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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

 

Usually associated with espionage, advertising, sale pitches, even campaigning politicians. Mind control— brainwashing undermines your sense of control.

What if toxic thinking is also brainwashing? 

Flooding your mind with negative thoughts. 

Immersing your body in chemicals that are physically, mentally and emotionally damaging. An estimated 75% to 95% of illnesses are a direct result of toxic thinking. 

Toxic thinking also stimulates the pleasure and learning centers of the brain. It is as addictive as junk food, drugs and alcohol. 

How can you stop toxic thinking? 

As with any addiction, one has to detox— kick the habit. In the case of toxic thinking, you must first identify what is a toxic thought. Although not an exhaustive list, these are some of the more common toxic thoughts.

I am a victim. You are not a victim! Stop blaming others or your circumstances for your problems.

I can change others. No, you cannot! You can accept them as they are or sever the relationship.

I am in total control of my life. No, you are not! Some circumstances are not under your control. Some things are what they are.

I will be (fill in the blank) if (fill in the blank). You ultimately determine the quality of your life. A life of excellence is not dependent upon others or material possessions. Believing this lie only leads to disappointment and unhappiness.

I am never wrong. Yes, you are. No one is perfect! No one possesses ALL the knowledge or wisdom needed for EVERY situation.

I know it is too late (fill in the blank). Until you and you alone wave the white flag of surrender. There will be more opportunities to change your circumstances or you.

I will play it safe. Passivity only leads to missed opportunities and regrets.

I will avoid discomfort and pain at all costs. The only path to transformation is to leave the familiar for the unfamiliar— to leave one’s comfort zone.

I am only human and cannot be expected to keep all my promises. Then do not make promises! Failing to keep a promise tells others that you do not value their time or relationship.

Finally believers, whatever is true. Whatever is honorable and worthy of respect. Whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word. Whatever is pure and wholesome. Whatever is lovely and brings peace. Whatever is admirable and of good repute.

If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things. Center your mind on them and implant them in your heart. The things, which you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Practice these things in daily life, and the God who is the source of peace and well-being will be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9 

Amplified Bible 

Are you a perfectionist or know someone who is?

Striving to be the best at everything.

Perfectionists refuse to accept being perfect is impossible. Which makes perfectionism emotionally draining and devastatingly destructive. Creating anxiety, chronic unhappiness, depression and a potential risk factor for suicide.

Thankfully, Papa does not require perfection but holiness.

Papa sent Jesus to earth so He could love us into holiness. At long last, mankind could all have one heart— the sinless heart of Jesus— Papa’s heart.

For far too long, many Christians have believed sin is inevitable. Sadly, many teachers of the Gospel have reinforced this. Choosing not to challenge believers to live a sinless life. Many have taught all will continue to sin this side of heaven.

What a lie of the devil!

You too can live a sinless life.

Impossible you say? 

It is if you try to do it without the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who endows mankind with the supernatural power that overcomes evil.

Jesus had to battle the desires of His flesh to obey Papa’s precepts and commandments. Papa did not shelter Jesus from sin but instead provided His grace— His power to resist sin.

If Jesus could be holy and undefiled, so can you! The Spirit of the living God who lived in Jesus lives in all disciples of Christ.

If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments. That person is a liar and is not living in the truth.

But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we know we are living in Him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. 

1 John 2:4-6 

New Living Translation

Are you a cheerleader for the underdog?

Individuals tossed aside or identified as insignificant. Misfits, freaks and out of box thinkers who do not conform to social norms. 

Individuals whose tough exterior is the armor they put on each day. Protecting hearts battered and bruised by the evil life has flung at them.

Individuals when they work up the courage to walk inside a church are ignored or rejected. 

Many present day Christians refuse to love their neighbors. 

Talking the talk. Not walking the walk. 

Unless you look and act like us, membership is denied.

The result?

A Church non-believers distrust because She does not look like Jesus. She does not love all.

Gandhi once said. “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Come on guys. Make this quote no longer true. 

Let us love our neighbors. 

No ifs, ands or buts!

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 

And Jesus replied to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. 

The second is like it. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. That is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others.’”

Matthew 22:36-40

Amplified Bible

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