2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down of strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing EVERY THOUGHT INTO CAPTIVITY to the OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST.
There are two words I have noticed that seem to dominate the Stock Market language: RESPOND and REACT.
React means to act in an opposing or contrary manner; to exert an equal force in the opposite direction to an acting force.
Respond means to react favorably.
Hence, when we hear that the Stock Market reacted, it simply means they made more losses than gains. But on the other hand, when the word respond is used, it means the prices of the shares shot up sharply. The most amazing thing about the Stock Market is, there is no guarantee of tomorrow. What you have today, may not necessary be what you will wake up to the next day. That said, the stock market does not act as an independent body, but rather is heavily influenced by the circumstances from without. In other words, there are no standard rules in the stock market world.
However, faith in God works differently. Unlike the stock market, faith does not react or respond according to external circumstances. Faith is CONSTANT. Faith is SURE. Faith gives you GUARANTEE of the end result. Faith causes one to ASSIMILATE with the one who is the AUTHOR AND THE FINISHER OF OUR FAITH.
Until six months ago, my family and I led a relatively quiet life, minding our own business. Then without warning, one storm after another began rocking our world, our security and sense of stability. There were tears, and questions and doubts. Like the Stock Market world, we reacted or respond according to the circumstances without in an effort to protect our sanity.
Then at the beginning of this week, I began hearing the Lord putting into my heart these words;
‘THE CIRCUMSTANCES WITHOUT HAVE NOT CHANGED NOR CANNOT ALTER MY PROMISE TO YOU. IT IS YOU WHO NEED TO CONFORM.’ In other words, it is I, who needs to pull down strongholds, cast down arguments and all lofty thoughts which says that God is unable to bring His promises to pass based on the circumstances we are facing. Friend, trust me on this one…it is not easy but it is possible. I am taking one step a time towards bringing EVERY THOUGHT into captivity to the obedience of Christ so that I may lay hold of what He has in store for me and my family.
I don’t know where you are in your faith walk but I do know that when you conform and become ONE MINDED IN CHRIST…the circumstances without will have no power over you.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being SURE of what we hope for, and CERTAIN of what we do not see.