Do you ride horses? I haven’t recently,but many years ago I remember a time when a friend took me on a short ride. We had stopped for a bit, the gentle mare I was riding bent her head down and began to graze on the grass there at her hooves. “Don’t let her do that” my friend said,
You should always maintain control over a horse…once they get the idea in their head that they have the control they’re just no good to be ridden anymore!
A horse is an extremely strong animal, much stronger than any man! Despite this obvious physical superiority they can be trained to do various tasks using a small “bit” in their mouth that’s attached to a set of leather reins. Many horse trainers also use a whip or some similar instrument to terrorize the animal,seizing upon it’s natural fear of man to bring it under submission.
There are only a few animals that seem to have no natural fear of man! One such animal is a Cottonmouth snake also known as a “Water Moccasin”.
Another is the particularly aggressive Salt Water Crocodile. Include Grizzly bears,Great White Sharks,and Elephants! What most of these animals have in common is their extreme territorial nature. They own their domain and take any challenge either real or imagined very,very seriously…
Fear is extremely powerful. To this day I still don’t care to swim in the ocean because the movie Jaws scared me so much! And snakes? forget about it! Especially a Cottonmouth,they scare me to death!
Consider the role fear plays in each of our lives, are we like the horse? Do we let ourselves be “ridden” by a much less powerful creature who subdues us with fear and uses a bit of some kind to steer us? What would happen if we understood how powerful we are and decided to take control of our situations?
We wouldn’t be any good to be ridden anymore would we?
Are you sick of your life being one bad thing after another? Of being depressed or anxious because your life is just an endless stream of disappointments and failures? Do you worry about things that might happen, or sometimes just feel hopeless about your situation? Do you ever wonder what’s the point of living if it’s just a pain in the butt that you somehow manage to survive!
You may have someone on your back riding you…
Okay sure, I can relate to some of the symptoms you mentioned and I am sick of it but what can I do about it?
I’m glad you asked but right off the bat I’m going to tell you that whoever or whatever is on your back will not give up without a fight. How do you suppose a horse would go about getting someone off their back? They’d rare up and throw them off that’s how! No mamby pamby pleading with it or half measures here will get the job done. It doesn’t matter what issue it is that’s got you down, they’re all weapons formed against you by the enemy which is attacking you on a spiritual level and so you have to use the much more powerful spiritual weapons available to you to defeat it!
The number one weapon is Gods word!
A book of your rights as a child of the Most High God. A personal love letter to you that’s filled with lifesaving promises which are truth, that when spoken by you to your problems carry His same authority and are guaranteed to scatter the comparatively petty demons that are making your life miserable! You will get immediate relief, but they’ll be back to see if you’re serious or if you really meant what you said so continue to read The Word and hide it in your heart so that you’ll be ready to put another “whoopin” on ’em when they do!
If, I’m sorry…WHEN you run into trouble, or just aren’t getting the kind of relief you’re seeking you need to find a group of believers and ask them to agree with you in prayer over your needs. Here’s where it can get tricky, first off you’ll have to face your fear of walking into a church and at some point asking to be prayed over. That’s when our enemy will do everything he can to prevent this from happening and you from being helped! Try it, but be ready when our enemy starts to tighten is grip of fear around you and begins to speak lies to you because he most definitely will!
After all, he wants to continue to ride you…
You may go to a church and the people there seem like they don’t know what you’re talking about or that might even say,
“We don’t do that sort of thing here”
At which point just say “Okay thanks” and just keep looking until you do find one!
When you do find some other believers and you and them pray together, the only way the Holy Spirit can work is for you to have faith. You’ve got to believe that Gods word and His promises are true, if you doubt that God can fix your problem or that He loves you enough to do it then you close yourself off. If you doubt that God is willing to fix it you’ll do the same thing. God loves you, He can do all things,and He is willing!
Matthew 8:2-3 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Tragically, our situation as Christians is that even though we may understand that through Christ we’ve been set free from the penalty of sin for all eternity we don’t seem to realize that eternity starts here and now! Someday all of us will stand before the Father and give an accounting of our lives. I’m sure we’ll tell Him about the many struggles we faced and point to our circumstances that kept us down. We may even try to explain that the reason we didn’t grab hold of the plan He had for us and become all He designed us to be is that we were paralyzed with fear.
You know what I think He’ll say?
What did you do with My Son?
In conclusion, I think that this is the whole point I’m trying to make…
If you’re saved by faith in Christ, you’ve been born again to rule over those things that would rule over you.
5 replies on “I’m afraid you’re right!”
You had me at “horse.” Your point is well taken. Folks who say they believe in the God of the Bible because they fear eternal fire are being guided (reins and bit) not by the same God, but by the enemy. Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden light.
Domination of a horse is no different. When fear or pain is the means of control there is only a temporary “partnership.” The moment the horse realizes there is another option he will flee. But let the rider offer worthy leadership, safety and security, the horse offers himself fully.
In Jesus Christ we have the most worthy leader.
Man has many of the same flaws as a horse but not all of the horse’s strengths. As you wrote, let the horse think it is in control and it is no good to ride anymore. Let a man think he is in control and he is no good eternally either.
Thanks for sharing a great message.
Lynn, I was counting on your input here! You are of course correct about the distinction between what it means to be a servant and what it means to be a slave!
Just as you have so eloquently written about on your blog,
,it’s based on the whole nature of the relationship we desire to have!
That’s an unavoidable choice for us all!
As Leonard Ravenhill wrote often in his books: “Our biggest sins at the Judgment Seat of Christ will not be ones of commission, but rather, ones of omission.”
And not taking the time to meditate and study on God’s word will probably be at the top of the list for most of us.
Good to see you’re still writing good stuff. Especially the bit about “eternity” starts now.