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Wednesday, February 6th, '19

All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson

 

THE PHRENETIC FIGHT

"Casting down imaginations..." (2 Corinthians 10:5)

 

Imagination is good, a gift of God. Every profitable invention is the product of imagination. Life is spiced by creativity, in music, art, cooking, love, drama, sports, etc. But Paul speaks here of "imaginations" in plural. That is the wandering and wondering mind, trying to foretell outcomes, trying to figure out when and how and why and if. Paul calls this "intruding into" the unknown (Colossians 2:18). God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), so He doesn't make the head spin. The enemy wars in the arena of thought. "If thou be the Son of God..." He deludes, deceives, twists, wrangles, contorts, confuses. When someone says they lied awake all night "thinking", they probably were allowing imaginations to run wild.

 

We are encouraged to be thinkers, but to "think soberly" (Romans 12:3). We have been given a "sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7). That affords faculties of vision, insight, faith and healthy imagination. Imaginations, however, the plural kind, wander off into fantasy, mysticism, superstition and worry. Whenever Jesus addressed worry He said, "Take no thought for..." (Matthew 6:25,31,34) He equated worry with thought. A favorite verse for many says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5). You don't have to know how, you just have to know Who. Faith leaves the outcome to the All-Wise. The leaning comes from the learning; "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content". I don't have to lean on my own understanding, reasoning, deduction, logic, when I know that God loves me and is working all things together for my good. If "he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep" then it is vain for any of us "to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows" (Psalm 127:2). Such imaginations only gray the scalp and wrinkle the skin.

 

I too wonder why. I too am torn. These things are matters for prayer. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God..." (James 1:5) His revelations and our imaginations are not the same thing. No amount of fretting or stewing will solve life's bigger riddles. "Lean not to thine own understanding". If you lean too much some prankster might kick the stool legs out from under you. In our text Paul says to be vigilant and violent in this war, "casting down" imaginations. Negative attitudes are to be nipped in the bud. These imaginations harden into opinions, prejudices, attitudes and ultimately mental strongholds. Truth is the antidote. If you want to know how someone else feels, ask them, don't wander off in imagination. Remember that old flower petal picking method, "he loves me, he loves me not, he..."? I know it is the not knowing that is killing you. Will the bank loan go through? Am I going to get that job? Did I shut the coffee pot off? Are those people in the corner booth staring at me? These are the peace robbers. Why not take a deep breath instead and reach a hand up to the Lord? He has it all under control. He knows the how, the where and the when, and we can leave it that. It goes back to that word used so often in the Bible...trust.

 


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