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Manifesting Miracles Part 9

Join Ashley and Carlie in Manifesting Miracles Part 9. Do you need more peace in your life? In this series Ashley and Carlie explain how

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Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
Hey there, do you need some more peace in your life? Have you got a little bit of crazy going on that you’d like to speak a little piece to? We’re going to go through in this next session how to find more peace in your life.

Narrator: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
Why live a normal life when you could be living the abundant life? Welcome to the Abundant Life program with Ashley and Carlie Terradez.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
Hello and welcome to Abundant Life, my name is Ashley Terradez and I’m glad you’ve joined us today because we’ve got an exciting program for you to listen to today, praise God. We’re in the middle of a series we’re teaching on some important things, so Carlie, what have you been learning about so far?

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
Man, we’ve been going through a whole host of different things. Through this series we’ve been talking about the process of confession, creation and manifestation, and that is really how we see the promises of God come to that point of manifestation in our physical world. And there is a period of time that happens between the moment that we speak it out and the moment that we see it manifest, and that little bit in the middle, that could be five seconds or it could be five years, there’s a lot of determining factors that we’ve discussed through this series that happen in the middle of that process.

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
But one of the things that we’ve realized that we need in the middle of that process more than anything is peace, and the last time we started speaking about how to find a place of peace, how do we labor to enter into the rest that Jesus has provided for us? So even while the storms of life are raging around us, that we can have peace in the middle of that storm, we can have peace in the waiting. And I think this time we’re going to talk more about how to develop peace in our lives and some of the practicalities of that.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
That’s right. God wants us to live in peace, that’s part of the atonement, he’s paid for it, Jesus took our anxiety and confusion and all that stuff that weighs-

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
Turmoil.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
Turmoil, yeah, turmoil, that stuff that weighs on us, torment in our minds. He took that to the cross, that’s part of what he paid for. When Jesus went to the cross he paid for our sin, he took our sin to the cross, and we get this righteousness. He took our poverty to the cross and we get his abundance, his provision, his riches. He took our sickness and disease to the cross and we take on his health and healing. And he also took on our anxiety, our torment, our turmoil, our confusion to the cross and we took on his peace, his peace of mind, praise God. And that’s a great gift and it’s something we need to access. Sometimes as Christians we only really take advantage of the righteousness, of his forgiveness, but the atonement is so much more than just forgiveness, he’s given us access to all these wonderful promises, praise God. And today in particular we’re going to look at peace.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
As Carlie said, sometimes there’s a time period between when the seed is sown, we’re talking about sowing the word of God in your life, we looked at the parable of the sower, Mark 4, about sowing the word of God in our life. And sometimes there’s a time period between the sowing and the harvest. It’s seed, time, and harvest sometimes, you know? There’s a time period. Now it’s not God holding out on us, it’s not God’s will for us to receive it instantly, so it’s not God holding out on us but sometimes it’s circumstances, sometimes it’s our own stinking thinking, sometimes it’s a heart issue. Whatever it is, there’s a period of time between when we sow and when we reap the promises of God, and in between, those in between parts, we have to be careful because that’s the part when we can have the word of God stolen from us, when we can lose faith, if you like, in the word of God and not see those promises come to pass.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
In that parable of the sower the enemy comes in and steals the word in that time between the sowing and the reaping, so we want to make sure that we don’t lose heart in them times. And one of the things we can do in those times is have peace. God has promised us that we can have perfect peace even in the midst of the storm. We looked at Jesus and the disciples in the boat and Jesus said, “Let’s go over to the other side, lads,” and off they went in the boat, and these were tough fishermen, they spent their life on the sea, but this must have been some bad storm because they got scared and they woke Jesus up in the boat and said, “Master, don’t you care that we’re all going to die?” It is quite comical, you know, Jesus in a boat-

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
That’s not too dissimilar to our reaction sometimes.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
No, that’s right. I mean we had a boat one time.

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
It was a bad boat.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
I was like, “You know what? We’re in America now, all these Americans have boats, I’ll get a boat.” I found out pretty quick that the two best days of a boat owner’s life is the day he bought it and the day he sold it, because owning a boat was not fun. I’ll tell you, I bought this boat and to cut a long story short-

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
It was so bad.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
We went on the lake, I said, “Come on, kids, bring the dog, let’s get out on the lake and have some family fun, make some memories on the lake.” Well memories-

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
We made some memories, we made some memories.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
Memories we did make. Off we went on our boat and the next thing I know one of the kids said, I’m just up front, just driving, having a great time in my big old bay-line, and the kids said, “Dad, the dog’s floating.”

