effects that come about because of factors in the recent past) and “distal aging” (age-based differences that can be traced back to a cause early in person’s life, such as childhood poliomyelitis).

Differences are sometimes made between populations of elderly people. Divisions are sometimes made between the young old (65–74), the middle old (75–84) and the oldest old (85+). However, problematic in this is that chronological age does not correlate perfectly with functional age, i.e. two people may be of the same age, but differ in their mental and physical capacities. Each nation, government and non-government organization has different ways of classifying age.

Population aging is the increase in the number and proportion of older people in society. Population aging has three possible causes: migration, longer life expectancy (decreased death rate), and decreased birth rate. Aging has a significant impact on society. Young people tend to commit most crimes, they are more likely to push for political and social change, to develop and adopt new technologies, and to need education. Older people have different requirements from society and government as opposed to young people, and frequently differing values as well. Older people are also far more likely to vote, and in many countries the young are forbidden from voting. Thus, the aged have comparatively more political influence.

Now as we grow and age, time has allowed us to begin what I will call successful aging.  The concept of successful aging can be traced back to the 1950s, and popularized in the 1980s. Previous research into aging exaggerated the extent to which health disabilities, such as diabetes orosteoporosis, could be attributed exclusively to age, and research in gerontology exaggerated the homogeneity of samples of elderly people.

Successful aging consists of three components:

1. Low probability of disease or disability;

  1. High cognitive and physical function capacity;
  2. Active engagement with life.

A greater number of people self-report successful aging than those that strictly meet these criteria.

Successful aging may be viewed an interdisciplinary concept, spanning both psychology and sociology, where it is seen as the transaction between society and individuals across the life span with specific focus on the later years of life. The terms “healthy aging”  “optimal aging” have been proposed as alternatives to successful aging.

Six suggested dimensions of successful aging include:

No physical disability over the age of 75 as rated by a physician;

  1. Good subjective health assessment (i.e. good self-ratings of one’s health);
  2. Length of un-disabled life;
  3. Good mental health;
  4. Objective social support;
  5. Self-rated life satisfaction in eight domains, namely marriage, income-related work, children, friendship and social contacts, hobbies, community service activities, religion and recreation/sports.
  6. Mental health can be seen as a continuum, where an individual’s mental health may have many different possible values.[14] Mental wellness is generally viewed as a positive attribute, such that a person can reach enhanced levels of mental health, even if the person does not have any diagnosed mental health condition. This definition of mental health highlights emotional well-being, the capacity to live a full and creative life, and the flexibility to deal with life’s inevitable challenges.[citation needed] Many therapeutic systems and self-help books offer methods and philosophies espousing strategies and techniques vaunted as effective for further improving the mental wellness of otherwise healthy people. Positive psychology is increasingly prominent in mental health.
  7. holistic model of mental health generally includes concepts based upon anthropologicaleducationalpsychologicalreligious and sociological perspectives, as well as theoretical perspectives frompersonalitysocialclinicalhealth and developmental psychology.[15][16]
  8. An example of a wellness model includes one developed by Myers, Sweeney and Witmer. It includes five life tasks—essence or spirituality, work and leisurefriendship, love and self-direction—and twelve sub tasks—sense of worthsense of control, realistic beliefs, emotional awareness and copingproblem solving and creativitysense of humornutritionexercise, self care, stress management,gender identity, and cultural identity—which are identified as characteristics of healthy functioning and a major component of wellness. The components provide a means of responding to the circumstances of life in a manner that promotes healthy functioning. The population of the USA in its’ majority is considered to be mostly uneducated on the subjects of mental health.

