2Cor 6:17 So, come out from among [unbelievers], and separate (sever) yourselves from them, says the Lord, and touch not [any] unclean thing; then I will receive you kindly and treat you with favor,
v. 18 And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
1Thess 4:3 For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,
4 That each one of you should know how to possess (control, manage) his own body in consecration (purity, separated from things profane) and honor,
Separate yourself from the world, and all its corrupting influence, and separate yourself TO the Word. You don't just separate yourself from the world. You have to separate yourself to be used of God, by immersing yourself in His Holy Word. So, how do I begin the separating process, or continue from where I am. First, you have to learn to control your own mind. Your mind (if you have not started the separating process has all of your life been influenced by how the world thinks. The worlds way of thinking is always fear based. God's way of thinking is always peace based.
The mind that hasn't been separated totally will take off on its own, wandering around thinking about useless nonsense. The mind will run on you, and you can't make it stop, even when you go to bed to sleep. Instead of sleeping, your mind wants to run -- and think -- and worry about this -- and worry about that -- and this happened today -- and she said this to me and I this is what I said, and …… shut up, I'm trying to sleep here! Enough! It's time to sleep! No more thinking! You can think when I get up. Well, I started out telling my mind that, and then I learned I could control my mind all the time.
When you first start deciding YOU are going to be in charge of your mind, and control your own self, it "feels" overwhelming. It won't stay that way, I promise you. It's the same if you start anything new. It will "feel" overwhelming until you get into it more. So, don't let that make you back off, thinking, "this is too much, and I "can't" do this." That’s exactly what the darkness wants you to think.
Darkness: No, you can't do that. You can't control your mind. It's way too hard for you. You can't. You can't. Say it. You can't. Just let your mind wander. That's it. Just think about any ole thing so I can get my job done, which is to keep you powerless and dead to God. If I can keep you powerless, you won’t be able to get your body well, which means I get your kids as well as you. Oh yes, rubs hands together gleefully. One down for God, one up for me, the devil says. Dark spirits come and spin depression and fear over you, and oh a little fear can't hurt. Nothing wrong with a little fear. Yeah, just wallow in that there depression, and oh yeah, go brag to your Christian friends how you have all this depression, and God doesn't care, and God won't help you, though you asked Him, and asked Him.
I could go on, and on. That's exactly how the devil thinks, and that IS what he is doing to young Christians all over the world. If you know how your enemy thinks, you can BEAT him. Do you want to stop him from doing this farther to you? Do you want to get the depression and fear OUT of your head? Yes! You do? Good! Then, let's continue. Getting free of the enemy's influence will put you right into the presence of Heaven. Staying in the presence of Heaven is the only place you will have protection from the darkness' thoughts.
Okay, let's examine the enemy's words. If you hear, "I can't", what do you think God is saying. "I can!" Yes, that's right. You "can" DO all things, you can do anything you need to do because the Greater one lives in you. Jesus is with you, and lives on the inside of your spirit. He will literally protect you from the thoughts of the enemy.
Prov 4:20 My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.
Prov 4:21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.
Prov 4:22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.
Prov 4:23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
Prov 4:24 Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.
Prov 4:25 Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you.
Prov 4:26 Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright.
Prov 4:27 Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.
Guard you heart, or guard your thoughts, because the issues of life come out of your heart. Set a guard on your thoughts. You are going to have to make a real effort to control your thoughts. This is not a passive exercise. This is action. This is war, people! I want to strip fear and depression from your life. I want to be your coach and get the enemy out of your lives, off of your children, off of your bodies, out of your bank accounts, and yes, I am mad at what the enemy is doing to God's people. It has to STOP! It's time for us to take our promise land. It's time for the milk and honey, and huge fruit. It's time to take BACK what the enemy stole from you!
The Holman Christian Standard Bible
4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.
