Battlefield Of The Mind – Joyce Meyer

 

So this is the first of many book reviews that I will be writing.

I have been reading a lot lately – but let me make this clear, there is nothing with as much impact and informational effect as the word of God. While all these books I read and review are good and supporting to ones life, I am a witness to the life changing power of the undiluted word of God.

Battle Field Of The Mind – Winning The Battle Of The Mind – Joyce Meyer

The Author:

Joyce Meyer is one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers. A New York Times bestselling author, her books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through Jesus Christ. Joyce Meyer writes having suffered sexual abuse as a child and the pain of an emotionally abusive first marriage, Joyce discovered the freedom to live victoriously by applying God’s Word to her life and in turn desires to help others do the same. She also survived her battle with breast cancer and she speaks openly and practically about her experiences so others can apply what she has learned to their lives.

Why I Picked It Up:

I have recent begun listening to Joyce Meyer’s podcasts in the morning and I have really taken to her style of speech and ability to just say what needs to be said without the hype. I was listening to a podcast about emotional health and I related to some of the experiences that she shared from her own life. Something that struck out for me was a point of having emotional balance. Something I have been looking for.

Often times our feelings and indeed our emotions have way too much control of our lives. This seeps into our decision making, our reactions, our character all based on something as changeable as our emotions. I was encouraged to establish a base line to my mind. This baseline was rooted and grounded in the word of God. One that says irrespective of what’s going on, who loves me, who stays, who leaves, whats in the bank – my joy isn’t in these things but in God. I can hold my head up high every day because God’s word is settled – His view of me is set – His love for me is everlasting. I have hope, I am blessed, I am loved and these are FACT! Everything else is changeable – if you ground yourself in moving objects you will fall .. painfully and will spend a lot of time chasing after fluctuating images and feelings..

This book reminds you of the power that you have to act on the word of God and take charge over your mind. The devil is after your mind – he knows that if he can take your mind captive he can stop you from believing in God and having faith in His word, and we know from Hebrews 11:6 it is impossible to please God without faith.

Consider this. Romans 10:17 states that Faith comes by Hearing, and Hearing by the word of God. How many times have we sat in a service, or even been home “reading” the bible. And due to the volume of things going on in your mind you haven’t seen or heard a thing that you are listening to or reading. How many times have you come to the end of a chapter and thought.. I have no clue what I just read. The devil knows that if he can stop the word of God getting into your spirit – which works via your soul and is expressed in your actions he has won half the battle. The seed cant take root if it does not get the chance or even the time to take root. (Reed Matthew 13). The devil knows the power of the word of God and the power just a little bit of it can have.

Daniel 7:25 exposes a plan of the wicked one – “to wear out the saints”. How often do things disturb your peace to the point where even after a full nights sleep you do not feel rested. Your mind is non stop with worry, fear, distress, fuss, wondering about this and wandering around in that – no peace, unsettled..the battle is in the mind. Even your prayer life is consumed with complaints and personal stress to the point where you cant even weep for the nations because your mind is taken over with cares – when 1 Peter 5:7 says we should cast our cares on Him because He cares for us, and Psalm 55:22 says that if we cast our cares on Him that He will sustain us… but oh what peace we often forfeit and what needless pains we bear.

Joyce Meyer encourages us to be mindful of the things that are in our mind.. not everything that is found wondering around in there a) belongs there and b) deserves to stay. She reminds us that we have the power to do exactly what 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”

This basically means that we have the power to control the contents of our mind. We have the right to question the motive of these thoughts – where did you come from? What is your business here? Do you mean me any good? Are you aligned with the Word Of God..? and if the answers are not good.. you have the right to cast it down and bring it into captivity. I have a whooooooole post on this one scripture – last year this scripture literally saved my life having been tormented by what I THOUGHT were my own thoughts… but the devil IS a liar..!

Who Is This Book For:

If you have ever felt as though your emotions and your thoughts seem to have too much control of your life.While we need thoughts and will and feeling and emotions.. they have their place.

If you feel as thought your thoughts turn up and create pure havoc and chaos – feeling as though you just cant get them in check and they quickly become your master with you feeling enslaved to its every will and motive.

If you are genuinely just looking to get a grip… this could be the book for you..

 

85yrs ago today..

Dear Daddy..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR..

85yrs ago today.. in a home in Manchester, Jamaica.. Hilda and John Morgan laid eyes on a miracle.

85yrs ago today someone truly amazing came into the world. 85 years ago today someone absolutely and categorically spectacular steped into this world.