In conclusion, let me affirm with you not to worry about your age, but be mindful of how you are aging and enjoy all that God has blessed you with.  Age is only a number that affirms the time of your position in the process.  The process is necessary to help you achieve your purpose in this life, and guides you successfully towards your destination.  The journey is yours to enjoy.  Now live each day as if it is your last day and if you are successful in seeing tomorrow, it will be the first day of the rest of your life.  May God bless each one of you abundantly as He moves you through the process of successful aging?  I remain your brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

 

 

IT IS TIME TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE BATTLES AHEAD

Armour

 IT IS TIME TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE BATTLES AHEAD

So how are you to prepare for the great battle that lies ahead?  Listen how the Bible teaches us to prepare ourselves, “Therefore put on God‘s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].”   Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God. In addition, having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.  Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].  (Ephesians 6:13-16 MSG)

Why are we to put on God’s complete armor?  The reason we are to do so is because, this is what the word commands us to do, and we must always be obedient to the word.  In addition, we are living in tough economic times and believers are losing their faith as well as their homes, life savings, freedom, liberty and much of their possessions.  Satan is on the attack and he is attacking believers as well as non-believers from all four corners of the world.  Our country is in a financial straight jacket, moral free fall, as well as being on the verge of financial collapse.  Crime in our communities is at an all time high.  Where will it all ends?

Let us understand the truth of Satan’s evil ways and his true motives.  However, in order for believers to realize God’s truth and position themselves to fight the good fight, believers must be united and maintain unity in the body of Christ.  There will be inevitable clashes with evil, and the church must be ready to stand and fight for its entire population.

However, let us remember that as Christians, we battle against rulers and authorities, the powerful evil forces of fallen angels headed by Satan, who is a vicious fighter.  Peter tells us that we can be victorious if we would, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 KJV).  Know that to withstand Satan’s attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of his armor.

Brothers and Sisters, try to understand this one truth, this is no ordinary fight.  We are fighting against a very powerful and evil fighting machine.  This one was designed to crush God’s people.  We can describe it as hand-to-hand combat.  However, we are not in an earthly military campaign, our battle is not against people made of flesh and blood.  Instead, we are battling the demons over which Satan has control.  Demons work to temp people to sin.  Satan did not create them because God is the Creator of all.  Rather, the demons are fallen angels who joined Satan in his rebellion and thus became perverted and evil.

These spiritual beings have limited power.  They are invisible to us, operating in the unseen world.  The mighty powers refers to those spiritual powers who aspire to world control.  They are evil (of the darkness) and they currently rule this world.  The wicked spirits in the heavenly realms refers to the demons dwellings, planet and stars, from which the demons control the lives of people.  Here is a host of spiritual forces arrayed against us, requiring us to use God’s full armor.  These are real and powerful beings, not mere fantasies. Believers must not underestimate them.

We face a powerful army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church.  When we believe in Ghrist, the satanic beings become our enemies, and they try every device to turn us away from him and back to sin.  Although believers are assured of victory, we must engage in the struggle until Christ returns because Satan constantly battles against all who are on God’s side.

Believers response to the reality of this warfare should be to use every piece of God’s armor.  The armor is available, but the believer-soldier must use it.  We would be neglectful to do other wise, for the battle is real, and we are Satan’s targets.  Only with the armor will believers be able to be standing firm, a word describing standing against great opposition; indeed, it would be impossible to stand on our strength alone.  Christian soldiers must be able to hold their ground and not flee or surrender under Satan’s attacks.

Now let me close with this final thought for each one of you who have taken the time to read this entire lesson and the many lessons we teach here daily, “Think globally, and work locally.  Looking beyond ourselves in the real and on line world, to reach out to others who might be in need, for we all are truly our Brothers Keeper, may the grace of God abide in you now and forever, in Jesus name, Amen.

HEALTH AND HEALING THROUGH THE POWER OF YOUR MIND (PART 3)

Image of thought experiment, Mary's room, in p...

IMAGES OF THE THOUGHT PROCESS

How the conscious and subconscious mind operate to keep you healthy

Our minds, which includes the conscious and subconscious mind is under the direct control of God, and God never makes a mistake when it comes to the physical healing of our bodies.  God is telling us it is now time to transform our thinking, allow new ideals to be awaken in our minds in such a way that our minds will begin to create the necessary healing that will make our bodies whole again and expectable to Christ.

