The Battle for America’s Soul: Ways to Combat Mind Control

Practical tips for overcoming deception in today's dark world

The Bible has a lot to say about avoiding deception and renewing our minds with the purity of truth and righteousness, which is a right standing with our Creator and Savior.  In today’s world the person who truly wants to follow Jesus and be led by the Holy Spirit has a great challenge to sort out the influences in his life that can potentially be very dangerous.  It takes prayerful work and spiritual discernment to make the best choices.

It’s no surprise to most adults in our society that a highly sophisticated culture of so-called “elitists” are manipulating many aspects of public perception.  You can find some helpful notes about modern day mind-control in articles posted at ReclaimYourLegacy.com where we have brought our attention to the key verse in the Bible, warning believers to be highly alerted to the life-threatening dangers of mind-controlling deceptions that can easily draw us astray from the pathway of pure and undefiled faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 2:8 says:

“Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after

the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ.”

John Thomas, of Health Impact News, has done a superb job of researching this battle for our minds and our bodies. His insights for all of us in today’s world give some reasons to take the warning of Colossians 2:8 much more seriously than many of us might have considered before.  In today’s program I’ll be quoting much from his article titled – “The Battle for America’s Soul: Ways to Combat Mind Control.”  http://healthimpactnews.com/2016/the-battle-for-americas-soul-ways-to-combat-mind-control/

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The Bible warns us to beware of mind-controlling influences in society

What are The Lies We Must Battle?

Colossians 2:8 says: “Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ.”

The beloved apostle John wrote in his first epistle: “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” (1 John 4:6)

This is why it’s imperative for thoughtful followers of Jesus Christ today to seriously take actions in keeping with the Biblical warning to “prove all things” (1 Thes 5:21).  Don’t just go along with the crowd and use the lame excuse that ‘everybody’s doing it.’

Mind controllers in today’s sophisticated technological society are creating a system of lies that everyone must believe so that the society can function without distraction or rebellion. To do this, mind controllers must create a worldview that causes people to think certain thoughts, with standard feelings about those thoughts, and to behave in predetermined ways that match what they have established as normal. To make their system work, they must also eradicate the Creation worldview that comes from the Bible.

The lies John Thomas describes have been implanted over and again in the minds of several generations of Americans. These lies have been repeated so many times and from so many sources that the majority of people don’t question them. These lies cunningly oppose common sense thinking about basic principles of life, and are turning people against God and the Bible. They teach people to worship man instead of God.

If the mind-controlling programmers reach their goals, the vast majority of society will believe hundreds of lies and adopt a worldview that is perfectly suited for total control over every aspect of human life on Earth.  The most dominant characteristic of their antichrist worldview is that it causes people to unconsciously slip into a kind of passive slumber.  They can no longer wake up enough to discern truth from lies. They just go along with the flow wherever it takes them.

What are The Lies We Must Battle?

Let’s list a number of the lies that are being emphasized by mind controllers in today’s society. There are hundreds of them, but these are just some of the lies that are receiving the most attention from mind controllers.

John Thomas has done a fine job in his Health Impact News article to describe the goals of mind controllers that underlie their lies.  He gives examples of the consequences that naturally flow from their goals.

You might actually already believe some of these lies. Don’t feel bad if you do and don’t fall for the carnal temptation to get defensive.  Prove all things. Consider this as an opportunity to revise your thinking.

There are many lies on this list that many of us probably believed

years ago, mostly because we never took the time to investigate whether our beliefs were supported by truth or simply because we blindly accepted the opinions of other people. Sometimes the opinions of friends, family members, school teachers, the news media, and even pastors and other religious leaders fall right in line with an antichrist belief system and worldview that is actively being advanced by the mind control agenda.

You can probably guess what is the number one lie accepted by society today.

Lie: The Earth is a product of evolution, and God did not create life and does not sustain life on the Earth.

Goal: Worship a fictitious ‘mother earth’ and bow your mind to science as it is popularly defined in mainstream society. Ultimately the goal is to control the evolutionary process through genetic engineering and advancements in science that are yet to be discovered.  That’s because they’ve replaced the Creator God with a worship of science and humanity, just like Paul the apostle says we should expect in Romans chapter one of the Bible.

Consequence: Force people to live in high-density, city-oriented developments where people do not own cars and cannot travel outside their communities unless approved by the government. All healthcare and cures need to be approved by the government.  Dr. David Stewart writes:

“Science has lifted us from the ignorance of the Dark Ages into the understandings we hold today. It has increased our standards of living, lengthened our life spans, and enriched our lives in every way. Music, the arts, our governments, our social customs, our religious beliefs, our educational institutions, our recreations, our modes of travel, our means of communicating, our working, our eating, our sleeping—all aspects of our culture have been transformed by the touch of technology. It is little wonder, then, that we have become conditioned to look to science for the solutions of all our problems and for the answers to life’s questions.

But science, powerful as it is, is a false god. Awed by the spectacular material advancements science has brought us, we have come to expect more of science than it is capable of delivering. Many individuals, not recognizing the limitations of science, stand in expectation of results that will never come. Science does not have all the solutions. It does not have all the answers. It never has and it never will.”

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When you make science your ‘god’ you have to have an explanation of origins that is limited to science itself – in other words, “naturalism.”  You “can’t allow a divine foot in the door,” as one of the secular authority figures insisted.  That’s the only reason evolution has gained such popularity in our secular culture.  It’s not because it makes sense or has the evidence to prove it.  How many students are ever taught that there are two fundamentally different types of science?  One is “hard science.”  It is determined by true mathematics and demonstrated laws.  It gives us inventions and engineering that works predictably.  The other is “speculative science.”  It depends on imaginative explanations for the past and creative projections into the future.  And just as bizarre as the futuristic dramas of science fiction tend to get, so the naturalistic stories made up for the origin of everything are equally outrageous when you stop to analyze them.

We could list a lot of lies that are accepted by many people around us. Each one of them deserves our deeper study so we can intelligently interact with friends who are accepting the lies.  Here’s just a few of them:

  • Lie: Tolerance is the only ultimate moral value in society.
  • Lie: We shouldn’t make laws to enforce our moral values.
  • Lie: Government (public) education is essential to good childhood development for living in society.
  • Lie: Global climate change is caused by human industry and must be prevented by regulations of human industrial and personal behavior.
  • Lie: Christians shouldn’t get involved in polarizing controversial topics like politics because Jesus said ‘blessed are the peacemakers’ and, after all, God is in control so we shouldn’t try to influence what the government does.
  • Lie: Different religions are all about the same because all good people go to heaven.
  • Lie: the Kingdom of God is only a future state and not anything we can experience now.
  • Lie: Super rich elitist Globalists who believe in some kind of a so called ‘New World Order’ don’t really have the power to control society and what the public believes.

But let’s consider a few hot lies that we can all relate to quite naturally.

Lie: All food is safe to eat and equally nutritious. Eat all things in moderation.

Goal: Everyone must eat highly processed GMO food (that’s made from genetically modified organisms), and it’s peppered with toxic ingredients and pesticide residue such as glyphosate (which is sold as the weed-killer called ‘Roundup’).

Consequence: Everyone will experience diminished health, chronic illness, and brain dysfunction.  This greatly contributes to programming the general public to think they are dependent on synthetic drugs to overcome their mysteriously caused modern health problems.

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Think!  Just because scientists have reached sophisticated levels of genetically modifying organisms to achieve certain economically beneficial results for food growers, does that mean we should all jump into the polluted pond and assume we will be okay?

Lie: The chlorinated water that comes to our house is safe to drink.

Goal: Everyone must drink water containing some combination of fluoride, chlorine, lead, pesticide residues, and pharmaceutical drug residues.

Consequence: Everyone will be docile, be learning impaired, and be exposed to daily doses of carcinogens and dozens of pharmaceutical drugs that are not removed by water treatment plants.

More Info.

Almost the entire world is now realizing the dire health consequences of poisoning the water supply with fluoride that’s manufactured as a waste product in the production of certain fertilizers. Most developed nations, including all of Japan and 97% of Western Europe, do not fluoridate their water.  Israel was added to that list in 2014.  When will the West wake up from their unscientific beliefs and embrace the irrefutable evidence that swallowing fluoride daily is of no benefit and actually destructive to human health?  The truth about fluoride and its toxicity levels are rarely publicized on the mainstream media.  After all, how would the public react if they learned they were being deliberately poisoned by their own governments? However, a local news broadcast in Melbourne, Australia had done just that a few years ago, exposing the realities of what fluoride really does to the human body.  You can see it for yourself on YouTube at “Fluoride Truth hits TV in Australia.”

Lie: It is normal to be sick, to feel depressed, and to be weak.

Goal: Everyone should be afflicted with some form of mental and/or physical chronic illness that will last a lifetime.

Consequence: Everyone will consume multiple prescription drugs every day for the rest of their lives and be controlled by the conventional healthcare system.  Try to find ten people over 50 who are not taking one or more prescribed medications (i.e. drugs) that they honestly think is the only dependable way to deal with their health issues.

Lie: The only form of health care that is safe and effective is conventional allopathic medicine. (i.e. disease treatment/management rather than naturalistic/holistic prevention and curing).

An associated lie for Christians is: Believers need to trust their conventional medical doctors because God can’t help us figure out how to trust God and His wisdom to stay healthy and naturopathic doctors aren’t really qualified to know how to help us heal when we’re sick.

Goal: Everyone must participate in the conventional medical care system and use all the drugs and other treatments that conventional hospital doctors recommend, especially the drugs prescribed by psychiatrists.

Consequence: We are to continue supporting the highly dysfunctional and most expensive medical care system in the world, where symptoms are treated and illnesses are rarely cured, while abandoning all forms of alternative approaches, which actually might cure disease.

More Info.  See HealthImpactNews.com

Lie: Vaccines are completely safe and absolutely necessary to protect the world from plagues of illness.

Goal: All children must receive massive sets of vaccinations from birth and the pattern of multiple vaccinations should extend through the teenage years. Adult vaccinations should be given annually throughout adult life until we die.

Consequence: Everyone will have suppressed immune systems, and be exposed to high levels of aluminum, mercury, polysorbate 80, and viral contaminates, all of which are associated with Alzheimer’s, autism, and numerous other chronic diseases.

More Info.  If you haven’t seen the documentary VAXXED and seen some of the lectures by Dr. Suzanne Humphreys, MD, don’t expose your ignorance by trying to defend what the pharmaceutical companies keep marketing to the public openly every day – Have you had your flu shot yet?

 

Lie: The rights and preferences of children are more important than the rights of their parents.

Goal: State agencies should oversee the raising of every child, force parents to obey the state, and freely remove children from homes whenever they see fit.

Consequence: Parents will not be able to teach their children about God, discipline them when they sin, and help them develop gender appropriate behaviors.

