Some people enjoy hurting and lording over others, but here’s the thing, that feeling you get from sinning, controlling, manipulating, and wounding others is in reality your own soul dying. You’re not winning – you’re dying.
And if your on the receiving end… remember it’s just a snake bite – shake it off!
“In his book “Unconscious Branding,” author Douglas Van Praet says that if you want someone else to completely believe in your idea, you must make them believe that it was their own Idea all along.
And one of the most strategic ways of doing this is to first plant a seed into the person’s head and lead them to the conclusion that you had in mind. But you need to explain the steps very clearly and visually, so that the other person can imagine it. “
“The brain doesn’t always clearly differentiate between something real and something imagined. Our imagination and our perception of the real world are closely linked since both functions engage similar neural circuitry. Numerous scientific studies confirm that visualization and mental imagery enhances actual physical performance, demonstrating the very real benefits of mental rehearsal. If you can get someone to imagine something vividly enough, you are well on your way to making the suggestion real.”
This kind of persuasion is extremely effective, but it’s a skill that involves charm, wit, winning trust and an ability to read others and tell them what they need to hear during that exact moment.”
We’re not poor but rich – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.”
We’re not broken but healed – “by His Stripes we are healed.”
We’re not victims but victorious – “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
We’re no longer sinners but Saints. “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God”
We’re not beggars, but children of God. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,”
We are not starving but well feed. “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
We are not abandon but well cared for. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
We are not rejected but accepted. “Death ruled like a king because Adam had sinned. But that cannot compare with what Jesus Christ has done. God has been so kind to us, and he has accepted us because of Jesus. And so we will live and rule like kings.”
Pride can result by comparing ourselves to those around us, but humility is found when we acknowledge that the standard is Jesus.
“He also told this parable to some (A)who trusted (B)in themselves that they were righteous, (C)and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men (D)went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, (E)standing by himself, prayedathus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 (G)I fast twice a week; (H)I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, (I)standing far off, (J)would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but (K)beat his breast, saying, ‘God, (L)be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For (M)everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
If ever wrote a book, I would call it, The Systematic Disarming of the Church. So many of us, including me, have way too much anxiety. I believe anxiety comes from the feelings of powerlessness. But it’s a lie….we are not powerless, in fact it’s quite the opposite. In Christ, we are Powerful. As the Bride of Christ, He gave us His Name. Jesus.
John 16:23 “In that day(A) you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name”.(B)
Even sin and death has lost is power over us.
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 15:55-57
Note to self – Stop being mobbed.
“Typically, Eagles fly at the maximum height lonely. Smaller birds like sparrows and geese can’t compete with them in flight. There are very few birds in the world that can reach the flight of an eagle.”
Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Romans 6:18
Some people will try to use your insecurities to shame you, rejection to demean you, and fear to manipulate you. Don’t let them.
If we walk around continuously wound it can leave us open and vulnerable. But know By His Strips we have been Healed! So we are not to give the devil place in us.
I’m not buddhist, but I think this story is fitting.
It is said that one day the Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him, saying all kind of rude words.
The Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man, “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”
The young man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”
The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.”
If we twist the truth just is enough we can easily miss the mark.
We are often taught to put our faith in our faith, our words, our good works, our sacrifices, our worship,our repentance, our prayers…….Faith in ourselves
But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:22-23
Who Believes what?
“….Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Matt. 13:54-58
unbelief in what?
“Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe – In Him whom He sent.”