Battlefield of the Mind By Joyce Meyers: Chapter 19

Hmmmmm………….This is my second attempt at posting. In the spirit of learning not to grumble and complain, I praise God for the opportunity to spend more time meditating on His word and sharing. wink

Philippians 2:14-15 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

This week’s study is all about learning to recognize when our suffering is not honoring God. It does not honor God when the treasure of our hearts, that is coming out of our mouths is only comments on how little we have, or how hard it is, or even how we didn’t get what we deserved. Boy, is this a treasure that has been displayed in my life this week. What I felt and what I thought about my situation came out in full force this week when I was faced with many situations that allowed me to praise or complain.

Complaining:

My family all has been sick this week. So finally after getting them all to the doctor and getting their medicine, my ear starts to hurt. Now, as you all know I am in a iron man triathlon and am in training. That requires I swim. I just completed my 2 miles and only have 18 laps left to go……but I cannot. My ear is hurting so bad. So I take myself to the doctor, yes, it is my fourth day in a row to go. Sure enough, the doctor diagnoses is swimmer’s ear.

I go to the pharmacy to get my ear drops. The pharmacists tells me they are $52.00. That is just for one ear. I didn’t have it. So, I call my husband and he had made enough at work that day to make up what was needed. He came and brought it for me. Here is what I sounded like:

Me: This is stupid! How can ear drops cost so much? Even with insurance? and it is only one ear! This just too much!

God: Nothing is too much for me……..

Me: But God(hear the whine?) I need that money for the bills. Everything here costs so much! I just hate living here. It is ridiculous!

God: I provided you a job where you get insurance, I provided the money for your co pay and your prescription. I always provide for you. Nothing is too much for me……why are you acting like this is?

Me: Forgive me, Lord. Thank you for making a way for me to get into the doctor. Thank you for giving me medicine to help me heal and for providing the money to pay for the prescription. Yes, even thank you for living here in Minot, where I get to grow in faith every day. Please help that last part to be said from a sincere heart and not one of sarcasm.

See, complaining only lead me on the path of discouragement, despair and anger. It glorified me as a victim. WHen I opened my mouth and let praise flow out, it glorified God and refocused my heart. It empowered me to see His power, His ability, and His skill. My God never fails. In this situation, I was focused on my ability and my supply. What a sorry picture that made, but He stepped in and helped me see His perspective……..unlimited supply. I learned from this situation, that when my body is physically challenged and my life plate is full, I need to watch what my heart is meditating on because it will surely show in the heat of the trial.

Joyce puts it this way:

You and I do not complain with our mouths unless we have first complained in our thoughts. Complaining is definitely a wilderness mentality that will prevent us from crossing over into the Promise Land. Jesus is our example, and we should do what He did. The Israelites complained and remained in the wilderness. Jesus praised and was raised from the dead.”

My dear friends, Jesus has called us to His place of promise…..let us choose not to remain in the wilderness any more. Step by step we will praise Him for all that He is and was and will be. For He is raising us from the dead places in our lives as we give Him all the praise. He is making a way where there seems to be no way, as we praise Him. Thankfulness out of our mouths allows our ears to hear and faith to be built up, which destroys unbelief. His faith in us moves mountains!

When we choose not to complain, He shines forth through us. This was proven to me this week also.

Being grateful:

The next day after my complaining tantrum, I arrive at work and go outside for recess duty. Did I mention that it is snowing and the temperature is 1 degree? Here is the kindness of God……my co worker turns to me and says ” You are such a testimony. I never hear you complain and you are always so joyful.” Yes, my friends, this is me the same person who threw a fit because the medicine was $52.00. I had to laugh when she said that. Yet, it was truly a God moment…….He shined forth through me. Yes, I made a mistake the day before and I am still learning but there is evidence that HE lives in me.

He is helping me to set my heart to gratefulness. To think it , speak it and sing it. He is helping me to let the same attitude that was in Jesus to be in me. Jesus was calm, cool and collected and righteously angry. He never worried about the cost of feeding His disciples or the cost of taxes. He never doubted God’s ability to provide for Him or God’s plan for Him. That is my aim, through His grace.

