Spiritual Struggles

Sometimes there is struggle with doubts. Today was such a day. They were doubts that seem as if they should have long ago been resolved. Some I’d never encountered before. Doubts about who God really is. Doubts about the virgin birth. Doubts about what the real meaning is of “the fall” and what other seemingly basic “big” issues mean and imply.

Is this Christian worldview really, given the size of the Cosmos, anything more than perhaps a “local skirmish” here on the outskirts of the Milky Way galaxy among a bunch of neighborhood E.T.s, which we’ve been calling gods, angels, and demons – vying for positions over resources including humans, or making a sort of climb to the top of the Cosmic Corporate Cabal, the ladder of success toward being the CEO?

Or is it really something bigger than that, as the Bible claims? What’s really at stake here?

Today, the 1st day of 2015, the spirits of doubt and disillusionment were making themselves very obviously known, admittedly with some very appealing reasoning. There was even a mean spiritedness about it. (Imagine that!) Nothing to fool with. I felt angry, puzzled, and ashamed. Is this any way for someone who just celebrated their 38th “anniversary with Jesus” to be feeling? But was the anger mine, or did it belong to some other “mind”?

Then along came the sense of “Who cares? Does it even really matter if I understand any of this, or even believe it? Whatever the truth is, that’s what it is. What does it matter what I believe about it? That won’t change anything.”

On it went for much of the day.

And then I remembered. I’ve been making significant inroads into projects which I’ve sensed the Lord putting on my heart for quite awhile now. Over the last few days, I’ve actually begun to move in that direction as the way is cleared. Things seem to be solidifying.

So maybe this was a good reminder of the spiritual reality we are called upon to confront. Or which contends against us? Of course there’s going to be some resistance. After all the “Luciferian Occupation” has been in place for a very long time here on Earth. Yet the time grows short now for this to cease and desist. In spite of appearances to the contrary, they have no right here.

Then I remembered, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Yes, take every one of those thoughts captive before God. Take ‘em downtown and book ‘em!

Once this reminder from the Holy Spirit brought its Light to bear on this confrontation of lies, all such thought “critters” went scurrying. This is the kind of Truth that sets us free, as we acknowledge the Morningstar (2 Peter 1:19) arising in our hearts. There can be a skirmish with the darkness before the Light arises! But that true Light can never be overcome by the darkness!

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.” (Revelation 12:10-12)

Thanks be to God Who always delivers us from doubt by the Word of His Truth!

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3 thoughts on “Spiritual Struggles

  1. According to Isa 55 their our thoughts and then there are thoughts. There are the thoughts of God, and there are the thoughts of self. Many times when we are going through periods of doubt it can be that God is doing some thought adjusting to wean us from doctrines of man to that of his own doctrine. I believe this is a process that continues as our mind is being transformed from self thought to God thought.

  2. PS we are to be the work of his hands and not that of the hands of men. To fully know him and his ways we must be taught by him and not by doctrines of men which has been the way of the orthodox church from the beginning.

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