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The spirit, the mind, the soul and the body.

What’s up everybody I want to thank you all for reading my first blog entry – the feedback was awesome! I hope this one here does it again. I’ve had a couple of topics in mind, but nothing good was flourishing out of it. After having an interesting conversation with a cousin of mine – the words needed – in order to write this blog came through.

I love having long “deep” conversations; the reason for putting deep in quotation is simply because I know we all have the state of mind, where we enlarge our thoughts and grab hold of profound topics we usually don’t speak about. They are deep in the sense of being aware that there’s a deeper realm to things life present us – than what our human eye can perceive. The highlight of our conversation came forward in this statement:

“Jesus didn’t come for religion. He came so that we might get to know God and become the people – God wishes for us to be!”

This statement got me all hype because I mentioned  this before and to hear a person confirm it gets me enticed! Thinking a lot can drive you crazy, at times I think that I’m going crazy – LOL. It’s hearing those comments that keeps me sane and shows me – okay I’m actually not that crazy! Anyways… I was speaking to her on how to speed up the process of understanding things in an upsetting situation. There’s actually no speedway for this, but here is my analysis…

Positioning means to put or arrange (someone or something) in a particular place or way (Google). Positioning yourself will allow you to change your perspective, having a full view of both sides of the story and to get to full understanding.

(Genesis 4:6-7 – KJV) “And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art though wroth? And why is they countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” Stay with me I’m going somewhere – when we get upset we leave our head hanging and our countenance falls. Our emotions get the best of us. We feel miserable, hurt or angry. Scripture tells us that Cain was upset that God didn’t accept his offer of sacrifice, but accepted and welcomed the sacrifice Abel made (read Gen 4:1-5).

We know that God is a just God and we know that God doesn’t make mistakes. He saw that Cain was angry, so Cain was given the opportunity to offer God something better. Cain missed the opportunity. The reason for it wasn’t Cain’s lack of intelligence – He failed to understand this because he was wrapped in his emotions. Here’s my point – when we’re in an upsetting stage, there are two things that we can do.

  1. Get in our feelings and make the whole situation worse.
  2. Or take charge over the situation and put us in the position to understand it.

How do you do that? Take charge over your soul! I know this sounds confusing, but I’m sure you know that we’re all souls in a body. The body we’ve been placed in is the only way our soul can survive here on earth. It’s like an astronaut on the moon – without the space suit – he cannot survive! Okay, when God created men he instructed us to have dominion over every living thing that moves upon the earth (Genesis 1:28 – KJV). Not only should we be owners of every living thing, but I also believe that we’re supposed to be in charge over our mind, soul and body. It’s important for us to do so. If you can control your mind, its thoughts and everything that floats in it – you won’t have a problem making the right choice. It starts with the mind; I always say that where your mind is your body will follow. However, none of us have been thought to take charge over our mind, soul and body. How then can one position himself right when he has never been taught the principles.

I’m glad you asked and I’ve thought about it plenty of times; here are 3 steps that I believe will help you to take charge over your mind, soul and body:

  1. Change your ways of thinking. Scripture tells us that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he (Prov. 23:7 – KJV).” If you have negative thoughts you’ll see negative results over your life. This means that we have to train ourselves to think positive thoughts.
  2. Change your way of speech. Scripture tells us “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Prov. 18:21 – KJV).” This means that we have to be careful about the words that come out of us. If you noticed it mentioned “death and life” not “life and death” – meaning, it’s easier for us to speak badly than good over our lives and the lives of others. If you constantly say “I can’t”, “I’m not going to mount anything” or believe the despising words others are speaking over you. You’re more likely to end up as a failure. Now don’t get me wrong failure isn’t a bad thing, but nobody should believe that his life is destined to failure. Learn to speak good about yourself and others – what ever you say will follow you!
  3. Gather all the information and start making it a life style. It is vital for us to learn and to grow; the constant repetition of it will allow you to become it. Meaning, if you practice to be the best you can possibly be – due time you will become the best you can possibly be. It’s just that simple! Whatever you give yourself in – will eventually give itself back to you.

This sounds so simple yet what makes it hard for us, is the fact that we don’t like going through the process. But it is in the process, where you’re going to get equipped for it (insert your dream or biggest desire – whatever).

I was telling my cousin that we have to learn how to position our soul in a way that will allow us to shorten the times of pain. It is said time heals, but in some cases we choose for the healing to take much longer than it should. It seems as if we love to be miserable and sad…

Understand that God spoke love, healing, happiness, joy and all the other good things over your life. And those words are hovering in the atmosphere waiting for you to grab a hold of them. The bible tells us that everything good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17 – NIV); in the midst of trials and temptations are solutions found above us and not face down looking on the ground. Picture this – you soul’s cast down because it’s been hurt. The very moment you’ve experienced pain; God spoke words of healing over the situation. The word He spoke is now hovering over your soul; and until your soul grabs hold of it – you will not recover nor understand why you’re experience this.

Understanding doesn’t just slip into our minds – it’s our soul that grabs hold of the words hovering, which then gives us light, understanding and healing.

Isaiah 55:11 tells us “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing wherto I sent it.” The reason why we recover and understand things better afterwards is because throughout the course we produced an upright attitude. Our attitude allowed us to be in the right position to receive. As we progress we no longer let our emotions take a hold of us, which is the reason for the right reception. God cannot give you what you need when you’re wrapped around your emotions. Nine out of ten times are we our worse enemy and the one who is blocking our own blessings!!!