Now listen to how the Lord appeals to us, He says,  1I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

 2Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”  (Romans 12:1-2 AMP)

When God created man in his own image and likeness, he created a perfect individual that could operate on its own individual systems, but that will always be connected to the one present in the universe that sustains all life, that is the creator himself.  He gave man a body, a mind and a soul.  The body was to house the mind and soul of man which would operate to take care of the man needs.  The conscious mind of man was put in charge of the subconscious mind.  Our mind is so designed that it prepares for us the most important foundations of cognition, whilst we have not the slightest apprehension of the modus operandi.

The subconscious soul, like a benevolent stranger, works and makes provision for our benefit, pouring only the mature fruit into our lap; thus ultimate analysis of thought processes shows that the subconscious is the theatre of the most important mental phenomena.

The value of the subconscious is enormous; it inspires us, it warns us; it furnishes us with names, facts, and scenes from the storehouse of memory.  It directs our thoughts, tastes, and accomplishes tasks so intricate that no conscious mind, even if it had the power, has the capacity for.

We can walk at will; we can raise the arm whenever we choose to do so; we can give our attention through eye or ear to any subject at pleasure.  On the other hand, we cannot stop our heart beats or the circulation of the blood, nor the growth of stature, nor the formation of nerve and muscle tissue, nor the building of the bones, nor many other important vital processes.

If we compare these two sets of action, the one decreed by the will of the moment, and the other proceeding in majestic, rhythmic course, subject to no vacillation, but constant at every moment, we stand in awe of the latter, and ask to have mystery explained.  We see at once that these are the vital processes of our physical life, and we cannot avoid the inference that these all important functions are designedly withdrawn from the domain of our outward will with its variations and transitions, and placed under the direction of a permanent and dependable power within us.

Of these two powers, the outward and changeable has been termed the Conscious Mind,” or the “Objective Mind” (dealing with outward objects).  The interior power is called the Subconscious Mind,” or the “Subjective Mind,” and besides its work on the mental plane it controls the regular functions which make physical life possible.

The subconscious mind never sleeps, never rests, any more than does your heart, or your blood.  It has been found that by plainly stating to the subconscious mind certain specific things to be accomplished, forces are set in operation that lead to the result desired.  Here, then, is a source of power which places us in touch with the God who never sleeps or slumbers. You can now clearly see that the power to heal your physical body and transform you into a brand new work of art is in your control.  By suggesting to your subconscious mind the healing that you require for your body is only a thought away, now let the healing begin.  Use the power God has placed in your hand to heal your wounded body.

 

 

HEALTH AND HEALING THROUGH THE POWER OF YOUR MIND (PART 2)

Unlimited Potential of the Human Mind

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WHAT IS THE MIND?

Our mind is a complex instrument that God has created within us to guide us to a higher level of learning and giving us the power to go where no man has ever gone before.  It is a powerful tool, that we will always use, to live and explore the creation of our thought process, and just having the knowledge that it is given to us freely to use at our own free will is an awesome vision.

Therefore, in order to provide you with greater knowledge of how to live a healthier life through our teaching on Health and Healing your physical body using your own mind power, we felt it necessary to give you an explanation of WHAT IS THE MIND.

The Encyclopedia say that the concept of mind is understood in many different ways by many different traditions, ranging from panpsychism and animism to traditional and organized religious views, as well as secular and materialist philosophies. Most agree that minds are constituted by conscious experience and intelligent thought.

Attributes of the mind include perceptionreasonimagination, memoryemotionattentionfree-will and a capacity for communication. A rich set of unconscious processes are also included in many modern characterizations of mind.

Theories of mind and its function are numerous. Earliest recorded speculations are from the likes of Zoroasterthe BuddhaPlatoAristotle, and other ancient GreekIndian and, later, Islamic and medieval European philosophers. Pre-modern understandings of the mind, such as the neoplatonic nous saw it as an aspect of the soul, in the sense of being both divine and immortal, linking human thinking with the un-changing ordering principle of the cosmos itself.

Which attributes make up the mind is much debated. Some psychologists argue that only the “higher” intellectual functions constitute mind, particularly reason and memory. In this view the emotions—lovehatefearjoy—are more primitive or subjective in nature and should be seen as different from the mind as such. Others argue that various rational and emotional states cannot be so separated, that they are of the same nature and origin, and should therefore be considered all part of what we call the mind.

