Thoughts On This Passover/ Resurrection 2015

3 Apr

Excerpt from- What Was I Thinking?: Get Your Thoughts Working for You and Not Against You Paperback– October 1, 2010

PC GTR Bible Dr. Leaf 10.04.14 -9273

Where Are Your Thoughts?
As Joshua was talking to the tribes of Israel, he actually gave them instructions to serve God in sincerity and to put away the gods that their fathers served.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).
Is this a command or a suggestion? Which will you obey? Again you may say, “But I don’t serve any other gods, just God in Heaven.” Again, where are your thoughts? Where your mind goes, your body follows. It is a moment-by-moment decision.
When Jesus asked His disciples who they thought He was, Peter spouted out, “You are Jesus, the Son of God.” Then Jesus said that only God in Heaven could have revealed that to him. This tells you that you are able to hear directly from our Lord.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven (Matthew 16:15-17).
Then just a few minutes later Jesus is telling Peter, “Get thee behind Me, satan.” Why? Because Peter began speaking from that other kingdom. The enemy tempted him in his thinking, and Peter spoke it out.
Then Peter took Him, and began to rebuke Him, saying, Be it far from Thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee. But He turned and said unto Peter, Get thee behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men (Matthew 16:22-23).
There are several other instances in the Bible that display a response from the thoughts of God or from the thoughts of satan. Let’s take a look at a few.
Thoughts Coming From Satan
Let’s start with Judas Iscariot. The enemy has access to us through our thoughts, as discussed earlier by theta brain waves. He uses our weaknesses, lustful desires, and a number of other sins to get us to agree with him in thought.
That is why it is so important to get our thoughts and hearts cleaned up, so he doesn’t have anything to use against us to tempt us to think like he thinks. He knows that we will “act” upon anything we dwell upon. In Judas’ case, it was greed; his focus was on money. He opened the door for satan to enter when he rebuked Jesus for letting the woman pour the oil on Him, saying that the oil was being wasted and could have been sold for a lot of money. This came from his lust and greed for money.
It’s interesting to note that all the disciples were indignant about this, but only Judas acted upon it! The enemy had 12 men to tempt, but because of Judas’ heart of greed, pride, anger, jealousy, envy, and fear, he was prime bait.
But when His disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor….Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver Him unto you? And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:8-9;14-15).
This is how it worked. Satan put a “thought” in Judas because satan knew his heart condition. John 13:2 says, “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him.”
Satan then entered Judas. Yes, he entered Judas! “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being one of the twelve” (Luke 22:3).
Satan has an advantage over us when our hearts and thoughts are not conformed to God’s heart and thoughts.
To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:10-11).
After that, Judas came to his senses and realized that he had sinned.
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that He was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? See thou to that (Matthew 27:3-4).
The end of that story was that Judas ran out and hanged himself. Only a spirit of death can cause someone to kill himself or have another killed: “And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matt. 27:5).
That spirit that entered Judas had an agenda, and that was to kill Jesus. And if that wasn’t enough, it caused Judas to kill himself. The thief (satan) comes to steal, kill, and destroy (see John 10:10). And he will take you a little at a time if need be—just like the frog in a cold pot of water. He won’t jump out as long as you slowly heat it up. Then before he knows it, he’s been boiled to death. It’s slow, but very effective.
We need to be wise; we need to know the enemy’s wiles. He comes to us with small thoughts to tempt us, and then he brings in more and more. We have to recognize them immediately so we aren’t cooking our own goose!
What could have Judas done differently? Perhaps he could have read this book? Perhaps gone to a seminar and received ministry? Well…that’s silly, of course. But he could have taken that thought captive, and perhaps someone else would have taken his part in the betrayal of Jesus. Christ was going to die, but at whose hand? Because of what was “in” Judas, he was easily deceived and used.
So you may be asking this question by now: was Judas possessed? We’ll answer it this way. He was led astray in thought by his own lust and desires. This allowed satan free access to use him as a puppet. Who has access to you? What things reside in your heart that the enemy could use to tempt you to think and act like him? Perhaps it’s time to ask God’s help in identifying sins in your life that could be used by the enemy to get you to think like him. Perhaps it’s time to repent about some iniquities and sins? These are the very things that keep the door open for wrong thinking.
Let’s take a look at Adam. He opened the door for satan when he listened to what Eve said the serpent (satan) told her. He began to dwell on it, and it caused him to doubt God’s Word and the command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. So he disobeyed God and ate the fruit. Who was he listening to? The enemy’s job is to cast doubt on God’s Word. Have you found yourself in unbelief? Have you found yourself doubting? It wasn’t you doing it; it was that other kingdom, the thoughts coming from the enemy to tempt you to doubt God. We need to recognize when this happens and then do something about it. We have been given the power and ability to overcome the enemy. Let’s start taking our role seriously as believers and use the resources God has given to us.
Thoughts Coming From God
As mentioned earlier, Simon Peter heard from God, but there were others who did as well. What about the Bible as a whole? It was written by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. How did the Holy Spirit inspire? Through thought!
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
What about Paul? The Lord spoke to Paul in a dream, telling him not to fear but to speak boldly (see Acts 18:9-10). The Spirit spoke to Paul (see Acts 21:4). How did the Spirit speak? He spoke through inspiration and thought.
Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city (Acts 18:9-10).
And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem (Acts 21:4).
How about Jesus’ voice? John 10:16 says that His sheep “hear” His voice. Do we hear Him audibly today? More frequently, His voice comes to us through reading the Word, praying, and our conscience.
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd (John 10:16).
Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ (1 Peter 3:16).

I pray the Lord’s supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of Agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua! PASTOR CASPAR – Pastor, Author, Musician, Artist, Researcher, Lecturer,

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Luke 21:28 “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

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