1 Corinthians 10:6-14
"6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play." 8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.


I heard a minister bring out an interesting thought the other night: "Demons can't read your mind." He said, "Demons can't know your thoughts. Demons don't live in your heart unless you are a worshipper of Satan. Christ lives in your heart so only He can know your thoughts."

I don't know if this is true of not - but if it is, the only way Satan could know that you are having a bad day is if you tell someone else! I had never really thought about this concept before. How often have you complained to someone about what a hard time you are having at work or about how down you have been lately? This is just the type of information Satan's demons collect. Once Satan knows you are having a hard time at work, he will find an opportunity to trick you into saying or doing something you would not ordinarily do. After you have voiced your weakness or fear, Satan will be able to act on your weakness or fear! Do you see how this would work? You go to work or to school and you're having a bad day. About midmorning, you confide in a coworker or friend that everything seems to be going wrong. After lunch, it seems like everything gets worse and then someone comes along and starts giving you a hard time about something. You've had all you can take, so you "give them a piece of your mind." (Which, if you are like me, you can't afford to lose!) So, what should you do?


Don't tell others what a bad day you are having. (Chances are, they don't want to hear it anyway!) Be as upbeat as you can. Smile! I'm so glad we cannot see in the other dimension. It would probably scare us to death if we could see the heavenly beings around us, let alone the demonic beings! Don't let others know you are having a bad day. Don't say things like: "I'm so depressed," "I feel so bad," or "I can't do anything right." And especially don't tell others about your weakness or failures. If you are trying to quit smoking and having a hard time of it, don't tell your problem to anyone. If the person at the desk next to you has a bowl full of candy sitting there and you are trying to lose weight, don't tell them you are tempted to eat a piece of their candy. Keep telling yourself, "I can do this because I am strong!" If you're having a particularly bad day, say a silent prayer and ask God to give you strength to get through it. Then tell yourself that tomorrow will be better. This is a powerful tool that you have at your disposal: The power of positive thinking!

I copied this advertisement from the webpage
"Affirmations For Positive Thinking".

    "One of the best ways to create change is by using affirmations. Affirmations are simple statements that you say to yourself over and over again. Through constant repetition your subconscious mind picks up the message and you start taking action to create change. It's a way of changing behavior to achieve your goal. Affirmations create Positive Thinking -- which leads to greater change."
But this works both ways! If you are constantly putting yourself down, if you constantly say things like: "I'm no good at that," or "I may as well give up - I'll never be able to do this," then you create Negative Thinking!

There have been more studies done, more books written and more tapes recorded on the power of positive thinking than perhaps any other mind/body subject there is. One study even proved that cancer patients could reverse their condition by picturing the cancer cells leaving their body and new, healthy cells taking their place. At the time of this writing, there are 163 items listed on Amazon.com and 55 results on ebay.com having to do with positive thinking!

Philippians 4:10-19
"10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Paul had the right idea when he said he had learned to be content. He knew how to lower his esteem or to overflow with confidence, be full or hungry, be fully supplied or in need - whichever state of mind the moment demanded. Your state of mind is probably the most important thing you can work to change, for once you change that, you have changed your whole outlook on life! And the best way to change your state of mind is by thinking positive thoughts - and when negative thoughts intrude, do not voice them! You never know who might be listening!






It's never too late to improve!


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