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
I mean we had a big retriever and he was floating in about a foot of water in the back of the boat. And the kids are sitting there in their life jackets, they thought it was like a paddling pool inside the boat, it was great.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
So the boat was full of water, just like when they in the storm in the sea here with Jesus, our boat was full of water. And what it was was they inspected my boat on the way in and they took the plug out the back and they gave it back to me and I forgot to put it back again.

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
He didn’t really know what the plug was for.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
It was my first time, I didn’t know what to do, so I just put it in my pocket.

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
So my response to Ashley was much like the disciples in that story, “Don’t you care that we’re perishing?” Except it was more to my husband than to the Lord.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
So I thought, “I’d better get back, get back to the teaching, but get back to the dock pretty quick.” And so I tried to give it more power, I’m thinking, “You know what? The boat’s filling up fast, we’re a long way from the dock, more power, that’s what it needs.” So I give it more power-

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
It wasn’t that what we needed was more power.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
Well the boat was so heavy with all that water I burned the engine trying to get it there and smoke is pouring out-

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
Black smoke, flames, and then, we’re still in the middle of a really large lake, this lightning storm comes overhead and there’s bolts of lightning all around us and there we are, sitting in the middle of a lake in a boat that’s sinking and on fire.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
So that was our one and only boat trip on our boat.

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
It was memorable.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
We did get back safely in the end, the only thing scarred was our memories, and we got counseling for the kids and it was all good. But they were here and their boat was filling with water, but Jesus was at peace. Isn’t that amazing? He had peace in the middle of the storm. And everything Jesus did, we can do, he was on Earth, he was 100% God, he was deity, but when he was on Earth he restricted himself as 100% man. So everything Jesus did, we can do. He’s given us the power to do that, he had the same tools, if you like, that we have, he had the Holy Spirit and he had the same faith, he had to take everything by faith and do everything by faith just like we do. So he had peace in the middle of the storm and he said to the disciples, “Do not fear.” And you know, God will not ask us to do something we’re unable to do, he only asks us to do things we can do. So when God says to us, “Do not fear,” it’s because we have the capacity of not fearing.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
So in the middle of this storm Jesus got up and he rebuked the wind and the waves. In fact, he just said to them, “Peace, be still.” He told the wind and the waves to be peaceful, to stop.

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
To silence, to be still, to be quiet, that’s what that means.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
And that’s a picture of our storms in life; God has given us a word, whatever that is, wherever that word is you’re standing on, whether it’s for your healing, whether it’s for your righteousness to overcome sin, whether it’s for your financial provision, whether it’s for peace of mind, he’s given you promises, just like Jesus said to the disciples, “Come on, let us pass to the other side.” That was a promise Jesus gave to the disciples. God’s given you promises and you can stand on those promises and you can have peace in the middle of those storms.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
And here’s some of the things you can do. We looked at last time about how Paul shows us how to have peace in Philippians 4:4, you can read those verses, 4 through to about 8, you can read the things we can do in the natural to prepare ourselves to receive God’s peace. The truth is, in your spirit you already have the peace of God, it’s part of the fruit of the spirit, you already have peace on the inside. But to see that manifest, to see that released in your soul-ish realm into your natural day, there’s things we can do, and one of the most powerful things we can do is keep our minds stayed on the Lord. When we keep our minds stayed on the Lord, I’m telling you, we’ll experience peace.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
And that’s what Paul showed us to do in Philippians 4, let me read this to you real quick, this is Philippians 4, verse 4, Paul shows us here, he says, “Rejoice in the Lord always, rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say rejoice.” So remember past victories, start thanking God, be rejoiceful in the Lord, praise God. And that takes a choice. I tell people the time that you least feel like rejoicing is the most powerful time you can rejoice. When you least feel like rejoicing, when you’re in the middle of the storm-

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
It’s an effort.

Ashley: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
When your circumstances, everything looks shot, when everything looks bad, that’s the time when you need to rejoice and you start thanking God. And maybe the only thing you can thank God for is your salvation, but start there, start thanking God for who He is and what’s He has done in your life. Start there. And then verse 5 says, “Let your gentleness be known to all men, the Lord is at hand.” Verse 6; “Be anxious for nothing.” Paul’s saying here, “Don’t be anxious. Choose not to be anxious.” Jesus said it this way in Matthew 6, he said, “Don’t worry, do not worry, take no thought, do not worry, God’s going to provide for you. Don’t worry about what you wear and what you eat, God’s going to provide for you, take no thought, don’t have cares of this world.” And it’s important not to worry, it’s our choice not to be anxious and not to worry, and the way we don’t worry is in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. So let the Lord know what’s going on. He knows, but when we tell Him it releases it from us. Cast your cares onto the Lord.

