In which there is shadow and light

by Craig on March 8, 2012

I believe in Jesus. He believed there are demons, So shouldn't I?source

Talking of shadowy demons will make some think I’m a little “crazy” radical about our faith.

But maybe we should be a little fanatical about our belief…
as if it’s the most important thing in the universe…
as if everything in life revolves around it…
as if I see all things through the prism of Scripture…
and our long line of Christian history…
and our Savior…
and the Spirit…
and our Father…
our God.

Two days ago I pondered why we shrink away from this “fanatical” stance of faith…a 1st century faith…an apostolic kind of faith…a “primitive” faith…a Jesus kind of faith.

Because we do.

I do.

This year, I committed to naming the year “see”
and almost immediately came the pitch darkness
and with that darkness as real as it was…
came the strong impression that it couldn’t possibly be spiritual.

I believe in Jesus. He believed there are demons, So shouldn't I?source

My intention for this year was to make my eyes more heavenly, more spiritual…
and suddenly and subtly my mind began seeing everything as non-spiritual.

I sure didn’t “see” that coming.

I suddenly wanted to say that the minions of the evil one…

demons

weren’t involved…

couldn’t be.

But the one whom I believe to be God…
our Lord…our Savior…Jesus…
he drove demons out of people…
commanded them as someone with complete authority over them.
Jesus thought demons were real – and active.

I speak of demons as if they are real…
then begin acting as though they are not.

I say things like “the Evil One and his minion do their best work undercover, when we don’t admit to their existence.” Then, even as I write about their existence something drives me to dismiss the possibility. What’s up with that?

In this year of “see” – I suddenly find myself struggling to “see”.
Or rather, wanting to see things only with earthly eyes…
after publicly committing to seeing with better eyes…spiritual eyes.

Some hypocrites are harder recognize than others.
Most hypocrites can’t even recognize themselves.

I believe in Jesus. He believed there are demons, So shouldn't I?source

Oh me of little faith.

Everything suddenly seems…only what I can see with regular vision…

struggles…
worries…
weaknesses…
failures…
all material and visible…not spiritual in any way…

and I forget that I believe…

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways – says the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
my thoughts higher than your thoughts. (IS 55:8, 9)

If the man I think is God believed demons to be real…
if the Bible I say I treasure says they are…
if the God I worship says they are…
maybe I need to lift my eyes…
aim my vision a little…

“higher than the earth”.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Cora March 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

“Little faith” and “regular vision.” Those two phrases just jumped out and grabbed me today, Craig. I fit into those catagories, like they are on the diagnosis list of my heart problems. The “Little faith” one I can process quickly as I’ve been there a million times. And there is always a list available to remedy that problem — exercise, prayer, the Word, etc. It’s the “regular vision” one that kept me thinking here. Seeing what’s in front of me, or what I THINK is in front of me as I see shapes and forms in the fogs and mists. And to think that we plan out our days and our whole lives by what we think we see, hear, and feel. To think as He does, to see as He sees, and to walk in His ways accordingly . . . can we ever get there???? I know the answer is yes, but it just seems sometimes that it is a tiring, life-long struggle and I’m not winning. Lately, I find myself digging out some oldies and blowing the dust off them — like “The pursuit of God” by Tozer, etc. I don’t like darkness and stumbling. He tells us to walk in the light, as He is in the light, and that’s where I want to be.

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Craig March 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm

sometimes my friend, your comments are blog posts all by themselves. The thing about the words “little faith”. In Mark when Jesus gets a little peeved about the apostles waking him up on the boat in the middle of the storm, because they should’ve known better, he calls them, in the Greek, literally “little faith ones”. Cora, we are ALL “little faith ones”. We can grow our faith, but will never “get there” in this life – I keep going back to the words I wrote earlier this year “it’s about the quest for perfection, and grace for the quest”. God bless you Cora – I heart your light!

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Martha Orlando March 9, 2012 at 10:40 am

Thank you, Craig, for your inspiration today. You’ve reminded me to “lift my eyes higher” and recognize when I’m letting regular vision cloud my perceptions of what God truly wants for me, for you, for all of us.
Blessings always, my friend!

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Craig March 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Martha my friend, you and I both… You and I…both. To keep reminding myself, what is the purpose of life on this planet, why am I living, why area any of us here, why am I here, is it live and accumulate and die and be forgotten? is it love others and serve and worship the one who created me? when I think with my heart and mind directed towards our Lord the answer is easy – when I lower my vision the answer turns 180° the other way. God is the only thing that points my compass true and keeps it that way. Thank you. God bless you!

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Felecia March 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

I think we need to see the demons because if we act like they’re not there then we lose glory that God has for us to overcome them. Best to see the demons and call on God for help than be mired in waist deep muck with and because of them.
I’m writing a post for Monday (piggybacking on a post I published February 13) about Satan and evil and may link back to yours – with your permission of course.
Fighting the Good fight,
Felecia
PS: In the first line I mistyped “see the” and got “seethe”. Kind of enlightening, eh what?

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Craig March 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

“seize” as a typo would’ve been really inspired! “seethe” is pretty inspired too 【ツ】

And better eyes – I just need… Better… Eyes.

Please remind me on Monday about your post – because it I don’t want to miss it – but I’m afraid I might – busyness and all you know. And of course you can link back silly – in the bloggy world links = love. God bless you Felecia with two e’s

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Layla Payton March 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I’m so glad you said that Craig! I just had a mini panic attack. I realized I never even thought about asking if I could post one of your links.

Yeep!

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Craig March 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

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Layla Payton March 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

LOL? What was the “test” thing all about?

Good stuff here, friend, and great discussions. Wouldn’t the wicked minions (demons) of the spirit world just loooooooove it if we pretended they were nothing but fairy tales and such? Boy, they surely could get away with a lot and never have to receive any blame. They could just quietly get by with death and destruction, while we sit back, sipping tea, and discussing niceties.

Know your enemy.

Ready.

Aim.

FIRE!!!

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Craig March 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

I really hurt your spunk! You ARE spunky!

“Know your enemy.

Ready.

Aim.

FIRE!!!” 【◠‿◠】

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