2 Corinthians 3:2-3 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Father,

Thank you for always teaching me in the way I should go. Especially this week, which was so filled with challenges for me. I repent for using my mind and my mouth in unbelief that manifested in complaining. I ask you help me set my heart to gratefulness, seeing from your perspective. Help me to not only think grateful thoughts but to speak gratefulness, so that I will hear and faith will be built in me. Thank you for being so kind to me. In Jesus name, Amen.

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2 thoughts on “Battlefield of the Mind By Joyce Meyers: Chapter 19”

  1. Its such as you read my mind! You appear to grasp a lot approximately this, such as you wrote the e book in it or something. I think that you just can do with some percent to force the message home a little bit, however instead of that, this is excellent blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

  2. (I shared this with our group in Feb.2013)
    I am writing today what is pressed on my heart….a little bit of chpt.15-18. Blessings!

    When you come out of the wilderness, you have knowledge to share. Your insights from what God has brought you through. Store up your treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also. (Matt. 6:19-20)

    God will take us through the darkest of times in our journey. But it does require for us to use faith. If you were to take a blind fold and place it over your eyes…what you would see is darkness…nothingness. Although, this is where God’s wonder begins…in darkness. It is where the world was formed. It was were light was created. It is required before the heavens can shine with the glory of Heavenly lights…the stars and the moon. It is where Faith directs and God commands His word to perform His will. When you walk in the “eye of faith” it provokes the light to be sown for the righteous. (Ps.97:11) and gladness for the upright of heart. How do we do this? It is so hard to step out in faith when we are so conditioned to trust only in what is seen from the past or what we can see at the present.

    Here is the key…seeing the invisible. “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2Cor.4:18) This is where God operates…in the realm of His Kingdom. He sent Jesus to show us the way to think in Faith, think in His word, think in His purposes for our lives. We are to walk by faith, not by sight. (2Cor.5:7)

    So, the answer to how we do this is by trusting in God’s word to supply the faith we need daily to renew our inward man and lead us on to a victorious walk in our life journey. We store up the treasures along the way from the word and this is how He gives us our new mindset…road map. We need to hear God, hear the Holy Spirit, hear what Jesus teaches through the parables.

    Like Joyce Meyers states in one of her meetings…”Renew your mind daily. Discipline your mind. “Be ye born again.” Continue a spiritual walk with God. Seek Him not for what He can do for you but because of what He IS! Desire to be in His Presence. Focus on the importance of the “inner life” not the “outer life” appearance. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they were focused on outward appearances. Satan tries to build a stronghold of “cold” love in our hearts. Hardness of heart. But God teaches us to be merciful, long suffering and to bring restoration to people. As with Abraham and Lot…Abraham knew of the dangers of strife. So, how do we surrender our past attitudes and strife’s in relations? We should not think more highly of ourselves but that we should think of ourselves according to the “Grace gifts” that are on our lives. Look for the “Grace gifts” in other people. You will find there is something they can do that you can’t do.” (excerpt from DVD Battlefield of the Mind)

    We can take a positive look at our future because we can see in God’s word the many, many examples of where He was faithful to bring an answer, a healing, a miracle, a provision; a place of rest to His people…His love knows our hearts. We need to not operate in our strength…but give our thinking, our mind, will and emotions to God and operate in His grace.

    Be excited for what God is doing on your behalf…even when you can’t see it! Praise Him…because He occupies the praises on His people! Think about that…what a wonderful promise! Satan is a jailer…he likes to keep us from living in the future that God has designed for us. But when we praise God for all things past, present and future…Satan has to leave. Here is a key why: Satan is not welcomed (barred from) to worship in the presence of Jesus, the Holy Spirit and our Heavenly Father…God. So, PRAISE HIM when you are waiting for your hearts desires. Praise God…evoke His presence in your moment. Bring Him to you…He will be there, He will stand by your side and He will never leave you…never.

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