Carlie: Manifesting Miracles Part 9
We invite him into the situation. I like what it says, this is in Colossians 3, verse 2 and 3, and amplified, it says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things of the Earth, for you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” But the amplified translation puts it this way, it says, “Set your mind and keep focused habitually, habitually, on the things above, on the heavenly things, not on the things that are on this Earth which only have temporal value, for you died to this world and your new, your real life, really who you are, is hidden with Christ with God.” Set your mind, that’s talking about setting your affections, the direction of your mind, your thoughts, your opinions and your feelings on the things of the Kingdom, of the things above. Our old life has died, is what it’s saying, our old life has died; who we really are is who God says we are.

Carlie:
And this doesn’t happen naturally, right? It says, “Set your mind keep focused habitually.” In other words, make a habit in your life of seeing yourself as God sees you, of keeping your mind stayed upon the promises of God, regardless of what happens. If we wait until we’re out on the water in the middle of a sinking boat with lightning and a burning engine it’s a little bit late, it’s easy to get into fear. And here’s the thing; even though we were in really what was a terrible situation, I mean we could have all drowned or been whatever, we actually didn’t even think about that in that moment. We just always knew, there was a peace … and I’m speaking for me, I’m sure it’s the same for you, even though stuff was going on, we had three little kids and a floating dog, we can laugh about that now but in the moment there was never a moment in my mind that thought that we weren’t going to make it back to the shore.

Ashley:
Right.

Carlie:
There was never a moment in my mind that went to the, “We’re all certainly going to die, we’re going to perish,” okay? Because God has a call on our life, He has a call on our family’s life. I mean I’m starting to remember all of the prophecies that He’s spoken over us since we were children, that have been spoken over our children, that haven’t come to pass yet. God is not going to let our family die in the middle of a lake, we were always going to make it back to the shore. But in the middle of that particular storm if my mind had not been continuously focused up until that point on the things of God I could have let fear creep in.

Ashley:
Yeah, and before you know it you let your emotions go and fear can creep in and before you know it you’re prophesying the future, you’re forecasting the future, the bad report, and you’re looking on those things and you lose peace very very quickly. And going back to Philippians here, Paul shows us here, he says, “Be anxious for nothing, everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God,” Peter puts it this way, “Casting your cares onto the Lord, cast your burdens onto Jesus.”

Carlie:
Even fear is a care that we can cast.

Ashley:
Cast it onto Jesus.

Carlie:
So if you’re dealing with anxiety, if you’re a person that just is in fear a lot, in Proverbs it says, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression.” If depression is something that you’ve been struggling with you could be free from that too, right? Healing is for you too, all kinds of mental illnesses, we can be free from these things. But that mental illness, one of the roots there is our thinking. What are we thinking upon? What is our mind stayed upon?

Ashley:
That’s right. And right here it says, in verse 7 it says, “And the peace of God”… so Paul is saying once you do these things, when you train your mind, when you make an effort, when you choose to keep your mind stayed on these things, look what happens. Verse 7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and your minds through Christ Jesus.” When we choose to think on the right things we guarantee that the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, meaning, if you study this out, meaning it doesn’t matter about the circumstance, you could be in the middle of a storm, you could be in the middle of a big trial, at the end of the day that’s not important, the important thing is you have peace, the peace of God, supernatural peace that surpasses all understanding.

Carlie:
The world doesn’t understand that.

Ashley:
The world doesn’t understand it but it’s supernatural peace. We’ve experienced it in times of terrible trial and yet we’ve still had inner peace. Our flesh might be freaking out a little bit but we have peace in our spirit, we have peace on the inside. And then the last verse here, it says in verse 8, it says, “Finally, whatever things are,” and he shows you what to think on. So don’t think on the negative things, don’t think on the bad report, don’t think on the worst case scenario, don’t worry. We have the capability as humans to be thinking about something at the same time we’re doing something else, and really that part of our brain-

Carlie:
Even men can multitask, really.

