Friday, March 04, 2005

Forty-Day Immersion: Day 18


The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way - never have and never will. 10:4 The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 10:5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. 10:6 Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6, The Message

Day 18


Two years later, and everything this says is still true. Things have changed – the dogs in the fight, the manner in which the unfair fight is fought, - but the essential truth is still the same:

If we fight the way the world fights, we will lose more than the battle. We will lose important parts at the essential core of our being.

We will damage our souls.

Damaged souls are at war all over the planet, but mostly they are at war – just as we are – with the broken parts of themselves.

Our self-created philosophies have not changed our lives, but we stubbornly hold on to them.

Our personal redefinitions of the truth are void of the power to transform us in long-term ways.

Our emotions swell and explode like painful boils, providing momentary relief without the changes that will clean out the infection that will cause them to surface and burst again with more pain and frustration.

Our Christ is held at arm’s length as we squirm out of His embrace so that our hands remain free to grab onto almost anything but a faith and trust in something and Someone Who is beyond our understanding.

Today I take up the battle again.

Today I choose to rise up in the shadow of the One Who has – and will continue to – set me free.

Today the war within me will have the promise of victory – and I celebrate it.

Join me – or much more truly – join Him. This is a Christ-sized battle we face inside of us.

We need a full-sized Jesus to win it.

Today.

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