Thursday, December 9, 2010
this morning i read 2 Corinthians 9-11.
when i read to be honest, sometimes it sticks, sometimes it doesn't. this morning something stuck.
In the first part of chapter 10, Paul is talking about tearing down barriers that keep us from God and then goes on to declaring who he is boasting in. anyway so as i read v. 3-5 it says, "We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the 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 (NLT).
As i read this i thought, 1. that sounds really familiar 2.What areas of my life need to be destroyed in order for others to know God. This mulled in my head thought out the day as i was a paper writing hermit. Yet i kept coming back to, why does this sound familiar?
I picked up my NIV and check it out, that is where i read it. the "... we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ" was the section that plays over and over in my head.
As i began to procrastinate and i was curious in what the message version had to say i picked it off the shelf. And then i got hit as i read it.
"The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity."
Do you see that? Little me, through God's power in me, has the strength to "demolish that entire massively corrupt culture" Did your jaw just drop? Cause mine sure did.
Question to be answered in my lifetime... How do i do that?
at 6:42 PM