More Info.

Lie: Everything that we are told by our government and the media is true.

Goal: Everyone should believe what they are told without questioning the truthfulness of the message.

Consequence: People will lose the ability to examine the facts and draw independent conclusions.

Lie: There are no moral absolutes, no sins, and no hell.

Goal: Government should set standards of behavior according to what the ruling elite think is best for the greater good of society. Truth is relative.

Consequence: Absolute laws based on Biblical standards of God will be abolished.  More Info.

Lie: The greater good is always more important than the well-being of the individual.

Goal: Take away independent decision making and depend on central decisions made by the state.

Consequence: The state may take lives and property, whenever it determines that such actions are for the greater good.  More Info.

Lie: The state is our refuge and will be our savior whenever there is a crisis.

Goal: People should turn to the state instead of turning to God during times of difficulty.

Consequence: The natural relationship between God and His adopted sons and daughters will be replaced by the authority of government.  More Info.

Lie: It is a sign of insanity to believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ and to have faith in the God of the Bible.

Goal: Turn the belief in Jesus, and the desire to live according to the inspired words of God as written in the Bible into a mental illness.

Consequence: Permit involuntary confinement of those who follow Jesus, and permit forced drugging with mind altering psychoactive pharmaceutical drugs.  More Info.

Lie: There is no such thing as mind control programs.

Goal: Make people think that anyone who believes in the existence of mind control programs is mentally deficient, paranoid, or a delusional conspiracy theorist.

Consequence: Those who speak against the mind control agenda will lose jobs, lose their children, and may end up institutionalized or in prison. Execution may be the ultimate response to those who will not surrender their minds and their bodies.

The Mind Control Agenda

Mind controllers are trying to get us to believe these kinds of lies [described in the preceding section] and many more.  Once we believe these kinds of lies and adopt the worldview of the ruling elite, then it will be easy to manipulate us to fulfill their goals. The combined effect of believing their lies and obeying their instructions is to create a docile population who will be glad to participate in centralized government control of every aspect of life.

This is projected to be a New World Order operated under rules established by a tiny minority of extremely wealthy individuals who believe they possess superior qualifications for controlling the welfare of humanity for the greater good.

They envision a world with a small population that is centrally controlled. There will be a single government, a single economy, a single currency, a single language, a single education system, a single healthcare system, and a single religion. The docile citizens of this new world will be trained to worship the Earth and the ruling elite.

Walter Cronkite, the veteran CBS Nightly News man, was able to confirm the plans of the ruling elite, because he was part of their number. In the speech he gave to the World Federalists Association when he received the Norman Cousins Global Governance Award, he told us how it really is. He stated:

“It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government patterned after our own government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace. To do that, of course, we Americans will have to give up some of our sovereignty….

Time will not wait. Democracy, civilization itself, is at stake. Within the next few years we must change the basic structure of our global community from the present anarchic system of war and ever more destructive weaponry to a new system governed by a democratic U.N. federation…..

Our failure to live up to our obligations to the U.N. is led by a handful of willful senators who choose to pursue their narrow, selfish political objectives at the cost of our nation’s conscience. They pander to and are supported by the Christian Coalition and the rest of the religious right wing. [15]”

Why are Followers of Jesus such a Threat to Mind Controllers?

The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1883). Public Domain.

The followers of Jesus threaten the ruling elite and their plan for a New World Order, because we have the Holy Spirit. We have God given discernment and can see through their schemes.

We also have the written Word of God, the Bible, which clearly condemns everything they are trying to do. In short, we are the greatest danger to the advancement of the New World Order and those who are trying to program everyone to be godless slaves of the ruling elite.

What can we do to Resist the Mind Control Activities of Our Age?

The first step is to realize that we must actively equip ourselves with truth to effectively resist lies by renewing our minds and casting down imaginations and every high sounding thing that stands against the knowledge of God. (2 Cor 10:5).

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

If you listen to leaders who commend Passivity where will that lead you?  Right into the lap of the enemies of God.  You might temporarily enjoy all kinds of worldly pleasures until the power of the ruling elite has been firmly established. When their dominance of society is complete, then massive persecution of the disciples of Jesus inevitably follows. It happened in Russia and China, didn’t it?

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:12-13)

In the continuing discussion on this subject – included in a post on the ReclaimYourLegacy.com website – we will see step-by-step suggestions for those who want to limit the effects of mind control programming on their lives.

If your goal is to be a more productive member of the Kingdom of God, and deepen your faith you will benefit greatly by reviewing this.

  • It will most certainly protect your mind and the minds of the children who are under your care.
  • It will help you live as a Bible-based independent thinker, and help you provide a biblical worldview to young people as they grow up.
  • It will help disciples of Jesus recognize and stand for truth in a world that hates anyone who manages his or her life according to the Bible.

God may permit some of the globalist plans of the ruling elite to happen for a season, but we must not yield our souls to their worldly control. We also should not give in to fear what they might do to our bodies.  Jesus said:

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)

They may threaten our lives, but if we are disciples of Jesus, then we should always remember that God is greater than those who persecute us.

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

Take Action to stand strong in the Culture War

The Pagan Left has dominated the Culture War in America far too long

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

Did you know that Noah Webster, America’s Schoolmaster, said during our founding era, “…that the man who weakens or destroys the divine authority of the Bible may be accessory to all public disorders that society is doomed to suffer.”

The term “Culture War” has become common in describing contemporary American life and politics.

Is it possible for a Biblically faithful culture to survive in this cultural war that has essentially determined the ways of thinking, living, and behaving in a post Christian society?

   Adapted from “The Culture War” by Dr. Phil Stringer (Florida)  http://www.insectman.us/exodus-mandate-wv/culture-war.htm 

I found some timely points discussed in Dr James Dobson’s book, Children at Risk:

Nothing short of a great Civil War of world views and values rages today throughout North America.  It’s between Biblical traditions and pagan secularism.  The two sides are as polar opposite as light and darkness.  They are totally incompatible.

When the light doesn’t shine on the darkness to expose it, the darkness prevails.  For at least three generations or more, the Christian western culture has retreated from society, allowing influential institutions to be directed by personalities with secular ideals.  Beginning with organized churches, the public and private educational systems have led the advance of allowing Greek-minded enlightenment thinking to marginalize the Biblical Christian wisdom that founded America.

Secularism and paganism permeate every influential part of society: Science, Education, religion, Medicine, Industry, The Marketplace, Entertainment and Journalism.  Unfortunately, most of the soldiers on the traditional Biblical side of the war are AWOL – absent without leave.  Many of them don’t even recognize there’s a war on.  And most of them have no idea what the enemy is doing to effectively anesthetize them and win the prize of this war.  What is the prize?

Children are the prize to the winners of America’s second great Civil War. Those who control what young people are taught and what they experience — what they see, hear, think, and believe – they will determine the future course for this nation.

A Culture War exists when two or more different cultures compete to be the mainstream in a society.

The Bible warns that those who oppose Christianity and Christian culture will deceive people away from their faith and values. Memorize Colossians 2:8.  It says,

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Take Heed – Flashing Red lights.  Intense Warning.

This passage begins with the strongest possible word of warning: “BEWARE.”  This warning is so serious, it cannot be overstated

The heartbeat of the warning is reflective of the exile that is predicted in Isaiah 5:13 where it says, “My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge.”  There are people who want to take you captive as a slave – a “spoil” of battle – that ultimately ruins your faith, your values, and the doctrines that mold your way of living. These people do not want to just be free to live in personal rebellion against Christian truth. They want to minimize their sense of personal guilt by tempting as many people into their non-Christian lifestyle as possible. This is why they are waging a Culture War against Christian values, against Christian morality, and against America’s historic Christian culture.

THE BATTLEFIELD OF THE CULTURE WAR

It’s hard to persuade adults to change their culture.  That’s why the targets of this war against Christian values are children and teenagers.

The Culture War is fought in many areas in the United States:

  • The American news media reports and evaluates events from a non-Christian (or even anti-Christian) perspective 90% of the time. Believer who listens to it as their source of information are utterly foolish. Hardly anyone among working class people have the time to check out the validity and subtle deceptions that are being promoted.
  • The public school system is full of non-Christian ideas taught as facts to American young people.
  • The entertainment media often provides T.V. programs, movies, and music that promote non-Christian values.
  • In the political arena, many politicians campaign openly against Christian values. Others desperately try to appear to be in some vague, non-committal neutral ground.
  • Many government bureaucrats use local, state, and federal programs to promote non-Christian values or to hinder historic Christian values.

The Culture War shows up in:

  •  national political campaigns,
    • situation comedies,
    • school board meetings,
    • the federal tax code,
    • adoption policies,
    • health care choices and abortion proposals,
    • television and radio talk shows,
    • political primaries,
    • news coverage,
    • foreign policy, and
    • endless other areas of American life.

Despite all the propaganda to the contrary, the Culture War is not something that has been declared by Christians. Most Christians simply want to be left alone with their families and church activities.  Historic Christian values were firmly in place in America until the 60s. Those opposed to Christian values began a stealth war.  Eventually it became an open Culture War.

After three decades of a cultural cold war against Christian values, large numbers of Christians are finally starting to defend their much assaulted way of life. This self-defense has brought a vicious attack upon Christians from those who have been at war with Christian values for decades.

In June, 1994, columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the woman who managed Michael Dukakis’ 1988 presidential campaign [Susan Estrich], accused ‘religious extremists’ of coming out of the closet and beating the system. That used to be called democracy until the pagan left decided that only people who think like they do are entitled to hold office.

Regardless of the misguided accusations, most God-fearing people have awakened to the fact that something has gone dreadfully wrong in America.  The capitalistic west may have won the geo-political Cold War, but western civilization has lost the Culture War.  More people fear guns and drugs in the schools because of that loss.  And yet they get nervous if someone might say a prayer over the public address system.

A warning to the pagan left comes from a CNN-USA Today-Gallup survey, reporting that most Americans prefer a president with strong morals over one who might have compatible political views.

The pagan left smears conservative Christians by equating them with superstitious snake handlers.  They do this because they know they can’t win the argument over the real issues.  They aim the spotlight of some notion of morality to condemn people of faith.  They cannot defend their imposed immorality.  What has that produced?  According to the Census Bureau secular doctrine has produced a culture with: the highest divorce rate in the world, the highest teen pregnancy rate, the most abortions, the highest percentage of children raised in single-parent homes, the highest percentage of violent deaths among the young, and a male homicide rate that is five times greater than any other developed country except Mexico.

Does the pagan left suggest that the imposition of some of the Christian right’s morality would be worse that what they have fostered?  Don’t accept the nonsense that citizens “can’t legislate morality.”  The secularists have been legislating their immorality for decades, and the majority of law-abiding citizens have been letting them get away with murder.

