Food for Thought
Wade E Taylor
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; CASTING
DOWN IMAGINATIONS, and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity
every thought to the obedience of Christ" II Cor 10:4-5.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus"
Our thought life should be centered in, and occupied with,
that which is worshipful towards the Lord, and edifying. The
"set" of our spirit should be toward strengthening
our witness to others, and encouraging spirituality. However,
some of us have allowed the enemy to rob us of our spiritual
inheritance through a lack of mental discipline, which results
in our faith being destroyed.
Many Christians have a problem with allowing their mind to
wander into the realm of imagination. This may be the result
of a withdrawal from reality when very real circumstances
become too difficult to face. Some years ago, while visiting
a mental hospital ward, I noticed a patient sitting in the
corner of the room, staring at the wall. I remarked that this
seemed a complete waste of time. I was told that he was quite
happy, living a very full life. He had withdrawn from reality
and created his own set of life circumstances. These were
completely imaginary and led to nothing.
When we are forced to face a very difficult situation, we
are capable of creating a self-exalting, satisfying solution
which is lived out in our imagination. To allow this to develop
in our mind and then feed upon it, will lead us into a proliferation
of vain imaginations that may, in time, take control our lives
and rob us of reality. We must be careful to discipline our
minds to function only in reality.
Imaginations can rob us of all that the Lord intends for
us. We must be very careful about withdrawing into some idealistic
imagery when reality seems to have become an enemy. There
are many things we desire, but cannot have. Our tendency is
to move our imagination into these areas and live as though
we possessed these things. The repeating of this process will
create and establish within our soul an inner pathway which
will lead us toward the destruction of the spiritual reality
which the Lord desires to bring to maturity within us.
All of these "patterns" or "paths" which
have been built within us must be dealt with, and submitted
to the cross for crucifixion. Some of us have allowed these
vain, or false imaginations to extensively affect our life
style. Many of us have, at one time or another, given some
ground to the enemy in our thought lives. Any ground that
the enemy has taken from us in the area of our imagination
must be quickly retaken and dedicated to the Lord.
If we fail to do this, our inability to properly relate to
reality will be noticed, and in time, adversely affect our
relationship to the Lord, and to others. By the grace of God
we can withdraw from any imaginary pattern of experience and
deal, in a positive way, with the very real and tangible things
which we were seeking to avoid. Our thought patterns must
relate to reality.
It is all too easy for any one of us to "day-dream,"
or to idealize our frustrations and struggles. This is not
a healthy pre-occupation. In any area of our being, when the
enemy offers us some kind of a self satisfying illusion, we
ought to rebuke it, then come back to reality and face things
exactly as hey are. We are not to imagine our way through
a situation. Rather, we are to deal with it openly. We will
become healthy and strong, both spiritually and mentally if
we will do this.
Life can be, and usually is, very difficult. It is exceedingly
important that we place the Lord as the head of our circumstances,
and then remain open to Him in their outworking. He never
promised us an easy way through. Rather, He promised to enable
us to become overcomers. Vain imaginations will rob us of
our ability to face problems and become an overcomer
Most of us, in some measure, are limited in our abilities.
By a divine arrangement, we were created to be dependent,
not independent. There is a higher power whom we are to acknowledge.
We do not have the grasp, or the hold on things that we can
easily imagine we do. The temptation is ever present within
us to try to work out our own destiny, apart from God. Since
we cannot do this, we are tempted to move into the area of
imaginations and create our own destiny, which in time will
lead us to our own destruction.
Let us enthrone Jesus as Lord over our minds. Only then will
He be able to guide us through each circumstance that we face.
He is the Lord of reality.