Who’s Your Baby Daddy?

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Who’s Your Baby’s Daddy? Our minds are fertile ground for the seeds that are planted in them on a day-to-day basis by those who influence us.  Whether we are aware of the seeds being planted or not, they’re there.  The media we come in contact with throughout the day is a big influence in our minds.  Whether we are actually listening to the radio that is on in the background or if we are just listening to the news, we are being influenced constantly.  What you listen to or watch daily is your own choice.  So what do you do once the seeds are there and what if they become full grown before you even notice that they’ve been planted?  These are a couple of questions I have had and I wanted to share the answers I came up with for them. In II Corinthians 10:2-7 it says: But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.  Do you look at things according to the outward appearance?  If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s even so we are Christ’s.   Starting in verse two, Paul writes that he is bold because he’s got something to say and we need to hear it.  He doesn’t want us to take this gift that we have been given lightly, as some do.  He doesn’t want to be bold or harsh, but knows that he must be with some people; those who think that Christians walk by flesh as the rest of the world.  Verse three explains that even though we walk in the flesh, we are not to be of the flesh.  Being reborn, we have an eternal life waiting for us and since our destiny is not of this world, we are not to wage war according to the standards of this world.  In Colossians 3:1-10 we see that it says:  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.  Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth:  fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  Because these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.  But now you yourselves are to put off all these:  anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.  Let’s start back with verse two.  Set your mind on things above rather than the things below.  Easy enough, wherever your thoughts are is wherever you will go.  If you are constantly thinking about worldly things, than those are the seeds that will be planted in your mind.  And if you are constantly thinking of things that are to come, if all you can think about is Christ and sitting next to Him for all of eternity, than those, too, are the seeds that will be planted in your mind.  Verse three tells us that we have died to our flesh.  So if your flesh is dead, the things of verse five are also dead.  The fornication, uncleanness, passion for things not of God, evil desires and covetousness or idolatry is dead.  God’s wrath comes upon those who are disobedient as stated in verse six and in verse seven it says that you once walked in that disobedience before you were reborn.  And when you walked in that darkness you stumbled around, but now that the light has been turned on and you have received Christ, you can avoid some of the same obstacles that once tripped you up.  You now have a super-natural strength to help you get over the same things that trip up those who do not have Christ in their lives.   So those things of the world now put you off, the garbage that once had a firm hold on you is no longer attracting your attention as it once did.  Verse nine tells us not to lie- that person of the flesh has died along with his deeds.  Your new man is renewed according to the image of Christ.  Romans 12:2 says:  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect Will of God.   Back to II Corinthians 10:4.  We are not to use worldly, physical weapons because our war is not a physical war.  It is a spiritual war so we must use our spiritual weapons.  God has given us all authority over the things of this world and we are to use it for the edification of the body and not to destroy anything.  Verse five goes on to say that every thought is a seed and every thought is placed there by whatever influences you.  Whoever you let control your thoughts will be the father of whatever is created.  John 8:44 says that Satan if the father of lies.  But we see in James 1:13-17 that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above.  Verse five says that anything that exalts itself against God or the knowledge of God must be cast down and brought into captivity, to the obedience as Christ commanded.  Verse six tells us that we must be ready, or armed as it says in Ephesians 6:10, at all times to punish all disobedience that may try to sow itself in your ground.  1Peter 1:13 says to gird your mind.  Doing so, once your obedience is fulfilled, or the fullness has been reached in your obedience, you will know what belongs and what doesn’t.  But if you don’t know it shouldn’t be there, you don’t know that you should get rid of it.  Proverbs 29:18 says:  Where there is no revelation, or vision, the people cast off restraint, or perish.  But happy is he who keeps the law.  Usually when we hear that verse, the last part is left off.  But if you’re not keeping the law, you’re not going to have the revelation, or vision from God.  And without that vision, it says that there is no restraint and the seeds remain.  Verse seven.  Are you trying to see these spiritual things according to the outward appearance?  If you think you are Christ’s child, than you need to start looking at stuff as Christ sees it.  We’ve heard it before in I Samuel 16:7.  Man looks at the outward, worldly part, while God sees the inside, the heart.  And you can’t see these spiritual things from the outside.  Well, sometimes you can, if the seed has been allowed to grow and be birthed into something huge and without restraint, it may be a bit more visible. You can’t fight a spiritual war with physical weapons so stop looking at spiritual stuff with worldly eyeballs.   During the battle, we cannot just hold hands with our Armor, which is the Word of God.  We can’t just be Sunday Christians who carry our Bibles into church and look like were holy.  