PHILOSOPHY

Colossians 2:8 refers to four tactics that are being used to “spoil” every Christian family in the Secular culture War against Christianity rather than following after Christ. The first tactic is philosophy. The term philosophy makes most people think of a formal class in college, but the word actually refers to the “love of wisdom.” That may sound positive but it deserves a closer look.  If you leave God out of learning then it is empty of truth.  Carnal wisdom is not automatically good. Learning the wrong information is damaging.

Many have the idea that we just need more information.  That’s actually the anti-solution to all our problems.  In the early 1960s, Americans were shocked when the teen pregnancy rate hit two percent. They were told that massive sex education programs could solve this “crisis.” Despite some protest, the American people allowed educational bureaucrats to create huge government programs to teach children information about sexual relationships. Tragically, much of the information communicated came from a non-Christian, non-moral perspective. After 30+ years, billions of dollars, and hundreds of programs, the teen pregnancy rate surpassed 22%. The mere “love of learning” did not solve the problem.  It made it worse.

What is the philosophy that underlies almost all the reasoning of modern education and public discourse today?  Is it a foundation that respects the view of our founders that all men bear the image of their Creator?  Is it a confidence in the beginning of wisdom – the fear of the Lord?

No.  It’s consciously or unconsciously predisposed to believe a Darwinian view of evolutionary naturalism… a worship of Mother Nature rather than a reverence for the Creator God.  They bow to what they have been deceived into believing is scientific reality because they have been duped into thinking that speculative millions-of-years Naturalism, with no Adam and Eve and no just judgment of the Flood of Noah’s time, is ‘reality.’

Our society is filled with examples reflecting a complete lack of common sense. Parents, concerned about the modern scourge of drugs, have tolerated hundreds of new so-called “anti-drug” programs in the schools. Many of these programs teach young people, “It is up to you whether or not you use drugs.” This is the moral equivalent of a program citing statistics about teen violence and then telling teens, “It is up to you whether or not you participate in drive-by shootings.” While some programs, like “Just Say ‘NO’” have actually helped, many drug programs have actually made matters worse.

The same is true with some counseling and therapy programs. When someone gets into trouble today they are automatically referred to counselors for therapy without knowing what they are going to be taught in therapy.

It is interesting to watch “modern” politicians, educators, and entertainers who have been teaching young Americans that there are no absolute values. The same politicians, educators, and entertainers are now decrying the epidemic of teen violence. Yet what are those violent teens doing but living as if there were no absolute values?  Our “modern leaders” have communicated their “philosophy” all too well.

VAIN DECEIT

The message of Colossians 2:8 gives a warning that Christians with righteous values can be “spoiled” by “vain deceit.”  Vain means empty or void.  Deceit is opposite truth.  Vain deceit is a mindset that is Void of truth. Vain deceit is asserting as true that for which you can offer no evidence. You simply assert a principle that men in rebellion against God desperately want to believe is true. You assume that it must be true, you offer no evidence, and you attack anyone who asks questions or requires evidence. You then act as if your principle has been proven, and you expect everyone else to act accordingly. Tragically, many careless Christians cowardly accept the “vain deceit” around them and adjust their thinking accordingly.  It starts with the vain deceit of evolution – naturalism (whether it’s pagan or pawned off as ‘scientific’ of ‘theistic’).

You’ve probably heard many examples of statements based upon “vain deceit” that are common in the United States today.

  • The United States was founded upon principles of secular neutrality.
  • You cannot legislate morality.
  • All cultures are equal.
  • The news media is unbiased and attempts to report what’s true.
  • A fetus is only a mass of tissue in the mother’s womb.
  • Abortion is a Constitutional right.
  • Man is the highest evolved form of an animal.
  • Fossils are scientific evidence for the theory of evolution.
  • Millions of years of time are proven scientific fact and there was no worldwide flood.
  • The government wouldn’t allow the public sale of things that are harmful for us.
  • Homosexuality is genetic.
  • Spanking is child abuse.
  • Sexual activity by unmarried teenagers is inevitable.
  • Christians are all interested in imposing their values on everyone.
  • Preaching against homosexuality is a hate crime.
  • Christianity is oppressive to women.
  • The continued existence of the planet is threatened by American industry.
  • Western conventional allopathic medicine is proven to be the best form of health care.
  • Our national diversity of lifestyles and cultures is what has made us great.
  • Poverty is the root cause of crime.
  • Consuming alcohol until you are drunk is a disease.
  • It does not make any difference whether there is a father in the home or not.
  • It is bigotry to prefer one religion to another.
  • If a food product is in the store it is safe to eat because the FDA is watching out for us.
  • There are no moral absolutes, no universal sins, and no hell.
  • Conspiracy theories, population and mind control programs are all imaginary.
  • Climate and weather manipulation would never be allowed by our government.

Every year, billions of taxpayer dollars are spent on programs based upon these assumptions.  Do the problems get resolved?  No, they only get worse.

TRADITION OF MEN

Colossians 2:8 warns believers that they are threatened with being made a captive of war (“spoiled”) directly as the result of listening to and following the “traditions of men.” Traditions of men are concepts of empty deception (“vain deceit”) that have been repeated so often, and for so long, that those concepts have been absorbed into the popular mindset of an entire culture. The religion of the Pharisees had been spoiled just this way.  Jesus said, “But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9).

Christians must be very careful to scrutinize their thinking and to make sure that the principles by which they live are based on the Scriptures and not on tradition. This is the basis for the process of Christian growth.  It’s called “renewing your mind” (Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 4:23, Colossians 3:10).

RUDIMENTS OF THE WORLD

In Colossians 2:8, we are warned that evil men will attempt to advance their pursuit of making you a “spoil” of war by following the “rudiments of the world.”  “Rudiments” is a word that refers to basics, essentials, or fundamentals. The very essence of man’s sinful nature is its selfishness. The worldly crowd even refers to those fundamentals of men, based upon the selfishness of man’s sinful nature. When anyone appeals to the inherent selfishness of men as the basis for electing a politician, approving a policy, or promoting wickedness, they are appealing to the rudiments of the world.

So, do modern leaders appeal to the moral self-discipline that the Word of God and the Sprit of God can produce in the hearts of men?  No, most modern leaders appeal to the worst in man. As a result, our culture is typically characterized by rebellion against God, and by all the human tragedy that results from this rebellion.

NOT AFTER CHRIST

The last phrase of Colossians 2:8 gives us a divine standard.  It enables us to discern the attempts of worldly men to spoil the lives of Christians. “And not after Christ” is the gold-standard we can hold up to expose the vain philosophies of men, the vain deceit of the human heart, and the empty traditions of men. The standard of Christ-centered thinking is what separates us from the “rudiments of the world.”

Christians today must learn Biblical discernment.  We must be careful, Biblical, and Christ-centered in our thinking. We must learn to ask: “Where did this idea come from?”  We must learn to be on guard against those that would make us the spoil of their war against God.  It’s their faith, morals, and doctrine that are all exposed by the light of Christ if we’ll let it shine.

The Greatest Threat
The single greatest threat to Christian civilization has proved to be secular humanist, state-controlled, education. What is often called education today is more accurately indoctrination. Instead of teaching children how to think – critically – all too many schools today are teaching children what to think. Politically correct brain-washing in state schools is at the root of much of the wickedness prevalent throughout our societies today. People vote as they do because of how they have been educated, entertained and informed (or misinformed) by the news media.

Our Priority
Therefore, our greatest focus needs to be on making disciples of all nations, teaching obedience to all things that the Lord has commanded.  That is the recipe for comprehensively fulfilling the Great Commission, thus influencing education, the entertainment industry and the news media.

Strategic Focus
Home Education is the single most strategic step any family can take. Protecting your family from Hollywood‘s vile poison might mean throwing out the TV.  Keeping our children from being indoctrinated in secular humanist government schools is a tremendous step forward.  Providing Bible-based, Christ-centered textbooks for home educators is most strategic. Supporting and producing alternative God-honoring films, music, books and magazines is powerful. Providing alternative sources of information through Desk Top Publishing, the Internet, social media and community Christian radio stations is life-changing. Every Christian needs to seriously find his part in these many possibilities.  Whatever you do, don’t rely on government schools to train your child to trust God.  We are in a war for the hearts, minds, and souls of the precious children of America.  Not one military leader who is not insane would send his young recruits to be trained (and mentally maimed) in the boot-camp of the enemy.  Why are so many Christian families continuing to do that with their own children?

Recognize the Tactics of the Enemy
The enemy is using the tactics of: Confuse, Divide and Conquer and Corrupt and Conquer. We are at war! The Frankfurt School of Communism advocated:

destroying “all ties to blood, soil, mother, father and religion.” They determined that the best way to destroy Christianity was through state education and by promoting sexual deviancy. The promotion of foul language, pornography and perversion are vital tools to overturn every practice of Christianity – to adulterate marriage, break up families, encourage primitivism and encourage the animalistic urges of human depravity.

The Enlightenment philosophers Jean Jacque Rousseau and Voltaire prepared the way for the French Revolution by attacking Christian civilization and promoting the myth of the noble savage.  Is that what has dominated our government schools?

The communist agenda is to bring division between rich and poor, male and female, young and old, black and white, employer and employee, promoting an anti-white, anti-western, anti-male, culture war of racial politics, breaking down every relationship essential for the maintenance of Christian civilization. The Distortion of Art celebrates ugliness, cruelty and rebellion. What else are the anti-Christian war lords stirring up?

The Islamic invasion is one of the tools being used to undermine the demographic integrity of nations.  It’s already seen in the once Christian nations of Egypt, Byzantine (now Turkey) and Sudan (Cush).

Demographics is Destiny
To breed the Europeans into extinction is a primary goal of the New World Order.  They promote abortion, sterilization, heavy taxation, and force mothers into the workplace in the West.  Importing millions of Muslims and other welfare addicts who will swamp the demographically declined West, is a publicly stated goal of those advocating the extinction of Christianity in Europe and North America.

The Failure of Most Churches
All of this has happened as a result of the failure of the Church to be salt and light.  Failing to carry out the Great Commission results from the failure to teach obedience to all that the Lord has commanded.  He prescribed the way to make disciples of all nations. Does it matter what you believe?  If your belief system is flawed with a defeatist escapism that doesn’t take responsibility for the assignment given to the first leaders of Christ’s church, can we blame our failure on the leftists?  They’ve hijacked whole nations filled with hollow churches of irrelevant and ineffective men and women?

Re-evaluate Everything Biblically
We need to enlarge our vision, build Biblical unity amongst those who hold to the Deity of Christ and the inerrancy of Scripture.  There is a tremendous need for repentance, conviction, contrition, confession and conversion. We need to bring holiness back into the home.

