…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5, NKJV
In the heat of the battle, the mind is reeling with a potent cocktail of raw explosive emotions and obsessive thoughts. The seeds are being planted for destruction with no regard to any collateral damage. This is the turning point of either life changing victory or miserable defeat. The outcome depends on the choice. Paradoxically, at this point the only strategy for victory is the choice of surrender. For those who have put on the helmet of salvation and have learned to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ, then this tactic has become the natural means of surrendering to the power of God. Victory is inevitable.
Unfortunately, most are completely unaware of the battle being waged from within. An evil thought surfaces, combined with a flood of irrational passions or absolute repression, and the clueless inescapably fall prey to the ultimate consequences of out of control actions, or deliberate debilitating inaction. Moving from the seeds of unfiltered thoughts to destructive actions, consequently affecting character formation, and finally shaping destiny oft times quicker than we could possible imagine. We look back and are left with the unyeilding question, “How in the world did I get here?”
As believers in Jesus Christ, we are given the full Armor of God, and if surrendered to the obedience of Jesus Christ, we are trained on a daily basis to do battle. It is in the daily battle that we are honed to walk in victory over any event that crosses our path. Whether believer or non-believer, we are all faced with challenges in our lives. Fighting based on our own limited capacity to understand who or what we are fighting, or running away to avoid confrontation leaves the emptiness of loss that nothing of this world can truly repair.
This loss carries with it unwarranted stress and despair effecting not only the emotional being, but the physical and spiritual being as well. The parasites of depression and apathy are left to suck the life out of its oblivious victims. Fortunately, by God’s amazing grace –His unmerited favor– at any point while we still draw breath in this world, we can choose to simply surrender to the Answer. If willingly agreed, the scales of the heart are lifted and truth is revealed that Christ is with us and has been waiting for us patiently for a long time.
Perspective is altered and hope is found. We can truly be anxious for nothing, bringing our prayers and petitions, with thanksgiving, before God (Philippians 4:6 ) knowing without a shadow of doubt our prayers are answered. The helmet of salvation belongs to the freely surrendered, and the victory belongs to God.
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Regina M. Dick
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