Bringing every thought into captivity
1 Corinthians 10:5 - Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
This message is in continuation to the previous two messages we received.
Do not pursue vain things - 1 Samuel 12:20, 21, 22
Breaking Idols - Exodus 23:24-25
There was a sister who was speaking to me yesterday about her husband an anointed man of God who has now got busy in work and thus is loosing on his relationship with the Lord, lacking the understanding of the Word and lacking discernment of situations. The problem here was of surrendering to the Lord. If you know him you will say no brother he has dedicated his life to the Lord, how can you say such a thing.
Dedicating one's life to the Lord is not like signing on a stamp paper, once done stands for every. To surrender or dedicate one's life to the Lord means to surrender each and every small event, desire and thought to the Lord. When we surrender to the Lord we need to allow the Lord (Holy Spirit) to work on us to build us. For example we may be reading the Bible but this will not help us much but do the opposite over a period of time unless we start to meditate on what we have read. It is during this meditating that the Lord starts to work and disclose the scripture to us. The difference is between putting food in the mouth and immediately swallowing it or chewing it and swallowing it. People who swallow un-chewed food run the risk of getting themselves choked.
Similarly every thing we do should be surrendered to the Lord to reveal and direct us as to how to discern and improve on them. It may be difficult in the start, but you can start by sitting at the end of the day and reviewing your whole day with the Lord and slowly you will be able to work on-line with Him.
The fear of God should be criteria to push us to do this. It is not that the Lord does not love us; He does love and forgives us many a times but we can not take His love and mercy for granted.
So let us give thought to our every though, action or desire by surrendering it to the Lord.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You are there with me and in me at all times, ready to help me and guide me to greener pastures. Help me not to take You for granted. Lord, help me surrender to You my every though, action and desire so that You can work on them and help me to filter them for my benefit. This I ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.
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