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Book Review: Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

Part 1
Introduction: our mind is the leader or forerunner of our actions. Check Romans 8:5

Chapter 1: The Mind is a Battlefield.
– Satan uses our thoughts to influence our actions.
– He does so through well laid plans and strategy. His strongest point is patience.
– he feeds us lies gradually…in bits… Lies about ourselves and about others until we start reasoning with him.
– he uses suspicions, fear, doubts etc. to make us have negative thoughts
– reject his reasonings and theories by pulling down these strongholds.
– remember how Jesus responded to Satan’s test after his fast? He answered each one by saying “It is written”
– Don’t try to outsmart Satan by using your own words, repeat bible verses that fit the situation… If you don’t know much, commit 2 Corinthians 10:5 to memory… It fits all (I personally use it)
[I] destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ”

Weapons to use in destroying Satan’s strongholds:
1) Word: listen to sermons, have private bible studies, read books on areas you’re struggling with.
2) Genuine praise
3) Prayer: keep talking to God about those negative thoughts or feelings you are having.

 

Chapter 2: A Vital Necessity
– in all things ask God for a lot of help; you can’t go through life alone.
Ask the HolySpirit for help
– As you think, so you are (Proverbs 3:7)
– think good thoughts and you will bear good fruits.
Matthew 12:33 (NCV):
“If you want good fruit, you must make the tree good. If your tree is not good, it will have bad fruit. A tree is known by the kind of fruit it produces.”

Chapter 3: Don’t Give Up!
– Galatians 6:8–9 (NCV): We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up

– Because God said in Isaiah 43:2 (NCV): When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
When you cross rivers, you will not drown.
When you walk through fire, you will not be burned, nor will the flames hurt you.

– it may look like you are taking baby steps in achieving your goals… Keep moving. Don’t stand still… Move!
Because…
The Lord God is your strength.
He makes you like a deer that does not stumble
so you can walk on the steep mountains.

– remember it’s soooo easy to quit. Don’t!

– Proverbs 18:21 (NCV): What you say can mean life or death.
Those who speak with care will be rewarded.

Be decisive… Choose your thoughts carefully for they form your actions

God bless you.

 

Chapter 4: Little by Little

– And the Lord your God will clear out those nations before you, little by little; you may not consume them quickly, lest the beasts of the field increase among you – DEUTERONOMY 7:22

– most times we wonder why God is not taking away what we wish and often get disappointed that God is not listening to us.
But the Scripture above shows his intent. He takes away our afflictions little by little lest we be consumed with pride that we are able to do all things by ourselves.

– when you seem not to be succeeding as you want, don’t condemn yourself… Dust yourself up and start again.
Mastery takes practice.
God makes all things beautiful in its time not before because you WANT it but IN ITS TIME

– keep hoping because God’s hope never disappoints (Romans 5:5)

Chapter 5: Be Positive
– to become positive, you need to surround yourself with positive people… Encouragers not mockers

– remember We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28

– try not to be easily irritated when things don’t go your way, develop the habit of being quick to adjust to changes.

– face facts and have a ready mind… Be objective

– heap plenty help calls on the HolySpirit… He’ll be glad to help.

– Hebrews 6:19 tells us that hope is the anchor of the soul. Hope is the force that keeps us steady in a time of trial.

 

Chapter 6: Mind Binding Spirits

– often times, during church services or after listening to a sermon, we get charged and feel alive and ready to take on the world
But immediately we get home or change activity, we return to our normal routines and begin to doubt the effectiveness of God…

– Joyce explained that it is the work of mind-binding spirits and whenever it occurs, say this simple prayer
“By the power of Jesus’s blood, I come against mind-binding spirits.”

– she stresses that it is important to know that the mind refuses to believe what it cannot understand.
It frequently happens that a believer knows something in his heart (his inner man), but his mind wars against it.

– So, be deliberate. Take charge of your mind. Be the chief of your mind think about what you are thinking about
Pull down strongholds that are warring against the knowledge of Jesus.
whose report will you believe… Jesus’s or the devil’s? 🤷🏽‍♀

Chapter 7: Think About What You are Thinking About

– what we get from the Bible is how much we’ve put in it (check Mark 4:24)

STUDY = POWER & KNOWLEDGE
It is very important to think about what you’re reading when studying the Bible… (Psalm 1:1-2)

– our happiness does not depend on other people’s attitudes towards us (be it our spouses or children)

Remember Pastor Davies’ orange analogy during our previous Beatitudes series?
He explains that no matter how an orange has been treated i.e. stoned, plucked roughly etc.
It doesn’t change or influence its sweetness or flavour.

