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Topic: Expand (07/18/13)
TITLE: Thoughts are Seeds
By Ramona Cook
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You can't see them, not with a microscope, and not with 20/20 vision; but they are there and they whisper in your ear, just a single word or a brief statement. A single word is enough, and the rest is up to you: you have the power to make it grow.
I hear them often times, so do you. "Blown to smithereens!" That's all. Now where do I go with that unsolicited thought? It just popped into my mind without my invitation. From where did it come? How does it make me feel?
These are suggestions for our mental engagement, "they" hope. "He hates you." "She is cheating on you." "Killed in a car wreck!" "You will have to lose your house."
If it seems to you that I am making an effort to write something for the Sci-Fi Community, I can assure you that is incorrect.
Jesus Himself told us, as does many texts of Scripture, that there are real personalities in the world of the spirit, some of which are good spirits, and some of which are evil spirits, and most of us are not privileged to see any of them. Therefore, we must develop a method to identify them, so that the "evil whisperers" do not cause us undue concerns and waste our time, and disturb our peace.
Jesus warned us in many instances of this: "Watch the thoughts that you engage in your minds and in your hearts, and to listen to the words of your mouths."
You can accurately predict where you are going and what you intend to do by evaluating what you are thinking about. Once the thought is firmly established in our minds, then in our heart, we then begin to speak it. "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks."
It is revealed to us in Scripture that we have been given the ability to create, or to bring into existence "circumstances" by what we say, whether good or bad.
No, we cannot call a world into being, or make something of nothing; but what we say and consequently what we do, will produce the result we are calling into being.
There are three serious outcomes to which we must give consideration.
One of them is that we must to be resolved to say no negative word to anyone. We must not speak accusing words to our children or over our children, other family members, nor to anyone in fact.
When we speak negatively we are agreeing with the forces of destructive evil, giving them permission to continue their destructive plans for that person. God gave us authority on this Earth for the use of which He holds us responsible.
Conversely, when we speak positively, we speak words of blessing. We are agreeing with God, Who has no wishes to condemn anyone, but rather to bless them. Jesus said, "Bless and curse not." Jesus considered our negative words and actions to be a "curse;" while our positive words and actions are considered "blessings."
The second alert to which we must be tuned into is this: those uninvited words or thoughts, that are dropped into our minds, are whispered to us in the hope that we will begin to fear, and use our time in worry, and to speak fear and doom, rather than to pray and to speak God's will.
A third consideration of this "whispering campaign" is to evaluate what is happening when we suddenly have a great desire for that which we know is not right or righteous. We are made to feel that it is indeed "the us" who wants this forbidden thing. Often we feel that we will die if we don't get that desired thing or experience.
The reason that can happen to us is because there is a history that we have written when we invested thoughts and daydreams into those " forbidden whispered words and thoughts;" and as we nurtured those thoughts over time we have made them a part of ourselves and the next step is to act it out in real life. We must confess those behaviors to God, ask for forgiveness, and then resist those thoughts and indulgences so that we may be delivered of their rule over us.
That is the process by which we expand either good or evil. Plant any seed, it grows. Pull the plant out and the roots are no longer nourished; then, the plant dies.
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