In popular usage mind is frequently synonymous with thought: the private conversation with ourselves that we carry on “inside our heads.” Thus we “make up our minds,” “change our minds” or are “of two minds” about something. One of the key attributes of the mind in this sense is that it is a private sphere to which no one but the owner has access. No one else can “know our mind.” They can only interpret what we consciously or unconsciously communicate.

 

The mind is generally synonymous with thought. After all, people do ‘make up their minds,’ ‘change their minds’ or are ‘in two minds’ about something. Surely, though, the mind is more than the ability to think. So, then, WHAT IS THE MIND? What does it do? Is it different from the brain – or are they one and the same? These questions keep many neuroscientists’ minds busy, as they attempt to find the exact answers to these ‘mind boggling’ questions.

More than 4,000 years ago, Egyptians considered the brain worthless, believing the heart contained the soul and the mind. This ancient belief lives on in the English language: to route learn something is to ‘learn it by heart’; to have lost a loved one is to suffer ‘ a broken heart’ and to think of someone fondly is ‘to be in one’s heart’.

About 2 000 years later, a Greek philosopher was the first to believe that consciousness arose in the brain. Hippocrates was of the same mind, “It is the brain that is the messenger to the understanding [and] the brain interprets the understanding.” These, however, were unconfirmed theories.

Plato and other Greek Philosophers believed that the soul [mind] was immortal, surviving the death of the body. Years later, in the 1620s, mathematician and philosopher Rene Descartes, in his dissections of the human brain, saw no physical soul in the body, and thus concluded the soul [mind] as noncorporeal: operating within the machine, but not part of it – the ‘ghost in the machine’ as it was described by Philosopher Gilbert Ryle in 1947. Eastern religions, namely Hinduism and Buddhism, also carry this belief to this day.

Therefore, in trying to answer the question of how can something of no substance – be it the sense of self, the mind or the soul – can exist in a physical structure (brain or body), the theory of dualism was born. That is, the mind is separate from the brain – independent in existence and nonspatial in substance. The dualism concept is also evident, although subtly, in modern science: neurologists treat disorders of the brain, and psychiatrists and psychologists treat disorders of the mind.

The following was Extracted from the book Transform Your Life by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Some people think that the mind is the brain or some other part or function of the body, but this is incorrect. The brain is a physical object that can be seen with the eyes and that can be photographed or operated on in surgery.

The mind, on the other hand, is not a physical object. It cannot be seen with the eyes, nor can it be photographed or repaired by surgery. The brain, therefore, is not the mind but simply part of the body.

There is nothing within the body that can be identified as being our mind because our body and mind are different entities. For example, sometimes when our body is relaxed and immobile, our mind can be very busy, darting from one object to another. This indicates that our body and mind are not the same entity.

In Buddhist scriptures, our body is compared to a guest house and our mind to a guest dwelling within it. When we die, our mind leaves our body and goes to the next life, just like a guest leaving a guest house and going somewhere else.

If the mind is not the brain, nor any other part of the body, what is it? It is a formless continuum that functions to perceive and understand objects. Because the mind is formless, or non-physical, by nature, it is not obstructed by physical objects.

It is very important to be able to distinguish disturbed states of mind from peaceful states. As explained in the previous chapter, states of mind that disturb our inner peace, such as anger, jealousy, and desirous attachment, are called ‘delusions’; and these are the principal causes of all our suffering.

We may think that our suffering is caused by other people, by poor material conditions, or by society, but in reality it all comes from our own deluded states of mind. The essence of spiritual practice is to reduce and eventually to eradicate altogether our delusions, and to replace them with permanent inner peace. This is the real meaning of our human life.

The essential point of understanding the mind is that liberation from suffering cannot be found outside the mind. Permanent liberation can be found only by purifying the mind. Therefore, if we want to become free from problems and attain lasting peace and happiness we need to increase our knowledge and understanding of the mind.

