Hi everyone. Welcome! This is Virginia. I thought I would share with you some of my philosophy. The rest of it (200 pages +) is in my new book 'GOD, US, and SATAN to be published in October 2020. I thank God from the bottom of my heart for helping me to arrive where I have and for leading me to where I am to go.
I lived most of my life without God and I found Him about 7 years ago and I am SO grateful! It has been a hard life without God, made no easier by an abusive upbringing, which left me severely debilitated. However, I realize now that God was with me all the time. I just didn't know He was there, or how to ask for His help.
Life brought me success, despite (or because of) my youth. After clawing achingly in the lower levels for a number of years, I managed to soar above it all. You can read about me if you are interested.
In those lonely years, it became self-evident that I could not operate without faith (we called it positive thinking in those days). Whether I was walking across the room, or sitting on a chair, I had to have faith that I would get across the room as I had done many times before; and that the chair would not collapse. Faith, Faith, Faith. It is in everything we think, everywhere we go, and in everything we do. Even though I had figured that out in my early 20s, I had a hard time applying it in the face of the mental mess I had for a mind. When the hazy world of suicide loomed up as a possible solution, I knew I HAD to believe in something to drag me out of my gloomy existence. I chose positive thinking.
I LEARNED TO BELIEVE IT IS, BEFORE IT IS.
I knew that positive thinking essentially was believing/seeing/visualizing myself in the state I wanted. I threw myself into that concept and I did this with everything! I was not where I was, I lived in the future and there I found relative sanity. When I saw Mark 11:24 and Hebrews 11:1 in the Bible about 7 years ago, I knew how and why I had become a success despite such rough beginnings:
Mark 11:24; Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
It is that very verse (though I did not know it at the time) which had saved me and made me a success. Unfortunately, I did not know about prayer, but by using 'positive thinking' I was applying the simple truth "believe you have received it, and it will be yours".
Hebrews 11:1; Faith is the assured expectation of what is hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen.
I broke this verse down for myself:
“Faith is the assured expectation” = we expect, then it will happen.
“of what is hoped for” = what we really want.
“the evident demonstration of realities that are not seen” = a demonstration of what will become real, though we cannot see it.
I could now understand why positive thinking worked for myself and others whom I had enlightened and coached in my 25-year business. It was this resolute attitude that literally saved me, but to do it along with a faith in God, the possibilities are endless. See also the chapter 'FAITH' in the book God, Us, and Satan'.
RENEW OUR MIND:
Over many years, I watched others ruining their life with their tongue and their thoughts. and in my 7 year recent research the Bible gave me the reasons why:
Proverbs 18:21; "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."
It is very specific here and in other places in the Bible. This verse is letting us know that what we speak and think about will become a reality and will give life or death to our existence. One of my upsets was that most of my life I have had very few friends. One of the reasons was I disliked gossip and negativity which seemed to engulf most group meetings. My successful positive survival strategy did not allow for those. Looking back, I found myself wishing I knew the Bible when I had been struggling and to have been able to lean on Him for support and understanding.
Romans 12:2; Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
This was yet another verse I wished I would have known. Over many years I had painstakingly reprogrammed my brain, despite all those childhood beatings. First of all, I had to realize that I was something more than an unwanted, unloved servile non-communicative slave to humanity. I remember vividly, sobbing when I found the poem Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, specifically one line "You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here". The words "you have a right to be here" resounded in my head and my whole body shook as I realized the truth of what he wrote. That right had been taken away from me and that was the first discovery I had to make in order to function at all. If only I had been introduced to God and His marvelous book the Bible.
When I researched the Bible over the last 7 years, I realized that the brain is genetically pre-programmed, from our parents all the way back to Adam and Eve. That was very helpful because it explained certain habit patterns, which for many years, had draped themselves over me reminding me of the one parent I had, my mother. I was always horrified at discovering in myself any traits like hers and I would repulsively push them away. Understanding the body's brain and how it functioned to provide messages from the long and short past, which were supposed to help with the present, was enormously helpful and led to a deeper discovery of who I was. It was a relief they did not come from my soul! (see 'Human Spirit')
Until recently I was not aware of God's plans for me. I knew one thing though, He had stayed with me through all my other 'human wisdom' plans. This proved to me that God is a God of choice.
