I’ve just finished watching Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It is my favorite book of the Narnia series. While the movie missed many details from the original story, it did a good job of capturing the moral of the tale: temptations will lead us away from the purpose of our lives. If we give in to them, it could cost us our lives.
In the movie, those temptations manifest as the “green mist.” It can change form, whisper things, and promises whatever the heart desires. It can even manifest into one’s greatest fears. As the heroes of the story travel through the land of Narnia on their quest, they encounter the remains of fallen kings that have bought into the lies of the mist - many of them dead, three in an eternal sleep, and one driven to madness.
Lucy, Edmond, Eustace, and Caspian, the main characters of the story, encountered temptations of their own. Lucy almost cast a spell that wished away her existence because she wanted to be her sister so badly. The mist promised to make her whoever she wishes to be. Edmond, tempted by the promise of riches and power, almost killed Caspian. Eustace, hoarded a dragon’s treasures, and turned into a dragon himself. All of them were saved from destruction, by the power or influence of Aslan, who is essentially God in the Narnian world.
Watching this movie was a good reminder to myself that every day, there are advertisement, companies, and people that will make many promises to make us more beautiful, more successful, more desirable, more famous, more rich, more happy, but all of those things lack true substance - once achieved, they bring nothing but emptiness.
Only God can give us what we truly desire from the depths of our hearts, and that desire is for Himself - to be in His presence, and to enjoy Him with the people we hold dear to us. Nothing else will suffice except the love of our lord Jesus Christ.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord! Many people today might find it difficult to see themselves as “good” in the eyes of God, but did you know that in the original Greek, this word means “strong” like a warrior? In other words, when you stand strong, when you are willing to fight the good fight of faith, you are giving God something to work with. He is ordering your steps. He’s making a way when there seems to be no way. He’s clearing a path for you, and He is delighting in you. That means He is pleased with your attitude of courage. He is pleased that you are taking a stand for what is right. He is pleased that you are putting Him first place and relying completely on Him.
Remember, God loves your passion for Him. He loves it when you come boldly to His throne of grace. He is honored when you stand and fight the good fight of faith. If you are facing difficulty today, know that God wants to lift you up and give you His strength. Receive it by faith today. Dig your heels in knowing that He is ordering your steps; and when God is leading you, He’s always leading you in the path of victory!
A magazine once said that in a relationship, it’s good to keep some the mystery alive to make things more interesting. God kind of takes that to the extreme, but I am delighted and find myself surprised by joy when He unveils new and miracoulous things.
But that’s what makes life exciting and not stale.
Writing for no one and not to please any one. It feels good that my name isn’t attached to this blog even if my face is through my profile picture.
Sometimes it just feels good to write without wondering what people will think or say. Having little filter of the thoughts and words and just pouring out the inner chaos. Social media drains me, and a little bit of solitude, a little bit of obscurity like this tumblr…is a really good thing.
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Quote by John Piper.
” He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29, NIV).
Oftentimes, when we are facing a difficulty, it’s easy to become weary in our minds and emotions. Trying to figure it all out in our own strength can be exhausting. But we weren’t meant to try to figure everything out, we were meant to trust. We were meant to call on Him and let Him be the hero of our story!
The Bible says in Isaiah that when you cry to God for help, as soon as He hears, He will answer you! He will give you strength when you are weary and increase your power when you feel weak. No matter what is going on in your life today, God is greater than any obstacle or difficulty you may be facing. Do you need strength to overcome a challenge in your life? Do you need power to stand strong in the midst of a storm? Call on Him and He will hear you. Open your heart, and by faith, receive His strength and might. Let Him empower you to live in victory and overcome all the days of your life!