We need to be making out with the Word of God.  We need to have an intimate relationship with the Word of God.  We need to feel about the Word of God how some people feel about their significant others.  We need to feel like we can’t breathe when the Word of God is not near.  Like we cannot sleep whenever Gods presence through His Holy Scriptures is not with us.  We need to feel like the lost feel daily when we do not have the Word of God in our thoughts, in our hearts and on our lips.  Were acting like were so much better than the lost, but they go around using the Lords Name in regular conversation more often than we do.  It may not be in the same tense, but they have the Holy Name of Jesus Christ on their lips more often than some who call themselves Christians do.  Ephesians 4:25-32 Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.  Be angry and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.  Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit.  To grieve means to stun, to bring unto desolation or to destroy.  If you can grieve the Holy Spirit, you can surely grieve demonic spirits.  It says be angry but do not sin.  Get pissed off at Satan, you should be.  But do not sin!  Do not let those words that you want to say, come out of your mouth.  Never word vomit.  If your words don’t edify and build others up, shut your mouth.  Do not give a place for the devil in your mind.  And if you’re about to say something nasty, it’s already in there.  If you allow Satan to plant seeds, you will end up birthing something you don’t really want and you will just have to deal with it when it’s fully grown.  He will try to plant thoughts in your mind and they will build up and build up and suddenly, you are a thought away from blowing up.  But if you’re not feeding the negative seeds, they will die and fall away.  But if you’re not feeding the positive, God given thoughts, they, too, will die and fall away.  John 16:33 tells us to be of good cheer; Jesus overcame the world and if He is in you, than you too have overcome the world.  James 1:2-5:  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  God is more than willing to give us the wisdom that we lack.  He knows everything about us and He knows what’s going on in our lives.  He sees the things that nobody else sees.  He hears our thoughts.  If you are letting God place your thoughts in your mind than He will feed them and help them to grow.  Satan will do the same. Your mind is a womb.  And whatever seeds, or thoughts, are planted there will come out somehow. John 8:44 told us that Satan is the father of lies.  James 1: 13-17 says:  Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.  But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.  Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.  Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. With God, there is no variation.  He is unchanged and unchangeable.  He doesn’t change His mind; He’s too busy trying to change yours.   So who is your baby’s daddy?  Who are you letting impregnate your mind?  What are you doing with those negative seeds that have been planted in your brain?  You bind them and send them away in the Name of Jesus.  You see, either God or Satan places thoughts in your mind.  It is all on you what you do once the seeds have been planted.
II Corinthians 12:7-10 talks about Paul and the thorn in his side, which was a demonic influence in his life.  Although he talked about his weakness showing the strength of God, many people aren’t quite at the same level in their spiritual walk to recognize that God is trying to help them out in their weakness.  They just see it as something trying to take them out and try to get rid of it and when God won’t take it away they get mad at Him for something that they aren’t getting on their own.  God allows certain suffering in our lives in order to keep us humble, but once its there, it is our responsibility to get rid of it.    Once in awhile a thought placed there by Satan may seem so believable that we think God may have placed it there.  But when things aren’t lining up and nothing seems to be clicking together we see that it wasn’t God at all and the warning signs that God gave us we misinterpreted as Satan attacking us.  And then they grow and reach maturity and you finally see that it wasn’t God at all, and now you have this thing in your life that has gone from being a simple little thought into something huge like marrying the wrong person or taking a job that puts you in a position that tests your faith in a way that you are just not strong enough to deal with.    So how do we differentiate between each and every thought we have?  One simple question can be asked.  Does it glorify God or edify the body of Christ?  Now, I’m not talking about going through your day constantly asking this question to yourself.  But when you receive a word that you think is of God, but seems a bit strange, it’s either God or its not.  It’s that simple.  He is neither partial nor double-minded.  It is our flesh that gets in the way when we are trying to live a godly life.  Once you can tell the difference between worldly, flesh things, and the things of God, the other thoughts have a harder time grabbing on in your brain.  It becomes poison for the evil thoughts.  But the opposite is also true.  Unbelievers have a mind of poison for the things of God.  They do not stick and that is why unbelievers have no problem going against the things of God.  We are all tempted by different things and on different levels and we all handle different temptations differently.  Some of us can recognize right away when something in our minds is not of God but with new believers it is not that easy.  The one thing that will work in every situation is to pray and ask God to take control of your mind.  Let the Holy Spirit filter your thoughts and you will be all right.

If you allow God to be the Father of your thoughts than you will only give birth to godly things.

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