The New King James Version
4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
The King James Version
4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
I want to jar your thinking, as Kenneth Copeland says. I want to set you FREE. No more fear! No more depression! No more sickness! No more pain! It all goes NOW! Anyone with me? This isn’t some sort of game. This is war. You are under attack, and I know how to get you free, and you be the one who does the attacking. I want you to learn how to attack the enemy and take back what he stole from you. You can be a winner. You can walk in peace, and be free from fear, worry, and depression. It's for anyone who will go through the training. God wants us all to be His favorites. This is not just for a select few.
2Co 10:5 -
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;
Stop bragging to your friends about what the enemy is doing. I know that feeling. I've been there. You feel depressed, so the "thought comes" to go tell so and so how depressed I am, and I just feel horrible. Stop!! Think. Where did that thought come from?? Did it come from you? No, it didn't. It came from the darkness. Pull down that thought. Casting down EVERY imagination, and every thought that goes against the Word of God. Say, "No, that thought isn't mine! I cast down that thought in Jesus name. I plead the blood over my mind. My mind is washed in the blood of Jesus, and I will not think those thoughts. I cast depression off of me in Jesus name.
Yes, you can cast this stuff out of yourself. You don't need someone to do it for you. It's the Word Who does the work anyway. You can be the vessel Jesus uses to set yourself free, just with a little coaching from someone else. Grab hold of your mind, and MAKE it obey you. Treat it like a small rebellious child. Don't let your mind control you. You make a decision right now to control your mind. Be your minds boss. This is training your spirit to be in control, instead of your flesh.
1Thess 5:23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God Himself will give you peace and the will to train yourself if you will turn to Him. Start telling yourself. "God loves me. God is in love with me. God created me, and I'm His property. Jesus will protect me from the enemy."
Though this is true, Jesus will protect you from the enemy. BUT, He will work with you. He won't allow you to sit lazily on the sofa while He does all the work. If that's what you're waiting on, prepare for the enemy to win. YOU have to fight. YOU have to take up your weapon, take up the sword of the Spirit and FIGHT. This is a fight of faith, my sisters and brothers. A fight we will WIN. You have to make the decision to fight and a determination you WILL win. Never give up, never surrender. Never. Win, Win, Win!!
2Tim 2:21 So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.
I want to be a golden vessel. You decide what kind of vessel you will be. 'Well, I'm just a clay pot. I can't do all those things." Excuse me?? Who says?? You CHOOSE what kind of vessel you will be. It's YOUR choice. God wants everyone to be a golden vessel. Begin training to be a golden vessel fit for the Master's use. You can be used of God. You can be a leader too. Yes you can. Everyone has gifts and talents, not just preachers. Everyone has something God wants to use.
Holy Spirit will even give out talents and gifts you didn't previously have. He gave me the gift of learning how to draw quickly. So, that's proof right there. I have never been able to draw ANYTHING. But, on Valentines day, 2004, God dropped a gift down into my spirit of pencil drawing. Now, I still had to learn, and am still learning, but I am learning faster than normal. I went to websites that teach new pencil artists. I grabbed sketches of pencil art, and I started with my sketch pad and artist pencils, and I started drawing.
I am astounded and amazed at my God, and what He is doing in my life. I love Him soooo much. He is the coolest Person to hang out with. He is so cool, and so amazing. I love being with Him. He is the greatest. This isn't some spiritual hogwash to make me look super spiritual. This is real, and anyone can have it this real who will go after it tenaciously. (with all their heart)
It all depends on, how bad do you want it?? How bad do you want the fear and depression gone?? How bad do you want the sickness, disease, and pain gone?? How bad do you want it? Or I should say, How good do you want it? I apologize Lord. I should be saying, how good do you want it, not how bad do you want it? The enemy has so messed up our thinking, and caused us to use words that are darkness. Do you see that? I just saw what I did that was wrong. And what do I do? Do I moan, "oh God, I'm so horrible. Why do You put up with me?" NO! I don't have to feel bad because I have PEACE. I have the peace of God. I just repent, tell God I apologize, and then change what I was doing, and get it right next time. You can change too. Go for it! Go for the GOLD!