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WHY DOES RESTORATION
SEEM NEVER ENDING?
 
 PART 8
 
MENTAL EFFECTS KEEP SOME
FROM PROGRESSING IN THE RESTORATION

In order to progress in RESTORATION, we need to overcome some human mental defects. 

WE NEED TO  THINK ON GOOD THINGS

Philippians 4:4-9 (KJV)
 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.  Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

When we get hungry, we seek to eat.  If our minds have been fed pollution, we need to find how to feed ourselves good, pure, mind food.  Praise and worship of the Lord, taking our needs to God, not to worry, are key ingredients that should be in our mind’s diet.  

We should think about ‘true things’, ‘honest things’, ‘just things’.

2 Timothy 2:15-18 (KJV)
 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.  And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;  Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

We should think on ‘pure things’.

Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)
 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We should think on ‘lovely things’.

2 Corinthians 13:3-8 (KJV)
 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.  For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?  But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.  Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.  For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

We should think on ‘things of good report.’

2 Peter 1:4-10 (KJV)
 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

We should also cast our cares upon the Lord, so as to not be distracted by the needs and wants of this life.

 1 Peter 5:5-11 (KJV)
 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.  To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)
 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The ‘peace of God that passes all understanding’ is what we want in our minds, not the polluted thinking of devils.  We need to begin this insertion of the good thoughts, the unpolluted thoughts. 

Yet, what of all those evil thoughts already deep in our minds? In order to be RESTORED, the evil thinking already in our minds, need to be washed out.
 
RESTORATION can truly work faster when we WASH THE MIND WITH THE WORD OF GOD.

THE POLLUTION  ALREADY THERE, CAUSED BY THE THOUGHTS THAT ARE CONTRARY TO THE WORD OF GOD, ARE WASHED AWAY BY THE WORD OF GOD.  

The devil comes to us, via thoughts, dreams, suggestion from others, worldly television, radio, movies, internet, etc., and tries to implant in our minds things that are contrary to the Word of God.  Those thoughts pollute,
hinder, aggravate, distress, depress, and warp our minds.

What we need to do is wash them from our minds.  There is an agent the Lord has chosen for us, that will do it.  It is the Word of God. 

Ephesians 5:26-27
 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish...

John 15:3
"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you."

Our cleansing from the pollution of false thinking, is accomplished by the Word of God.  The Word reveals sin, it allows the Spirit of God to shine light on what is darkness of mind.  The Word awakens our conscience.  The Word shows us the nature of Jesus for us to admire and allow Him to change us into that same image.

There is no power like the Word of God.  It detaches from us the pollution of the mind, it gives us spiritual ideals, truths that are certain and sure, and a peace of mind of knowing we are in harmony with the truth.

Allow Jesus to speak to your inner being via the Word of God, via your prayers.  Test all voices that speak to you, by the Word of God.  If Eve had verified what God had truly said, if she had not blindly accepted the pollution of the serpent’s voice, she would not have fallen.  If we study the Word, accept the Word and its truths, we will find the pollution, instigated by the devils, will be washed from our minds.  Washing away that pollution from our minds allows the Holy Spirit to RESTORE. 

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