The Battle for Own Our Thoughts. The battle for our minds is the battle to think on our own terms and on our own timetable. They happen when we have perspective. The battle for mind is important because. We Desperately Lack Perspective. What you will find, however, is heaps of timeless perspective. Great thinkers and teachers are great because their perspective forces you to take a second glance at the knowledge you already have.
When workaholics give up their minds each workday in devotion to balancing spreadsheets, selling widgets, arguing cases, etc. The kind of perspective that requires variety, and discursive thinking, and morning runs during sunrise. The kind of perspective that requires new experiences, reflection, and carefree conversations with friends. Most people who were rather puzzled by her cryptic remark presented questionnaires with the best answers.
On the Reddit quote websitethe conversation on the meaning of her remark, transpired as follows:. It lies in the core of his humanity to help other people to grow in their friendship with God, through among other things spiritual coaching, retreats and meditative services. Go into all the world and teach every creature how to become a friend of God and how to grow in this friendship. He that applies to his life the spiritual coaching, retreats and meditative services of contemplative gurus shall be saved; but he that does not apply to his life the spiritual coaching, retreats and meditative services of contemplative gurus shall be damned.
Freely give it away then! Build relationships with those you serve. Become their friends. Remember: every person that you serve turns in an immediate friend of Jesus. Go one step further: see him or her as Jesus in disguise. Also know that every cent, every slice of bread, every meal, every cup of cold water, every prayer, every word of encouragement, every visit is an eternal investment in the kingdom of our Father.
Not only will it impact on the life of at least one or other person, but it will make heaven take special notice of you.
God takes notice of the smallest deeds and words of kindness, as Jesus tells us in Matthew Emphasis added. Light truth could only penetrate the darkened minds of the Gentiles in Galilee if they proved to be willing to change their own minds for the better. But, how do you change your mind when the truth is bigger than our understanding of it, as Jacques Bornman asserts?
It does not mean that God unilaterally changes your mind on your behalf because man allegedly does not have a free will a. Calvinismor that you need to go beyond your rational and intellectual mind or thoughts to dispel the darkness a. Calvinism is growing at an alarming rate as this article accurately portrays.
Even more alarming is that Calvinism and Contemplative Spirituality have become strange bedfellows Read hereand here. Leslie Newbigin, together with other well-known mystics, E.
They bring perspectives that are tempered by deep cross-cultural conversation, and often combine Eastern and Western methodologies. I declined because the meetings I had with them during some of their conferences in the past were fruitless. I have since concluded that a great deal of the grey matter in their brains are so badly inclined to silence contemplatively induced silence that they adamantly remain silent when asked probing questions.
During a break-away session of a contemplative conference held on 14 and 15 September at the Mosaiek Church in Fairland, Johannesburg, Stephan Joubert openly took sides with Theo Geyser who complacently said that mysticism is much older than Christianity. He alone is capable of building, caring for, and safely keeping his church, and not every Tom, Dick, and Harry who pull mystical little tricks out of their contemplative hats.
The mystically orientated Christian, Stephan Joubert, who agreed with Theo Geyser in typical rhythmically silent contemplative fashion, also answered my question surrounding the inexplicability of God in deep mystical silence.
He ignored me like one would a curse. He speciously refused to play the eye to eye little game. He never once looked me in the eye but sat as if fixed like a statue or an icon in a niche with his head bowed down, facing the floor.
He reminded me of Proverbs Amplified Bible. Out little one-sided conversation transpired as follows:. May I ask: Is God Holy? Complete silence ; Is God righteous? Complete silence ; Is God just? Once again, complete silence ; Is God loving-kindness? Is God love? I waited a moment for him to answer and then decided to answer my own question on his behalf. These are all attributes He revealed to us throughout the history of mankind.
In fact, these few attributes alone contain the magnanimous elements of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His awesome holiness presents you with an opportunity to tell people that sinful and lost sinners cannot possibly enter into the presence of God because of his awesome holiness and that they need to repent. I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause: Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvelous things without number. Job Every day will I bless thee, and I will praise thy name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. Psalm O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! Romans Hardly, because God Himself proclaims —.
The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deuteronomy Jesus never told his disciples to sit down in a quiet contemplative fashion while meditating or reflecting on a word or a passage from his Word, to quieten and free the mind of the clutter of thoughts that tend to invade the mind every moment of the day.
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter said:. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Act The above statement is not a truth bigger than what the mind can comprehend or grasp, or a means to learn how to become a friend of God through mystical means of coaching, retreats and meditative disciplines, as Jacques Bornman claims.
It is a simple command everyone, from a child to a the eldest, can understand, to have their sins blotted out. In fact, Jesus made it very clear that even a child can understand his truth related to salvation. At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Micah In other words, they deserve to be drowned in the depths of the sea where sins lie in the darkest regions of the sea. If the truth is bigger than just our understanding of it, as Bornman says, it would be impossible to pinpoint lies, of which Satan is the father and uses very copiously to murder the souls of people who fall prey to his lies. John ; John ; John Do they also sit still in a Buddhist lotus style position and go into an altered state of consciousness so that the words of Satan may move from their rational mind to their innermost functions, their soul, so that they may identify his lies intuitively?