– YOU get to choose how you want to live your life; bitter or sweet?
It’s up to you and solely your responsibility not your circumstances.

– I know it’s a bit difficult owning up to the fact that you have certain weaknesses but recognising the problem is one step into victory

Plus victory takes time. So encourage yourself and believe God is working in you.

Then there is no other argument, YOU ARE GOD’S MASTERPIECE (Colossians 2:10) 💃

 

Chapter 8: When is My Mind Normal?
 
– What is a normal mind? Ephesians 1:18 
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people”
 
– Joyce explained that our Minds and Spirit work together; they sort of aid each other.
 
Check 1 Corinthians 2:11 (NIV) 
– For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
 
– The HolySpirit reveals the Mind of God to us and once our spirit receives it, our heart and mind begin to understand the mystery. It takes patience but it’s doable.
 
– Natural versus unnatural mind
– natural = Relaxed, calm, quiet
– unnatural = too busy, distracted (see the two-people-in-a-room analogy)
 
– Unnatural may miss the still small voice of God… The ways of the HolySpirit are always gentle.
 
– To buttress more on the fact that the Mind aids the spirit, we sometimes pray in the spirit and with our minds… As you begin to say the issues you are dealing with to God, you may also be speaking in tongues. 
 
– Praying with our minds helps us to understand what we are saying to God but  on the flip side, we may pray out of our minds
 
– Speaking in tongues on the other hand knows no understanding as we are praying in the spirit.
However, if one can interpret it (not translate…) then you receive the fullness of your tongue. Most interpretations are generally done because the interpreter understands what has been said and says it through his/her personality
 
– Finally, keep your mind peaceful. No garbage… Be in a state of worship.
 

Chapter 9: A Wandering, Wondering Mind

1. Wandering Mind
– a wandering mind is unfocused, distracted…
– a wandering mind may find it hard to concentrate on certain tasks and give up easily.
-The author had a wandering mind and chose to train her mind to focus and be attentive to her tasks
– the wandering even occurs during conversations, you find yourself listening for a bit then suddenly you’re thinking of something else.
– It also happens during sermons, you can’t concentrate until you pick your phone to scroll through Facebook or Instagram or WhatsApp DPs

How to deal with lack of interest in sermons:
Download our sermons on www.tac-lawna.org.uk pick one sermon and listen to it over and over until you get the message. then repeat the process.

– remember the devil is very patient. He uses this seeming inattention to get you to focus on negative things… You won’t find them negative like that, he gently persuades you to think like that until you start developing the thoughts then he gets more aggressive and forceful on why you should do something.
Remember, the HolySpirit’s ways are always gentle… He convicts not condemn

– Plus The devil will give up when he sees that you are not going to give in.

2. Wondering Mind
– a wondering mind is unsure, unconfident… Doubting
– it usually begins with I wonder if I should…
– it is to be full of curiosity on everything/everyone
– wondering leaves a person indecisive and confused
Jesus said,
“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it—and you will!”
He didn’t say wonder about it but you believe.

– finally, the author suggests that we should try to avoid the aforementioned states of mind and be decisive about living with good impact.

Please don’t live in doubts, it’s not a good place to be.

 

Chapter 10: A Confused Mind (my favourite chapter yet!)

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.
Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.
For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord.
[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].
JAMES 1:5-8

PAUSE…

Wait… Do you see it?

James is saying:
1. Is there a need?
2. Ask! Proudly. With courage.
Without feeling condemned or ashamed.
3. But, ask in faith.

– As humans we like to process things.
Does it fit into what we have in mind? We try to know the ‘why’ behind everything.
It’s foolishness according to 1 Corinthians 2:14.
as “faith and reasoning cannot work together”

– when God has said it, don’t reason it out. simply obey in your spirit
Does it bear witness with your spirit.
There! You have your answer.

– check out the red dress story. [apparently we ladies hold our dresses to heart…whether it fits or not. I know I do 🙈]

– besides, it is not in our place to consider whether God’s instruction makes sense. Obey without analysing it to death!

– we enter into a place of rest when we give up the need to reason things out.

– finally, “the less we know, the happier we are” 1 Corinthians 1-2

 

Chapter 11: A Doubtful and Unbelieving Mind

– doubt: to waver between two opinions
– unbelief: leads to disobedience

– in every situation when you are unsure, ask yourself ‘is this doubt or unbelief?’ then apply the right formula to tackle it.