Your parents probably had no idea of the impact you would have on this world. Probably a good thing that they didn’t, how would they handle such an amazing gift from God? One who would be a great child, who would turn into an amazing man, who turned into wonderful father and grandfather and later become the well seasoned Great Grandfather.. who knew!?

It’s your birthday, highly unlikely you’re aware, but thats ok.. it’s us who need to celebrate you.. I FaceTimed you to wish you a happy birthday.. always an entertaining experience as I dont think you get the concept. Pictures..that talk..and move..and I have to talk back too.. lol ..But to look at you.. looking at me.. I Bless God to be looking at you at the ripe age of 85 and not laying flowers at a grave side. Bless God forever!

Your eyes light up when you see Noah. You’ve always had a special bond with that one..

Sir, you’re simply amazing. You’re more than special, you’re more than unique. You are all man.. all gentleman..and all father.. I couldn’t have asked for a better person in my life.

Love you..

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Single Mother In Church

Please know that we love God too…

For many of us who have grown up in Apostolic, Pentecostal, Old School, Foot Stamping, Hat Wearing, Hand Clapping ( you get the picture) churches, we’ve listened to message after message about the backsliders, and the girls that left church “for a man”, the ones that trimmed their way to find love, having babies out of wedlock and many other saying and labels for how a woman became a single mother. And for many of us to now be that woman who is spoken of in not so favourable light is enough a burden to carry let alone all the other things that come along with being a single mother in this day and age. But God’s grace has been sufficient, so much to the point that we are here, we turn up, we came back.

Single mother in Zion.. not a biblical concept by any means but this is how we stand, we can never seem to detach for the single mother element of who we are. Like we are the ones who have made the mistake, and while others can repent and run on with no evidence of what they did and it just remains a “Me and Jesus” testimony, but not so for us, we can’t cover this. They are in Sunday School, well dressed and on time, they are collecting offering, proudly too. They are there, front row, tambourine and drum sticks at the ready, just waiting for the next lively chorus – they are a new life, guilt free and ready to go, but little do they know how much effort it took for mummy to be at church today.

The question remains, are we really accepted when we come back with buggy and baby? Are we forgiven by the fellowship? This is important.

We know that our actions cause pain to the body let alone God our Father, but often times there is a sense of un-forgiveness that lingers. Unspoken, Nonverbal, but very present. Almost as if we are to prove ourselves before we are accepted back into the fold.

You’d have to be a prodigal daughter to know what it feels like to come home, from years of vanity and pride. Yes, we all know what happened, but there seems to be a struggle to celebrate something that only exists as a result of a sinful act. Do I hang my head in shame forever, or am I free to quote the Psalmist David and confess that “The fruit of the womb is HIS reward? Can my child, born of a sinful act still be the reward of God?

Now while our Father is good to throw down and kill anything with a heartbeat to celebrate at the return of His child, here comes the brother/sister. You’d expect them to just be glad to see you home, but that’s not always the case. There are the quiet rumbles of – why? How comes she gets that? She does not deserve that! Not only is it a hard and scary thing to lone parent, but to also return to a church where my choice(s) (In the past, under the blood and in the sea of His forgetfulness mind you) are so frowned upon – and – the monument- nay testimony of those choices follows us to church every Sunday. We can’t hide what happened, we can’t even forget about it and pretend it never happened – we have to daily make a choice to accept that the blood of Jesus covers us too. That He loves us too. That He cares for us too.

Many of us put on a brave face for church along with the rest of the attire, and if asked we will tell you and swear blind we are fine. But the truth is while we are working full time, studying at night, trying to make ends meet, trying to ensure we don’t make a mess of our child’s life, keeping up with homework so the schools don’t complain, often time feeling inadequate for the tasks at hand, as well as trying to be at church on time and enough times to stop the speculations of you backsliding again, things can become very overwhelming. Oftentimes we would just appreciate someone celebrating the fact that we have turned up in one piece.

Saints, please appreciate that us who are single mothers of this day and age do not have it like you had it back in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s even the 80’s. You who can testify of leaving you children at home while you went to prayer meeting didn’t have the threat of neighbours who would call social services for you and you would return to a note telling you where to find your children. You lived as a unit, and a community, nowadays you can’t even leave your buggy outside your house while you unload your shopping without it being stolen (true story!), and as strange as my neighbours are I wouldn’t ask them to watch my goldfish let alone my children. These are VERY different times we live in – and honestly, its hard work.

Now we are not asking you to condone our choices. We are not even asking you to sign up to a babysitting contract, but we are asking you to be mindful of the fact that while we have made mistakes, we love Jesus too. We are not defined by our missing fathers, or struggles to keep up, we are hardworking and dedicated to providing the best for our children. We are in church and bring the testimonies to church. We are still here because we love God too. We are women and we are mothers – how we got there does not define who we are in Christ.