Ashley:
Almost multitask. But that part of our brain is designed to meditate on God’s word but unfortunately we use it often to worry. So we’ll be doing a whole day’s work and be worrying about how we’re going to pay that bill. Or we’ll do a whole day’s work and be worrying about that family member who’s run off. We’ll do a whole day’s work and be worried about the health of our body. And that part of our brain is meant for meditating. So Paul shows us here in Philippians 4:8; “Think on these things,” and he says think on the things that are true, the things that are noble, the things that are praiseworthy, things of good report, things that are lovely, things that are just, things that are pure, things that are virtuous. Think on these things, train your mind to think on these things.

Ashley:
Now what this looks like on a day to day basis is this; you’re going to have to take some thoughts captive. The Devil can give you thoughts. The Devil gave Jesus thoughts.

Carlie:
He can suggest, he can tempt us with thoughts.

Ashley:
He can tempt us with thoughts. If the Devil gave Jesus these thoughts then he’s going to give them to us. In Luke 4 it talks about how Jesus was tempted, and again, as I said, Jesus was 100% God but when he was on Earth he restricted himself to 100% man. So what happened to Jesus is the Devil came along and gave him thoughts, and in Luke 4 it says he thought about these things, he thought about turning the stone into bread, he thought about bowing his knee to Satan, he thought about throwing himself off the temple. The Devil gave him thoughts. So having these thoughts isn’t sin, but acting on those thoughts or allowing those thoughts into your heart or meditating on those thoughts-

Carlie:
Letting them take root in you.

Ashley:
Letting them take root can turn into sin and can turn into the wrong actions, the wrong emotions, and before long you could take that on. So when you first have the thought you have to take that thought captive, you have to make sure that thought has no root, make sure that that thought isn’t allowed, if you like. Paul puts it this way, and this is second Corinthians, chapter 10, second Corinthians, chapter 10, verse 3, Paul puts it this way; “For though we walk in the flesh we do not war according to the flesh.” So we’re not warring in the flesh, this is a spiritual thing. He says, “For the weapons,” verse 4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” Strongholds basically mean wrong thought patterns, they mean false beliefs or wrong thought patterns. They’re a way of thinking that you’ve thought on a lot and you’ve created a rut in your mind, a way of thinking. Maybe it’s poverty, maybe it’s, “I’m always going to be poor, my family’s been poor, I’m always going to be poor.” Maybe it’s sickness, “I’m never going to get over this sickness, I’m not going to live a long life, I’m going to die young.” Whatever it is, that thought process, maybe it’s fear, that thought process creates a stronghold because we’ve been thinking about it a lot, it creates a stronghold.

Carlie:
And we actually talked about that in a couple of previous programs, we’ve talked about it in Hebrews where it says, “They could not labor to enter the rest,” this is in Hebrews 4, “Because of a pattern of unbelief.”

Ashley:
They had that pattern, that stronghold of thinking.

Carlie:
They had that pattern of wrong thinking, there was no peace-

Ashley:
Verse 5, second Corinthians 10, verse 5, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.” So Paul is saying here there are some thoughts we’ll have that will exalt themselves above the knowledge of God, or above the word of God. So if a thought comes, you’re going to get this disease and die. That’s against the word of God. The promise of God is He knows the plans for you, he has plans for you to live a long life. Maybe your thoughts are you’re going to go broke and you’re going to go bankrupt and you’re not going to be able to pay your bills. Well now Philippians 4:19 says, “My God will supply your needs,” so that’s coming against the word of God.

Ashley:
So what happens here is these things exalt themselves against the knowledge of God but then we, this is the next part of the verse, we have to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. This is the key here, this is second Corinthians 10, verse 5, “Bringing every thought into captivity for the obedience of Christ.” So every thought we have, it’s almost like we have to filter it and bring it into captivity. It’s almost like you could put it into a little prison, a holding cell, and say, “Okay, thought-

Carlie:
What are you?

Ashley:
Measure it out to maybe John 10:10, “Are you coming to steal, kill and destroy, or are you coming to give me life and life more abundantly?” This thought says that I’m going to go broke and I’m not going to be able to pay my bills, that’s the thought of death, that’s a bad thought. So I’m going to replace it with the truth, and the truth is God is going to supply all my needs, the truth is I have an abundance for every good work, the truth is I’m a giver and I’ll never beg for bread. And you replace that thought, but it’s our choice to take those thoughts captive, it’s our choice what we keep our thoughts on, what we keep our mind focused on. It’s our responsibility to actually make sure we meditate on the right thing.

