Thursday, August 12, 2010

Casting Down Vain Imaginations

Casting Down Vain Imaginations - The Mind is a Battlefield
Are you Growing Thorns on your Dendrites?

cast down all vain imaginations and take every thought into captivity through the Word of God - Scriptures. 

2 Corinthians 10: 3-6 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds:) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

Where does thought come from? Have you ever thought about it? Thought comes from three sources. 1. yourself, 2. satan or the demonic realm projecting thoughts and 3. God through the Holy Spirit - convictions.

Have you ever had an intrusive thought and you knew it was not yours and had a vain imagination attached to it! we demolish arguments and every pretension

Satan’s Thoughts: Spontaneous Thoughts Which Are Negative and Destructive (i.e. line up with the names of satan: Accuser, Father of Lies, Thief, Adversary)

God’s Thoughts: Spontaneous Thoughts Which Are Positive and Up building (i.e. line up with the names of the Holy Spirit: Comforter, Counselor, The Spirit of Truth, The Convincer, The Exhorter/Teacher)

Your Thoughts: Analytical Thoughts (i.e. connected, you construct them yourself; they are not spontaneous)

How do you know it is satan's thought projecting into your mind? Usually it is the opposite of God's Word. God's Word is who you are but what do you believe.

Remember, Satan uses parents, friends, husbands and children to put negative thoughts in you for you to believe for yourself. For example, maybe you had a dad who said you are stupid. Is that true according to God's word?

Ephesians 4:22-24 – “…to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Ephesians means that you are a new creation and no longer belong to your former manner of life, or beliefs about you. Words can go deep and create strongholds of the mind which seem as truths but are not true but causes you to live by that negative mind set called strongholds. Meaning, it has power over your life. That stronghold is like an en rode in the mind.

Through life experiences we can develop strongholds in our minds. Strongholds- Toxic thoughts that can have an adverse affect on our thinking process and our bodies. Not only that but Chemicals carry a photocopy of your memories and emotions.

Proverbs 23 (KJV) Verse 7-“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”.

If you have healthy thoughts, the brain releases chemicals to alert and help with memory building and concentration. Memory building starts. Nerve cells (magic trees) grow healthy dendrites effectively. If you have negative thoughts, your body releases harmful chemical effecting every cell in your body, but not only that new research reveals that unforgiving, resentful, pessimistic or negative thoughts cause the "memory trees" in a brain's dendrites to become sparse and thorny. They no longer look like healthy, abundant "branches" sometimes referred to as "magic trees" by neurologists and brain researchers.

Let me put it another way. When we are unloving, angry and unforgiving of others, special photographs of the dendrites in our brains begin to look as if dark abscesses have taken root. Let me put it another way. When we are unloving, angry and unforgiving of others, special photographs of the dendrites in our brains begin to look as if dark abscesses have taken root.

That is why it is important to cast down vain imagination or anything against the truth of God's Word.

A person who stays away from wicked men and concentrates on God's Word will be "like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither - And in whatever he does, he prospers" (Psalm 1:3, NASB).

Our physical brains hold an imprinted record of our good and bad thoughts which will be tested in judgment.

The apostle Paul warns,

...they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus (Romans 2:15-16, NASB).

It is important to try at least to "bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). If my thoughts "alternately accuse and defend" me in judgment, then it is important to line up my thoughts with God's Word of truth and not listen or believe in the lies of the enemy by discerning and believing God's truth for me over what others have said over me.

Growing Good Dendrites - Good Strongholds vs. bad Strongholds

Positive thoughts actually create more dendrite nerve fibers in the brain. She says, 'You can grow a new memory over the old memory.' One of the elements she mentions in this healing process is forgiveness.'"

Overcoming Evil With Good

All Christians need to put on "armor of God" and "spiritual helmet" as the apostle Paul suggests in Ephesians 6:11,17, protects our physical brains and may shield us from the possible effects of negative thought processes as well. "Overcoming evil with good" becomes a physiological reality in the lives of conscientious Christians (Romans 12:21). We can grow lush, dense branches over thorny, barren "memory trees" in the dendrites of our brains.

