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My Biggest Battle
by Mike Keating on Wednesday, 14th of May 2014

MY BIGGEST BATTLE

 

I have had my struggles in life and in ministry. I have been depressed, frustrated, angry, exhausted … and that was just on the 14th Par 5 (golf reference). Seriously, I have had my battles. The other day I was prompted by the Spirit with the question “What has been the hardest text in the Bible to obey?”

 

It was the one about loving God or others. This is easy for me; accompanied of course some serious lapses. It wasn’t about giving. I love to be generous to God and His people. Yes, I have struggled with critical, lust, and negativity. But the Scripture that has given me the most challenge is 2 Cor. 10:5.

 

4For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. (2Co 10:4-6 NKJ)

 

I have really struggled to obey this command in verse 5. Apparently I have been given mighty supernatural weapons which smash every earthly fortress, mundane attitude, and devilish hold.  The trouble is that I am meant to climb into the Octagon of my thought life and fight to take captive every wrong thought and force it to tap out in submission to Christ.

 

I have discovered that often ignore negative thoughts and just let them play around in my mind. Sometimes, they even have the own cheer squad and shout slogans from the bleachers. And I simply entertain them, play with them, instead of obeying the Scripture and fight them to the point of submission.

 

Occasionally, I find motivation to attack (usually after I have worked out that they are hurting me now). Then I try to fight them, and they run away, they hide, they duck and weave, and refused to be engaged. Sometimes, they promise to go away if you just leave them alone and don’t hurt them. Other times, they tell me just let me go one more round and I will never bother your again.

 

I wonder how much of God’s grace of my life has been lost to my disobedience to take captive ‘every wrong thought’ and make it kneel to His Master and King Jesus.

 

I have a sneaking suspicion you might understand what I am talking about. A Christian without victory is simply a Christian who will not fight.

 

 

Great little video – it will bless you.