Carlie:
And it’s interesting because it talks here about things that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, so that could be anything in your life that tries to make itself bigger and more powerful than the promise of God in your life. So it doesn’t have to be sin, it could be something like a doctor’s report, you get a negative report from the doctor, the doctor says you’ve got a disease and it’s not looking good. Well, that report, that’s not sin, that’s just reporting a medical fact, the doctor’s doing his job, he’s reporting what he finds in your natural flesh, that’s not sin. But what happens is we take that natural report and when we start to let it exult itself against the knowledge of God what we’re doing is saying, “Well that doctor’s report, that report of only what we see in the flesh, is more powerful and of more value to me than what the word of God says that says I am the healed of the Lord.” That doctor’s report, even though it’s not sin, we have allowed it in our imagination to exult itself higher than God’s promise in our life.

Carlie:
And that can be really subtle. Now hear me, it’s not a problem to go to the doctor’s, if you need to go to the doctor, go to the doctor, right? It’s only a problem when we allow that information that the doctor can give us to exult ourselves in our imagination against the knowledge of God. Because what Christians do sometimes is they find themselves in a place of frustration because over here on one hand they want to believe God and they’re frustrated because they’re not seeing it manifest over here. They’re speaking the promises of God but they’re not seeing it manifest over here. But then at the same time they’re going and collecting a lot of natural information, which in itself isn’t bad, but what we’re doing is we’re placing that natural information of higher value and importance in our heart, in our imagination, than we are the promises of God. And then we’re frustrated because the promises of God, the seed that we’ve sown with our confession, has not manifest, where in reality what we’ve done is we’ve aborted the manifestation when it’s in the creation phase because we’ve allowed that natural information to exult itself against the knowledge of God.

Carlie:
And so this scripture is really really powerful, like Ashley says, we can control what we filter into our hearts. And it’s not wrong to collect natural information, it’s not wrong at all, it’s useful. I was a nurse, okay? I mean we need doctors and nurses, we need bank managers, we need people in every walk of life, but what we need to do as believers is understand that as believers our primary job is to believe. That’s part of our new nature of who we really are. And this vain imagination, casting down of imaginations and everything that exults itself against the knowledge of God, bringing in every thought into captivity in the obedience of Christ.

Carlie:
So, like Ashley was saying, we can filter our thoughts and it’s important that we do that because we cannot isolate ourselves from the world. We cannot stop the storms coming.

Ashley:
Things are coming at us and it just reminded me now of Psalm 138, verse 2, Psalm 138, verse 2, it says, “You have magnified your word above your name.” God’s word has to be magnified above every report, we have to choose to magnify God’s word, choose to put a priority on God’s word more than anything. But yeah, you’re right, things come at us, we live in a world, we’re bombarded with media and whatever way we get our news and our entertainment and things like that, we’re going to be bombarded. Even if we cut ourselves off from all that, just family members can tell us things and say things to us that we have to filter out, we have to make sure we’re not allowing ourselves to think on these things. And it’s our job to filter out these thoughts, it’s our job to make sure these thoughts are right.

Ashley:
Jesus puts it this way in … I believe it’s Mark 7:22 … no, sorry, Luke 8:18, Luke 8:18, Jesus puts it this way; “Be careful how you hear.” And Jesus is saying be careful how you hear, don’t just listen to everything and take it in, be careful. You’re going to hear it but be careful if you let it into your heart or not, be careful how you hear. And then I like this, this is in Proverbs 28, I believe it’s … no, sorry, my bad, it’s Psalms 103:3, Psalm 101:3, so Psalm 101, verse 3, it says, “I set no evil thing before my eyes.” So be careful about what you see, what you’re taking in with your eyes. It’s very easy to hear bad reports, to see bad reports, to see things you don’t want to see, maybe-

Carlie:
To collect all that natural information.

Ashley:
Collect all that natural information. How did they put it? Garbage in, garbage out. When we fill ourselves with garbage, we fill ourselves with unbelief. You know, if you’re sitting there watching, and I’m not against television, I’m not ragging on your or putting you under legalism or anything-

Carlie:
There’s lots of good ministry on television.

Ashley:
That’s right. But if you sit there and watch television without filtering it. If you sit there and listen to everything the world has to say to you, you’re going to take on some bad reports. I listen to Christian radio sometimes in the car and the advert will come on and, “You can’t avoid this disease-

Carlie:
It’s flu season.

Ashley:
“It’s flu season.” Or, “You live in Colorado, you can’t avoid hail damage,” and things like that. And I purposely don’t let those things in, and when I hear them I have that thought, “Oh, I’m going to get hail damage on my roof, our roof has got a high deductible, it’s summer, I might get hail damage-

Carlie:
And then your mind starts going out of control.

Ashley:
How am I going to pay that deductible?

