When I was a little girl I had trouble sleeping at night because of what I would “see” after I closed my eyes. Often it would be a vision of stars, pretty at first, but soon I was either falling through them or lifting over them, moving faster and faster. The only way I can describe them is the image from movies like Star Wars or Star Trek, when the space ship would go into “warp” speed: and the stars would start moving by faster and faster until they were only bright lines of light speeding by. I couldn’t make it stop.
I tried hiding under blankets or under the bed. I tried sneaking close to my parents in another room, I tried singing and rhythmic movements. None of these things stopped the visions of being flung through space. One time, a little girl (me) from an atheist family, whispered, “dear Jesus, help me!” The answer came, “Look above them, not at them.”
Behind my eyelids, I rolled my eyes high in an attempt to “look above” and stop seeing those flying stars, to stop feeling the weightlessness… I looked above it, and saw a man, maybe a prince or a king, smiling, peaceful. As long as I kept looking up to him, I was safe in bed, content, feeling secure, and very soon, peacefully asleep. I could dream little girl dreams feeling nothing but tranquil.
Colossians 2 #NTin2018
Have you tried everything in your struggle? Let me define struggle.
G73 AGON a contest for victory, such as a marathon or a wrestling match that requires endurance for victory. The opponent is your enemy, but our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against Powers, against authorities who use people, which distracts me from knowing who or what I am really fighting.
Hebrews 12:1-3 teaches me about this struggle.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
As a child, I could not will the stars to stop, I couldn’t distract myself or hide from them. The only way to stop them was to look above them, by faith, to see the One I did not even know yet. It is the same with my adult struggles. By faith, I must look above and beyond the struggle, …looking to Y’shua-Jesus. He is…
- The full measure of deity in bodily form Col. 2:9
- My completer. Col 2:10
- He is my head and is over those want to judge. Col 2:10
- In Him I am a Child of God (Bene Elohiym). Col 2:11
- When I was Anointed (in Christ) I died by faith through baptism to live evermore. Col 2:12
Shooting Blanks Adults have adult fears. Many of them involve powerlessness against sin and fear of death. In Christ I am no longer under the judgement of the judges or umpires of this world. By faith in the Anointing (Christ) my debt from my sin has been paid. The powers of the world have been disarmed and cannot demand capital punishment, having found me guilty. (my sin condemned me to death, which is the only acceptable payment for sin) The Son of God, Y’shua-Jesus, was innocent of ANY sin when he was nailed to the cross. That is why he could pay for my sin, which he was willing to do because He loved me. When the Almighty raised Y’shua from the grave, by faith, he raised me also. Any weapon formed against me is useless because of that amazing gift of love. But sometimes the battle, the wrestling match against me seems to overwhelm me, just as it did when I was a child being flung through the stars. The victory is still the same. Look above it to Y’shua, the Prince of Peace, the King of Glory. The Victory!
Debs in Everett, WA… who looks up, who gets distracted and has to look up again, who believes fellowship and prayer partners are vital, but that Y’shua is enough. Hallelujah!
For this, I am, like Paul, overflowing with gratitude!