Have you ever noticed that black material has a magnetic quality? It has an uncanny ability to attract everything within its near proximity. Imagine what would happen if you wore a crisp new black dress or suit and kept brushing up against fuzzy clothes as you stroked your dog and cuddled with your cat.
It does not take much imagination to picture how much lint and hair you would collect. Removal of all you collected would certainly require some determination.
With that as a picture, consider how many ideas, concepts, and beliefs you have gathered in your walk as a Christian. Walking through life, we collect ideas and concepts from the natural world's view as well. Perhaps it is time to consider a spiritual lint roller.
We often walk around unaware of the beliefs that have become a part of our thoughts. We accept them as fact. Recently, I was in intense prayer over a few different situations. I found a steady flow of suggestions coming to my mind. Thoughts of how to view these situations spiritually.
"You might just have to allow destruction to come. It may be necessary to bring about the needed change .
You need to let go of control. You are really not wanting another to suffer because of how it will affect you. These and other such thoughts bombarded my mind.
The longer we have to wait and pray, the more vulnerable we become to such thoughts. Mind you, there is truth in many of these kinds of thoughts. Nevertheless, they can also weaken our prayer stand if that is not what God is currently saying about the situation.
The simple solution, which is not so simple in the face of a battle, is to be led by the Spirit. In a stand of faith or a battle in prayer, these thoughts can cause confusion. It is then that we see more clearly the 'lint' attaching itself to our crisp black suit. We realize that our beliefs are mixed with other things. You find yourself saying, "The Word of God says this, but"
"That is not acceptable!" The Holy Spirit quickened those words to my spirit over the different situations for which I had been praying and warring. With those words, I was empowered. The Spirit was showing me where my stand for all prayer was to be. If what is happening is out of accord with heaven and God's Word, we are not to accept it.
Jesus instructed His disciples in prayer. He told them to pray for God's Kingdom to come, for His will be to done on earth as it is in heaven. There is no sickness, disease, destruction, or devastation in heaven.
God is not a genie in a bottle, nor prayer our means to an end. However, His will and His Word are our standard. Our job is to pray and having done all to stand therefore. Our job is to put on the whole armor of God and stand in the battle in the evil day.
What are you accepting? What have you resigned yourself to that is not God's will in heaven?
We are not responsible for the results. We are responsible to stand in faith and agree for God's will on earth as it is in heaven. Believers are instructed to fight the good fight of faith. It is a battle, fought in enemy territory. It is a battle that has already been won. We are God's enforcers in the face of the enemy's affront.
In the face of all that contends against you make a stand and tell the enemy "That is not acceptable!" Continue in that declaration and stand until the will of God prevails and the enemy loses yet another battle!
We are righteous in Christ, who is our righteousness. Persist in prayer, for the prayer of a righteous man avails much. [ii]
[ii] Jas 5:16