We need to be on our guard to divisiveness among fellow Bible-believing Christians. We need to beware of paralysis by analysis. Faith must lead to action. We have all been indoctrinated and deceived, to a great extent, by the news media, entertainment industry and secular humanist state-controlled schools.

We all need to re-think everything that we’ve assumed, in the light of Scripture and clear facts. Where our views have been influenced by God-hating, blaspheming Hollywood, we need to rediscover reliable sources, eye witnesses and Scripture to ascertain what is real and what is not. Satan is deceiving the nations. Most Christians are distracted and deceived.

Offensive Christian Living
We need to engage with a plan personally.  Encourage fellow believers in your church community to network together.  Include personal plans for one-on-one Evangelism, participate in local activities where you can meet people or start an Evangelism Explosion program.  Look into the Way of the Master.  Thank God for all the good Home Education materials available.  Start praying for the persecuted Church.  Join or start a local prayer meeting and Bible study.  Work for Reformation and pray for Revival worldwide.

A Vision of Victory
Encourage or ignore those who say that there is no hope.  They’ve given in to an un-Biblical pessimism.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Greater is He Who is in us than he who is in the world. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus Who loved us.

Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

The day will come when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

We need to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.

God Judges Nations
It is possible that we are living in an age of judgment, when God will bring down the wicked nations that are at this time rejecting God’s Law, promoting perversion and murdering babies. We need to take note of what Augustine wrote in The City of God. When the Roman Empire began to fall, many were horrified and saw this as the end of their world. Augustine put things into perspective, pointing out that there are cities that men build and there is a Kingdom which God is building. Men build men’s cities and men destroy men’s cities. But God is building a Kingdom which can never be destroyed.

Scenarios That Could Change the World
Yes, God could allow an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) nuclear device to knock out the technology on which our modern society so heavily depends. Even a sun spot surge could trigger EMP destruction of existing technology. This would be catastrophic to those unprepared to survive without modern technology.  Everyone’s circumstance is different.  That’s why each of us needs to be praying constantly for God’s insight and direction.  Read Psalm 32.  Find out how you can claim the promise of God in verse 8: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”  God wants you close enough so you can hear His voice.

Preparedness
The Swiss Military has a plan for surviving an EMP knocking out all telecommunications in Europe. If some rogue state would do that, the Swiss have a plan of de-centralization, local initiative and preparedness, utilizing pre-digital technology to maintain order and protection of their communities. We must do all that we can and we must trust God to do all that we cannot. God will not do our duties. We cannot do God’s job! Nehemiah provides a Biblical model of involving all the men to be vigilant, organized, armed and trained. It is essential to plan and prepare for family, church, and community protection.

Modern day mind-control is why Believers must BEWARE

The sad reality of how non-discerning people are led astray

Have you ever wondered why there is such a vicious and never-ending war being waged against God-made non-toxic food, wholesome natural supplements, and alternative forms of healthcare and disease prevention? Have you ever wondered why an equally intense war is directed against those who profess faith in Jesus Christ?

The Bible clearly warns us to beware of mind-controlling influences in society.

Colossians 2:8 says:

“Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ.”

In the last hundred years the craft of deception has gotten more subtle and sophisticated because of the manipulative science of psychology.  John Thomas, of Health Impact News, has done a superb job of researching this battle for our minds and our bodies. Wait till you see what he has found as I unpack some of his insights for you today.  http://healthimpactnews.com/2016/mk-ultra-and-modern-day-mind-control-the-battle-for-americas-soul/

The Battle for Our Minds and Our Bodies Part 1, by John P. Thomas, Health Impact News

Have you ever wondered why believers who attempt to live their lives according to the words of Jesus and His apostles as recorded in the Bible are constantly ridiculed and called intolerant bigots, hate mongers, stupid, gullible, paranoid, arrogant, and extremists – the scourge of society?  Have you ever wondered why those same kinds of derogatory words are applied to people who object to mandatory vaccination and those who insist on knowing what is in the food we eat?

Have you ever wondered why those who promote worldwide mandatory vaccination, unlimited use of GMO agriculture, and claim that the U.S. medical care system is the best in the world are always given center stage in any media conversation, while their opponents are made to look like fools?

Mind Control in America

There is a battle going on for the control of our minds and our bodies. It is being directed against those who insist upon their rights to eat the food of their choice, to use the healthcare of their choice, and to believe in God, the Creator of the Universe.

Let’s briefly review the history of the mind control programs that extend back more than a hundred years.  Let’s examine the set of lies that mind control programmers are systematically imbedding into children and adults to establish a New World Order.  Our freedom to choose what we eat, our freedom to make independent health care choices, and our freedom to be disciples of Jesus Christ are all under constant public attack.

As we examine the lies and identify the goals connected with the lies, consider the consequences for those who believe in Jesus Christ.

This is not only about doing battle with forces of darkness that operate mind control programs.  For now, let’s simply consider what we can do to protect ourselves and our families from the power of real enemy activities. The purpose is protecting your mind, your body, and your faith.

The Origin of 20th Century Mind Control Programs

One of the earliest mind control and propaganda experts was Edward Bernays. He was the nephew of Sigmund Freud who is considered to be the father of modern psychology. He used psychological principles to intentionally manipulate people to buy products.  He said:

“In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons… It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

During the administration of President Woodrow Wilson he helped promote the idea that U.S. efforts in World War I were intended to bring democracy to Europe. On the surface, his business was public relations, but underneath the surface, Bernays’ business was propaganda and mind control.

The writings of Bernays’ were extensively used in the 1920s by Joseph Goebbels, the minister of propaganda for the German Third Reich, to elevate Hitler to power. [1, 2]

The Nazis in Germany relied on an extensive program of mind control to get the public to accept Hitler’s plan to fund the war effort. The propaganda machine convinced people that it was reasonable and desirable to exterminate disabled children and adults, and to exterminate pastors who objected to what Hitler was doing. Step by step, the mind control program unfolded until the population became willing to exterminate Jews, Gypsies, Poles, and other ethnic groups who had been vilified as the cause of Germany’s economic troubles.

Germany’s Mind Control Program Moved to the United States

After Germany was defeated, the United States government became concerned that the rich storehouse of German scientists might be taken to Russia where they would develop technology that could be used against the United States. To avoid this potential problem, hundreds of German scientists were brought to the United States in a program called Project Paper Clip. [3]

In addition to the hundreds of Nazi scientists with aerospace and weapons expertise, hundreds of mind control specialists were integrated into the scientific and university communities throughout the United States. These mind control specialists helped reshape the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and developed the “MK Ultra” program. [4]  You can research that yourself online… very interesting.

The CIA MK Ultra Program

Experimentation on adults and children was carried out by the MK Ultra program to see how the human mind could be broken into parts and reprogrammed to commit immoral acts and crimes without conscious memory of the events. The MK Ultra program was managed by the CIA and by secret military intelligence programs.

MK Ultra scientists used LSD and other mind-altering drugs, electroshock therapy, sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, physical torture with intense pain, sexual shaming, sexual mutilation, and rape to destroy the original personality and to create a compartmentalized set of identities in the same person that could perform tasks and then be unaware of what they had done. People who were broken in this way were turned into sex slaves for the ruling elite, into couriers for illegal drugs, and into assassins. [5, 6, 7]

Children were also victimized by MK Ultra operatives and were raised under direct control of the MK Ultra system and Satanists. [8] The handlers of both children and adults maintained watch over them and used them for decades. Victims were expendable — if their programming failed and they started to remember things, then they would be killed to prevent them from sharing what they knew.

The U.S. government would like us to believe that the several decades long period of mind control research ended when the U.S. senate instructed the CIA to disband MK Ultra in 1977. [9] However, the trafficking of children into mind control programs did not end, it just went further underground. Drug companies are now continuing the MK Ultra program by their experimentation on children and adults. They are developing the exact kinds of drugs that CIA officials described in a 1955 wish list, which can be used to control how we think and how we remember. [10]

Experimentation on the brains of adults made another leap forward into public respectability in 2013 when President Obama announced the creation of his 12 year BRAIN Initiative to decode the functioning of the human brain. It will establish technology to control brain functioning at many different levels. [11] The emphasis on controlling the minds of individuals is being paired with an even larger program of mind control, which has the goal of controlling the minds of everyone in America to create a kind of New World Order. [12]

Other Forms of Mind Control Used to Control the Population

MK Ultra mind control is horrible.   Yet there is another form of mind control that is part of every aspect of modern life. It is equally destructive to human life. It enslaves people by causing them to believe lies promoted by government, corporations, and the media. This kind of mind control is made possible by participating in certain activities and consuming certain products, which numb the senses, dull the thinking, and paralyze the will. [13]

Mind control programs that are being directed toward the entire population don’t have publically known names, such as MK Ultra, Monarch, or Artichoke, but they are just as powerful. They destroy free and independent thinking. They are designed to undermine the Christian worldview and to replace it with one that serves a small group of highly influential members of the ruling elite. Their mind control techniques are designed to make people doubt the Bible, forget God, deny the true causes of chronic illness in America, and to distrust all forms of healthcare except the drugs and other treatments provided by conventional allopathic physicians.

Walter Cronkite Reveals that the Mainstream Media is Manipulated by “Persons Far Outside Our Control”

I remember my grandmother telling me about how she interacted with the CBS evening news anchor Walter Cronkite from her living room. For those who do not know of Walter Cronkite, he was one of the most famous TV journalists and perhaps one of the most trusted men in America in the 1960s and 1970s. He read the news on the CBS TV network each evening Monday through Friday from 1962 through 1981.

In the 1960s, Walter Cronkite sat behind a desk and read the news from sheets of paper, while the sound of a teletype machine clattered in the background. A teletype machine was like a typewriter that printed news stories that were being sent to the news desk from the Associated Press and other news outlets.

When Walter Cronkite came to the end of the news show, he would dramatically deliver his signature sign-off statement followed by the date. He would say, “And that’s the way it is, Friday, January first, 1963.” This would be followed by a several second closing ceremony. He would silently close the show by pensively looking down at the sheets of paper that he had just read as he organized them into a neat pile while the teletype machine clattered in the background. The show was over when he finished shuffling his papers.

Every time John Thomas’ grandmother would hear Walter say “And that’s the way it is,” she would talk right back to him and say, “And that’s the way you say it is.” She told John one time that she wasn’t sure why she said it, but she just didn’t like anyone telling her that this is the way it is.

John’s grandmother was right. This is what Walter Cronkite wrote in the introduction to the 1996 book Censored – The News That Didn’t Make the News- And Why, by Carl Jensen. Walter Cronkite wrote:

“A handful of us determine what will be on the evening news broadcasts, or, for that matter, in the New York Times or Washington Post or Wall Street Journal…. Indeed it is a handful of us with this awesome power… a strongly editorial power.

