Sunday, February 7, 2010

ACTD: Day 8 Castles & Captives

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 10:4-5

What does it mean to take our thoughts captive to Christ? I've always thought it should be easy to take a thought captive... I mean, it sounds relatively easy... You know, all you have to do is identify the thought, "arrest" it & submit it to the authority of Jesus. But an enemy doesn't just walk up to your door & say "Here I am!" And an enemy, once arrested, probably wouldn't just throw up his hands & say "Ok, you win, I'll do whatever you say." No, he would be shifty & most likely fight.

In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Paul knew this & reminds us that yes, it is a fight... that weapons will come into play (Which frankly, for some reason, completely does NOT fit with my original vision of taking a thought captive. Probably why the process has never seemed to work incredibly well for me).

Paul seems to imply that we don't only go after the thought, we go after the whole kit & caboodle. We follow it back to its lair & wage full on war. We demolish strongholds, arguments & pretentions that set themselves up against the knowledge of God and we MAKE them obedient to Christ. That means I not only go into battle, I have to capture the stronghold & somehow make my new found P.O.W. thoughts submit to Christ. How can I do all that? Well, I have this sword. And not just any sword, but the Sword of (you guessed it) the Spirit. The Word. The Bible. Jesus gives us an idea of how to use it in Matthew 4 when He was being tempted by the devil. Paul tells us about the sword in Hebrews 4:12 & in Ephesians 6:10-18, he reminds us to put on our armour so we can be ready for battle. Truth, righteousness, readiness. Salvation, faith & the Word are what we have to protect us. Do we know how to use all this stuff effectively? Apparently I've been running into battles half cocked & willy nilly...

Here's an interesting article on ThinkQwest about how castles were attacked in the middle ages... Look for spiritual parallels! The ememy's game plan looks very familiar...
http://library.thinkquest.org/10949/fief/hisiege.html

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