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Remembering Zig Ziglar In Quotes

SOURCE:  Adapted from a posting by Keiki Hendrix/Vessel Project

Zig Ziglar, beloved author and motivational speaker died in Plano, Texas on [November 28, 2012]. He was a World War II veteran who founded ‘The Ziglar Way’ and wrote more than 30 books.

All who have read him, knew him or admired him collectively sighed. He brought much to this world and what he left was much more.

As a quote collector, Zig Ziglar is a goldmine. I love to read his quotes. As we all remember Zig Ziglar, here’s a few of my favorite quotes by Zig Ziglar.

1. If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.

2. Building a better you is the first step to building a better America.

3. If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.

4. If you treat your wife like a thoroughbred, you’ll never end up with a nag.

5. Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale.

6. Every obnoxious act is a cry for help.

7. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

8. Money won’t make you happy… but everybody wants to find out for themselves.

9. You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.

10. The way you see people is the way you treat them.

11. Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.

12. Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.

13. A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.

14. There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.

15. You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.

16. Some people find fault like there is a reward for it.

17. Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.

18. The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.

19. Don’t become a wandering generality. Be a meaningful specific.

20. When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.

21. Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.

22. Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember ~ the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.

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What you put in — Your Mind — comes out…

SOURCE:  American Association of Christian Counselors

Mind Games

To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you have mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. -Charles Stanley

If your mind is filled with the Word of God, then it can’t be filled with impure thoughts. -David Jeremiah

Crazy thoughts… we all have them from time to time.

Consuming thoughts… those are the ones that won’t be denied.

Unrelenting thoughts… that won’t let you sleep.

Private thoughts… that stubbornly fuel emotions of lust, anger, fear, sorrow, and even hopelessness.

Infected thoughts… that are often destructive in relationships with those closest to us, even our relationship with God.

“Anxious thoughts (that) multiply within me…” (Psalm 94:19 NAS)

The scary part? When we start believing them. “For as a man thinks within himself, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7 NAS)

The antidote? “…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 ESV)

However, we must not miss vs. 8 which begins with the word “Finally”— a word which could be translated “From this time forward”“Finally, (from this time forward) brothers, (and sisters) whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (ESV)

That’s a bunch of “whatevers” to think about.

What you fill your mind with will largely determine what type of thoughts you have. What you put in — comes out…

And there is a challenge; the “evil one”, known as the “father of lies”, constantly and consistently bombards our minds. And his mind games become a battlefield.

Paul said we should take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”(2 Corinthians 10:5 NAS) Knowing it and doing it are two different things.

Speaking of war, when Paul delineates and lists the “full armor of God” used to “stand firm against the schemes of the devil” in Ephesians 6, he only records one offensive weapon — “And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (v. 17 NAS)

The spiritual weapon given to us by the Lord, to battle the formation of these debilitating and controlling thoughts, is God’s word.

Flip back a page to Ephesians 5. Paul says that Christ sanctifies and cleanses the body of Christ “by the washing of water by the word” (v. 26 ESV)

Our thought life can, and will be washed clean by soaking and meditating in His written word.

Spend time reading the Bible. Study it. Memorize it. Saturate your thoughts with it. Immerse your soul in it. Drink deeply of its truth. Let the word of God dwell in you richly.

As you do this, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 ESV)

It will turn your thought life around.

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