Word 4U Today



In the film The Matrix, Neo discovers that his mind has the ability to create and affect the world around him. He can withstand bullets, jump 100ft gaps, and bend spoons – just by focusing every ounce of his mental energy on the ‘truth’ (and by engaging his intense stare/squared-jaw combo, naturally). He learns the hard way that the moment he loses sight of that truth, the world around him has the ability to crush him. The battle is primarily in his mind.

The Bible says that the truth (salvation, rather than sci-fi) sets you free (John 8: 32 NIV), but that’s not a one-time event.

Your mind is a battleground, and knowing Jesus doesn’t make you immune to very real attacks of despair, fear, or self-pity.

Sometimes, we just don’t have the mental energy, and that’s ok.

But the ability to remind yourself of His truth in the middle of the turmoil is the difference between bending spoons or not.

Verses like Joshua 1:9Deuteronomy 31: 6Jeremiah 15: 20Psalm 23:4 and Isaiah 12:2 (Yep, go on and look ‘em up) – they exist to make you strong when the world tries to crush you. Can you feel your faith bubble up when you read them? That’s the kind of truth to build your life on.

What now?

Count the ‘spoons’ in your life, and imagine laying them out in front of you. They might represent hopelessness, fear, hurt – any number of discouragements. As soon as the worries start to wage war in your head, declare with certainty: ‘I will not be afraid. The Lord God himself will fight for me.’

“Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Joy Ferdiz

April 11th, 2014

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