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We have been looking at the following scripture up close and personal.

Isaiah 26: 3, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in you!!

Last week we got up to “him whose mind is steadfast.  This week we are starting with:

“Because he trusts in you”….. the Hebrew word trust is batach, to attach oneself.  To confide in, feel safe, be confident, secure.   Picture a baby with her mom or dad, don’t we want to trust God like that child who is utterly dependent.

  • Let’s pray for a deeper trust to have an open mind so God can work in our lives.   His plan for us is not to harm us but to prosper us!!  Jeremiah 29:11…
  • Invite Him once again to be the watchman over your mind.

Now let’s look at this word out of 2 Corinthians 10:5taking thoughts captive

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

  • Divine power to demolish strongholds!!  The word for demolish in Hebrew implies a kind of destruction requiring tremendous power—divine power.   You might think of it this way:  A stronghold is anything we hold onto that ends up holding us.
  • Much of the reason believers end up in a yoke of slavery is because we swat at our own strongholds like they are gnats.  Strongholds are like concrete fortresses we’ve constructed around our lives block by block, ordinarily over the course of years.  We created them, whether or not we were aware, for protection and comfort.  Inevitably these fortresses become prisons.  At some point we realize we no longer control them but they control us..

When did you last break a stronghold in your own strength and end up feeling powerless and totally defeated?   Do you see any patterns?demolishing strongholds

  • Human effort is useless in demolishing strongholds.  No amount of discipline or determination will do it.  Satanic strongholds require divine demolition.  Discipline and determination often help in opening your life to the supernatural power of God, but only he can provide the divine dynamite.
  • Interesting point I have seen is that Satan’s power comes from his power to bluff.  Once we learn the truth and how to use it, he loses his hold.

Think about a stronghold you have experienced my friend.  What part did insecurity play in it?

Insecurity played a major part in the strongholds the enemy built in my life.  An important part of learning for me to live in victory has been discerning the heart rumblings of insecurity.

  • My stronghold of weight story is included in this podcast that I have been sharing each week.
  • To be filled with Him works its way to our whole being, spirit, soul and body.   We are trying to fill that hole in our soul with food.   And it has created an endless cycle of defeat in our lives.
  • Our greatest inmost desire is for the love of God, even though we don’t realize it most of the time.  The Hand of God carves out places in us only He can fill.   Oh what a day of rejoicing when we really get this.  He can fill us up when food cannot!!  He wants to flood your life with His unfailing love.

I had to learn to pour out my heart to God and acknowledge every hollow place.  I had to surrender my eating habits to Him every day

“When you make a daily practice of inviting His love to fill your hollow places and make sure you are not hindering the process, God will begin to satisfy you more than a double cheeseburger.”    …Halleluiah!!

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“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you!!” (Isaiah 26: 3 )

Let’s take a look at this word up close and personal:

  1.  “You will keep” …Satan is very cunning.  Our knowledge alone will not keep us protected.  What we need is a watchman.  And we do have Jesus who is willing and able if we will set our minds on him.
  • The Hebrew word for keep is nasar, meaning to guard, keep, and protect.   The Holy Spirit is the perfect watchman over our minds.
  • Surrendering our thought lives to God is not just a means to more consistent victory.  It is the safeguard against being given over to defeat.
  • Give God your whole heart and mind.World-Peace-Scrabble
  1. “in perfect peace”  The Hebrew term translated perfect peace means ‘shalom’ meaning to be safe, be complete, whole , secure…it denotes a satisfied condition, a state of peacefulness, and a sense of well being.
  • Just as surely as the kingdom of God prospers when we are steadfast in Him, so do our hearts and minds.
  • God is faithful to His word.  If you remain steadfast in Him you will be built up.

3.  Him whose mind is steadfast”.    We see events from our own perspective and context.  Have you noticed how two people can look at the same experience so differently?  They put the picture of what happened in different frames and act accordingly.  Our reaction depends on how we framed the event.

  • When temptations and troubling thoughts come the steadfast believer chooses to lay her hand on God’s word and know that it is the truth.
  • The Holy Spirit never fails to bring our minds comfort when we fight this fight.  He promises actually, His perfect peace.

Included in this podcast is my stronghold of weight story I have been sharing each week.

  • Remember, anything that cheats you of what God has for you in this life could be a stronghold.   He wants you free to enjoy His provisions for you spirit, soul, and body.

Write these scriptures down and meditate on them.God-loves-you-sparklers

  • Did you know?

You are deeply and completely loved. (Romans 8:38–39)

You are totally and completely forgiven. (1 John 2:12)

When God sees you, he sees the righteousness of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

You mean the whole world to him. (John 3:16)

He thinks you are beautiful. Right now. (Song of Songs 4:1)

He is committed to your restoration. (Romans 8:29)

You are not now, nor have you ever been, alone. (Hebrews 13:5)

Meditate on these scriptures friends. They will completely change the way you think about yourself.

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e2 media network presents its first live webcast featuring Jeff Allen (An Examined Life Podcast), Dixie Diamanti (Reflections of Grace Podcast), Dewey Bertolini (Jesus in HD) and Suzanne Lederer (Experience God). Together with host Jefferson Drexler (Parent Like You Mean It), they discuss various aspects of encountering and experiencing God healing in peoples’ lives in the 21st century.

The webcast was taped live on February 25, 2015.
Four more live webcasts are planned throughout the year, with the next one coming in April regarding Educating and Equipping Families.

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Suzanne Lederer leads us in connecting with God through Lectio Divina, or “Sacred Reading”.

Luke 10:38-42

Jesus Visits Martha and Mary

As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.  But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

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Colossians 1:19-22 (NLT)

For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself.
  He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
 by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions.  Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

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Suzanne Lederer leads us in connecting with God through Lectio Divina, or “Sacred Reading”.

Luke 10:30-37 (NLT)

30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

From Suzanne:

Christians have been practicing Lectio Divina for 1,500 years. It was designed to cultivate a slower, more reflective reading of Scripture, a devotional approach. Think about a letter you receive from a special friend or lover, you can’t wait to open it, you savor every word, and it is personal and intimate; words just for you. This is the heart of practicing Lectio Divina! It forces you to get out of your head and tap into your heart, your emotions, and to stop and listen to what God has to say to you, paying attention to the deeper layers of your soul which are often hiding and need to be surrendered to God where you will receive grace and love. This can be scary at first, which was my experience. I was not really in touch with my deeper feelings and motives, and wondered: will God meet me as things begin to surface? My desire for Him to change me in the deepest places propelled me to move forward, to be open and make myself available through the practice of Lectio Divina.

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Colossians 2:11-14 (NLT)

11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

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Romans 6:6-11 (MSG)

Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.

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Luke 11:5-9 (MSG)

5-6 Then he said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’

“The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’

“But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need.

“Here’s what I’m saying:

Ask and you’ll get;
Seek and you’ll find;
Knock and the door will open.

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Luke 12:15-21 (MSG)

15 Speaking to the people, he went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”

16-19 Then he told them this story: “The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’ Then he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!’

20 “Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods—who gets it?’

21 “That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.”

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