Are there ways to lose sight of a goal as one is in motion? I wonder sometimes if that has occurred in my life over the years. In the midst of pursuing a goal, I become so focused on the goal that I actually lose sight of the goal. It’s amazing at times the amount of contradiction that surfaces in my life. I believe and move in one way rather than remaining open to parallel paths toward the same goal.
The image that comes to mind is that of a person banging his head against a wall expecting said wall to move. There are times when the comes down, but it has nothing to do with my banging. The Spirit of God brings it down. Psalm 18:29 reveals a promise in scripture that by our loving and merciful God the Psalmist is able to leap over a wall. Who could fail to embrace such a promise? If I connect the Psalmist’s words with the apostle Paul’s in 2 Cor. 10, I see the manner of overcoming walls along my path.
The apostle Paul reveals in 2 Cor. 10:3-6 that three things construct strongholds or fortresses in our lives. They are arguments, lofty opinions, and thoughts. When bundled up together in one heart, one soul, those form strongholds in a person’s life. It is no longer possible to remain in motion with the Spirit of God. There is another layer to this notion of strongholds. I might be stuck as a result of the stronghold; however, if I face the stronghold by the Spirit of God, then dealing with it is a way of remaining in motion.
Any number of things lead to strongholds in a believer’s life. Those could be past and present hurts, sin patterns, wrong beliefs about God, self-reliance, and many more. Over time, these ways of thinking, believing, and speaking form strongholds, which plop themselves right along our path. The apostle Paul points out that the war we fight is in the Spirt, and it requires spiritual weapons (2 Cor. 10:3-4, ESV).
To remain in motion means to engage in the battle according to the Spirit. It is not about living a life of strict asceticism, which Paul denounces in Colossians 2:20-23. Following Jesus is not learning how to manage my sin, but yielding the sin to him at the cross. It is there that I die to the sin, and then allow Christ’s resurrection power to raise up this area of life that had been in bondage to sin. Jesus did not offer us new life in him only to become managers of our sin. Are you in motion?