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TITLE: BORN TO DIE 27 AUGUST 2012
By Graham Insley
08/27/12
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“Oh well, I was born to die!” The young man that said this to me was only in his early thirties and, even though I have met many people with a ‘Life is the pits’ attitude, this young man really drove home the truth of how much we humans destroy ourselves by our negative, self-destructive thoughts. He really gave me a rude-awakening and made me think deeply about the thinking patterns that he appeared to be trapped in.

This guy really believed that he was born, he will die and everything in between is just something he has to suffer. It reminded me of a t-shirt slogan I’ve seen around that says, “Life is a bitch. And then you die!”

What an attitude. What hope has anyone got while they think this way? But here is the kicker and what frightened me the most, I recognized exactly the same trend within myself. Okay, maybe it is not as blatant or as outwardly spoken, but it is definitely there and working away at my confidence and my self-esteem. So I had to ask myself some important questions.

What am I going to do about it? Do I try to change my way of thinking? Do I seek counselling and try to analyse why I sometimes think self-destructive thoughts? Or perhaps I should do a course on self-assertiveness or self-awareness? And then the penny dropped. Well, actually it was more like the magical dollar as I remembered something Christ said, “He that eats this bread shall live forever.” John 6:58.

We know that bread is symbolic of the Word of God and the Word nourishes us. Well, sometimes we choose to eat maggot ridden, mouldy old bread supplied by the devil instead of the good stuff given by the Lord. When we listen to this sort of judgement about life, self and others, we are feasting on the word of the enemy rather than the bread of life.

I don’t have to fight this negative thinking pattern, just recognise it for the lie that it is. I’m not born to die, I’m born again!

Blessings, Graham
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