Meet the Authors.
Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) lmci.org . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their sons. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.
Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI lmci.org . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently teaches classical ballet and coaches dance for gymnastics. Joanne attends New Life Church She and her husband live in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Hidden Terrorists of the Mind
The news is full of reports about terrorists; both Islamic and domestic. They incite fear in the masses and immobilize thousands due to their brutal attacks on civilized society. However, there are other terrorists able to thrust the same immobilizing ability upon its victims. These terrorists live in the minds of people BUT, they are not merely imagination. The Bible teaches us that we are Spirit beings (Genesis 1:26; John 4:24) and as such our minds perceive information from the spiritual realm. We know that the spiritual realm is the home of God, Jesus, His Spirit and His heavenly hosts. By the way, it is our real home too, but that is a topic for another post. However, the spiritual realm is also the dwelling place of spirits who have rebelled against the One true God. We know them by names such as: demons, fallen angels or evil spirits beings.
Modern science would have us believe that everything that goes on in our minds is the byproduct of some life experience. Most in the field of psychiatry and psychology believe in the tabula rasa theory which defines a new human mind (as in an infant) as a blank slate with no innate ideas. To an extent, this is true since humans are clearly shaped by their upbringing and their environments. Yet, as with many modern scientific theories, this belief is only part of the big picture. Clearly, God knew us and we weren’t just blank slates!
Jeremiah 1:5 (MSG)
“Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you……
All humans have a connection to the spirit realm even though most are not cognitively aware of this connection. Furthermore, just because people tend to not be aware, does not mean that they are not constantly inundated with images, perceptions, senses or communications from the spiritual realm….. which brings us back to terrorists of the mind.
Have you ever been bombarded with thoughts concerning a relationship that has gone sour?
Our thoughts operate on both physical and spiritual levels. We believe that when you understand how to be victorious over the evil entities in the spiritual realm, you can live a victorious life in the physical realm here on the earth. Jesus’ model prayer demonstrated that we can have it here, “on earth as it is in heaven”, when we go to the Father with forgiveness in our hearts. (Matthew 6:10-14)
God’s Word gives us clear instruction on the validity of this whole concept and He shows us how to overcome terrorists of the mind. We can bring our thoughts to the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose obedience on the cross, gave us the victory.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, …
We can put on the whole armor of God so we can stand against the wiles of the devil. These wiles (Greek- methodia) are the schemes that he uses to manipulate our response to situations, both mental and physical.
Ephesians 6:11-13 (NRSV)
Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
There is an infestation of evil (demonic) ‘pests’ that are infiltrating our minds’ eye: in the media, television, advertising, etc. We can ‘stand against the wiles of the devil’ and in these evil days, STAND FIRM on the truths in the word of God.
This is from a Word of the LORD received on June 6, 2016: “hidden terrorists of the mind… do not allow them to compromise the Truth of Who I AM and what I have accomplished at the cross. My PEACE is your inheritance. I have bequeathed it to you. It is a true shield from the deception that is prevailing in the world…”
May we remain strong in the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV)
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~Sarah & Joanne