Read this testimony from someone who experienced the reality of taking every thought captive: Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Then we saw that the effect of Christian warfare is, first of all, to destroy these arguments and this pride, to humble it by the preaching of the gospel, the manifestation of truth, love, righteousness, and faith-prayer. He is not content with mere outward adjustment; he wants the inner life right, the thoughts right, the attitudes right -- all that you are thinking to be acceptable in his sight. Both of these areas deal with the mind. Allow these unChristian thoughts to remain unconquered, and you will soon have to take the fortress all over again.
How can we, in reality, take every thought captive? The wicked have never true joy, nor feel internal peace, for there is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. The first effect of Christian warfare is, as I have said, to destroy arguments and pride. It's a matter of taking charge of your life - His way. Are you willing to do all that it takes to flee until you get what you truly want — victory? The third observation is that this is nothing but the practical acknowledgment of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the life. Punishment is to make us face up to the need for light. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
You have the ability to exercise control over your thoughts. The moment he started to obey, power flowed into his legs and arms, and he arose and began to leap, around praising God for what had happened. These thoughts are temptations — and I have a chance to do something about them before they enter my heart and become a part of me. One must have deposit before the day of evil. Begin to expect God to keep His promises to you.
It is a capturing of every thought for Christ, and is in itself more personal in its application. Neither is it a surrender of freedom to decide not to seek such a relationship, because you do not believe the evidence that is all around you. We look forward to you becoming a part of our church family! Certainly it is greater than those great things he would not have Baruch to seek after, and yet he charges us to seek after it. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus. You can develop a new frame of reference, based on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. However, his statement about thoughts and disobedience don't seem to fit into the rest of the letter in a logical fashion, so I have no idea what the context means to that section.
Take the time to find a scripture to do battle with your mind and let that scripture flow from your mouth continually and you will stop your negative thoughts from having an opportunity to manifest in your life. They seem to be very reluctant about questioning anything in the bible. Well, you do it by refusing to entertain the concepts which Scripture rejects and by resolutely acting on those that it approves. There are many of us who do not agree but we do not write it down, or even admit it to ourselves. See Westcott's account of it, On the New Testament Canon, p. But that is not the end of the story. I'm afraid your buddy Mr Lewis is a little confused about what kind of faith he is referring to in his statement you posted in red text.
It was disobedience that brought you into this relationship and held you for thirty-eight years. Without question, there are many human thoughts that need to be taken captive. From epi and airo; to raise up. We bring into captivity every thought by the words of our mouth. He's placed within you special gifts and talents He longs for you to use. Any degree of this is intellectual disobedience to Jesus Christ and will land us right back in the bed of impotence and weakness that we have occupied for too many years already.
Matthew 23:8; Matthew 12:50; Hebrews 2:10-18. When I come I will do what's necessary. Is not this a great thing? In which case, it is no surrender of freedom to recognise that reality, and to seek a relationship with him. You do not let your moods determine how you act or how you feel; you act upon facts regardless of your feelings. Let them build an image inside you until you can see yourself healed and doing well in every way. Then, if you will take it captive for Jesus Christ, bring every thought into obedience to what he is saying, refuse to permit that which he does not approve, you will find that the healing of the Lord Jesus begins to spread throughout every area of your life: your family, your home, your relationships at work, at play, wherever you may be; and you become a healing entity in society as well to cure some of the awful sickness of today. And unless that is done, the fortress will have to be taken all over again.
We often do this by permitting ourselves the luxury of self-pity or self-righteousness, while all the while maintaining a facade of spirituality and piety. There are many people, you know, who do not want to be made whole. But this effect, by its very nature, takes place within the mind. First, let us look at it to see how it relates to the first effect of Christian warfare, destroying arguments and pride. In effect, what he is saying to these Corinthians is, when you have bowed to the right of Jesus to be Lord over every area of your life then I'll be ready, even eager, to punish your disobedience! We examined the nature of these weapons of the Christian.
Many play lustful thoughts and pictures over and over on the record player of the mind, but do not allow themselves to engage in the immoral acts involved. Only he can capture the man behind the arguments. That is the way God breaks the power of pride or evil in our lives. From chrio; Anointed One, i. We bring it to him, and he sets us free. There will be enemy soldiers that have hidden away in the depths of the fortress, in the dungeons and obscure corners, and these must be rooted out and taken captive or else the whole job will have to be done all over again very shortly.