Todays Devotional Redeux…
2 Corinthians 10:5b
“Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
Paul said ” I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ.”
The word project here means:
an image recalled by memory; an indefinite or unformed conception; an entity (as a thought, concept, sensation, or image) acutally or potentially present to consciousness.
Any thought or imagination, that wants to block out the sound of God’s voice in one’s life.
We are to control our minds. We are to see to it that we present everything to the Word of God. Everything!
My Utmost for His Highest ~ Oswald Chambers
” In our Lord’s life every project ( thought) was disciplined to the will of HIs Father. There was not a movement of an impulse of His own will as distinct from His Father’s ~ ” The Son can do nothing of Himself'”
Christians tend to do otherwise. We try to do things according to our understanding of God’s Word. Because we go to church two times a week, we know the Word. But hearing the Word is not enough, we must listen and listen and get these teaching into ourselves to transform our Spirits.
It is our Spirit that is Born Again, our flesh remains in conflict with that.
The living logos (Jesus) is immediate upon rebirth in Christ. The written logos (the Word, Bible) is progressive.
I remember that before I was Born Again, I read the bible. I had a head knowledge of the Word of God. When I got reborn, it came to life, I suddenly, immediately understood the Word of God. The Word came alive, in me, in my spirit.
Now, I struggle sometimes, very much so. As I struggle it is difficult to remain in the Word. It takes Determined Discipline !
Chambers says, ” True earnestness is found in obeying God, not in the inclination to serve Him that is born of undisciplined human nature. It is inconceivable, but true nevertheless, that saints are not bringing every project into captivity, but are doing work for God at the instigation of their own human nature which has not been spiritualized by determined disciple.”
It isn’t about just works. It is about making sure our every move is on the path, as best we can. It is most definately my mind that pulls me to the left or right of True, in my life. I, most times, cannot even blame an attack of the enemy. My human nature tested only against my understanding, looking for God in the world. A waste of time.
Chambers ~ ” We are apt to forget that man is not only committed to Jesus Christ for salvation; he is committed to Jesus Christ’s view of God, of the world, of sin and of the devil, and this will mean that he must recognize the responsibility of being transformed by the renewing of his mind.”
Being transformed by the renewing of my mind in the Word of God alone.
I have been in transition for about two years now… My sponsor has me working steps * Twelve Step Christianity * ~ and we are about to start a personalized counseling/self-help program to help me find the roots. I think I may be into one too many programs!
The Word says I must transform my mind with the Word of God Alone. Bringing every thought captive, proved by the word of God alone.
I am determined…