WINNING OVER MIND GAMES
by Pam Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You will never be worshipped like God, because God can always outdo your goodness and your works. God can create and manipulate things that man cannot. He can always do another wonder to astound the world and never compromise Who He is.
You also will not ever outdo the devil. Just when you think you have gotten good at playing his game and impressing others, he will pull a move to outdo you to show you that he is the king of evil. God gave him that authority and he uses it well.
The goodness of God will outdo the devil, but if we do not know how to call on God, we will never see it.
The devil, or Lucifer, knows how to play “the good game” because he once was in Heaven with God, leading the worship of God. This is what makes him crafty and manipulative. He will use good to accomplish the desires of his heart. Without really knowing God, you cannot overcome the devil. We are instructed to stand against his wiles.
Goodness overcomes evil when we worship God, when we glorify Him and declare His majesty.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Revelation 12:11
Faith is not an option, it is not a toy. It is not a weapon or “tool” only, it is a lifestyle. It is something that fully demands our all, and it is not mental assent only. It involves the mind, will and emotions, the body, soul and spirit. It is not “easy,” and it is not just “a game.”
It is very critical that we understand how this works because how our very life lines up is the eternal direction and increasing manifestion that we are heading into. As has been stated by “the law of attraction,” what you focus on you will go toward and have – good or evil.
This is why we must have and pray for discerning of spirits. We will have questions; we will not know everything because we are not God. Some may try to claim that, but their limitations will be seen for who they really are.
People will do evil and the goodness of God, often through His people, will find them out and track them down. And if they persist in their evil ways, God may have a very special plan to let them know they are not all powerful nor the masters of eternity.
God does give angelic assistance, but not just because we want it, but because He knows we will need it. The angelic realm in the scope of spiritual power is very intense, and far outweighs the human frame. Humans often have to have assistance and supplemental increase in power to sustain strong spiritual forces. Even Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemene had to have angelic ministry to face the evil He was to face on the following days of His suffering and Crucifixion.
One third of the angelic host followed the rebellious “cherub that covered,” the one who led worship. It was the highest treason, but God allowed it. In the intercoursings of merchandising or trafficking (trading or exchanging), pride was found and the seed of competition with God was birthed and manifested.
Yet God allowed it to manifest because He was creating a people with choice – to choose good or evil. The choice to love would become His highest honor. It would allow freedoms and expressions from the deepest places of the heart and soul that could display the many facets of our ability to love and express Him. We just need to know “what manner of spirit we are of,” as Jesus declared to His disciples in Luke 9:55.
This is why we need to be changed by the transforming of our minds. It causes us to know God better. It motivates us towards humility. This humility seeks to honor God and enjoy His Life. God has an eco-system of Life that is full of abundance. Jesus said, “I came that you might have life and that more abundantly.” That means there is increase!
We can be fascinated with the things of our own life, but we must be sure to avoid the temptations of corruption. While it is okay to see and acknowledge the wonders and ways of God, even in ourselves, we also must choose to have Him be “our Higher Power” and the Master of our Universe. The true Wonder of it all is that He will speak to us and converse with us and even share interactions with us – Spirit to spirit. As the expression goes, “There is no high like the Most High!”
We must learn His Character, His Nature and know when we fall short. “For all have sinned, missed the mark, and come short of the glory of God.” In other words, they have missed the best He has for our lives because He is the Best. There is a dynamic in the seeking that allows us to “share” with Him and “know” Him intimately by those interactions, even as a husband and wife “know” each other in their intimate ways through sharing all their lives together. This is indeed the mystery of the Church!
Beyond the personal side, there is the corporate, and things will polarize in the end times. But we must remember and realize that these birthpangs of tribulations are such that are bringing forth the goodness of God.
Some are addicted to fear. They are addicted to the adrenaline rush it gives, but do not realize that the excessive demand tears down their physical and mental system. It really is a tool of the devil’s. We must avoid fear and know that “the fear of God” could be better said “a deep and sobering respect for God.” It is the goodness of God that leads to repentance; it is the goodness of God that overcomes evil!
When Jesus is formed in us, we will be able to share with Him in the Heavenly things that also affect the Earth. There is a grand Plan at work and we very much are each to play a part in it. The Presence of God will change the earth and its atmosphere. Haven’t there been places where you have enjoyed the atmosphere and other places where you couldn’t leave fast enough?
We speak of “the dry places,” those are the place without the Presence or “waters” of God. He is the Voice of many waters, the many divine words that we need to sustain life. There is a River that flows from His Throne. He comes in the Wind, in the cool of the day, as the ever proceeding Voice of God. He nourishes all that is around Him. He opens His Hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing. (Psalm 145:16)
But He is not a great “Thing,” He is alive as a great Entity that has will and volition. He is never ending. He is Unlimited, Omnicient and Omni (ever) Present everywhere. Nothing hides or escapes Him.
He asked Job in chapter 38:
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
To which Job’s reply was nothing. He is the King, He is the Ultimate.
And those closest to the Throne in Revelation 19 declare:
5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”
6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!
7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
We do outward things to reflect the inner glory and when it is pure, His anointing rests upon it.