With Love

Sisters Daily x

 

Frontline Service

In the last two month my church lost two of the original founders of our organisation. The church has been going for 50 yrs and these are the first of the pillars to be laid to rest. One a mother and one a father to the church. One a sure Deborah of her time.. full of the word WITH fire.. the other a Jeremiah of his time.. he didnt need a mic or a conference to preach sinners to repentance, often found on the high roads and town centres preaching the gospel.

I was asked to write my thoughts for a project and this is what I came up with. It fell in line nicely to tribute my Mother Flowers and Elder Clarke

What does it mean to be on the Front Line.
It’s a position our elders held for Some Time.
They took it serious it was not just for the Sunshine.
This was a call in to fight Big Time.

Their stories started often in the Night-Time. Singing songs like when His wounded hands Touched Mine.
When they were converted and took on His Bloodline.
Making Jesus Christ their Saviour took No Time.

Sin became a Past Time and automatically it was Crunch Time
This was No Time for the Sometime but High Time to fall In Line.

Being on the Front Line wasn’t always Fun TIme. But the reward of the righteous was looking Sublime
Singing songs like Jesus is on the Mainline Comforted by the fact that their God was always On Time

The lives of our forefathers that Brush Mine, taught me the importance of staying In Line Praying always and developing my relationship Over Time
Because the crown of Glory surely won’t go to the Unsigned
And between heaven and hell – just a Thin Line.

So to the young and the Old who remain on the Front Line
You stand fast and remain Online
Don’t be afraid it’s gonna be a Tough Time
But know your reward was settled in Heavens way Before Time

 

Use what you have

So this week at church the youth department were asked to look into the topic of using what you have. We looked into the feeding of the 5000. The story is well known for the miracle of th feeding the masses with only a little.

When looking into the topic – Mary at the supper of which Jesus and Lazarus was at came to mind. Specifically what she did with her hair.

“..Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.  Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,  Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?  This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.  Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this…”
John 12:1‭-‬8 KJV

We see from many scriptures that a womans hair was a very important and valuable part of her. 1chor 11:15 – “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” Being her glory, it amazed me that this woman would use the very glory she had to minister to Jesus. She was willing to lay down her glory, something of importance and value to her as a woman at the feet of Jesus.

Now considering the time and the types of garments they wore, I’m sure she could have used her skirt, or some other fabric to do this. Or, considering they were having a meal it would been likely there would have been towels to wipe your hands with that she could have used. Being at a home, maybe she could have even asked for a towel to wipe the feet of Jesus, but she took the very hair on her head, her glory, to wipe his feet.

She was willing to use what she had. Both things were of much cost but meant nothing to her when it came to ministering to Jesus. One translation says that the oil was worth a years wages, but she was willing to lay it down for the sake of ministering to Jesus.

What is it that you have that represents your glory? Are you willing to give up your GLORY for the GLORY of God?

The little lad with his lunch never left his house with an intention to feed the masses. BUT he was willing to give it up. Whether he knew what would come of it or not, we don’t hear of any arguing or altercation between  the disciples and child about this food, in fact it was a deciple who said “what is it amung so many”. He didn’t see how such a small thing could make any difference to such a great need. Just how another deciple thought Mary should have sold the expensive oil and given the money to the poor ( not that he even cared for the poor! Cheek!)

Matthew 6:21 : where your treasure is there will your heart be also.

Hebrews 6:10 says : God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them

When the deciple tried to have a go at Mary for her act of Love to Jesus, Jesus was quick to rebuke him and told him to leave her alone! God will always stand by your act of service and sacrifice to Him, irrespective of how it seems to others.
Sometimes we (like Abraham and his promised  child) have to be willing to give up what we love, our treasure, our glory. Not begrudgingly..(God loves a cheerful giver) but in faith knowing He is no man’s debtor! Never will God require from you what He can’t return in good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

Give what you have to God knowing that He loves a cheerful giver, knowing that He is not unjust to forget your labours, and knowing that He will stand by your sacrifice and have your back despite the opinions of others.

 

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Prepare your mind for action

Today’s blog is focused on 1st Peter 1:3 (NLT) “So, prepare your minds for action”. In the KJV it says to “Gird up the loins of your mind”

So when we talk about the mind – where and what are we talking about. I’m referencing to: The seat of human consciousness, cognitive faculties including, perception, thinking, judgement, and memory, where our imaginations roam and wonder. Its related to but not a direct part of the body (by that I mean I wouldn’t find it if I sent you for an MRI or CAT Scan). Its a VERY powerful part of us that often provokes and drives the what, where, when, how , and why of our actions. Majority of the things we do (and don’t do) start with some kind of cognitive processing going on in the mind. Consider it the bodies CPU (Central Processing Unit).