DOUBT:
– check the sick man’s 🤒 story.
– formula for doubts: when it creeps into your thoughts (there must be faith pressed back somewhere)
*speak back bible verses
*sing victory songs 💃(make it louder than the doubts) and it backs off

UNBELIEF:
– The faith to believe comes with the word of God
He will give you the strength to carry what he’s asked you to do.
Remember, God is merciful.
You rest. Let him do the work.

– formula:
*let your heart be in the right place.
Rest!
(see the abortion analogy)
*don’t overthink or overtalk it.
Rest!
Purposefully keep your mind off the issue.
(as Elder Fatukasi usually says “everything will sort itself out”)
* it’s hard not to feel/do anything but try.
Abraham did and was considered faithful

Take baby steps… One step at a time…
Life is like a dance, the more you move, the better you become.

Have a firm relying trust in God (that’s faith)
God is limitless.

 

Chapter 12: An Anxious and Worried Mind

Worry = bad fruit
Peace = good fruit

Being Worried or Anxious:
– to be uneasy, troubled, and overly concerned about things
– we worry for ourselves
– we worry for others
– it gives a false sense of control over situations
– know and understand your position with God
YOU ARE HIS MASTERPIECE
– YOU are God’s complete work, there’s no mistake in you.
Learn to accept yourself that way and the pressure mounts off.

Are you often tempted to worry?
Pray 2 Chronicles 20:12
Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.
We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

– “seek God’s face not his hands”
When the storm blows, what’s your position…
(remember Sunday’s message?)
C – celebrate God’s goodness
A – ask for God’s help
L – leave it with God (no hustling)
M – meditate on his promises

So, how CALM are you?

– yes, peace doesn’t come without opposition but be still and know God is God
Check the picture of peace analogy

Be confident in God

 

Chapter 13: A Judgmental, Critical and Suspicious Mind

Being Judgmental:
– to pass an opinion on other’s faults.
-only God gets this role. Are you God?
Being Critical:
– sees what’s wrong and generously shares
Being Suspicious:
– being suspicious is not discernment (check our last Bible study)
Suspicion provokes gossip
Discernment provokes prayer
– suspicion cripples relationships… No trust
– trust God openly, but trust man discreetly.
Even Jesus didn’t trust himself to his disciples (check John 2:23-25).
Ask the HolySpirit to help you keep the balance.

Being Judgmental and critical are fruits of Pride
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Romans 12:3 NKJV

– only if you are without faults do you judge other’s faults.
We usually excuse our own faults but overemphasise others.

– the bible says, we should bear each other’s faults; cover them and not expose them.

– besides we each, answer to God, not men.
Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
Romans 14:4 NKJV

– you can have opinions but you don’t have to say anything especially when you’re not asked.
Are you Tempted to criticise?
Say to yourself “that’s none of my business” and move on. Don’t dwell on the issue.

Consequences of being judgemental, Critical, and/or suspicious:
– you reap what you sow; the same judgement or criticism or suspicion will measured to you (Matthew 7:12)

“Remember, your actions won’t change until your mind does.”

God bless you

 

Chapter 14: A Passive Mind

– it means being inactive. It could be dangerous
– the devil uses this as excuse to attack minds.
He attacks lukewarm, lack minds. This leaves the person defenceless.

– being passive means “an absence of feeling”
Most of us have to feel like praying before praying or feel like reading before doing it.
simply do it if it’s impressed on your mind. The HolySpirit won’t force his ways on you. You have to be willing to yield

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
I Peter 5:8 NKJV

– absence of feeling also invites evil thoughts
a passive person thinks he’s done nothing wrong because he is doing nothing which is correct in itself. But it’s a wrong behaviour

“And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness].”
EPHESIANS 4:27 AMP

 

Chapter 15: The Mind of Christ

– to have the Mind of Christ you should practice having:
#positive conversations,
#positive expectations,
#positive attitude, and a
#positive outlook

– most times, negative thoughts invite depression. To overcome this, use Psalm 143:3-10

– be God-loves-me minded and meditate (murmur/mutter/practice) on his word.

Choose life.
God bless you

 

Chapter 16: My Future is Determined by My Past and My Present.
Wilderness Mentality #1

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…”
PROVERBS 29:18 KJV

– yes, your past is part of who you are but it does not define you.
Give God your nothingness and watch him work.
– set a path and stick to it.
– stay away from distractions… choose your friends wisely
– then have a good attitude towards promises unreceived

 

Chapter 17: Someone do it for me; I don’t want to take the responsibility.

