Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 30, 2015
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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 10:3-5
Being a history buff—I hope to visit the Churchill War Rooms one day. It was here in an expansive underground bunker Winston Churchill and his Cabinet were protected from the relentless Blitz on Britain. They persevered, planned against and eventually overcame the enemy. So I ask myself, “Boyd, what is your game plan to come against the merciless attacks of your spiritual enemies—the world, the flesh and the devil?” The bunker of my belief in Jesus protects me. In prayer I receive heaven’s orders on how to overcome the enemy. Prayer is my war room.
Paul speaks of spiritual weapons not of this world. Like dynamite destroys hardened objects, so the divine power of Christ demolishes strongholds in our soul. The stronghold of fear is crushed by trust in Christ. The stronghold of lust melts away under the heat of selfless love. The stronghold of greed is abolished by hilarious generosity. Indeed, the power of God within us imprisons lies and converts disobedient thoughts to obedient action. The Holy Spirit already knows the winning strategy for the saved. Yes, the Spirit’s power fills a humble, submitted soul.
“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him [Jesus]—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—and he will delight in the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2).
Our first step in biblical thinking is to take captive thoughts from the culture that are contrary to Christ. When the culture redefines marriage, we take prisoner its propaganda and stand on the scriptural standard for marriage: one man and one woman for life. When society slowly begins to accept a third gender, we lovingly hold to God’s creation of male and female in His image. Disciplined thinking protects us from stinking thinking. To love is to keep our thoughts true to the truth of God. We love well when our thoughts and actions align with obedience to Christ.
The tension to live in the world, but not of the world never goes away, until we get to the next world. Furthermore, prayer is the divine process that protects us from ourselves. When we read God’s Word it renews our mind with right thinking. One effective way to confront lies is to crowd them out of our conscience with truth. A mind full of wisdom has no room for foolishness. Like life-giving water oozes from an oasis, so scripture seeps into a thirsty soul. It refreshes and protects us from a mirage of vain imaginations. Prayer is our righteous war room.
“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:47).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may the weapons of my warfare be prayer, truth and trust in You.
Related Readings: Isaiah 2:11-12; Jeremiah 23:29; 1 Corinthians 2:5; 2 Corinthians 6:7
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