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Summary: We face a great danger in allowing negativism to take custody and permanent residence in our words and minds. Have we gown accustom to cynical and negative thought patterns? Can we change?

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NEGATIVISM TAKES CUSTODY OF THE MIND? We must arise and IDENTIFY this CYNIC problem and keep it from taking CUSTODY and PERMANENT RESIDENCE in our heart and mind.

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

Life has a way that you will find that you are looking?

There was a young lady that was a neighbor. I watched her daughter peering into a mud puddle just after a hard rain. I inquired of the young girl: WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THAT MUDDLE PUDDLE? She replied, A DEMON. She would look in the puddle and run away? After a few seconds she would look again.

I asked her, WHAT IS IN IT NOW? Again she answered: THERE IS A MEAN DEMON IN THAT PUDDLE?

I escorted the small girl to the puddle and explained to her, what she was seeing was her own reflection. I walked her up to the puddle and let her see her reflection.

Later that day I saw the mother outside and I discussed the situation with the mother. The mother explained to me that there are demons and devils all around. They heard them and saw them. I could not convince them differently?

Why would a devil desire to be in a muddle puddle, I asked? Finally I just left?

I see Jesus all around me? There are angels camping around here!

WHAT DO YOU SEE? WHERE IS OUR FOCUS?

Proverbs 14:12 (KJV) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Proverbs 14:12 (NLT) There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

Proverbs 16:25 (KJV) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Proverbs 16:25 (MSG) There's a way that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell.

WHERE ARE YOU GOING? HOW SURE ARE YOU?

I read many years ago about a millionaire that bought a yacht to take his family around the world. They prepared for the many day journey. The only navigation system they had at that time was a compass. So the father bought the biggest and best compass possible and had experts mount it on the deck to guide them safely to their destinations.

One day the little son had been playing on deck with his big magnet. He had so much enjoyment playing. His father asked him to come up and steer the yacht while he ran to the rest room.

The boy had so much fun playing with the magnet and the compass. The needles would go haywire? The lad attached the magnet to the iron bottom of the compass.

When the father returned, the boy’s mother called him to the gallery to eat and the boy forgot his magnet attached to the compass. After several days of travel the dad determined they were lost, hopelessly lost? The dad could not understand he had been so careful to do everything correctly.

See, he was right, but there was INVALID DATA GUIDING THEM.

One day they saw another yacht and they pulled alongside. The father explained that they were hopeless lost. The professional captain boarded their vessel and immediately he saw the big red magnet that was distorting their journey.

Once this was corrected the cruise continued. Several days they had traveled in circles.

The father thought what might have happened if they had not seen the other ship?

DO YOU EXIST AS THE CENTER OF YOUR UNIVERSE, OR DOES GOD AND THE CHURCH?

2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

2 Peter 1:10 (MSG) So, friends, confirm God's invitation to you, his choice of you. Don't put it off; do it now. Do this, and you'll have your life on a firm footing,

TODAY COULD HOLD GREAT POSSIBILITIES OF CHANGE AND GROWTH, OR MORE OF THE SAME OLD SAME OLD? BY FAITH?

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

WHAT HINDERS THE MOVE OF GOD IN YOUR FAMILY?

MANY FOCUS ON THE DIRT AROUND THE ROWS, A GOOD FARMER CAN SEE THE SEEDS AS A HARVEST TO FEED THE COWS AND THE FAMILY.

ARE YOU FULL OF CYNICISM? DOES NEGATIVE OPINIONS DRIVE YOU? IS EVERYONE SELFISH BUT YOU?

Mark 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Mark 9:24 (MSG) No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, "Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!"

Will we change? Or will we just accept life is this way? Just accept the negativity? BE A CRITIC AND A CYNIC?

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