“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
The apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthians. I dare say this passage of scripture is not for the casual believer, but demonstrates the sold out love attitude of the apostle who was determined to fulfill the will of God for his life and to be the best representation of Jesus in his world. We too can adopt this same attitude. I believe this is the mindset of the believer who pursues God with his whole heart, always waiting and watching for the Lord’s direction and action, one who listens closely, because he knows he needs answers from Heaven in order to navigate life. The fact remains: we do not know everything, no matter how smart we are.
It is written in Psalm 103:7 “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.….that Israel knew God’s acts, but Moses knew his ways. What’s the difference?
Does that describe you today? You know God’s acts, you’ve heard of Him, you have heard that He does great things for people, but do you know His ways? Have you experienced these things? Knowing His ways takes time in His presence. Moses knew God’s ways because he spent time with God in the tent of meeting, getting to know God. That is what we must do also to know His ways. We can know Him like Moses did. We have a much better covenant with God in this age than Moses did. God desires us to know him intimately.
If you did not actually live with your husband or wife or children, but observed their lives from a distance, you would only know what they do, which is not the same as an intimate relationship with them, living beside them day after day, where you get to see closely what makes them tick, what their personality is. You would only know their ways if you lived intimately with them.
We are instructed by this same apostle to renew our minds in the book of Romans. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2. The promise with that is that when we renew our minds, we will find the will of God! We can change our thinking, and we ought to! Before salvation, our minds have been trained by the world and the devil. We believed lies. Once God’s Spirit comes to dwell in us through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we are connected to His mind, His thoughts. Our thinking changes as we study His word and spend time with Him.
I believe that, in the times that we live in, it is more imperative than ever that we guard our minds and “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” and His word, in order to avoid the deception and lies that are out there. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8.
Witness the bizarre behavior of some who occupy our current world. It is evidence to me that deception has taken a major leap forward and those who are not committed to truth are falling for lies in a huge way. It is clear a major division among the population is taking place, a division between those who will believe the lie and those who will not. In a world that has decided there are no absolutes, we must be absolutely committed to the truth found in the word of God in these times if we are to avoid gross deception.
Dear Jesus, our world is quickly changing and, at least for the moment, does not appear to be heading in the right direction. We place our confidence in You as the only answer to our dilemma. We commit to pursuing You and the knowledge of Your Word as the only place to find answers. I welcome Your Holy Spirit to come into my life and be my Teacher in all things. I expect You to tell me all things I need to know as You have promised. Psalm 119:105 says Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I trust it above all things. I pray for Your light in changing my thoughts when they do not glorify You. I love You Jesus and thank You for everything You have done.