…we must decide which news items out of hundreds available we are going to expose that day. And those [news stories] available to us already have been culled and re-culled by persons far outside our control. [14]”

It’s No Longer just the News Media Telling us, “That’s the Way It is”

Today, it’s not just national news shows that are telling us the way it is, but every information source in our society. It is our education system, mainstream media sources, print journalism, films, music, and our government. There is more misinformation and outright lies being communicated than there is truth.

The lies and disinformation that are being planted into the minds of Americans are enhanced when we consume the standard American diet, fluoridated water, use vaccines, use psycho-active pharmaceutical drugs, use statin drugs, and allow ourselves to be exposed to immune system suppressing substances such as those contained in glyphosate-laden food, genetically modified food, and food containing antibiotics, preservatives, pesticides, and numerous other additives. When we add in excitotoxins and endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in flavor enhancers, artificial fragrances, and chemicals from plastic packaging materials, a long-term pattern of physical imbalance, lethargy, apathy, confusion and disorientation is created.

In the beginning, these effects may be subtle, but over time they have a profound effect on our ability to think clearly. Once the human brain is compromised through the combined effects of all these elements, people become highly susceptible to believing all manner of lies. Current day mind control programs constantly bombard the U.S. population with hundreds of lies about every aspect of life to create a worldview that matches the beliefs of those who are trying to program our minds.

These mind control programs occupy center stage in every aspect of our society. Our minds and our bodies are under constant attack, so that we can become virtual slaves to certain groups of people who I will simply call the ruling elite. As modern slaves, we are to obey the ruling elite by submitting to their plans, which are promoted by corporations and government agencies, which always claim to have our best interests at heart.

The Grand Vision of Mind Controllers

The ruling elite and their mind-controllers are trying to program us to only think in authorized patterns and to not question why things are happening. We are to accept official news reports and to just go along with the flow. We are to become walking zombies, who are only capable of smiling, nodding our heads, and doing what we are told even when our actions are in direct conflict with biblical teaching.

The New World Order that they are trying to create would be a Godless society. Principles of eugenics and genetic engineering would be used to create generations of people who are perfectly suited for the work they are assigned. There will be no family structure to distract us from participating in the grand social plan, because children would be raised and educated in state institutions to serve the needs of the ruling elite and the society that they envision.

The Extent of Mind Control Programming: Everyone is Affected

We can’t avoid being exposed to mind-control activities, but we can learn to recognize the techniques that are used and resist their influence.

Those who recognize mind-control activities and consciously resist them will be vilified as enemies of society. Even today, people who ask challenging questions and who object to the encouragement of immoral activities are portrayed by the media as ignorant fools who are opposing the greater good. They stand in direct opposition to the image of the greater good that mind controllers are trying to paint in the minds of Americans.

Mind control programmers have zero tolerance for people who want to maintain independent thinking on issues like healthcare, food, nutrition and belief in the God of the Bible.

Government as Parents – Child Kidnapping and Trafficking Now the Norm

There are serious dangers for those who are unaware of modern mind control programs. The greatest risks are for our children who are being brainwashed to accept government power as a substitute for parental authority.

In fact, a major thrust of modern mind control programming is being implemented by the child welfare system under state governments. Programs of child protective services (CPS) in every U.S. state are working hard to diminish and destroy the role of parents in families, and to substitute the power of the state for the parents’ God given role in the family. Those who do not fully cooperate with the mind control programmers risk having their children seized by the CPS system and having them put into the lucrative foster care system to eventually be adopted by “approved parents.” Refusing state-approved medical care and daring to disagree with a licensed physician is one of the most common ways parents are losing their children to the State today, and it is probably far more common than most realize.

(See: Medical Kidnapping: A Threat to Every Family in America Today)

Those who resist mind controllers, in this case, CPS, are seen as enemies of the state. Bible believing followers of Jesus are especially seen as enemies, especially when they eat clean and wholesome food, home-school their children, and refuse to submit their bodies and the bodies of their children to vaccination and give them over to the dictates of conventional medical care.

Fortunately, there are definite steps that you can take to preserve your freedoms and protect yourself and your family. These steps are discussed in John Thomas’ final article on the Health Impact News website.  At this point, it will be important to understand the battle and to be aware of what mind control programmers want us to believe and how they want us to act.

The Mind Control Battleground: A Spiritual Battle

This war has been growing in intensity for more than a hundred years and is now reaching an ear shattering shriek. If left unchecked, it will soon be a crime to speak the name Jesus and to tell our children about God. It will be a crime to grow our own food. It will be illegal to refuse to eat food that contains GMOs, glyphosate and other pesticides; and to reject food containing toxic ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, soy oil, and numerous chemical additives. It will soon be a crime to visit a naturopath, homeopath, Chinese medical practitioner or use the remedies they recommend. It could soon be a criminal act to homeschool children or attend a church that is not licensed by the state.

Mind controllers are creating a system of lies that everyone must believe so that the society can function without distraction or rebellion. To do this, mind controllers must create a worldview that will cause people to think certain thoughts, to have a standard set of feelings about those thoughts, and to behave in a predetermined manner that matches the norms they have established. To make their system work, they must also eradicate the Creation worldview that comes from the Bible.

The lies that John describes have been implanted over and over again in the minds of multiple generations of Americans. These lies have been repeated so many times and from so many sources that the majority of people don’t question them. These lies cunningly oppose common sense thinking about basic principles of life, and are turning people against God and the Bible. They teach people to worship man instead of God.

Realize that the goal of the devil is to lead people to unconsciously slip into a kind of passive slumber in which they can no longer wake up enough to discern truth from lies. They just go along with the flow wherever it takes them.

  • Always remember as believers in Jesus who choose to live by the Word of God that we have an advocate who will help us wake up from our slumber. The Holy Spirit, gives us discernment to judge between truth and lies. If you follow Jesus, don’t underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in you. Don’t be shy about asking God to assist you through His Holy Spirit.

“We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:13)

Ask God privately and fervently for your own personal discernment to see through deceptions that have captivated your mind and emotions.

“Yes, if you cry out for discernment, ​​And lift up your voice for understanding, ​​If you seek her (discernment) as silver, ​​And search for her as for hidden treasures; ​​Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, ​​And find the knowledge of God.”  Proverbs 2:3-5

Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving in America

by Stephen McDowell - article on the Providence Foundation website

Did you know that Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday?  Other countries, like Canada, may have another holiday they have given the same name, but the concept originates with the heritage of America before there was ever a nation called the United States and continued on as a profound tradition through its formative years.

Did you ever discuss with your family exactly why we have such a day devoted entirely to the idea of such a noble activity as the “giving of thanks?”

We’ve been giving thanks to God in private and public from the foundation of the nation. In fact, national and state governments in America regularly issued official days of Prayer and Thanksgiving from the planting of the first colonies up until the present. Over 1400 Days of Prayer, Thanksgiving, and Fasting were proclaimed by colonial, state, and national governments from 1620-1815, and hundreds more have been issued since then.

(see the reference at the end of this article and visit the website of Providence Foundation. The excellent worldview resources found there will bless your studies and change your life forever, as they have mine. DP)

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”

(Psalm 100:4-5)

Concerning the blessings on America, President Lincoln wrote: “No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God.” President Lincoln went on to set apart the last Thursday of November as “a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”1

While President Lincoln established America’s official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863, it was the Pilgrims who first celebrated a day of Thanksgiving in this land in 1621 and who set an example that many followed in the succeeding years.2

As the Pilgrims gathered their harvest in the autumn of 1621 and looked back over the preceding year, they had so much for which to be thankful that they decided to set aside a day of Thanksgiving unto God, Whom they acknowledged as the Giver of all blessings and the only reason for their survival. It was indeed a miracle that they did survive their first year in the wilderness of New England and had a good harvest. Desire for a home where they could freely worship God, and the desire to “propagate… the Gospel of the kingdom of Christ” and be stepping stones for others to do the same, motivated a band of Christians later called Pilgrims) to set out on a hazardous voyage to plant a colony in the new world of America.

“We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is ‘good,’ because it is good, if ‘bad’ because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.”

C.S. Lewis

After 66 terrifying days at sea, where the storms were so great that they were blown unknowingly hundreds of miles north of their intended destination, they reached Cape Cod. The captain attempted to sail south to Virginia, but the weather forced them (providentially) to settle in New England. They later learned that the site they chose for a settlement – Plymouth – had been the home of the Patuxet Indians. Had they arrived a few years earlier, there would have been no place for them to settle, but a plague had mysteriously wiped out the Patuxet tribe in 1617, and no other tribe would settle in the area for fear of the same thing occurring to them.

Winter had already set in as they started to build houses to protect themselves from the unrelenting cold. Scurvy and other diseases began to infect the settlers due to the long voyage, lack of provisions, and unaccommodating conditions.  People began to die so rapidly that in two or three months’ time only half of the original 102 persons remained. While this was quite a tragedy, they still fared much better than the early settlers at Jamestown, who saw nine out of ten persons die in the first years of colonization.

During this dark winter in America, the Christian character of the Pilgrims shone brightly. At the time of greatest distress, there were only six or seven persons strong enough to move about. With the sick they “spared no pains night nor day, but with abundance of toil and hazard of their health, fetched them wood, made them fires, dressed them meat, made their beds, washed their loathsome clothes, clothed and unclothed them; in a word, did all the homely and necessary offices for them which dainty and queasy stomachs cannot endure to hear named; and all this willingly and cheerfully, without any grudging in the least, showing herein their true love unto their friends and brethren. A rare example and worthy to be remembered.”3

A God-prepared Messenger named Squanto confirms the providential guidance of America’s Pilgrims

Though half of their number survived, the prospects of the coming year looked very bleak – they were surrounded by Indians, some hostile, they were short of food and supplies, and they knew little of how to survive in the American wilderness. But to their astonishment, and gratitude to God, an English-speaking Indian named Squanto came among them, took them under his care, and taught them how to survive in the new land.

He showed them how to plant corn, assuring its growth by setting it with fish; he taught them how to catch fish and the times when they could find the creeks stocked with fish (for the Pilgrims had only caught one cod in the preceding four months); he taught them to stalk deer, plant pumpkins, find berries, and catch beaver, whose pelts proved to be their economic deliverance.

Squanto was also helpful in securing a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and surrounding Indian tribes, which lasted over fifty years. In the words of William Bradford, “Squanto… was a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation.”4 His life story is amazing in itself.

In 1605, Squanto, a member of the Patuxet Indian tribe, was captured by an English explorer and taken to England. He remained there nine years, during which time he learned to speak English. In 1614, Captain John Smith took him back to New England, but shortly after this he was again taken captive and sold into slavery at a port in Spain. Providentially, some local friars bought and rescued him.

