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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)

TITLE: Spam Thoughts
By Lady-Jessica Rapalo
11/16/11


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One minute of reading Spam is truly a waste of valuable seconds of life. I used to read through my Spam folder a long time ago to see if there was anything interesting that actually had beneficial information. I would find myself occasionally reading through Spam for close to an hour, and at the end of my day realizing I could have accomplished something important I had previously planned to do if I hadnít wasted my time reading Spam. I can honestly say that I have never opened a Spam email that could possibly benefit my life even in the smallest way possible.

Spam is literally a distraction that can prevent you from accomplishing something very important. It is the same when you entertain thoughts that come into your mind that I like to call Spam Thoughts. These are thoughts that are thrown into our minds by Satan to keep us from accomplishing Godís will for our lives. It could be a simple thought that triggers insecurity, guilt, shame, or anger to prevent you from Godís purpose for your life. And if Satan knows this simple little thought will paralyze you and prevent you from walking into Godís will for your life, you will find these thoughts impossible to avoid. Who knows better how to distract you from an important purpose God created you for than Satan? The second you decide to give your life to God and live your life for Him, Satan goes into overdrive throwing Spam Thoughts and Spam Situations at us constantly. Once he knows what triggers paralysis, he will create multitudes of situations that will trigger the same reaction. But when we allow the Holy Spirit to install the right settings to our thought patterns that detect incoming Spam Thoughts almost as an involuntary reaction, we begin to have amazing clarity. The paralysis goes away, and we are able to walk in freedom.

This is exactly what is described in Romans 12:2 by the renewing of your mind so you can test and approve what Godís will is. With the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, you have the privilege to gain wisdom to discern Spam Thoughts the instant they pop into your mind. The instant the Spam Thoughts pop into your mind, they donít even pass Go---they are sent directly into the trash and are not even entertained for one instant. So unless you draw close to God and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your mind completely, the attacks from Satan will get in through any door you leave open. Our protection from every Spam Thought is the Armor of God, as described in Ephesians 6:13-17. It is available to everyone who wants the full protection against the enemy.

Allow the Holy Spirit to set up the full Armor of God in you. It is the best anti-virus against Spam Thoughts.


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CD (Camille) Swanson 11/17/11
Loved this:

"Allow the Holy Spirit to set up the full Armor of God in you. It is the best anti-virus against Spam Thoughts."

Great job with this entry. I enjoyed this fully.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/18/11
I really enjoyed your message. It was a clever take on the topic. You definitely covered the topic in a thorough and thought-provoking way.

I have a few little suggestions that will help your writing become even stronger. Watch out for repeating words or phrases. For example, you used the word accomplish and Spam several times.

It will help the flow if you make some of your sentences a bit less complicated. This sentence: I would find myself occasionally reading through Spam for close to an hour, and at the end of my day realizing I could have accomplished something important I had previously planned to do if I hadnít wasted my time reading Spam. would be tighter like this: Occasionally, I would realize I had wasted valuable time reading SPAM, time that could have been used accomplishing something productive.

You may also want to quote the Bible verse you referenced for people who won't go and look it up.

Having said that, I left this article feeling like I had been reminded of an important message. It seemed like God was talking directly to me through your words. It's not easy to do that. Your ending summed up your thoughts in a concise manner. I had a feel-good feeling in my heart.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/01/11
Congratulations for ranking 7th in your level!