It poses a very big problem for them. What are the external pulls that sway your thinking the most? What are the sources that affect the standards for your behavior? If you address these questions honestly, you'll find their answers disturbing as well as profound.
Let's examine some commonly recognized influences that shape the choices millions of people make every day, noticing the colossal impact those influences have on the behavioral standards of society.
Then let's look at some of the direct and concerted endeavors to modify—and in some cases abolish—almost all standards and values. Finally, let's squarely face another momentous question: Who should have the greatest influence on how we think and the choices we make, and what is our personal responsibility? Television is the most powerful medium ever invented for conveying ideas and information to large numbers of people. Remarkably effective and influential, television is drastically altering our society's thinking and behavioral patterns, even encouraging so-called alternative lifestyles.
Film critic Michael Medved describes the profound impact of the TV and movie business on society. The power of the entertainment business "to influence our actions flows from its ability to redefine what constitutes normal behavior in this society," he writes. Entertainers have "assumed a dominant role in establishing social conventions. The fantasy figures who entertain us on our TV and movie screens, or who croon to us constantly from our radios and CD players, take Album) lead in determining what is considered hip, and what will be viewed as hopelessly weird" Hollywood vs.
Medved notes that society's standards and values are incrementally but constantly altered by the entertainment media: "According to all available research on the subject, the most significant aspects of influence are gradual and cumulative, not immediate, and they occur only after extended exposure. What this means is that the full impact of today's media messages will only be felt some years in the future" Medved, p. On many of the important issues in contemporary life, popular entertainment seems to go out of its way to challenge conventional notions of decency" Medved, p.
All too often popular music represents the cutting edge of a philosophy that influences its adherents to seek to undermine all established conventions. Combining catchy tunes with sometimes blatantly antisocial lyrics, popular music exerts a near-incessant influence on many young people.
Most adolescents can easily and flawlessly recite the words to today's most-played tunes, yet they stumble over memorization work at school. Even adults can recall lyrics that were popular decades ago, but they flounder over names and phone numbers of friends.
Music's influence is profound and pervasive. It is one of the most effective tools to alter the attitudes and outlook of those hearing it, both positively and negatively.
It reaches emotions and reasoning simultaneously, ensuring a lasting impact. For those immersed in the cynical hostility that has characterized much of popular music in recent decades, the consequences can be devastating.
Consider the rationale behind the promotion of some Album) artists:. An impresario who developed one star after another was asked how he did it.
He said, 'I look for someone their parents will hate' " Robert H. Tragically, however, all too many parents find themselves inadequately equipped to explain right from wrong. A recent survey of American adults by the Barna Research Group reveals that 71 percent of Americans still believe in right and wrong, that such a thing Album) sin exists. But the survey also found that most adults simply grasp no clear concept of right vs.
An article that accompanied the survey observed that "77 percent of non-Christians said, 'There are no absolute standards for morals and ethics. No wonder our lives are indistinguishable from the surrounding culture. Intelligent moral standards serve simply as practical rules for considerate conduct. They establish our ethics, ideals and values. They allow society to function in peace and safety for the benefit of all.
Proper moral standards should be carefully thought-out principles for distinguishing right from wrong. Without them, we retain no guidelines for the way we live. Who holds the prerogative to set absolute standards for the way we think and behave?
Some among the academic elite do well to tell us that human traditions are not reliable sources; they are too often contradictory and parochially biased.
But they are wrong to tell us that absolute standards of right and wrong do not exist. There most certainly is a source for absolute standards for humanity. The Almighty God, He who created mankind, reveals to us how we should live. Medved, "will continue unabated as long as our popular culture continues its overall campaign against judgment and values. A war against standards leads logically and inevitably to hostility to religion because it is religious faith that provides the ultimate basis for all standards" Medved, p.
Only the God who created us can define perfect and reliable guidelines for human conduct. He reveals them to us through the Holy Scriptures. Make no mistake: God's Word is not of human origin. It carries the highest authority possible. How we think—our ideals and beliefs—are important to God. Yet our normal way of thinking is quite different from His. Through the prophet Isaiah, God describes the scope of our universal human problem: "'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,' says the Lord.
The apostle Paul explains the reason for the gulf between the values of God and most humans: People tend simply to tune out God's instruction. So they are without excuse; for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened" Romans Romans  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood Battle Borgz - Mystic Minds (2) - Illavationz (CD the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
The rejection of God's guidance is nothing new. It began as far back as the Garden of Eden. There "that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan," began an influence and distortion of human thinking that still grips humanity Revelation Revelation And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Trust yourself. Eat the forbidden fruit. Then you will have all the wisdom you need to determine good and evil" Genesis Genesis  Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Yes, Album), has God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Eve was impressed.
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