April 22, 2023

Bob Maas
“Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:4-7

My primary arena of conflict is in my mind. Everything else is peripheral.

When I am winning the battles that take place in my thoughts I am victorious everywhere else. When I lose, the opposite is true.

I am grateful that when I am abiding in Christ, I see the battlefield from His perspective. He is my Commander and when I see myself seated with Christ in the heavenly realm, I am able to become the observer of my thoughts and see them as the warriors engaged in battle. It is the perspective from which I am able to reign in victory continuously.

My ego, however, is incessantly trying to subvert me and engage me in meaningless drama and conversation. The moment I give it any form of attention I start down a slippery slope that takes me temporarily away from the awareness of who I am in Christ.

I pray that God will help me keep my thoughts centered in obedience to Him.