As parents we see the power of the mind quite often. Have you have caught sight of your child fixating on something, and you can see the wheels of pure mischief turning in their minds? You can see the plan, the process and the execution being thoroughly planned out in their mind. As a parent the most common phrase to the child is “Don’t Even Think About It!” We see and know the power of the mind about to unfold into some drama or the other, and to spare them (and our blood pressure!) and we instruct the child to hold it riiiight there! Such is the power of the mind.

In adults the power of the mind is displayed in things like phobias and mental health conditions and many other conditions that affect the body, but are all seated in the mind. One such condition that always fascinates me is Phantom Pregnancies. This is considered a state of the mind  where a woman believes herself to be pregnant and her entire body acts accordingly. She will tell you she’s felt baby move, her stomach may grown, she may even begin to produce milk, but is’t all in her mind. Such is the power of the mind!

I remember when I had a car accident some years ago, and for weeks I felt like stationary objects were moving. Especially the likes of parked cars. For a long time I felt unsafe on the roads simply because I felt like everything was moving! Such is the power of the mind!

Now what does it mean to gird? This is to encircle a person or part of the body with a belt or band. To secure a sword with a belt or band to the body. To surround . In biblical times men and women wore long garments that would often have many layers and tassels and loose ends around the feet. If  they were men or women of war, the instruction to “gird up your loins” would be one to say get ready to move! It would be hard for them to battle and do anything requiring any pace with all this material around their legs, tripping them up and slowing them down. They would need to tie it up, often around the waist are and held with a belt.

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1st Peter 1:3 says to prepare your MINDS for action. The responsibility of the state of our mind being placed on us. If we are to be as effective in this life as we have been called to be we must be ready and set in out minds first.

Romans 12:2 (NLT) says:”Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” Here we see that we cant even understand and prove the will of God for our lives until we have had a transformation of our mind. Why is this transformation so important, because “As a man thinks – So is he” (Prov 23:7) Such is the power of the mind!

1 Cor 2:14 lets us know that the carnal mind (A mind that knows God but still  chooses to deny the power and conditions He comes with) can not even comprehend the things of the Spirit.

We’ve spoken before about the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-29). We see how a problem had turned into a 12 year long issue. This condition had affected her socially, economically, financially. However, when she heard that Jesus was passing her way – we are given insight into her her mind. She said to herself –  This was the girding up moment, what we would now call psyching yourself up! If I touch His garment – I SHALL ( not maybe, or possibly – SHALL) be made whole.

My question for you.. when faced with conditions and problems that have turned into issues… what kind of conversations are you having with yourself? How are you preparing your mind for action?

You see feelings often lie. Feelings are very real but are carnal as they are based on the condition of the information communicated by our senses. 8 foot high wall + 5 foot nothing me = No Way! Lazarus is dead + Been dead for 3 days before Jesus gets there = REAL DEAD! This is carnal. We must align ourselves with the words of God that are already settled in the heavens. Matthew 6:10 say “Your Kingdom come , your will be done – in Earth – as it is in Heaven”. The will of God is already a done deal, settled before the foundation of the world. The promises of God towards you are already settled in the Heavens just waiting to become manifest on Earth, What we see here is just a secondary – an echo if you will to what has already been settled in the Heavens (Now let that digest). This takes faith – the substance (the make up) of things hoped for – the evidence (proof) of things not yet seen. (Heb 11:1)

Girding up your mind takes rehearsal of the undisputed, power packed word of God! It takes reminding yourself of the power, goodness and abilities of your God. Avoiding the carnal and rehearsal of what your sense are telling you, and crossing over into the spiritual which is the only way we can please God and have his will manifested on Earth as it is in Heaven.

To make it through this world we really need to have our mind prepared for action at all times. Consider it like one of those OOOOOOVERLY loud motorbikes at the lights, getting ready to go. Revving its engine. Think of every scripture you read live a rev and preparation of your mental engine.

Greater is He that is in me , than he that is in the world – Vroom! (1 john 4:4)

I will say of the Lord he is my refuge (Vroom) my fortress (Vroom) my GOD (Vroom) in Him will I trust (Vroom). (Ps 91:2)

The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear (Vroom) the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid (Vroom) (Ps 27:1)

My sisters you must take time to gird up, to reinforce, to encircle and prepare your mind for action – what better to do this with than the power of the word of God! At any point our mind can come under attack and its the constant readiness of our mind that will allow us to defend ourselves and fight back!