Stop Letting The Enemy Mess with Your Head!
The enemy has been messing with your head long enough. It’s your turn… The law of life in Christ is this: A promise elevates every circumstance… You need to find your promises. There are some things that God has promised you a while back: Promises like “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” That’s intimacy. That makes you dangerous. That empowers you to get into the enemy’s head. Keep in mind that when it comes to our battle with the enemy, your intimacy with God is the most intimidating thing about you.
“Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is His name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth He is called. For the LORD has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God. For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing anger for a moment I hid My face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer.
~from the Later Oracles of Isaiah in Chapter 54, ca. 711 B.C.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, He suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.
~ Credo de Jesu Christe, from the First Council of Nicaea, which opened on 19 June 325 A.D.
Oh beloved, it is true.
Each of us has the seed of eternity planted in our souls. We know it. We feel it in our bones. The One Who inhabits eternity, and has made it His dwelling place, is always inviting us to find our identity in Him. But, until we get a sense of this, and really begin to believe it, our lives are prone to worry, stress, anxiety – and panic.
The only begotten of The One: Jesus… God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God, of one Being with The Father, came down for us, and for our salvation. He lived life as a fully human (βίος [Bios], as in Biology) man. He knows our pain. He knows our fallenness. He came into our darkness and made a way through death, by His death, at the Cross. This is huge!
Can you feel the worry dial back a little? It get’s better. Read on.
His resurrection in an immortal, spiritual and tangible new species of Human body (ζωή (Zōḗ), as in: Life itself) is a thing deeper than we can begin to comprehend. He is the FirstBorn of many brothers and sisters who are being made into His likeness. We are becoming not just alive, but part of Life Himself.
He has gone to prepare a place for those who follow after Him. Jesus, right now, is in a real place building out a real homestead for His brothers and sisters. He will come again, and bring those who fully trust in Him, Home; Home as it was ever meant to be, and ever so much more.
What? This whole thing called life is gonna work out OK?
Yes! In Jesus’ death, and eternal resurrection, His earlier claims to be The Way, The Truth, and The Life were completely validated. Beloved, this is not just some theological nicety, or even mystery. This is entirely practical, and goes to the heart of why we mean so much to G_d.
And this is where we can let go of worry altogether.
Jesus is saying that truth is not a thing (though there are many things that are true) – but that Truth itself is a Person. This is an astounding reality. The eternal, immutable, all-Loving, all-Powerful Creator of all things, built them by His own Word. The Λόγος (Logos: Word, Reason, Plan, Implicit Reason of The Cosmos) IS TRUTH. All existence flows from a conscious and willing act of The G_d Who has lived forever within The Loving Triunity of with Himself.
Wait. So what?
Sometimes we import a sense fatalism and doom into our relationship with G_d. We have read all the books and stuff that tell us the universe is controlled by Laws of Physics and Chemistry. And, while all of this is true, seeing it this way is incomplete. If we look at creation as some sort of machine, mindlessly – and soullessly – keeping the universe marching in some sort of mechanistic way, we can quickly begin to feel small and irrelevant. And this kind of thinking drains our hearts. It can leave us feeling like everything is meaningless, including me. This emptiness, then leads us to a crisis of meaning – and a deep fear that we really are just flotsam and jetsam of the Big Bang.
Can we see it?
This is terribly frightening. What if we are just a ball bouncing around in a cup, that will just settle to the bottom of that cup one day and be rinsed away by history. Oh, maybe we will get some sort of nice afterlife, but really that doesn’t seem too exciting either if we are just some cog in the gears of G_d’s sovereignty.
However, natural revelation nor the infallible Word tell us anything like this!
We, each of us, bear the Personal Touch of our Creator. He (They) did not just write some amazing software and click “run.”
The Triune thought all of this – and us – into being with very clear and unchanging thought. He made us in His own image – and His image is the very basis for our lives; even for existence itself. We were not wound up and left to wind down. We were crafted by an Artist Who is continually working around us, in us, and through us to bring about a reality that will have no end. And that reality is that we will participate in His divine nature. We will – if you will forgive the flippancy – party with G_d. We will be Home, free, wanted, connected, know, and Loved.
And this same Jesus has told us that He will never leave us, nor forsake us!
So, do you feel alone? Do you feel like life has no meaning? Do you feel like you are floating adrift in a world gone mad? If we buy into this, we can really be in a panic. However, may this fool of a writer leave you with some advice? This is a worthy pursuit. Track down the claims of Who Jesus Is. As CS Lewis said: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
Tonight is your night. Time quit believing a terrible lie. You are not alone. You are Loved by Love Himself – and that means everything!
And the Lord, He it is that doth go before thee;
He will be with thee, he will not fail thee,
neither forsake thee: FEAR NOT, neither be dismayed.
Written by Makala Doulos: Makala Doulos is a child of G_d, a husband to his wife, a father to his children, and a teacher to his students. But mostly, he is a prisoner set free by Jesus. Love has invaded his life, crushed it, and made it new. Now, G_d’s Love is what constrains him to live in full surrender to the freedom The Father and Son and Holy Spirit have bought for us all. Grace and Peace to you all.
Think About This: “Creation was made to be one big finger pointing you to the One who alone has the ability to satisfy your heart.” ―