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Discover the Book - Sept. 28, 2009

  • 2009 Sep 28
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Reversing the Erosion of A Reverent Mind

 

God offers to all of us the incredible power of the Spirit to free us from the shackles of sin. Everything I will share today about personal sanctification can only be accomplished through the grace of God, by the Spirit of God—when you as a believer choose to obey.

 

God does not force our choices in personal sanctification, nor does He make them for us. He simply unleashes His power when we seek to obey Him. That power is described clearly in Romans 8, the premier chapter in God's Word about personal sanctification. Reversing the erosion of our minds by the world around us can be reversed by simple choices to obey in the power of the Spirit.

 

The only way to recover from an eroded mind, a mind that has gotten neutralized, where evil seeps in a bit more each day, is to purse personal sanctification:

 

  • Grace-energized Men Abstain from Lust Promoting Activities .  If there are specific areas you know right now are sin, you must repent of them. Stop now!

 

1 Peter 2:11 "Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul." NKJV

 

Watch out for AMUSEMENTS that can infect your mind to satanic ideas and stories. We are all aware of attachments in email that can infect our computers with viruses. Often these programs lodge themselves deep in our hard-drives and wait, springing to life infecting, corrupting, and destroying precious data we need and use. That is exactly the picture of how Satan operates through media.

 

Some examples of media that has infected attachments that can harm you spiritually are:

 

~    Movies that follow the theme of sensuality, rebellion to authority, horror, or witchcraft.

~    Science fiction that portrays superhuman powers available from cosmic sources leave unguarded minds open to endless fantasies about what if this may be true, and thus a conflict with the authority of God's Word.

~    Television programs dealing with adultery, fornication, or vulgarity.

~    Music that popularizes eastern religions, satanic words and occult mantras.

~    Games which encourage you to be involved in killing, facing horrific demon-like monsters.

~    Actual Occult Practices which bring with them demonic contact: black magic, astrology, fetishes, fortune-telling, séance meetings, witchcraft, palmistry, spiritism, ESP (extra-sensory perception), pictures of witches and occult propaganda, voodoo dolls, tarot cards, Ouija boards, crystal balls, black cubes and related occult practices. Each of these items causes contact with demons and should be avoided and burned! (This is the scriptural method of dealing with all such things that offend God, grieve His Spirit, and defile and ensnare us as believers.)

 

Godly believers should regularly repent of all evil amusements, exposures in their hearts and lives.

 

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