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Topic: ALL TALK, NO ACTION (01/10/19)
- TITLE: Conversations In My Head
By Karlene Jacobsen
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I bet you think youâ€™re pretty tough, now that you have spread rumors about town, eh? Iâ€™ve heard the names: blow-heart; all wind, no smoke; all bark, no bite â€¦ haha. I find it laughable referring to me as one who canâ€™t wrap my teeth around a piece of flesh and tear it apart. We all know that I have a bigger bite than one would admit.
See all the teeth marks in those who are wounded? They limp around certain the next time I show up theyâ€™re going to be maimed or worse â€¦
What I donâ€™t find funny is the all talk, no action accusation youâ€™ve been spreading. Just because you donâ€™t see me work doesnâ€™t mean I sit around all day showering my days with promises I canâ€™tâ€”or wonâ€™tâ€”fulfill. Oh. Believe me. I fully intend to complete the work I have begun. I just donâ€™t have to do anything.
In fact, my plan is working. Itâ€™s in motion as we dither about with this little conversation.
You see, I have you so wrapped up in your distrust of others that you canâ€™t see that I have blinded you to the beauty they offer. I have kept you from experiencing the fullness of life you read about in your Bible. You have even said to yourself that maybe the Bible promises are all talk, no action.
Yes. My plan is working beautifully. I donâ€™t have to lift a finger to complete this task. I simply speak the words into your ear, and you run with it. Youâ€™re doing it for me. Spreading unbelief and doubt in your heart is the best strategy I have used against you. Now tell me, what has He done to dispel these matters within you? My plan is unstoppable.
I will respond to this once then I will leave it in the hands of my Counselor. I have been too long in the shadows of doubt and fear, waging war with unseen forces scarring my heart to the point of numbness. Since I have found this statement of your strategy, I can see that you are not as I once believed. No. You are a force to be reckoned with. However, I have to disagree with you on this one thing. Your plan is not succeeding.
As I read your words, truthful as you think you are, I found myself shaking my head as I remembered moments of clarity when my Father, who spoke words of freedom and victory in that Bible, showed me how precious my life is to Him. While He is able to cut through your web of half-truths and outright lies, you continue to believe that you have an unbreakable grip.
You claim that He has shown Himself to be unresponsive and uninvolved. Less action and more talk than you.
I can assure you, His work, His actions, His words, have outweighed anything you could ever place in the balance. If His work had ended at the cross, it would be enough for me; but, He continues to unravel the grave clothes from my soul as though I were Lazarus just stepping from the tomb.
Before you speak another word, let me tell you this, I have participated too long in your plots, unwittingly as I may have done. I have spent far too many nights talking about how I wanted freedom from insecurity and doubt. Today, I am dispensing with speech. I am taking action.
Your plan has failed.
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