Jeremiah 29:11; For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
For me, in my present life and walk with God, I have adopted the following rules for myself:
I peacefully, with faith and love wait for God's Holy Spirit to guide me.
When I have received His will, I develop a goal and a plan.
I visualize and maintain it all the time in my mind.
Then I start on the steps of the plan and see what happens, calmly, and with reverence.
I only want my plan to succeed if God wants it.
As I move on the steps in achieving the goal and plan, if nothing stops it and it seems to be being helped, then I know I have made the right decision.
It will happen in God's time.
2 Peter 3:8; “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”
God has His own timing. He may be waiting for the right time of our growth, or another's, to make certain doors open for us. I know for myself I have certainly had to grow.
Hebrews 9:27; Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
I used to believe in many lifetimes until I found this verse. Then I had to ask myself who or what is around me who has lived many lifetimes? Besides the body, there was only one answer and it made a lot of sense to me. If you the reader do not know it already, I think it will be beneficial for you to discover it for yourself See also my book GOD' US' and SATAN.
SATAN AND HIS DEMONS ARE ALWAYS PRESENT, READY, AND WAITING
Satan and his demons have dogged my footsteps, but they have no power against the Lord, and since I have gotten closer and closer to Him, they fade, but I am aware they are near.
1 John 3:8; The one who does what is sinful is of the devil because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
1 Peter 5:8; Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Revelation 12:12; So be joyful, you heavens! Be glad, all you who live there! But how terrible it will be for the earth and the sea! The devil has come down to you. He is very angry. He knows his time is short."
Ephesians 6:11-16; Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Jesus's called to his disciples to remove demons:
Luke 9:1; One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases.
Matthew 17:18-20; 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Satan's doom is sealed. Thank heavens, one day he and his demons will not be around to harass and haunt us.
Revelation 20:1-6 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
I have written a book 'God, Us, and Satan' and have dedicated 30 of the 200 pages to Satan and his demons, how to successfully recognize them and how to eliminate them for myself and anyone; and then how to keep them away. From this same book, there is a chapter 'Human Spirit' which I am giving away and it can be accessed below.
WITH GOD ALL IS POSSIBLE
Matthew 19:26; Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Psalm 37:4-5; Find exquisite delight in Jehovah, And He will grant you the desires of your heart.
There was never a truer word! As I get closer to God, He does give me the desires of my heart, and slowly but surely impossibilities lift.
DO NOT WORRY
Matthew 6:25; “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
When I am worrying, it means I do not have enough faith and I have stepped onto Satan's porch and he is cunningly waiting, with his carrots, in the living room. Fear is a tool of Satan. With faith, there can be no worry or shades of fear.
I know without a shadow of a doubt, if I do not keep my faith close to me, Satan - the ruler of this planet - is awaiting my fall. I cannot relax my guard for one single moment, even in the joys of life.
I use this list of characteristics which I follow, as a guide as to who and what I am innately:
Galatians 5:19-21; Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:22-23; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
I find Paradise an exciting prospect, a wonderful life of love, communication, and creation in its various forms, and no evil forces around to inhibit production. Just joy, no tears, no sickness, and no death! Before, in what I call my other life, I considered it a possible fantasy. I believe in Paradise now and look forward to arriving in it and to be with God, Jesus, the angels, and the people I have loved and do love.
Revelation 21:2-5; A New Heaven, and a New Earth
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
Finally, I have to say on planet Earth under Satan's rulership, life is full of ups and downs. It comes with the territory. I do my best to treat the highs and lows as just a game ..........and fun. I treat the downs as if I was on a very easy roller coaster, with a gentle sunny breeze and the joys of laughter around me, or just around the corner.
God bless all who read this.
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