For a deeper understanding of the nature and functions of the mind, see the book, Understanding the Mind

                                                 

HEALTH AND HEALING THROUGH THE POWER OF THE MIND

Personification of knowledge (Greek Επιστημη, ...

PERSONIFICATION OF KNOWLEDGE

HOW YOU CAN HARVEST THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE TO BRING HEALING TO YOUR PHYSICAL BODY

Today, we will begin an in-depth study on healing the physical body, providing you with the necessary tools that you can use to manifest healing that will enable you to enjoy a healthier life style. I do this because God said, “it’s time for a change, and my people are suffering because of a lack of VISION in their life style.”  Instead of my people enjoying the benefits of a healthier life, their physical bodies are rapidly decaying due to the lack of KNOWLEDGE of how to bring about the necessary changes that will provide them with a healthier physical body.  God said to me to tell my people this, “ 1ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you--rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!(A 2For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you. (Isaiah 60:1-2 AMP).  God wants you to take a stand against the evil spirits that have help to put your physical bodies on the road to decay.   He wants you to be made complete again, because your natural state is wellness, and the primary manifestation of life and how you may get in touch with it, is what I will now attempt to explain to you.

Now let us begin with knowledge, which is of priceless value, because by applying knowledge we can make our future what we wish it to be.  When we realize that our present character, our present environment, our present ability, our present physical condition are all the result of past methods of thinking, we shall begin to have some conception of the value of knowledge.

If the state of our health is not all that could be desired, let us examine our method of thinking, let us remember that every thought produces an impression on the mind; every impression is a seed which will sink into the subconscious and form a tendency. The tendency will be to attract other similar thoughts and before we know it we shall have a crop which must be harvested.

If these thoughts contain disease germs, the harvest will be sickness, decay, weakness, and failure; the question is, what are we thinking, what are we creating, what is the harvest to be?

James Allen wrote in his book, “Mind is the Master,” these words.  “Even physical conditions are largely determined by mental states, and to this truth the scientific world is rapidly being drawn.  The old, materialistic belief that a man is what his body makes him is rapidly passing away, and is being replaced by the inspiring belief that man is superior to his body, and that his body is what he makes it by the power of thought.  Men everywhere are ceasing to believe that a man is despairing because he is dyspeptic, and are coming to understand that he is dyspeptic because he is despairing, and in the near future, the fact that all disease has its origin in the mind will become common knowledge.

There is no evil in the universe but has its root and origin in the mind, and sin, sickness, sorrow, and affliction do not, in reality, belong to the universal order, are not inherent in the nature of things, but are the direct outcome of our ignorance of the right relations of things.

According to tradition, there once lived, in India, a school of philosophers who led a life of such absolute purity and simplicity that they commonly reached the age of one hundred and fifty years, and to fall sick was looked upon by them as an unpardonable disgrace, for it was considered to indicate a violation of law.

The sooner we realize and acknowledge that sickness, far from being the arbitrary visitation of an offended God, or the test of an unwise Providence, is the result of our own error or sin, the sooner shall we enter upon the highway of health?  Disease comes to those who attract it, to those whose minds and bodies are receptive to it, and flee from those whose strong, pure, and positive thought-sphere generates healing and life-giving currents.

If you are given to anger, worry, jealousy, greed, or any other inharmonious state of mind, and expect perfect physical health, you are expecting the impossible, for you are continually sowing the seeds of disease in your mind.  Such conditions of mind are carefully shunned by the wise man, for he knows them to be far more dangerous than a bad drain or an infected house.

If you would be free from all physical aches and pains, and would enjoy perfect physical harmony, then put your mind in order, and harmonize your thoughts.  Think joyful thoughts; think loving thoughts; let the elixir of goodwill course through your veins, and you will need no other medicine.  Put away your jealousies, your suspicions, your worries, your hatreds, your selfish indulgences, and you will put away your dyspepsia, your biliousness, your nervousness and aching joints.  If you will persist in clinging to these debilitating and demoralizing habits of mind, then do not complain when your body is laid low with sickness.”  From James Allen, “The secret of health, success, and power.” Page 30

 

 

 

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