Sunday, September 20, 2009
Every Thought Captive
1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 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, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, New King James Version
Every Thought Captive
Does lowly mean weak? For some reason we tend to associate the words, "lowly" and "meek" with weakness. However, it takes more strength to remain lowly than it does to let our tempers flare at the least provocation.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
This is such a simple statement and yet so difficult for us to accomplish. When attacked verbally, our first response is to lash out at the audacity the person who dares to demean or discredit us in any way. Is that the proper response for the Christian? What kind of example did Christ give to us?
Christ, the Son of God, the God Man, who thought it not robbery to declare Himself equal with God, came to this wicked and sinful word in meekness and lowliness. Was He born into a king's palace, and lavished with the best things this earth could offer? Was He proclaimed and honored from His birth as the Messiah who would save people from their sins? No! He was despised and rejected by the very men He came to save!
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.
We are not here to defend our own righteousness, but rather, we are here to proclaim and defend the Gospel of Christ. In doing so it is important that we bring, not just every word we utter, but rather, every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
Let us pray today for the grace of God to become lowly and meek in character and proclaim Christ, and not ourselves; and, let us also pray that God would graciously work in our hearts and lives that we may bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
God Bless You,