Jeremiah 17:9

I love fantasy movies, books, and comics. When I was a kid I wanted to be Batman (but honestly, who didn’t?). Even today I still really enjoy fantasy novels and yes, I did go watch The Avengers and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Now, we are all created differently because God is creative and didn’t want a world full of automatons. Thank you, Jesus! So while you may not be as in to fantasy and such as I am, I hope you are able to find some edification from my musings!

I’m very happy to have the imagination I have, it gave me endless hours of entertainment as a child, but there’s always a catch right? That same imagination that brought fantastic adventures as a child, has now grown into a powerful tool, a tool for creative expression and inspiration and a tool for dreadful sin. I’ll be honest with you, I’m thankful you all can’t get inside my head because let me tell you, it can be a terrifying place.

I feel the Lord has been confronting me a lot lately with the wickedness of my “heart” and “mind”. The Christian rapper, Flame, has a song where he addresses the issue of the heart and it’s deceitful ways. As I listened I thought about Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?”

It’s crazy! This beautiful gift full of creative thoughts, wonderful dreams, and righteous desires, was transformed, by man’s sin in the Garden of Eden, into a “desperately wicked” tool for evil! Jesus says that even hating someone with your heart is as murder (Matt 15:19), if you look on a woman with lust you’re an adulterer, etc. And as I say to myself, “I wish I could tear you out, you filthy imagination!” I remembered Jesus’ words, “You shall love the lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.” Luke 10: 27

Conviction much?! Guys, I need prayers. Please pray for this battle ground that is my “heart” and “mind”. I want to give God the glory through my thoughts as well as my deeds, but it’s only going to happen through God’s grace and strength.

And to all you who struggle also, you’re not alone.

Just some thoughts from a sanctified sinner:
Mark

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