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November 13, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Mental Attack 3


Romans 8:6-7

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law

 

Thought for Today

Today’s little verse form Romans 8 can be a bit confusing. The bottom line is that the mind that is set on earthly things is actually hostile to the things of God. It fusses and fights over what it wants. It is focused on fleeting things that it thinks will satisfy its longings, but they never do. The mind that focuses on the Spirit brings life and peace. It maintains a long-term perspective that helps it to get through difficult times without losing hope. For it knows that the life to come will always be better than the life we currently live. So, focus your mind on God and the things you know will please Him and you will find life and peace.

 

Prayer

Lord God, help me to fix my mind of the things that truly matter and not on the things that are passing away. Let me find my peace in You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Go to God with your coal, and He will set them to blazing fire. ― Anthony Liccione

 

Quote of the Day

People think they are not satisfied with what they have but in true sense they are not satisfied with what they are. ― Amit Kalantri

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November 12, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Mental Attack 2


Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

 

Thought for Today

We face many metal battles, depression, loneliness fear, and anxiety are rampant in our culture. We have all kinds of explanations for these conditions, and they aren’t without merit. However, we need to remember that our greatest adversaries are not socio-cultural in nature. They are spiritual. We have a spiritual enemy that loves to masquerade in earthly and explainable guises. He knows that if he can attack our minds and emotions that he can keep us oppressed and far from God. When we, or someone we love, are battling our thoughts we should go to God in prayer and intercede for them. Prayer and the Word of God are our weapons against the spiritual forces arrayed against the children of God and we shouldn’t be afraid to use them. Certainly, we should encourage people to seek other forms of help as appropriate, but prayer should be our first response, not our last resort. For ours is the Lord of Hosts, the God of angel armies that Who fights for us.

 

Prayer

Lord of Hosts, fight for me and those I love today who are battling under mental attack by the enemy. For You always win the battle. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction. — Charles Spurgeon

 

Quote of the Day

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. — George S. Patton

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November 11, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Mental Attack 1


Genesis 3:1-2

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

 

Thought for Today

All of our problems started with a mental attack. In the Garden of Eden, when we were innocent and did not understand dishonesty and deceit, the serpent came to Eve. He challenged her to read more deeply into what God had said. Through deception and miss direction he attacked her mind. She came away convinced that God was holding out on her, that He had forbidden them to eat from the tree of knowledge to keep her oppressed. In truth, God had not withheld any good thing from them. They were created to be like Him, in His very image. However, they were not equipped to withstand the mental attack that our ancient enemy unleashed on them. We have been fighting this battle ever since. We struggle to believe God and quickly grasp enticing lies that cause us harm. This week we will explore this battle and seek some encouragement as we fight the good fight of faith that takes God at His word.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me to better understand the battle I am fighting for my mind this week. Give me strength to accept the truth and the faith trust You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

We all long for Eden, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most human, is still soaked with the sense of exile. ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Quote of the Day

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. — Rene Descartes

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