Mind meanderings today

Sometimes we make things much more difficult than they are.

What’s typically lacking in our lives is a boldness that can only come with conviction that is birthed through experience. What a shame that we denigrate Christianity to an intellectual pursuit of an ethereal holiness and consequently miss the real holiness that is hidden right in front of us.

Equally problematic is a lack of attention from the Evil One because we are doing nothing that upsets his kingdom. Ephesians 6:10-12 is on my plate right now and is making for an interesting meal. The one thing this dish is teaching me is that there is tremendous growth in adversity.

Observations born from intense experiences…

5 responses to “Mind meanderings today

  1. I like that verse.
    If there is one thing that I have learned, it is that, nothing is ever as it seems.
    There is always something underneath the surface, always something happening in the Spirit.
    We can choose to admit it or ignore it, but the effects are always the same.

  2. Hey Joe, I can’t really say that I always like Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase, but I sure like his take on this passage:
    Ephesians 6:10-12 (The Message)

    A Fight to the Finish
    10-12And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

  3. sounds much like whats been going on….hmmmm…interesting

  4. I guess that the toughest part for me isn’t necessarily fighting the principalities (as God does that and gives us the strength to take strength from Him) but rather figuring out what the fight is truly about.

    Seems to me that not only do we walk around neglecting the true war, but I also find that we tend to go on assumption that we are to partake in one portion of the war when God is directing us to another. Thus we end up sweating, tired, and spent – for nothing.

    For me, personally, the hard part is identifying what I’m truly up against. Most of the time, we’re simply up against our own selves. Our own flesh. Our own desires. Our own sin.

    To piggy back on your analogy, I often get full on someone else’s plate, ignoring what’s right in front of me.

    That’s about as clear as mud.

  5. raquelamisto
    that is such a true statement, at least in my own life.
    It is like we begin to see that the battle is actually on the home-front, in our own lives.
    If we ignore that and pretend that it doesn’t exist then we become a liar and the world is not fooled.

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