Carlie:
Yeah.

Ashley:
I say, “No, you know what? I’m blessed. The roof of my house is blessed, everything I put my hand to prospers, my roof is blessed, my roof is protected.” And that’s a silly example because it’s such a small thing, a roof on your house, but I’m just saying anytime you hear something, it’s your responsibility to filter it through and don’t let those thoughts linger in your head. Because if you let those thoughts linger in your head they’ll turn into strongholds and before you know it you’ll have that thought pattern and you’re basically using faith in reverse, you’re using that fear, them thoughts, and they’ll manifest.

Ashley:
Job put it this way, in Job he said, “The thing that I feared the most has come upon me.” So what we know through that is is Job had already meditated on losing that stuff.

Carlie:
Right, so that fear actually enabled whatever it was that he was fearing to have power in his life. It didn’t have any authority in him until he opened the door to it.

Ashley:
Yeah, it’s like faith in reverse, so they’re not in a battle, God’s won the battle, it’s over, but this is one way you can look at it; the word of God and God is trying to get good reporting to us, He’s trying to get good thoughts to us, he’s trying to give us John 10:10, “A life and life more abundantly,” and we can meditate on those thoughts in faith and see that abundant life and see those good things happen, or we can let the enemy plant his thoughts in us through all these various ways, have these thoughts of fear and of lack and of disease and all these things can happen to us, and then we’ll meditate on those things and think about those things and we can see those happen. So we’re either empowering God’s word or we’re empowering the Devil’s fear in our life.

Carlie:
So other than the meditation of our heart, we talked about this last time, but speaking, studying, uttering and roaring like a lion the word of God in our life, there is another very practical thing that I want to leave with you today, a practical way that we can keep our minds stayed upon the Lord and therefore kept in perfect peace. And that is by praying in tongues, isn’t it? And I believe that that is a gift that God has given to us, when we pray in tongues, sometimes we don’t know how to pray, sometimes if you’re afraid, if you’re in turmoil, if there’s so much turmoil and so much storms raging around you that you can’t even remember scripture, you don’t even know how to pray into a situation, praying in tongues, I want to encourage you. Speaking in tongues, as Jude says, builds you up in your most holy faith. This is a real practical tool, so I encourage you, if you’re dealing with a lack of peace in your life, try praying in tongues. I’m going to give you a prescription, pray in tongues for five minutes a day and keep a journal and let us know, write to us, let us know, because I believe God is going to speak some things to you and you’re going to have a testimony.

Ashley:
Amen. Just like Jude says, you said Jude, verse 20, but Jude, verse 21 says, “It keeps us in the love of God.” So when you pray in tongues it keeps you in God’s love and it will keep your mind stayed on the Lord. So keep your mind stayed on the Lord, keep your mind stayed on good things, praise God, on good report, meditate on those good things and you’ll see the difference, praise God. You’ll see the peace of God activated in your life. Amen, isn’t God good?

Carlie:
Amen.

Ashley:
Well we’re so glad you joined us today, we’re out of time this time but we want to bless you as you go and we want to remind you that we’ll be back real soon and to continue this teaching. So remember, until next time, don’t just live a normal life when you can go out and live the abundant life. We’ll see you soon.

Speaker 2:
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Ashley:
The peace of God is so powerful, God wants you to experience this peace so that it surpasses all understanding, even in a bad circumstance, even in a storm you can have the peace of God in your life and you can be at peace. And we want you to experience this, I would love you to get the whole teaching series. You know what? Me and Carlie’s talk today was just a sliver of this series, we’ve got this whole series available to you about how to receive the promises of God or walk in them. So go to the website and get this series, it’s going to bless you and it’s going to enable you to walk in the promises of God every day.

Speaker 2:
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Ashley:
You know, one time I asked one of our children, “Is the Devil real? Is the Devil still real?” Because some people teach the Devil is not even real. I said, “Is the Devil real?” And one of my kids said, “Yeah, the Devil’s real but his weapons are fake.” And that’s true, the Devil is real but his weapons are fake, he has no power over us. The only power he has over us is the power we give him. And as Carlie said, you know what? He has to find who he can devour, he has to search out for people he can devour, people that have set their minds on things that are bad, people that have let these bad thoughts in, people that have meditated on fear. Job, in the book of Job Job said this, he said, “The thing that I have greatly feared the most has come upon me.” So Job already thought about those bad things and that was giving Satan access into his life.

Carlie:
It’s an inroad. You know, Satan comes to steal the word from us, he comes to trouble our heart-

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