No Fear


2 Corinthians 10:5: "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."

If you are a Christian, maybe you've noticed by now that Christianity is the least passive religion there is. C.S. Lewis said it was the most manly of creeds. A simple glance through scripture validates his point. It's not for the weak at heart, so to speak. And yet again, it's the perfect place for those who are weak because "in our weakness, He is made strong." It's certainly "come just as you are," but once you're here, you're gonna learn how to do battle.

This world is a highly unpredictable and troubled place, full of uncertainty. Often the mere chaos of life causes our head to spin out of control with worry and doubt of what is to come or even worse, doubt that we can and will conquer adversity and will live gloriously with our Father who cares deeply for us. Thank God feelings have no bearing on reality. Most often, feelings guide thoughts completely away from what really is. That is why scripture call us to be actively aggressive toward such thoughts (see verse above). We're not to be passive when things "set themselves up against the knowledge of God."

This post is to encourage any who might have experienced worry, doubt, frustration, fatigue to not allow any of that to govern your actions, but to walk in wisdom, capturing those thoughts and casting them before the Lord, who is the only one who can give true peace in hard or frustrating times. Know God and cling tightly to that knowledge.

For those who know what they're called to do but can't seem to see it happening yet, take heart. I Peter 5:6-7 says, "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." Enjoy preparation seasons, because once the action starts, there's no turning back. You've gotta run. So if you're jogging along, soak in the scenery rather than despise the pace.

Hope this applied to someone out there. I just wanted to write about this topic. And, oh, is there so much more on this issue, but I'll spare you for now and just write a book later. ~Emily

Posted by Portia at September 29, 2004 09:06 PM