From Spain, he eventually went to England where he remained until 1619, when he obtained passage back to his home in New England. As Squanto went ashore at what was to become Plymouth, he found his entire tribe had been killed by a plague. He was the only survivor of the Patuxet tribe. Joining himself to a nearby tribe, he remained there until the spring of 1621 when he joined himself with the Pilgrims, determining to see them survive at the place where his tribe had not.5

Thanks to God, his instrument Squanto, and the character and determination of the Pilgrims, half of them had survived an unimaginably difficult first year. Moreover, they harvested a sufficient food supply for their second winter at Plymouth. Even though there was no surplus food, things looked much better than the preceding winter.

Governor Bradford appointed a day of Thanksgiving and invited the nearby Wampanoag Indians (Squanto’s adopted tribe) to celebrate and give thanks unto God with them. Chief Massasoit and ninety of his men came and feasted with the Pilgrims. They ate deer, turkey, fish, lobster, eels, vegetables, corn bread, herbs, berries, pies, and the Indians even taught the Pilgrims how to make popcorn. The Pilgrims and Indians also competed in running, wrestling, and shooting games. Massasoit enjoyed himself so much that he and his men stayed for three days.6 It is easy to see where the American tradition of feasting at Thanksgiving began.

While many people today follow the Pilgrim’s example of feasting at Thanksgiving, they too often ignore the entire reason that the Pilgrims set aside a special day – that was to give thanks to Almighty God and acknowledge their utter dependence upon Him for their existence. While many today take ease in having plenty, never seeing a need to cry out to God, the Pilgrims relied upon God in their lack and thanked Him in their abundance. Their trust was in God and not in their abundant provisions. This was seen even more fully in the two years following their first Thanksgiving.

Shortly after their Thanksgiving celebration, thirty-five new persons unexpectedly arrived who planned to remain and live at Plymouth. These being family and friends brought much rejoicing, but when they found out they had no provisions it also brought a soberness. Yet their reliance was upon God, so they gladly shared their food, clothing, and homes. With the new additions, their food, even at half allowance for each person, would last six months at most.

Their provisions had almost completely run out when they spied a boat in May of 1622. They hoped the English Company who had sponsored their colonizing Plymouth had sent provisions; however, this boat not only did not bring any food (nor the hope of any), but seven more hungry people to stay in Plymouth. In their extreme hunger, as in times of plenty, they put their complete trust in God to provide.

No one starved to death yet, it would be over a year before famine was completely removed from their midst. During that time there were many days where they “had need to pray that God would give them their daily bread above all people in the world.”7

That spring and summer of 1622 God miraculously fed them, even as the ravens fed Elijah in the wilderness. He provided because the Pilgrims had determined to walk in the way of their Lord Jesus. This was most evident in early summer when sixty “lusty” men (as Bradford called them) came to them for help. Even though these men showed no gratitude, the Pilgrims still gladly took care of them, for many were sick. They gave them housing and shared their meager provisions. This they did for almost the entire summer until the men left.

Like the year before, the harvest of 1622 proved insufficient to meet the Pilgrims’ needs. Outside help appeared doubtful, so the Pilgrims considered how they could produce a larger harvest. Through God’s wisdom they chose to replace the collective farming they had practiced the two preceding years (being imposed upon them by their sponsoring company) with individual farming, assigning to every family a parcel of land.

Bradford wrote: “This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use… and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn, which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and.”8 As they were freed from economic communism and entered into individual enterprise, abundance began to come upon these people.

The Pilgrims learned the hard way that communism doesn’t work, even among a covenant community. Bradford wrote that “the experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years, and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Platos & other ancients, applauded by some of later times; – that the taking away of property, and bringing in community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God.”9

The Pilgrims’ hard work, resulting from them being able to directly benefit from the fruit of their labors, caused them to plant about six times more crops than the previous year. While labor certainly increases our prosperity, there are other factors. God wanted the Pilgrims to never forget that it is the Lord that gives men the power to get substance or wealth (Deut. 8:18).

The Pilgrims had great hopes for a large crop, yet as Bradford wrote, “the Lord seemed to blast, & take away the same, and to threaten further & more sore famine unto them, by a great drought which continued from the 3rd week in May, till about the middle of July, without any rain and with great heat (for the most part) insomuch as the corn began to wither away.”10

In response to this, “they set a part a solemn day of humiliation to seek the Lord by humble & fervent prayer, in this great distress. And he was pleased to give them a gracious & speedy answer, both to their own & the Indians admiration, that lived amongst them. For all the morning, and greatest part of the day, it was dear weather & very hot, and not a cloud or any sign of rain to be seen, yet toward evening it began to overcast, and shortly after to rain, with such sweet and gentle showers, as gave them cause of rejoicing, & blessing God. It came, without either wind, or thunder, or any violence, and by degrees in that abundance, as that the earth was thoroughly wet and soaked therewith. Which did so apparently revive & quicken the decayed corn & other fruits, as was wonderful to see, and made the Indians astonished to behold.”11

An Indian named Hobamak who witnessed this event said to a Pilgrim: “Now I see that the Englishman’s God is a good God, for he hath heard you, and sent you rain, and that without storms and tempests and thunder, which usually we have with our rain, which breaks down our corn, but yours stands whole and good still; surely your God is a good God.”12

The harvest of 1623 brought plenty to each person, with the more industrious having excess to sell to others. From the time they started a biblical economic system, no famine or general want ever again existed among them.

That autumn of 1623, the Pilgrims again set apart a day of Thanksgiving unto God. They had much to give thanks for and knew Who to acknowledge.

Each year when we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us remember the heritage of that day and why the Pilgrims, as well as President Lincoln set aside a day of Thanksgiving. In the words of Lincoln, proclaiming the second National Thanksgiving Day: this is “a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.”13

By Stephen McDowell, www.ProvidenceFoundation.com

Find and print the complete article at: http://providencefoundation.com/?page_id=1914

End Notes

  1. A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Vol. 8 (New York: Bureau of National Literature, Inc., 1897), p. 3374.
  2. Some colonists in Virginia actually observed the first Thanksgiving celebration in America. This occurred at the Berkeley plantation in 1619. It is the Pilgrims, however, who provide us with the tradition of a Thanksgiving celebration. Lincoln’s proclamation for a day of thanksgiving was certainly not a new event in our history, for various colonies, congresses, and presidents have made many such proclamations throughout our history.
  3. William Bradford, Of Plimoth Plantation (Boston: Wright & Porter Printing, 1901), p. 111. Spelling has been changed to modern usage in this and the other quotes from Bradford.
  4. Ibid., p. 116.
  5. Peter Marshall and David Manuel, The Light and the Glory (Old Tappon, NJ: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1977), pp. 130-132. See also, Bradford, pp. 116-117; and Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims of Plymouth (Plymouth, MA: Plymouth Rock Foundation, 1985), p. 48.
  6. Mourt’s Relation, pp. 72-73; Marshall and Manuel, pp. 135-136; see also, The Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony, by the editors of American Heritage (New York: American Heritage Publishing Co., 1961), pp. 102-103.
  7. Bradford, p. 164.
  8. Ibid., p. 162.
  9. Ibid., p. 163.
  10. Ibid, p. 170.
  11. Ibid., p. 170-171.
  12. Nathaniel Morton, New England Memorial, pp. 64-65.
  13. Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Vol. 8, pp. 3429-3430.

 

 

95 Reforms for Reformation, Then and Now

Does the number 95 mean anything special to you… Especially in the light of the month of October?

When you think about what happened just 500 years ago in Germany – 95 points of discussion were posted on the community bulletin board, a church door – a lowly monk unintentionally set in motion a sequence of events that changed the world more than any other single action by a human being since the resurrection of Christ. 

 My missionary friend in South Africa, Dr. Peter Hammond, has provided for us profound insights that can impact our priorities for generations to come if we’ll take them to heart. 

Unprecedented

Western civilization has been blessed with the greatest freedom, productivity and prosperity ever known in history. The liberty, standards of justice and creativity enjoyed in Western civilization is a direct result of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century.

First Things First

Our Lord Jesus Christ taught:

“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”

Matthew 6:33

The Question of Authority (more…)

Is there not a cause?

By Dennis Petersen

“Is There not a cause?” asked the shepherd David in Israel 3,000 years ago, when he witnessed the fear of Goliath among his fellow countrymen.

 

It’s bad enough when the enemies of your own life overwhelm you with fear.  But when the enemies of your whole culture, indeed of the very kingdom of your God, are openly hostile to the absolute values and objectives of life itself, do you think we might possibly be encouraged by this memorable ancient landmark recorded so specifically for us in our Bible?

 

I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul’s insight in Romans 15:4, telling us that:

 

“whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

 

Do you think that our generation could use some hope?  Do you sense that Christians and non-Christians alike are feeling overwhelmed by the “Goliaths” that threaten our very existence in today’s world?

 

Take a little time to personally review the story of David’s encounter on the battlefield with the giant Goliath in first Samuel 17.

 

There are lots of Scriptural encouragements. We must continually reflect on them when facing fearful conditions.  Those causes may make us faint or recoil from the calling of God on His people and on us individually.  We need strength that comes from His Word.

 

“The battle is the Lord’s”

1 Sam. 17:47.

 

And that declaration emboldened David to proclaim to his enemy that God “will give you into our hands.”

… Let’s read the whole passage beginning after Goliath’s cursing of David, at verse 45.

 

“ Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD’S and He will give you into our hands.”

Read Psalm 2.

Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”
10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
11 Worship the LORD with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
“For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”

2 Chron. 16:9

 

Let’s not forget what is the promise of God to those who chose the Lord’s true fast in Isaiah 58:10:

“If you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday.”   And look at verse 12: “And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”

Does that remind you of the work of Nehemiah in ancient Israel?

“When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people; “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”

Nehemiah 4:14:

 

In times of crisis the urgency for followers of Jesus to “Abide” in Him could not be more absolute.  Read John 15:4-11

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

We all need to be reminded daily of the message of Galatians 6:2-10:

“Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.”

And we dare not forget about the warning of 1 Peter 5:8:

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

With all the negative and seemingly hopeless conditions surrounding our generation, do you think God, the Holy Spirit, might be speaking to us to “encourage one another day after day?”  Read Hebrews 3:7-19.

“Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says,
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
8 DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME,
AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS,
9 WHERE YOUR FATHERS TRIED Me BY TESTING Me,
AND SAW MY WORKS FOR FORTY YEARS.
10 “THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THIS GENERATION,
AND SAID, ‘THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEART,
AND THEY DID NOT KNOW MY WAYS’;
11 AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH,
‘THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.’”
12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, 15 while it is said,
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE,
DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.”
16 For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.”

Today’s poorly taught Christians need to rediscover the implications of what is written in several places like Hebrews 10:12-13 about the cause to which we are assigned.

