The Battlefield by Sam Stutts

Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 that are to take 'every thought captive.'  This is not easy.  If anyone is truly honest, he or she will admit that they sometimes struggle with controlling every single thought.  Sometimes we allow our minds to take us places we should not go.  For instance, you have had a long day and you are driving down the road.  Instead of doing like the apostle Paul instructed us to do in Philippians 4 and thinking on the good things that God has done and is doing for us, we start to think about all the bad things that we are doing through.  Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 that we are not to worry about anything.  This is the way depression starts.  Instead of thanking God and trusting Him to work all things out for His Glory and our good, we think we can work things out better than God.  So we start doing things in our own flesh, getting ahead of God.  The next thing we know we are tired, depressed, sad, and worried about many things.  We are like Martha in Luke chapter 10 when Jesus tells her that her sister Mary is doing what is best and that is sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to His voice.  When we spend time sitting at Jesus' feet, being still before Him, and waiting on Him, we begin to experience His Peace.  Oh if we would just learn to be still and wait on Him.  Sometimes I believe He is just waiting to see if we will trust Him enough to wait on Him.  To wait on Him is to truly trust in Him.  But this is not popular or respected in our culture.  What is popular now days, and even in Christians circles is to get busy like Martha doing a lot of things for God, but never being with Him and letting Him love on us.  It is out of this abiding in His presence that true, spirit-led, and powerful service for Him happens.  We see this throughout scripture.  Jesus would go away to be with His Father, and then the Father would lead Him back down to serve the people and give His life for them.  Oh God, help us to be more like you and less like the culture we live in!  Help us to truly rely and trust You completely!  And help us to do whatever it takes to get quiet, be still, wait on You, and hear what You are saying to us, in Jesus Name.

 

Sam Stutts
Director, Hands On Missions
sams@charlotte.twcbc.com