Cognitive distortions are exaggerated and irrational thoughts based on various exposures in your life experiences. They can permeate your thought patterns inside your mind and create a negative cycle in your life. To break the cycle you must identify the distortion and retrain your mind. When we are in the natural realm most times we can cope with the daily situations in our lives. We have built-in coping mechanisms to deal with whatever occurs. Along with the natural realm there is the Spirit realm occurring all around us. Society perceives the natural realm to be the controlling vice in the universe however, we as Christ conscience individuals understand that the Spirit realm actually controls the natural realm. When we are on the Mountain if any distortion enters our mind we are able to cast it down, through the coping mechanisms in the natural or through the word of Christ for Christians. When you are in the valley….The place of desolation….the cognitive distortion becomes a negative feed loop. The person becomes stuck and may require assistance to be lifted up. In the world people seek what is known as cognitive therapy and in the Church it is prayer and renewing your mind daily in His word; and sometimes Christian counseling is needed, if the problems are life related and it is lack of knowledge causing the negative cycle.
Now with all of this along comes an intrusive thought…one that is not invited or belonging to you in any way. This obtrusive thought now feeds into your distortions, for example, a person who has lost everything and is struggling to rebuild might already be struggling with doubts about overcoming their circumstance and they hear that exterior voice say….Jump off a bridge!! Now a person in the world, who has no knowledge of Christ, begins to lose all hope. A person in Christ will battle that thought ……As Christ battled in the wilderness because we are able to identify that it is not a thought from God. However, that person battling is already in a weaken condition through all they have already encountered and are at risk of entertaining the exterior idea because they are absolutely beat down by life….and by the adversary.
Spiritual desolation can be brought about by our own doing or it can be a test/trial allowed by God. In the desert God could be preparing you for something greater as He prepared His own Son Jesus and many Apostles and Prophets throughout the bible. It is the place where you only have God…not yourself…not man….no one but God. It is the place where the demons will manifest like no other time in your life. Your own personal demons…the things from your past…which lead you to distorted thinking. Then the demons assigned to you to destroy you, will begin execute the plan of the enemy. Just as God has given His angels charge over us to guard us…Satan has assigned his demons to bring destruction to your life. This place of desolation becomes the greatest battle of your life….You are essentially fighting for your life; Your Spiritual life and Your natural life. This is a crucial point in your journey, you are crossing into a new threshold of faith…it is a place where you know if you conquer this nothing will ever be able to disturb you again. It is as you obtain the title-deed to your faith…YOU OWN IT. We all have experienced or will experience at least one desert visit in our lives. You must keep in mind that it is in fact ONLY a visit. As each revolution of the earth elapses into a new day the desert will find the oasis and drink from its renewing well. That well is found in Christ!
The church today is allowing more and more psychology and motivational speakers rather than the word and anointed preaching/teaching. They are creating an illusion that we are in control and distorting the truth of God’s word. It is a slight deception of the enemy which will begin a downward spiral of the church. We who are in Christ have the Kingdom inside us and can call upon God to manifest the riches of the kingdom on earth but it is still according to His will for our life. I have been watching many different preachers and I can see a deception forming. If the enemy can get you to think that you are responsible for every thought or circumstance around you….He can convince you that he does not exist. This leaves the door open for him to run amok in your life and bring about the destruction of your faith and believe in God. It will cause Christians to fall way from the church. What some are teaching is actually more self help-psychology/new age/meta physics .
Christ that is in us is there so He can manifest through us to complete the Fathers work on the earth and with that comes great blessings to us. It seems that the church has a swinging pendulum problem just as the moral society of today does. In the old ways of the church they blamed the devil for everything. …in the new way of the church it is all the individuals fault. We must remember who is in charge. God’s grace is abounding and His word is truth, it is purity and it has expanded across all of time and space. No man has the ability to stop what the Lord our God had placed in motion from the foundation of the earth. People need to remember that and we need to find a resting place for that pendulum in the truth of God. Amen
May God Bless You and Keep You in All Things Pertaining to Life and Godliness ~Sincerely Pastor Cindy
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Scriptures – New International Version
Deuteronomy 11:18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
Psalm 7:9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.
Ecclesiastes 1:13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Matthew 16:23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns
Acts 14:2 But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers.
Romans 8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Ephesians 4:23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
Isaiah 44:25who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,
Jeremiah 23:26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds?
Matthew 7:15 [ True and False Prophets ] “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
Matthew 24:10-12 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
Exodus 20:20 Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”
Deuteronomy 8:2 Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.
Matthew 4:1 [ Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness ] Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Hebrews 3:8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness