It's easy sometimes to forget who our enemies are. I'll admit that I get frustrated a lot with certain things I see going on, and I believe that that is ok as long as it doesn't lead to bitterness or a lack of love; things that are truly wrong should cause concern (not human anger or worry).
It seems that we live in a time where a lot of humanistic thinking has been widely accepted (including in the church), and God's Word is largely rejected. Truth is out the window.
I had scouted this location a couple weeks prior to this particular image. It was a cool surprise to see this rock wall in the middle of the woods and I'm glad I was able to make some kind of composition with it. Both times I went it was incredibly foggy, which I love for photography. Woodlands are not my specialty by any means, I find it actually quite hard. I hope the results are faithful to the real life scene.
When I first went and photographed this spot, it made me think about the episode in Pilgrim's Progress where Christian and his companion find their way into doubting castle. This go around the title "Stronghold" comes to mind and it makes me think about what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:1-6.
I'll just share verses 3-5: "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,"
Paul had enemies in the Corinthian church, false apostles which were causing havoc among the believers there. He wasn't going to let them have their way, but he also knew that the battle was to be fought on a spiritual level. The Christians life is one of warfare. God has given us the proper armor and weaponry (Ephesians 6:10-17, I'd include vs. 18 as well).
We do have enemies, but using worldly wisdom and humanistic tactics will not bring victory. As believers, we need to fight on our knees and be in the Word, being conformed to the image of Christ. We stand for righteousness, but we do all things in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).
So whether the fortresses and strongholds we face are built up in our doubts and thoughts, or in the moral issues of the day, we fight error with truth. Our thinking needs to be brought under the authority of God's Word. We need the gospel, and so do others.
So as Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12, let us fight the good fight of faith.
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by: Jeremey Voit
Jeremey is a photographer based in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. He loves travel, nature, and experiencing and sharing the beauty of God's creation.