“but he, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until his enemies be made a footstool for his feet.”

Who does the world belong to?

“…who did Abram tell the king of Sodom about God?  Genesis 14:22 says: “But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth…”

Psalm 24:1-6

Is God able?

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”

Jeremiah 32:27

When you think about the enemies of God in the world today, do you have your hope in God or in man to deliver the righteous children of God by the grace of our Savior Jesus Christ?

The Devil may be “the god of this world (system)” the idol of people who ignore God Almighty, but that does not mean that Jesus has revoked the authority and jurisdiction that was validated by His resurrection.

“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.”

Ephesians 4:8

When Jesus decreed from the cross, “it is finished” what remained yet to be done?

Colossians 2:15 says:

“He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”

When does the end come?

“then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  The last enemy that will be abolished is death.”

1 Corinthians 15:24-26

Are there enemies yet to be abolished besides the last enemy of death itself?

Read on to the last verse of chapter 15:

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

 

Keys to True Success in Challenging Times of Change

By Dennis Petersen, Adapted from: True Success in Times of Change By Tom Morris Nightingale-Conant Corporation

The Bible teaches followers of Jesus Christ to ask God for wisdom when you realize that you lack it, and trust that He will give it to you. How do you think that wisdom is found?   Can we really believe that there is practical wisdom available for the way forward from where we are right now?  When the seemingly overwhelming crises of the world are swirling around us, how can we find a well-lighted path into some sort of sustainable future that we all want?

Joshua chapter one sets the stage after 40 years in the wilderness, facing one of the most challenging times of change that any people has ever faced.  They were facing constant conflict and stress.  In Joshua 24 Joshua summarizes that “we will serve the Lord.”

At the start of the years-long project to conquer the Promised Land God says in Joshua 1:8:

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

If we are honest, we all want success.  When discouragement is all around us, God promised Joshua success when he kept his eyes on God and His Word.  Could it be that God’s wisdom for those who are asking for it can come from a message like this that is delivered in a timely season?

Tom Morris put together a list of seven conditions for success that are strikingly universal and basic to practically any situation.   These keys serve to lay a foundation for the most deeply satisfying and sustainable successes in life.  We should apply them to every challenge, opportunity, endeavor, or relationship.

The 7 Cs of Success

 (1) A clear CONCEPTION of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal clearly imagined.

(2) A strong CONFIDENCE that we can attain that goal.

(3) A focused CONCENTRATION on what it takes to reach the goal.

(4) A stubborn CONSISTENCY in pursuing our vision.

(5) An emotional COMMITMENT to the importance of what we’re doing.

(6) A good CHARACTER to guide us and keep us on a proper course.

(7) A CAPACITY TO ENJOY the process along the way.

There are, no doubt, other key concepts associated with success, but they can almost all be listed as components of one or more of these 7.   These 7 Cs give us a logical and comprehensive framework for success.

Let’s take a moment to look at each concept. Start with our basic need to identify a goal or set of goals. What are the applications for each of the seven keys?

1 – A clear CONCEPTION of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal clearly imagined

No matter where we live or what we do or who we are… every facet of our lives that anticipates successful achievement of something needs us to think as clearly as possible what we want to accomplish and what we’d like to see happen.

It’s not enough to say “I want a job.”  We must target what kind of job and where we want to work.

I’m reminded of the advice given to Alice in Wonderland (by the Cheshire cat – wasn’t it?).  If you don’t know where you’re going it doesn’t matter which way you go.  You’ll surely get there.  But it may not be where you’d like to get.

True success starts with an inner vision.  Sure, it’s incomplete at first.  But the vision for your goal will grow once you define it.  Just as Adam was given a defined goal to care for and develop the Garden of Eden, our world (as we find it) is just the raw material for what we can make of it.  God created us to use our creative energies to bring unique expression to the world He made.  It’s part of the condition of man to be made in the “image” of God – to be creative.  It’s part of His nature and our nature to be creative, artistic and expressive.  When we have clear goals in our minds and express them with our words and actions (like writing them down) then we start to develop structure for our actions.

So what do you want?  Get creative and think about where you want to go and what you want to be.

Did you know that if you choose to delight yourself in your Creator, He expressly promises to actually GIVE you the desires of your heart?  That’s in Psalm 37.

“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Is it possible that if we make a habit of pleasing and worshipping Him, He actually arranges things for us to think about goals and desires that originate from the heart of God Himself?  Isn’t it interesting to know the origin of the word “desire”?  Think of it.  “Sire” means “to father.”  “De” means “of”… so “Desire” means “of the Father.”  Could it be that our ability for creative expression — in dreaming about and planning goals — is a direct reflection of being created in the image of God?  If you are delighting yourself in the Lord He is promising to impart those heart desires and help you see them fulfilled.

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2 – A strong CONFIDENCE that we can attain the goal

Jesus tells us in Luke 12:6-7 that “you are of more value than many sparrows.”

If confidence is in any way related to faith, then how do we develop stronger confidence… stronger faith?  The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the word.  Let’s face it, the more we listen to and think about whatever we choose, the more knowledge about it we gain and the more confidence or faith we have in those words and concepts.  What’s our inside attitude?  It is absolutely the foundational key to outside results.

Are you launching a new enterprise?  Do you desire to seek a new direction?  You need upfront faith in what you’re doing.  Do whatever it takes to learn about your goal to have the faith, the confidence and the reassurance that you will arrive at your desired destination.   If we lack experience we may have to work hard to generate a confident attitude.   Is it worth it?  You bet it is.  Get the coaching and the education with someone who has been there before you.  In the process, you will raise your prospects for success. If you want confidence … then develop competence.  Let your natural curiosity urge you to dig deep in your study of the things that will help you achieve success in reaching your goal.  Will this guarantee success?  No… but your faith will compel you to take the risk anyway. And what if you fail?  You’re just one step closer to success.  You must fail.  It’s part of the pathway to success.  You will learn much and become stronger in the process.

3 – A focused CONCENTRATION on what it takes to reach the goal

The Bible tells us to do whatever we do with all our heart as a direct service to God and not just ourselves or other people.  Aim to please God no matter what you do… it’s the best thing you can do to assure success in reaching your goal.   Concentrate on your goal with focus.   When children are raised to succeed at little goals and then expand to bigger goals, they will be prepared to dream about even bigger goals as they grow up.  It’s important to understand that big dreams can lead to big disappointments if we don’t learn how to chart our way forward.

If we concentrate on the “what it takes” part of our vision, then our success at anything challenging will come from planning our path and then putting that plan into action.

It’s a well known Biblical principle that what you concentrate on (what you think about continually) is what you tend to become.  “As a man thinks, so is he.”   If you concentrate your thought and devote a lot of your energy into a new direction, two things will happen.  Your goal will become clearer and your mind will find new pathways of seeing things that you might have missed before.

New ideas and insights will come to your mind.  Providence has a way of guiding you to discover things you never noticed before and that relate to the goal you’ve set.  Focused concentration allows you to develop plans naturally.  Then you can act and adjust along the way.  Even a flawed plan can get you started and lead you to where you can discover a better plan.

4 – A stubborn CONSISTENCY in pursuing our vision

I discovered that the word consistency comes from two Greek roots — a verb meaning “to stand” and a particle meaning “together.” Consistency is all about standing together.

Now just think about it.  Ask yourself: “Do my actions stand together with my words?”

Go deeper.  Ask: “Do my reactions and emotions stand together with my deepest beliefs and values?”  This should cause some determination to rise up within our soul.  If it doesn’t then your heart isn’t in your vision in the first place.

But then the challenge gets a little harder.  Ask, “Do the people I work with stand together?”  You may have to deliberately find new associations who support the vision you’re pursuing.  If you want success, it’s important to hang around people who are supportive to your success.  This is what consistency is all about. It’s a matter of unifying your energy and efforts in a single direction. Inconsistency defuses power. Consistency moves us toward our goals.

5 – An emotional COMMITMENT to the importance of what we’re doing

Ever think about the difference between “interested” and “committed?”  Who would you rather have on your team?  Why should anyone bother pursuing something of value without commitment to the pursuit?  Passion is the core of extraordinary success. It’s a key to overcoming difficulties, seizing opportunities, and getting other people excited about your projects.

6 – A good CHARACTER to guide us and keep us on a proper course

Character inspires trust.  Nothing is more attractive to other people than trustworthiness, especially in a world where there is so much mistrust and suspicion.  And trust is necessary for people to work together well.  Good character is required for great collaboration.  Today’s world shows us that innovative partnerships are key to successful achievements. Collaboration and synergy are the new ‘currency’ of great accomplishments.  Excellence in moral character is foundational for working well together more than ever before.

And good character does a lot more than just promote trust. It truly has an effect on each person’s own inner sense of freedom and insight.  Bad character not only corrupts, it blinds. A person whose perspective has been deeply skewed by selfishness or dishonesty cannot understand what’s true as perceptively as someone whose sensibilities are ethical and full of positive moral character.  Good character makes sustainable success more likely.

7 – A CAPACITY TO ENJOY the process along the way

I’ve found that if we don’t enjoy the journey we probably can’t fully appreciate the destination.  The more you can enjoy the process of what you’re doing, the more likely you’ll have better results in the end.  It’s easier to set creative goals when you truly enjoy the process of your everyday activities toward those goals.  Confidence will come more naturally. Your concentration can seem effortless. Consistency will not be a battle. The emotional commitment will flow. And issues of character will not be as difficult to manage. A capacity to enjoy the process is inseparably part of every other factor of success.

These conditions of success are all intimately connected. They make up a fittingly designed framework that allows us to discover the most fulfilling forms of achievement in everything we do. They will help us to leave a legacy for the next generation that will truly be honored. They will energize and direct us to worthy accomplishments with a satisfaction that can be best characterized by the approval of our Maker when He tells us, “well done faithful servant.”

Why should we ever settle for anything less?

 

 

12 Ways to stay optimistic in challenging circumstances

How can you be optimistic when half the population seems whacked out?

With all the bad new we hear around our affluent culture today, it’s easy to fall into pessimism and a rather grim expectation for the future.

It can seem like the time of the judges in the Bible when “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).

Judges 1-2 stresses that Israel’s tribes failed to obey God in driving out all of the abominable pagan Canaanites from the land.

  • They disobeyed the true and living God and allowed lewd idolatrous gods to become a trap to them.
  • After Joshua’s death a younger generation arose that did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.  Why not?
  • They did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals.
  • They ignored the Godly ways of their fathers and played the harlot after false gods, turning aside from obeying the commandments of the Lord.

