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intrusive presence of things
Mon Oct 30, 2017 08:18

“Secularism, materialism, and the intrusive presence of things have put out the light in our souls and turned us into a generation of zombies.”

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” (1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV)

“The intrusive presence of things have put out the light in our souls.” A.W. Tozer wrote this sometime around 1960 when we were making great strides in technology. He died in 1963 so he didn’t get to see men on the moon, microwave ovens, personal computers, cell phones, digital cameras, and many other things that we have today. But he could see how “things” have a way of being intrusive. To fully understand how intrusion works I go to Webster’s dictionary for the definition of the word intrude. Share this with me: “to thrust, push or force something, or oneself and one’s thoughts upon others without being asked or welcomed.” Today we have an invasion of things in our live that we don’t ask for and many times don’t even want. Not only can things be intrusive, but thoughts also can be very intrusive. We don’t ask for certain thoughts, they just seem to pop up at times. My first experience with intrusive thoughts was right after my return from Vietnam. I found myself thinking about Nam all the time. Us vets called these thoughts “flashbacks,” but the shrinks called them “intrusive thoughts.” I remember when I would hear fireworks and explosions, immediately I would think of Vietnam. When I heard sirens I would think of Nam. When I would hear or see a helicopter, or a jet, I would again think of Vietnam. When I would see soldiers in uniform I would think of Nam. If I was walking in the woods and would see a vine I would think of trip-wires. I did not ask for these thoughts to appear, they were intrusive and made an appearance with out being asked. These intrusive thoughts still occur today, but by the grace of God and the peace that I have found in knowing Jesus Christ they are not a threat to my mind, spirit, or body. It has taken some work though. I located a few Christian counselors at the VA hospital that I was able to confide in and share my experiences with. We don’t always talk about the Lord, it is not government policy. But I do find there to be something about being in the presence of another Christian that brings about a third element of spirituality, whether it is mentioned or not. Today as I have learned from my experience with intrusive thoughts, I try to place intrusive “things” in their proper place also. They are just things. If they start to control my life I need to back up a bit and take a self-examination. For me I have found great solace in reading the Word of God. In the actual turning of the page, and underlining with my own pencil, this simple “thing,” the written Word, keeps the light that Jesus brought into world burning. As long as I fan the flames regularly and kindle the fire with words from God, things will be just that, things. God has done for me what I could not do for myself…………………….wolf

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    • intrusive presence of things — wolf, Mon Oct 30 08:18
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