What I want you to know is that whatever you need is within you. It’s up to you to develop the skill set and to be the master over your mind, soul and body. Detach yourself from negativity (the cares of the world) and allow your soul to attach itself to the Spirit of God. Only there will you find the peace that surpasses all understanding. You then should walk boldly knowing that God got you and anything you cannot handle is because it’s out of your physical reach – you can be assured that God is in control. God has given you the choice, I pray that you may take heart and make the right choice. Cast your cares upon Him and it’ll be well with your soul 😉 !

Thank you for reading J until then – be blessed.

 

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Jesus > I

Where do I start, well let me introduce myself first. I’m Alfred Ntiamoah, 26 natively Ghanaian born and raised in Germany. I won’t try to persuade you to like me, but I can tell you that I’m excited to write my first blog. I’ve been writing for a couple of years, actually finished writing a book, but I have been very quiet about it. I told myself to be more vocal about my gifts, talents and understanding, which led me to this blog.

Enough of me, I hope I got your attention now let’s get to “business”. As a lover of Christ and scripture is sharing light and understanding God gave me important. It would be very unwise to sit upon a ply of wisdom and not to share it with you. A reason for sharing this with you comes from what I’ve been through. You’ll hear more about it as you follow my blogs. We all have our stories and each one of us experienced a lot, whether what we experienced was positive or negative – it molded us into the person we are now. Betrayal, hurt, anger, frustration as well as happiness, love and joy have remarkable impact on us. How we view it and allow it to affect us will determine how we feel. A great day can turn out to be the worst day ever. On the other hand, can words change a bad day into the best day we could possibly think of. Human beings are very interesting creatures 🙂.

You probably read the heading and are curious to know why it’s saying Jesus > I. I do not only write, but also work out a lot – played American Football, ran Tack & Field, Boxed and what not. But what I truly love to do is to teach the word, I taught Bible study in College for two years, still do, but I’m not a College student anymore. Anyways, as I was lying in bed I did some self-inventory and had to ask myself this:

“If I were able to reach a million people to seek Jesus and they completely forget about me, would I still do what I do now?”

It’s not that I’m seeking for status, I’m just determined to make an impact within this generation and to leave a legacy behind, which the next generation can build upon. However, this was a tough pill to swallow, most “Christians” well religious folk would say it’s easy to say “yes!” After all, is Jesus not the greatest man who walked on earth and if you say you’re a disciple – how could it be difficult for you not to say “yes”. Let me tell you, it’s easy to just speak for your ears to enjoy what you say than to speak truth. To tell you the truth I don’t want to just say “yes!” and not mean it, so I checked my heart in order to give the right answer.

Scripture tells us to let our yes be yes and no be no, for anything beyond this comes from the evil one (Matthew 5:37). If I say yes and don’t mean it, yet hold onto it with a hardened heart instated of keeping this command because I WANT TO… Who would have to deal with the consequences? Certainly not you, so please keep your judgments to yourself 🙂 !

Nevertheless the point that I’m trying to make is that – we have the tendency to get in the way of the plan God has for us. We’re selfish; it’s natural for us to seek for approval from society. It all started with Adam failing in the Garden of Eden. This is not a reason to feel condemned because this is where Jesus comes in For God so loved the world that He gave His only and begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).” You can breathe again – LOL. I hope you know Jesus and have accepted Him, if not I encourage you to do so. You could easily speak to your local pastor or a friend who’s knowledgeable about the word and can give you an understanding.

It is important to know, many fail to understand this, God judges our actions based on its intention and who His Son was to us (Savior or just a teacher). He doesn’t just judge you because you „just did something“; scripture tells us “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (Isaiah 64:4)” Meaning: Because unrighteousness is within us, there’s nothing we can do to work our way into heaven. You cannot buy God and get a ticket to heaven; grace is the reason we get to enjoy heaven. Grace also doesn’t give you the “go” to do whatever it is that you want, but there are people out there forced , based on the circumstance they’re in, to do things they do not wish to do. At times circumstances make us think that there’s no way out, especially if we don’t know Christ, but to know Christ means to know that He made a way – it’s just for us to take the leap of faith. Let me stop here shortly, even though one might know Christ, thoughts of seeing no way out will appear. FYI – we’re all still HUMAN! Coming back to my question, sorry to touch on so much – you’ll get used to it, I can NOW say YES! Yes, I’d still do what I do now, if I were to reach a million people to seek Jesus with them forgetting about me.

Why? Because… Life isn’t about being better than the next person or trying to beat my neighbor. Life is simple; life is about being the best version of yourself and most importantly – Life is about getting people into the Kingdom of God. You know people at times think I got it all together, but I have to disappoint you – I don’t. I can be just as miserable, broken and out-of-place than anybody else. As a matter of fact, this is how I came to Christ, miserable, hurt, angry and confused and I thank God that he accepted me the way I am, which gives me peace. I know that I don’t have to prove myself – I can just be me! We all are striving for greatness, we all are trying to be remembered and leave a mark behind – it’s good we need people like this – but don’t lose Jesus in the midst of it.

In the hood they would say: ”Don’t forget who put you on!”

Growing up, my mother would always tell me: “to remember your creator now” and I want you to do the same. Remember Jesus along the journey because He offered himself, as a sacrifice to you. As you’re on the journey to be or get successful don’t forget where it all started and who made it possible for you. If it wasn’t for Him I wouldn’t be able to tell you where we’d be, which is why I’m grateful to have Him and to share Him with you – for He is greater than I.

Thank you for reading 🙂 until then, be blessed.

© Alfred Ntiamoah and authenticitee2015

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Alfred Ntiamoah and authenticitee with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.