Ephesians 6:16 "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." What does it mean to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked? It means to discern where your thoughts are coming from and putting them out with the Word of God of Truth over the lie the enemy is projecting on you if from the past of negative words spoken over you or whatever.

Example: You say, "I cannot do this" but God's word says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do everything through him who gives me ... ... I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ... I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."

The Mind is a Battlefield or BATTLEGROUND

The mind is a battleground, with ongoing conflict between toxic thoughts and good thoughts, thoughts that which effect your mental and physical health and can also deplete your body and mind of health.

Philippians 4:8 gives us the best chance to conquer intrusive or obsessive thoughts and bouts of unforgiveness. "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Paul tells us to focus our thinking on things that are good and not the negative.

No self Pity Allowed - Look at Self Pity the Super Glue to the Hell of Your Past

If you find yourself dwelling on what someone did to you, you need help then take control of your thoughts and start applying God's Word and appropriate it by moving into forgiveness of those who have hurt you, used you or abused you. Only through forgiveness can you become free from Self Pity. Self Pity is only torment which indicates you are in bondage to this person.

Self pity is brooding, feeling sorry for yourself, and so on, is sin"..."You can't enjoy even the slightest remnants of self-pity."

When our minds begin to wander and we think about or rehearse past offenses, then we must appropriate the Word of God and chose to forgive past offenses of others. It takes work but cast down those thoughts and start forgiving. When you start applying you are now practicing discernment who is speaking and also taking responsibility through forgiveness and learning to control your thoughts and have victory over thoughts and over the demonic spirits speaking to you. This is your ticket out of self-pity hell!

This also requires not only forgiveness of those past offenses of others but also repenting, renouncing and casting out evil spirits of unforgiveness. When you do this, you are breaking the strongholds in your mind and renewing your mind with the Word of God just by applying His Word of Truth.

Memorize the Word and Pray Verses

Another remedy to negative thinking is to pray Scriptures and become active in our mental health by memorizing key passages that pertain to our particular difficulty. Again, when you memorize or speak the Word to counteract the negative thought that has had a stronghold on you, actually you are undoing the binds of wickedness, putting out fiery darts of the enemy but breaking strong strongholds and mindsets because you are being obedient to the Lord.

40,000 Neurons in the Heart Working in Feedback Loop to the Brain

It has been proven by His word, what comes out of our mouth reflects what is in our hearts. So we must work hard to think right, feel right, and speak right. It has been proven that the heart contains 40,000 neuron "brain" (in the heart) that works in a feedback loop to our brains!

For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).

Matthew 15:18-19 "18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:"

This means, as Christians, It is not what goes into a man that defiles a man, such as food, but what comes out of a person's heart - good or evil, blessings or curses. Doing this without sinning or thinking angry, stressful thoughts may be difficult by taking responsibility for our thoughts and control our tongue in what we speak, in really, is in our heart. Ouch.

That does not mean to repress your feelings by stuffing them but doing it God's way by either working through unforgiveness, casting our cares to the Lord, or whatever it might be. It is learning to live a victorious life free from sickness and disease.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (ESV).

As Christians we must "acknowledge" sins before we can "confess" them. We must clearly identify what it is that we have done wrong. If we have thought hateful things about someone we must acknowledge it and confess it to God. If we have felt jealousy, we must acknowledge and confess that.

Matthew records Jesus' clear words: ...if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions (Matthew 5:15, NASB).

This makes our forgiveness of others a non-negotiable requirement if we are to live productive Christian lives and receive our Father's forgiveness.

In Closing, we must remember in Isaiah 55:9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

by: Traci Morin, Touch of God International Ministries, a Christian Healing and Deliverance Ministry, Spiritual Warfare Prayer setting captives free from demonic torment and sickness and disease. 

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