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Twisted Thoughts

Historical perspective.  What is it?


Ham in a pan story!

1.               How many of you like a baked ham dinner?

2.               How many of you like the smell baked ham.


Filling a car with new oil after an oil change. Always buy six quarts of oil.


Flip Wilson “The devil made me do it.”

AID’s (Arrested Identity Development)

Most of you are M and deal with anger.


2 Corinthians 10:1-5

               1 By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you -- I, Paul, who am "timid" when face to face with you, but "bold" when away! 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.


02142 zakar {zaw-kar'} THINK a primitive root; TWOT - 551; v AV - remember 172, mention 21, remembrance 10, recorder 9, mindful 6, think 3, bring to remembrance 2, to remember, recall, call to mind, be thought of, be brought to mind, to cause to remember, remind.

1261 dialogismos {dee-al-og-is-mos'}- thought, reasoning, imagination, doubtful, disputing, doubting.

1) the thinking of a man deliberating with himself, a thought, inward reasoning, purpose, design, questioning about what is true, hesitation, doubting, disputing, arguing.

Luke 9:47  Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. (NIV)

Luke 9:47 47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, (KJV) Luke 9:47 47 And <1161> Jesus <2424>, perceiving <1492> the thought <1261> of their <846> heart <2588>, took <1949> a child <3813>, and set <2476> him <846> by <3844> him <1438>, (KJV)

MIND Genesis 23:8-9 8 And he communed <01696> with them, saying <0559>, If it be <03426> your mind <05315> that I should bury <06912> my dead <04191> out of my sight <06440>; hear <08085> me, and intreat <06293> for me to Ephron <06085> the son <01121> of Zohar <06714>. (KJV)

MIND Deuteronomy 18:6 6 And if a Levite <03881> come <0935> from any <0259> of thy gates <08179> out of all Israel <03478>, where he sojourned <01481>, and come <0935> with all the desire <0185> of his mind <05315> unto the place <04725> which the LORD <03068> shall choose <0977>; (KJV)

MIND 1 Samuel 2:35 35 And I will raise me up <06965> a faithful <0539> priest <03548>, that shall do <06213> according to that which is in mine heart <03824> and in my mind <05315>: and I will build <01129> him a sure <0539> house <01004>; and he shall walk <01980> before <06440> mine anointed <04899> for ever <03117>. (KJV)

MIND 1 Samuel 2:35 35 I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his house, and he will minister before my anointed one always. (NIV)

MIND  92 TIMES   Hosea 4:8  05315 nephesh {neh'-fesh} - soul 475, life 117, person 29, mind 15, heart 15, creature 9, body 8, himself 8, yourselves 6,

1)     soul, self, life, person, mind, living being, desire, emotion, the breathing soul, the inner being of man, activity of mind, activity of the will.

OT HEART 762 TIMES, 03820 leb {labe} a form of 03824; heart 508, mind 12, midst 11, understanding 10,  wisdom 6, comfortably 4, well 4, considered 2, friendly 2,

1) inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding, inner part, midst of things, soul or heart of man, mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory, conscience, seat of emotions and passions

2588 kardia {kar-dee'-ah} HEART 762 TIMES NT

1) the heart, that organ in the animal body which is the centre of the circulation of the blood, and hence was regarded as the seat of physical life, denotes the centre of all physical and spiritual life, the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavours, of the understanding, the faculty and seat of the intelligence, of the will and character of the soul so far as it is affected and stirred in a bad way or good, or of the soul as the seat of the sensibilities, affections, emotions, desires, appetites, passions


2353    Genesis 6:5

               5 The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. (NIV)

2353    Romans 8:6 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; (NIV)

2353    1 Corinthians 2:16 16  "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ. (NIV)

2353    Philippians 2:5

               5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: (NIV)

            Philippians 2:5

5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (KJV)

Philippians 3:4 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.

               If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: (NIV)

NT HEART 2588  Luke 8:15 15 But <1161> that on <1722> the good <2570> ground <1093> are <1526> they <3778>, which <3748> in <1722> an honest <2570> and <2532> good <18> heart <2588>, having heard <191> the word <3056>, keep <2722> it, and <2532> bring forth fruit <2592> with <1722> patience <5281>. (KJV)


NT HEART 2588 Romans 10:6 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, `Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down) (NIV)

NT HEART 2588 Philippians 1:7-8

               7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me. (NIV)


NT HEART 2588 Hebrews 4:12

               12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (NIV)

OT HEART  03824   2 Chronicles 11:16

16 Those from every tribe of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the LORD, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the LORD, the God of their fathers. (NIV)

OT HEART  03824  Nehemiah 9:8 8 You found his heart faithful to you, and you made a covenant with him to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites and Girgashites. You have kept your promise because you are righteous. (NIV)


OT HEART  03824   Jeremiah 24:7 7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. (NIV)


Like an occasional cold, headache or upset stomach, simple minor emotional disturbances are a part of life for everyone. It is fairly common for a person to be quite upset over some petty annoyance or worried about some insignificant trifle; or feel tense or "down in the dumps" about "nothing at all." Reactions of this kind come, last a while and then disappear.

But there are disturbances which don't go away, which linger on for days or even weeks, become deep and intense, and affect one's overall behavior, feelings and thoughts. When a condition reaches that stage, it is no longer just an upset or disturbance, but an actual mental or emotional illness.

This kind of disorder has definite causes, upsets the system, and makes it behave abnormally. It should be regarded with the same attitude as we regard a physical illness.


Most troubled people, people with mental problems, don't start out that way. Each one of us is born with the capacity to be gentle, friendly, loving, and kind. We also have in us the capacity to be fearful, suspicious, angry, destructive, and cruel.

Emotional difficulties develop as a result of early experiences which distort the normal emotional responses, and set up inappropriate and ineffective ways of dealing with life situations. Negative emotions develop in response to life experiences, especially those of early childhood.

A mental or emotional illness may be rooted in:

1.               A long and wearing siege of trouble, sickness, tragedy or hard luck. This can condition a person to be on a constant alert for trouble, trigger‑ready to flight or fight, and always expecting the worse.

2.               A constant air of doom and gloom in the home. If a child is surrounded by an air of fretting and complaint, s/he may grow up feeling that the world is basically hostile and no one is to be trusted. These negative, self‑defeating, pessimistic, attitudes will carry into adulthood.

3.               Neglect or rejection in childhood. A child who is ignored or disliked may tend to feel that he lacks the qualities to make him lovable and acceptable. The self‑deprecating child becomes an adult full of insecurity, self‑doubt and fear, lacking confidence and expecting to be hurt, ignored and rebuffed.

4.               Constant scolding and criticism. This may give the child an exaggerated feeling of guilt and a feeling he's inferior, worthless and essentially bad. He is conditioned to expect that everyone will find fault with him and punish him.


The negative emotions which grow out of such experiences may serve the purpose of self‑preservation. Confronted by a tense or challenging situation, the person either yields to fear and escapes, or else turns on the source of danger and tries to destroy or overcome it. If the person is made to feel continually defensive or hostile, this kind of response becomes a fixed pattern of behavior, even when no real threat is present.


The emotionally dependent person is the individual in the relationship who is the primary dependent.  This person views connection to another person as the essential source for their self-esteem and security.  This is the weaker of the two people in the relationship who leans on the stronger, yet controls the stronger with their manipulation and their great neediness.



The co-dependent person is the individual in the relationship who is stronger but easily controlled by the neediness of the weaker, emotionally dependent person. The co-dependent will compromise their own well-being to meet the needs and to protect the feelings of their leaning, emotionally dependent family member, friend, or co-worker.

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