Read: II Corinthians 10:1-18
Think: Paul is in a heated battle with some of the leaders of the Corinthian church. He is frustrated with the rebellious thinking they are stirring up within the church, so he writes, “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons to knock down strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
Act: Paul, who has planted—and loves—the church in Corinth, is irritated with them. He challenges their thinking, suggesting that they should take their thoughts—and minds—captive to Christ, not comparing “themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement.” Today, ask yourself, “Do I allow Christ to influence my thinking more than I allow my peers or culture to influence me?” Today, spend time in your journal and Bible. Identify at least one thought you have held onto that is contrary to God’s Word and His standards. Ask Jesus to take it and change it and give You His thoughts. This kind of “faith in action” will begin a personal revival in your life—a new obedience to God. Go for it!
Pray: Dear Jesus, I am growing more and more convinced that my mind is a battle ground in which I must let You knock down strongholds and destroy false arguments in my thinking. Today, take my thoughts captive to You, Jesus. Give me new thoughts—Your thoughts. I am ready for revival—a new obedience to You and Your Word! Amen.
Be full of faith today!