Reflection: Hana Mower
Reflect- think deeply or carefully about.
Synonyms: consider, review, contemplate, meditate on.
The thing that perplexes me most about the human mind is how we can become lost in it. How our thoughts can evoke such intense emotions, and more often than not, a vivid fantasy world generated by fear. Fear of uncertainty, fear of responsibility, and the fear of feeling hurt. We cannot escape the impending process of self-reflection, whether good or bad.
We reflect on life and its struggles, how our day went, how we handled a situation, what we’re going to do, who we are, what we’ve become, our minds are continually moving whether you acknowledge it or not.
2 Corinthians 10:5
“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”
‘Taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.’
An attack of defeat grips my mind as I realize my failure in living this out. If our thoughts are continuous and we are to take every one of them captive, that leaves no room for failure. Which means those lingering thoughts we hesitate to give up are harming our walk with Christ, no wonder we’re overflowing with discontent! Remember though, “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41) and we cannot accomplish this in our own strength. Left unattended, our minds drift into an illusion of lost hope and without filtering our thoughts through Christ we wander into Satan’s stronghold filled with confusion, pain, pride, and anxiety because we gave the enemy a foothold. Instead of healthy reflection that produces godliness we dwell on past shortcomings that the blood of Jesus has already overcome and cast to the grave.
So why settle? Why wallow in regret of the past, in the sorrow of today, or in the fear of tomorrow? You have been freed from the sin which clings so closely, Christ died for you and His love covers over all wrongs. So don’t be afraid to reflect, just know it’s a conscious effort to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, His grace is sufficient and His power made perfect in our weakness. He is our Comforter and the Wonderful Counselor, the One we turn to in time of need, and when we are faithless He remains faithful (2 Timothy 2:13). I leave you to meditate on the comforting words of Hebrews 4:15-16:
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Read Isaiah 61, it’s liberty to the captives! And my awesome song recommendation is “Death Was Arrested (feat. Seth Condrey)” by North Point InsideOut, I prefer the live version on the album. God reminded me of this song after I wrote the post, and it ends up mentioning almost everything I wrote about!