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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 8, 2012 - Battle for the Mind

By Gary Rogers

What is the worst thing that can happen to an addicted gambler?

David Swope a Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor says, “One of the worst things that can happen to a gambler is they win. Once that happens, it’s an exciting event. It’s thrilling. It gives them such a sense of euphoria they want to repeat that again.”

If gamblers never won, they would soon recognize gambling as a waste of time and money. The occasional win keeps them coming back for more. According to a report by the Oklahoma Association of Gambling, there are 80 tribal casinos in Oklahoma. France and Germany together have 50 casinos; Canada, England, and Central America together have 60. Oklahoma once was known as part of the Bible Belt; it is now known as the Gambling Belt.

A gambling addiction carries a high price tag. Rather than paying bills or buying groceries, a compulsive gambler will use that money to feed their addiction. The outcome is utilities cut off, homes remortgaged and foreclosed upon, and vehicles repossessed. The claim is that there are no victims with this personal, private addiction. What a lie that represents. Marriages and families are destroyed, and children go without.

When and where do you deal with destructive behavior? You must catch it where it begins. The sooner you deal with the draw toward that which you know is wrong, the quicker you are able to kill its appeal.

“The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6, NIV). You must identify the destructive thought that is leading to a destructive behavior. The longer you wait before rejecting the thought, the greater the possibility of giving in to the thought.

You must allow the Holy Spirit to get aggressive in killing those destructive thoughts so He can bring life and peace. This is how you fulfill the challenge of Romans 12:2 — “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The Holy Spirit wants to fight alongside of you to bring these thoughts into captivity (2 Corinthians 10:5).

It is imperative that you win the battle raging for your mind! If not, the seed of destructive behavior can grow until it becomes more than just a thought.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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