Train Your Brain to Reign – Part 7
V. SOURCES THAT SABOTAGE
How you got to be the way you are!
And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse.
Note: This story gives you the history of this woman for twelve years of her life. It tells you about her experiences with her SITUATION, and with the PEOPLE who related to her situation, and had influence on her situation. These two areas of her life are what brought her to the present circumstance and reality of life she was NOW faced with! It is imperative that you understand that everything that has caused you to be what you are at this point in life is based on these two factors! – EXPERIENCES and PEOPLE.
a. What you do with what happens to you when it is happening and after it has happened will “form and shape” you in how you will respond to the next happening in your life!
b. What you have done with how you have allowed the people who make up your arena of life to influence you will “form and shape” your reactions to future events!
In the previous section we looked at these two factors, but dealt with it in the present tense. Let us look at these two factors regarding the past tense of our lives!
Question: You must ask yourself, “What has past experiences left in me that influence how I respond to my present experiences? What have the people in my life left in me through their own reactions and words that now affect my own reactions and words in my present difficulty?”
Note: We have already stated that unless you know yourself how can you change yourself! You must know what makes you what you are and the way you are. If you do not come to understand this about yourself, you will never be able to stop hindering yourself from your own breakthroughs in life. Furthermore, you will never know how you are hindering God from giving to you the breakthroughs he desires to give to you in life!
Let’s examine these two factors and how they affected this woman’s life and what she did to overcome them:
1. Experiences – In looking at this woman’s past experiences that led her to her present condition we find that she had a blood condition that began twelve years ago. Her condition had a starting point and continued these twelve years. Throughout the twelve-year period, her “experience” with this condition progressed in the negative, for two things are described – “nothing got better” and it only “grew worse.” We can imagine that after twelve years of this, something definite “formed” in her mentally and emotionally. As her body continued to breakdown under this condition, she continued to breakdown within under the pressure of the hopelessness of it all. THE CONTINUED BREAKDOWN OF HER EXPERIENCE CAUSED HER TO EXPERIENCE CONTINUED BREAKDOWN WITHIN!
Note: If you experience the same thing long enough without any significant changes it will form in you what you will expect in the future! Even after the situation has long passed, the “breakdown” it created in you can be lasting! You will begin to view the outcome of future events based on your past experiences!
You must come to realize
THE KEY TO GETTING VICTORY IN THE PRESENT IS OFTEN DETERMINED BY THE VICTORY YOU HAVE OVER YOUR PAST! If you continue to live in the past, that is exactly what you will produce, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN THE PAST! The negative outcome of those negative past experiences will continue to produce negative results in your present experiences! We remind you of the fact – WHAT IS IN YOU WILL MANIFEST ITSELF AROUND YOU!
Question: You must ask yourself, “Do I have the tendency to say, “Things never change. This always happens to me. I knew this would turn out like this, nothing ever goes right?”
Note: If this describes you, you are sabotaging your own future! Many people fear the outcome of present situations because they relate it to the outcome of similar past experiences that didn’t pan out. Some rob themselves of great increase and advancement in life because they fear to step out in a certain realm for the future that they experienced disappointment with in the past. Are you going to continue to live a limited life based on the deceptive reasoning, “I can’t do that because I had a bad experience in the past?”
It is imperative that you learn to live the following truth or your experiences of the past will continue to determine your experiences of the future:
“EXPERIENCE IS NOT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU,
EXPERIENCE IS WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT
HAPPENS TO YOU!”
By applying the principles being taught throughout this study you can “Train Your Brain to Reign” so that every experience you face in life will not shape you, you will use it to shape yourself and your future to produce positive and victorious results both in you and for you!
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Scripture: Philippians 3:13
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
2. People – In the case of this woman, the people most influential in how she would deal with her difficulty was her doctors. Scripture says, “she suffered many things of many physicians and spent all that she had.” She had gone to doctor after doctor until she had no money left. The reports kept getting worse. She heard, “There’s nothing more we can do for you” over and over again. The negative was all around her. No doubt friends and family concurred with the reports for they probably went to the same physicians themselves and found their negative reports about their own cases to be true and evident.
Note: YOU CANNOT PRODUCE THE SUPERNATURAL IN YOUR LIFE AS LONG AS YOU LIVE BOUND TO THE LIMITATIONS OF THOSE AROUND YOU! If you believe like they do, you will live like they do and have the same results they do!
Question: You need to ask yourself, “Do I want my life to produce the same results as those I allow to influence me? Do I like the results they get in their difficult times? Do I want to have the same mental, emotional, and spiritual responses they have in times of pressure? Do I want my future to turn out like theirs?”
Scripture: Numbers 13:32 -14:2 – 32
And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. 14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. 2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
Note: Go back to 13:25 to get the whole picture. These “spies” were sent in to see the great future that was awaiting them. The challenges in the land seemed to big for them. They reduced themselves to an insect’s level – “we were in our own sight as grasshoppers.” Their negative influence on the whole crowd of people had them expecting to die in the wilderness! The influence of a few negative ones (ten to be exact) now shaped the future expectation of a multitude!
The Results of Living by the Life of Others
Their INFORMATION will become your DEVASTATION! – How does this happen?
a. You no longer have your own perceptions regarding the problem because you have listened and received their information based on their perceptions.
b. You have failed to realize that their present information to you is the results of their own past experiences they have drawn from.
c. The experiences they have drawn from is the result of how they responded to that experience. If they are relating negative information to you that is because they relate your experience to some negative experience they had that was similar. Their own experience was negative to them because they responded to it in a negative way. SO they in turn will cause you to respond just like they did, so you will end up with the same results they did -NEGATIVE!
d. Their responses to their own experiences are the result of their own mental, emotional, and spiritual instability.
Question: Do you really want your own results to be based on someone else and their information, past experiences, inability to respond properly, and mental, emotional, and spiritual instability?
Note: If your answer is no to this realization – Quit Sabotaging Your Limitless Possibilities for Miracles by living the life of others who have sabotaged their own! If you can’t stay away from negative people, at least don’t feed off of them!