Wilderness Mentality #2

Responsibility =
Your response to God’s ability

– Many times we do not finish what we have started then we move on to other tasks (check Terah’s story [Abraham’s father] in Genesis 11:31)

– it is often easy to get excited about a project but when the hardwork comes, we shy away from the responsibility.

– be motivated from within not from without. Don’t wait for people to encourage you; encourage yourself.

– even certain things we ask from God, when he gives it, how ready are we?

When You give it to them, they gather it up;
You open Your hand, and they are filled with good things.
Psalm 104:28 AMPC

– wise people are often not the nicest; check the story of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25
(don’t be afraid of responsibilities)

– there is no convenient time to do anything. You do it as it comes. Pushing it back makes it worse.

God bless you.

 

Chapter 18: Please make everything easy; I cant take it if things are too hard!

Wilderness Mentality #3

For this commandment which I command you this day is not too difficult for you, nor is it far off.
DEUTERONOMY 30:11

– Whatever God orders, He pays for. He won’t leave you without help.
The HolySpirit in you will make things easy for you.

“Grace is the power of God coming to you at no cost to you, to do through you what you cannot do by yourself.”

“Sometimes God leads us the hard way instead of the easy way, because He is doing a work in us. How will we ever learn to lean on Him, if everything in our lives is so easy that we can handle it by ourselves?”

“When a person is going through a hard time, his mind wants to give up. Satan knows that if he can defeat us in our mind, he can defeat us in our experience. That’s why it is so important that we not lose heart, grow weary and faint.”

_ Joyce said she “realized recently that many believers are Sunday warriors and Monday whiners. They talk a good talk on Sunday”

– when we give up in our minds, it shows in our actions. Hold on tight…
GOD help us.

 

Chapter 19: I can’t help it; I’m just addicted to grumbling, faultfinding and complaining.
Wilderness Mentality #4

Please read this verse slowly and take in each statement…
For one is regarded favorably (is approved, acceptable, and thankworthy) if, as in the sight of God, he endures the pain of unjust suffering.
[After all] what kind of glory [is there in it] if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you take it patiently? But if you bear patiently with suffering [which results] when you do right and that is undeserved, it is acceptable and pleasing to God.
1 PETER 2:19-20

– what’s our attitudes like during hard times? When things doesn’t seem to be going our way?
#do you complain…?
#do you grumble…?
#do you get defensive…?
#do you murmur…?

It pleases God when we maintain a godly attitude in trials.
Joyce said, “Until we learn to glorify God by our attitude during hard times, we won’t get delivered. It is not suffering that glorifies God, but a godly attitude in suffering that pleases Him and brings glory to Him.”

– God said there will be trials and tribulations but ‘be of good cheer’ for he has overcome the world.

Trust yourself to God who judges fairly.

For even to this were you called [it is inseparable from your vocation].
For Christ also suffered for you, leaving you [His personal] example, so that you should follow in His footsteps.
He was guilty of no sin, neither was deceit (guile) ever found on His lips. [Isa. 53:9.] When He was reviled and insulted, He did not revile or offer insult in return; [when] He was abused and suffered, He made no threats [of vengeance]; but he trusted [Himself and everything] to Him Who judges fairly.
1 Peter 2:21‭-‬23 AMPC

The Israelites complained and remained in the wilderness.
Jesus praised and was raised from the dead.

– let Jesus be our example…in
#humility,
#meekness, and
#patience.

– we are the bible people read especially the kids as Pastor stated on Sunday

– so, instead of complaining, talk to God about the issue… Ask him to ease your heart… To open your eyes and ears to see what he’s doing.

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
Philippians 4:6 AMPC

God bless us 😊

Chapter 20: Don’t make me wait for anything; I deserve everything immediately.
Wilderness Mentality #5

Impatience is a fruit of Pride.
When you are trying to wait on God, the devil will pound your mind continuously demanding that you “do something.”
Patience is best developed during trials

We need to learn to enjoy where we are while we are on our way to where we are going!

– be realistic, life is full of inconveniences and not-so-perfect people. Be patient still .

Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].
Colossians 3:12 AMPC

God help us.

 

Chapter 21: My behavior may be wrong, but it’s not my fault.
Wilderness Mentality #6

An unwillingness to take responsibility for one’s own actions, blaming everything that is wrong or goes wrong on someone else, is a major cause for wilderness living.

