Missions March 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Casting down Imaginations!

In 2 Cor. 10:3-6 Paul shares with the church his true challenges with his own thought life and how the Holy Spirit taught him to have victory in daily thinking. To me, discipline in daily thinking is one of the most important parts of how we can keep ourselves from living in a life of imaginations. Paul says, without the right understanding of our weapons we can never pull down strongholds in our lives. In the Greek the meaning for stronghold is something that imposes on our human confidence. Meaning a stronghold can take over and change my personality, and influence my ability to make objective spiritual decisions. These strongholds will grow and strengthen if we don't understand that God must pull them down; and then we will try to use carnal weapons to take down carnal strongholds in our lives. And this I believe is what Paul feared most, that a Christian will begin to live in vain imaginations. Today we live in a world where its cool and trendy to live in imaginations, but as we can see, it produces people without real desire and motivation. As long as we live in these imaginations we will always be captive in a world between 2 opinions. The first is the world of reality, here and now, objectivity, and the other is a satanic lie of false light that only gets dimmer and dimmer. In Rom 13:12-14 It says, "the night is far spent and the day is at hand..." and it goes on to say, "cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light!" We all need a bucket of cold water thrown on us sometimes and it should be the Word of God. Jesus says in John 15:3, "You are clean through the words which I have spoken." This is what Paul meant when he said, "Mighty through God." Anything that tries to take the place of God's very Word must be cast down. Because in a world of imaginations everything seems so high and lofty, but in reality, it is the lowest level of living which really profits nothing.

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