Updated: Nov 8, 2019
“Your love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war”
Prince of Peace by Hillsong
Our flesh will always tend to adopt the world’s desires. It will adopt the thought processes, definitions of success, opinions of worthiness, scales of sufficiency. The world will always be a battle of endless striving, and adequacy will be an intangible and increasingly distant ideal.
The One who created our lives, planted His salvation in our hearts from before the beginning of time, is the only One who can satisfy our souls’ deepest desires. He credits our hearts with grace upon grace in the currency of righteousness and a new forever. When we choose Him, and choose to accept His salvation, the desires of the flesh sink into irrelevance because we have something better. We have what is good, trustworthy, true and eternal. We have the promise and sealed salvation of our precious Savior.
When our thoughts are filled with the lies, intangible ideals and endless striving fueled by the flesh’s desire, the matchless love of God surrounds us. If it’s a war the enemy wants, it’s a war He’s going to get. But the jokes on Him because the war is won. We’ve got Heaven’s armies and the power of the One who put death and darkness to shame on our side. He has overcome. His love conquers all—even the intricacies of the most convincing and deeply rooted lies that we have familiarized as thoughts we believe everyday. His love disarms all lies and causes chains to shatter and darkness to fall on its knees in surrender.
The war is won. Jesus won and credits His victory as our own.
“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. “
“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”
“but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness--for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.”
“If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”