I am an avid reader of fiction. I am also a Christian. So when I read a story that is not identifiable as a Christian fiction and find the Holy Spirit speaking to me through the imagery, I love it. God knows I understand things better when my imagination is engaged.
My current read struck a chord with me. The heroine is faced with a threat to her world that she cannot overcome. She is a half blood queen. Half fae and half human. Her power, or magic, flows from her fae heritage, but her human blood hinders her ability to strengthen the wards that prevent the destruction of her land.
Okay? Stop there! Faeries and magic are definitely not Christian. I may offend some Christians but such is life.
So back to my story…
I haven’t read the part where she will overcome her limitations, but I know she will. It was the half blood issue that the Spirit sparked in me. I feel like a half blood most times. I know I have access through Christ Jesus, to an amazing amount of power (read fae blood/fae magic equals kingdom adopted/kingdom power,) Yet I feel limited (read human blood equals human blood.)
A number of scriptures came to mind:
And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.Romans 7:18-19 (NLT)
I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit. Without Me, you will accomplish nothing.John 15:5 (VOICE)
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’”John 3:5-7 (ESV)
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.Romans 8:6 (NLT)
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
The battle between our flesh and our spirit is real. Without God in our lives we are fighting a losing battle. How awesome then is it that the Spirit of God comes into our lives to live in us and fortify us to accomplish what we could never do without him. One more thing I want to point out: it is our mind that is the battlefield. Here is one more scripture that came to mind:
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (ESV)
What I am seeing as I write this is my own struggle with complacency. I just want things to flow and grow and be beautiful, I don’t want to be challenged by depression, anxiety, or fear. But it takes the weapons of heaven to capture this nature that fights for dominance.
Thank God, he provides all I need to be victorious!
Grace & Peace,