We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
Recently I had the privilege of watching the movie “Luca” with a group of kids. My favorite line was the exclamation “Silencio Bruno!” One of the characters makes his little buddy shout it over and over before explaining the meaning. Bruno is the name the older character has given the negative voice in his own head.
We all have a “Bruno” inside our minds that tries to get us to shrink back from all God has called us out to. As God’s Word advises, take captive, silence, any voice that speaks contrary to His Truth over you.
How do you decipher the lie from the truth (because knowing the depths of ourselves, the lies can be pretty convincing)?! The only way is to hold the lie up to the fire of God’s Word. Any lie or stronghold will be demolished, burned up, destroyed, taken captive, silenced by the Word of Truth.
If “Bruno” gets you running to the Word of Truth time and time again, then the negative pressure has become a privilege. Pressure is a privilege because it gets you to rely on the precious promises of God. God isn’t expecting perfection but a heart that desires to pick up and press in past the plummet of failings.
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. “For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. (NLT) And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. (NIV) Hebrews 10:35-39
God only creates beautiful, creative, capable, equipped, valuable vessels He can use as a display of His splendor! He knows we ALL fall short of His glory and so He came as our Redeemer. His Word exemplifies the continued use of the imperfect that are willing to perfectly press in within the pressure for the privilege of relying on the power of His promises.
Today, dear one, “Silencio Bruno!” (and maybe consider who you might encourage to silence “Bruno” in their own head) and press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 3:14)
God bless you muchly~