Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]
1 Peter 5:8-9 AMP
Are we really always mindful of where the attacks are meant to hit the hardest?
These attacks in the mind feel like a strong chemical imbalance. It’s too much.
This trip—is going to be good for you. Sometimes you have to get out of your current place—changes the scenery. It is helpful. You need that break; need that runaway and to be around your sisters in Christ. This will be rejuvenating for you.
Don’t think that you are chemically imbalanced at all. It is not a result to medicine. From a natural standpoint there are things that release those chemicals that make us happy. Dopamine is what will promote happiness like exercise; dark chocolate and more.
Just started a devotional – “Detox Your Soul” and the topic is THOUGHTS!
We have these toxic thoughts—to be able to overcome toxic thoughts, we need to be able to identify them so that we can then reject them.
Looked up scripture reference–2 Corinthians 10 on casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity!
God has to help us and fight that fight with us. Because the mind is such a battle.
Ephesians 6 is another reference on putting on the armor of God.
I recently did a lesson with the youth—but instead of talking about arrows I talked about bullets to make this more relevant to our modern times. I took the Bullet example—drew the outline of the person board from the shooting range places and then explained how vital it is to not get injured in your heart or your mind.
If your heart gets shot—your likeliness of staying alive is close to none.
If your head gets shot (same thing)—chances of survival are close to none.
The brains cell don’t reproduce and that’s why brain injuries are so fatal! People go brain dead and coming back is like no chance in the natural (same with the spine). Spiritual same thing –you get hit in this area or this area your dead.
Spiritually you get hit in this area (heart) or that area (mind), because they are such vital organs you can’t afford to be injured there. Cells go—not much of a survival chance—which is why the enemy goes after the mind and the heart. This is why protecting the mind and protecting the heart are so important.
Also, it’s better for a bullet to go completely through then to get stuck inside and the reason for that is if a bullet gets stuck inside it does something in your body that it is likely to affect the surrounding organs. It is better if the bullet goes straight through and it didn’t stay in there.
Using this source: https://health.howstuffworks.com/
A bullet that passes through the body (creating an exit wound) generally will cause less damage than one which stays in the body, because a bullet that stays in the body transfers all of its kinetic energy (and ensures maximum damage of tissue). This is the aim of most modern ballistic design. Jacketed bullets are designed to fragment after impact, dividing their destructive power. Hollow-point and soft bullets are designed to flatten and spread, creating a wider area for their tracks and increasing the damage caused by shock waves and cavitation.
So with our thoughts– it is so much better for it to just go in and right out because if we leave it in there with the impact, it starts to affect the things around it and starts to make our condition worse!
With Bullets—if you get shot, what makes somebody live? The will to live helps us. For someone that wants to live; a fighter; this plays a big role.
Think about it spiritually. The important thing is that the thoughts go in and out. We don’t let it stay in there –because that is going to affect our condition more. Just like the bullet. The things go in and they go right out. Don’t even entertain it.
Just like the relapse blog on being rebuilt we discover that there is something wrong. We went on this journey and somewhere along the line we messed up. Somewhere along the line– something went wrong. Before something didn’t work—there was a piece that was being rebuilt and then something happened along the way. I have to be rebuilt again and again. That is because there was something that got rebuilt that wasn’t supposed to be there. There is something that happened along the way that made this process have to start over.
We can get it right.
Thoughts that you have—Do you let it sit there? Or do you MAKE it go through?
We understand that our weapons are mighty in God—to CAST IT DOWN; it is just a constant thing. We do ask, “Wheres my break? Wheres my rest?” It gets exhausting. But in God He is SUPER-natural, we don’t go dead in any capacity– the mind CAN be renewed! OUR BRAINS CAN BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE EVEN AFTER INJURY!!
This is important–keeping this (our inspiration) is important. Support –keeping that! Prayer –keeping that. It’s important… there our ways if we are going to overcome. It makes us stronger.
It’s so much harder to fight when you feel like no one is on your side; when your not being catered too; when they are not showing you love; when no one is surprising you or no one is calling you to see how you are doing. It is so you understand –it wasn’t people. There wasn’t something that helped you get through it –it was ONLY God!
So now when I’m through it…I had no crutch—I had no Band-Aid –you had no bandages that helped your healing. Bandages look like your healed but when you take it off it is still not healed. When you take it off—no bandage—raw…nothing covering it.
You did it raw with no medicine, no epidural; you did it raw with no fix.
This is a Spiritual Battle to Fight!
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.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
The Whole Armor of God!
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Note–these are ALL Kristen Rabadi’s bullet points! Thank you for sharing these words.