For anyone who is aware of his current world, there is no doubt that there are some pretty scary physical omens of…

Problems ahead

  1. The HoneyBee colony collapse syndrome could quickly result in massive crop failures and widespread global famine.
  2. Even though mankind’s influence is miniscule, the prospect of severe changes in the climate could affect the choices that many humans have to make in coming decades.
  3. Whether a rogue nation detonates a high altitude bomb to cause an EMP or it happens naturally from solar storms on the sun, the fear of the collapse of much of our electronic technology could result in the death of 90% of the highly dependent population.
  4. The failure of pharmaceutical-based medicine to prevent the rise of Super bugs (diseases) raises the potential of large-scale epidemics like the plagues and pestilences of both the ancient past and even the major epidemics of modern times.
  5. The Muslim immigration to Western Countries predicts the total transformation of many cultural norms in the next two decades.
  6. The continuation of the ‘me’ generation, notably given to Abortion means the inevitable loss of population growth in western Christian culture.
  7. The unwillingness of governments to manage finances conservatively will inevitably lead to Economic collapse, inflation and depression.
  8. The Irrational delusion of leftist secular philosophy is overtaking the masses who have no self restraint. They are being manipulated by ‘mountains’ of influence that the church has failed to reclaim for the kingdom of Christ.

What do the facts say about what’s happening in our world?

Check out: World Revival Network Blog – “Why you have been duped into believing that the world is getting worse and worse.” http://worldrevivalnetwork.blogspot.com/2015/08/why-you-have-been-duped-into-believing.html

“Based on social media and television news reports, multitudes are convinced that the world is growing worse and worse. Yet, there’s absolutely no evidence of this. By every measurable standard, life is improving around the globe. Darkness is fading and the goodness of God’s Kingdom is truly taking root.”

War and Violence have been going down.

There has never been a time in world history where the masses have been escaping poverty like they have in our present generation.

In 1720 the average man in England only lived to be about thirty years of age. Currently most are living past the age of eighty.

The number of those who claim to be Christians around the world has nearly quadrupled in the last century, from about 600 million in 1910 to more than 2.3 billion as of 2011.

There is greater prosperity, peace, and health than ever before in recorded history. The Kingdom of God is boldly advancing and it’s transforming everything in its wake.
We need to let go of our pessimistic, “doom and gloom” worldview and truly embrace the good news of the gospel of the kingdom of God.  As Jesus promised, His Holy Spirit is working through His people to bring blessing and life to a world that has been ravaged by darkness.

What can change the World? What is the reason for True Hope?

“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the Land of the living.”

Psalm 27:13

Is it possible that God is raising up a generation to repent and reform a culture, guiding a new generation to God?

How must we live?  Think?  Act?  Are we willing to think beyond ourselves and prepare to equip the “next generation” in Reclaiming their legacy?

 

1 Be grateful for what you have

  1. Focus on positive things you have.
  2. Write down 10 things you’re thankful for.
  3. Post that list and read it often.

2. Set Goals – both short term and long term

  1. Aimlessness brews frustration.
  2. Make a daily to-do list and check things off as they are done.
  3. Write where you want to be in a year and beyond.

3. Take care of your physical body

  1. Be deliberate about eating nourishing foods the build up.
  2. Thoughtfully avoid toxic substances you know destroy your health.
  3. Make a quest of finding things that enhance your wellness.

4. Take your focus off yourself

  1. Do 5 nice acts of kindness daily for others.
  2. Love the blessing of giving without expecting payback.
  3. Remember that what goes around comes around.

5. Put a guard on your mouth

  1. Consciously monitor your words to edify others.
  2. Your thoughts don’t all need to be spoken.
  3. Be careful about what you think about to guide what you say.

6. See yourself as who you want to grow into

  1. Find admirable role models to watch how they behave.
  2. Daily work on learning and doing the things that will improve you.
  3. Be patient with yourself as you would with a child you are coaching.

7. Express your creative self in some way each day

  1. Feelings of satisfaction with yourself improve when you create
  2. Do little creative acts with your appearance or your home environment.
  3. Be creative with how you treat other people.

8. Refuse the fear of failure.

  1. Embrace the fact that success is always built on multiple failures.
  2. Draw encouragement from life stories of others who overcame difficulty.
  3. Do uncomfortable things first, not just things in your comfort zone.

9. Do Not condemn yourself or labor your negative past or present.

  1. Think about what your Creator has done for your advantage.
  2. If it’s to be it’s up to me, always remembering you live by God’s grace.
  3. Think: If others can achieve it, why not me and why not now? Just get to work.

10. Stay in the moment

  1. When your thoughts drift to past hurts, decide you’re going to refocus on what you do now.
  2. Rather than worrying about future problems that might happen ask what you can do now.
  3. Look for things you can change for better outcomes in the short term.

11. Being happy is a deliberate pursuit.

  1. Smile more.  You can give one without losing yours.
  2. Find others who are joyful and learn from them.
  3. Laugh often when you have the slightest reason.

12. Recharge your emotional energy daily.

  1. Find 5 minutes of quiet time several times a day.
  2. Optimism requires refocusing on happy thoughts.
  3. Deliberately praise others and especially God.

 

“For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. 7 He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.”

Psalm 112:6-8

 

“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
9 For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
11 But the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace (prosperity).”
Psalm 37:8-11

 

Integrity – Will we embrace our choice to live in Integrity?

By Dennis Petersen

Whether we are employed or not, the challenges facing us in today’s world require us to make choices that produce prosperity for more than ourselves.

We face so many crises today, but the one issue rarely identified as a real crisis is at the root of practically all the problems. It’s a crisis in integrity.

So many problems would be greatly diminished or perhaps even disappear if people had acted with integrity and honor.  Before we take a look at how we individually can make the best choices for the challenges of the future, we need to recognize the serious reality of what all of us are facing.

 

Just think of some of the society-wide problems that are happening today.  We choose how we deal with them. Hiding our faces doesn’t make the problems go away.

Physical problems: environmental toxicity issues; chronic degenerative health conditions; shortages; dangers and side effects from natural disasters.

Social problems: political corruption; public policy decisions; civil unrest; conflicts of world views.

Financial problems: Debt; Inflation; unemployment.

Personal problems: fear of the future; peace of mind; relational problems.

So, what do we do to maintain a sense of stability in such a swirling confusion of negative woes?

Trusting God must be the foundation of our plans and actions.

Read Psalm 37:1-11  “Fret not yourselves because of evil doers… trust in the Lord and do good.  Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.”

Integrity must be what we determine to maintain no matter what.

What are the Marks of Integrity?

An article by Charles R. Swindoll focused on a vital concept found in 1 Cor. 11:28, 31.

“But let a man examine himself…”
“..If we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged.”

Integrity is a very personal matter of our individual willingness to be accountable to the truths and values to which we have committed ourselves.

What are the marks of integrity that God wants in our lives.  Do you have these marks of integrity?

  • An excellent attitude
  • Faithfulness and diligence at work
  • Personal purity of the highest caliber
  • Consistency in your walk with God

A reminder: Only you can do the surgery on your soul.  Only you!  No one else can know the truth. You can cover up, twist the facts in your mind, rationalize, and ignore . . . and no one will know the difference but you. But if you really value integrity, you will come to terms with the whole truth, regardless of the consequences. Daniel refused to compromise and consequently was thrown into the lions’ den. Look what God did. He honored Daniel’s faithfulness. He’ll do the same for you.

Integrity is a matter of consistency in living out your values

Conformity leads to compromise. Compromise leads to mediocrity. Mediocrity leads to sin and a wasted life. Finally, a wasted life leads to a lost legacy.  Dennis Rainey

No position in life can be secure, and no achievement can be permanent unless built upon truth and justice.  Napoleon Hill

You see, we are successful when we are steadily becoming the unique person God intends us to become and when we are doing what he asks us to do.  Pamela Heim

Discipline is the price you pay for freedom…Discipline restores your freedom of choice.
Norman Vincent Peale

Now if it is true that God is both Truth and Love it will be readily seen that the greatest sins will be unreality, hypocrisy, deceit, lying, or whatever we choose to call sins against truth, and self-love which makes fellowship with other people and their proper treatment impossible.  J.B. Phillips

It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed, than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.  Peter Marshall

Christians must seek to behave among men in a way that brings praise to their Father in heaven.  J.I. Packer

HOW TO CULTIVATE INTEGRITY

Cultivating integrity is not easy.  It is developed on a daily basis, moment by moment, decision by decision, test by test.

Psalms 26:11 – David saw it as a walk: “But as for me, I will walk in my integrity…” It is something we do, a step at a time.

We cultivate our integrity as we respond to the circumstances we face every day.  It doesn’t matter if the circumstances are big or little.  They are equally effective in testing our core honesty. Some pass these tests better than others. Abraham failed such a test, yielding to the fear of man rather than the promises of God. He didn’t lie outright, but he told only part of the truth, acting as if he were Sarah’s brother. It nearly cost him his inheritance. When the pagan king learned that something was wrong because he took Sarah, he told the Lord, “In the integrity of my heart I have done this. I did not know she was this man’s wife, or I would never have taken her.” The Lord replied, “Yes, I know, and it was because of your integrity that I stopped you from sinning against me.” (Genesis 20:1-7)

David did not wait for circumstances to test him. He had the courage to invite God to test him. He had what some call aggressive integrity, insisting that God sift his heart and examine him: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; (24) and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  (Psalms 139:23, 24)

Pray like David: Psalm 26:2: “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.”

HAVING OUR INTEGRITY TESTED

The Biblical account of Job is really a story about a good man who had his integrity tested.  It’s evident by the question God asked Satan at the start of the Book:

“Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.” (Job 2:3)

People have tried to fit other interpretations for the “why” behind this story, but this is the only reason God gave. What is otherwise a difficult book to read becomes more relevant to our lives when read in light of how God will allow our integrity to be tested. Job’s wife certainly saw this as the issue, when she said, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!”  Even his friends raised the question of integrity: “Is not your fear of God your confidence? And the integrity of your ways your hope?”

Sometimes hanging on to our integrity is our only hope for recovery. Job held fast to his, saying,

“Far be it from me that I should say you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.”

In the end, all he could say was:

“Let me be weighed on honest scales, that God may know my integrity.”

When we come to the end of our difficult circumstances, sort through all the accusations thrown at us, examine the differences in beliefs and practices which threaten to divide us, or look at all the personality conflicts we face, they can be seen as the tests which assess the depth and development of our integrity.

When we recognize that those trials bring our integrity to bear, will we stand fast.

Integrity means ‘singleness.’  Will we maintain singleness of mind and purpose in our work and in our personal lives?  God is challenging us to have integrity to shine brightly to make a true difference in the world around us.  He is looking for the men and women of integrity.  Will we stand in the face of challenges to do His will, no matter what?  Let’s dedicate our lives to reclaim the legacy of integrity.  May God give specific direction in how He will fulfill his purpose in your life.