_”In the past, I observed this same kind of scene countless times in my own home between Dave and me…

“My list of excuses for why I was behaving badly was endless:
“If I hadn’t been abused as a child, I wouldn’t have a bad temper.”
“If my children would help me more, I would act better.”
“If Dave didn’t play golf on Saturdays, I wouldn’t get so upset with him.”
“If Dave would talk to me more, I wouldn’t be so lonely.”
“If Dave would buy me more presents, I wouldn’t be so negative.”
“If I didn’t have to work, I wouldn’t be so tired and cranky.”

I vividly remember praying for Dave to change…As I prayed, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Joyce, Dave is not the problem.. you are.”

It was a shocking blow to my pride, but it was also the beginning of my recovery in the Lord.”

– God said to Joyce, “Abuse may be the reason you act this way, but don’t let it become an excuse to stay this way!”

How to get out of this Wilderness Mentality…
– admit and accept your wrongs; don’t butter it up with excuses… Simply admit it and let it go
– ask God (and the concerned person) for Forgiveness
– yield to the HolySpirit so he can guide you when such situation happens again.

God bless us.

 

Chapter 22: My life is so miserable; I feel sorry for myself because my life is so wretched!
Wilderness Mentality #7

– we often use pity to comfort ourselves when we’re hurting because it’s easy

Joyce Meyer: “I remember when the Lord spoke to me during one of my “pity parties.” He said, “Joyce, you can be pitiful OR powerful, but you cannot be both.””

– of course, we can have godly pity for people suffering but self-pity is turning the love God has reserved in you to yourself…thus making you aware of yourself alone (you have to read this chapter to understand; check Romans 5:5 too)

Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.  Philippians 2:4

– we can overcome self-pity by thinking of others affected by the issue…

Then “we literally exhaust ourselves sometimes trying to gain sympathy.”
– most times, when we women want attention, we tend to overdo it that we emotionally exhaust ourselves.
We can’t change people, only God can
If you want attention so badly and you’re not getting it, don’t overblow it or make the other person feel guilty. Find something you like doing and get busy with it. The emotions will pass and you’ll be stronger for it (check how Joyce struggled with seeking attention from her husband… It’s a typical woman’s reaction 😄)

Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert
Isaiah 43:18-19

God help us.

 

Chapter 23: I don’t deserve God’s blessings because I am not worthy.

Wilderness Mentality #8

– Before the Israelites could overcome Jericho, God said they all needed to be circumcised. After the circumcision, God told Joshua that he has rolled away the reproach of Egypt from the Israelites.

“God’s rolling away the reproach from us means that each of us must receive for ourselves the forgiveness He is offering for all our past sins.”

– please learn to forgive yourself and accept that you are the Righteousness of God

– no one is good enough to deserve God’s blessings.
He made us his heirs not by merit but by grace. So, quit trying to impress people so hard, be yourself and be happy with who you are.

Finally, “If you desire to have a victorious, powerful, positive life, you cannot be negative about yourself. Don’t look only at how far you have to go, but at how far you have come.”

God bless you.

 

Chapter 24: Why shouldn’t I be jealous and envious when everybody else is better off than I am?

Wilderness Mentality #9

“Minding (having our mind set on) other people’s business, will keep us in the wilderness. Jealousy, envy and mentally comparing ourselves and our circumstances with others is a wilderness mentality.”

-envy made Joseph’s brothers treat him wickedly.
Envy causes us to have bitter thoughts about others.
We most times think we can do better than our friends, our bosses, our neighbours and everyone.
But if God hasn’t put you in that position be happy for the people doing it…pray for them and support them then you’ll be elevated.

A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.
Proverbs 14:30

– most times, we are Pharisees “religious snobs” and we don’t even know it.

– please note that “It is important for God to arrange our circumstances in such a way that we have to eventually face ourselves. Otherwise, we never experience freedom.”
(check Joyce’s story on how she reacted to a friend’s gift that she had been believing God for)

“Don’t be afraid to be honest with God about your feelings. He knows how you feel anyway, so you may as well talk to Him about it.”

“Set your mind to be happy for others and trust God with yourself.”

God help us.

 

Chapter 25:, I’m going to do it my way, or not at all

Wilderness Mentality #10

“The Lord demands that we learn to give up our own way and be pliable and moldable in His hands. As long as we are stubborn and rebellious, He can’t use us.”

Obedience to God is the whole duty of man.
– when we choose to obey God’s instructions, it affects lives tremendously. But, when we choose to disobey, it also affects lives.
It is our duty to obey God with our hearts, bodies, and souls.

All has been heard; the end of the matter is:
Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 [AMPC]

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