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November 16 – Living In The Divine Power

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.” 2 Cor. 10:3-6

Devotional Thought For The Day

There are two ways of viewing what goes on in the church and in the world.  Those who have little or no “knowledge of God” are able to see only the surface – the things “of the flesh,” what is observable and what can be “interpreted” and “explained” in natural and rational ways.  Their assumption is that this is all that there is – that they need have no concern for what God is doing and what God is capable of doing.  They have no insight into the spiritual dynamics that are also evident and discernible but not explainable – the “divine power to destroy strongholds.”  They believe “lofty arguments and opinions raised against the knowledge of God,” and are convinced that these cannot be destroyed or refuted, that they are safe and secure in their unbelief and have nothing to fear.

The other viewpoint takes into consideration all of the Words and promises of God, and trusts that all of God’s Word is truth.  Therefore “advances” and “victories” of the powers of darkness are seen as only “apparent” and not real, for God’s power, His love, His wisdom and His plan are always in view, and are being trusted and seen as the reality, what is real and permanent.  Those who are well indoctrinated in God’s Word, and whose hearts and minds are thoroughly conditioned by God’s Word and wisdom, “see” the arguments and opinions of unbelief [against the knowledge of God] “demolished” – they see them for the foolishness and wickedness that they really are. Their minds have become “captive to obey Christ” – which means that others who have no genuine knowledge of God will not be able to grasp or understand them, why these people act as they do and think as they do, in loyalty to Christ and His Word.  You have probably met with such incredulity in others, unbelievers and the superficial who do not take God’s Word seriously – and therefore cannot understand what you believe or why anyone would believe and live as you do.

Paul’s comments are addressed to “the church of God that is at Corinth.”  His urging and instruction is addressed to Christians, with a view of the dynamics occurring within the fellowship and life of a congregation.  The struggle between these two ways of viewing things, and the resulting consequential behaviors, is present also within the life of the church.  What was true back then is also true today – we have the same struggles and conflicts, the same dynamics, and the same divisions.  We also have the same “arguments and opinions” which militate against faith and “the knowledge of God.”  There are many who want the life of the church ordered according to “fleshly” principles – what can be observed, and what makes sense to “natural” and “rational” thinking.  They do not consider that these can be “destroyed” or that it is possible [or reasonable] to be “captive to obey Christ” in all matters. Yet there are always some within the church who do have knowledge of God, and who understand that following God’s Word, Holy Scripture, is always advisable – even when it “appears” to be inexpedient [whatever consideration is being pressed].

The church viewed only as a human institution, governed by fleshly and superficial principles, is frankly quite boring. There are far more interesting, entertaining, and enjoyable things to be doing in life.  Therefore, many have forsaken the church in these latter days.  However, the church viewed through the lens of God’s Word, Holy Scripture, the Bible, including the “divine power” and the true knowledge of God, is fascinating and exhilarating – filled with eternal impact and consequence and personal blessing.  This is the reality – what God is planning and doing as the time of this present aeon is fulfilled.  Whether or not one “sees” and participates in this real and true life of the church is a matter of viewpoint – whether or not we are willing to look beneath the surface and observe the powerful love of God at work in hearts and minds and in human history. The “way” to actualize this is through God’s Word, Holy Scripture, which imparts the true “knowledge of God,” and by allowing our thoughts to be taken captive in obedience to Christ.  Thankfully, we still have these options and can participate fully in the life of Christ.

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, forgive us for our myopia and shallowness, our lack of concern and perhaps even disdain for Your purpose, plan, and will, and our lack of faith in Your power and love.  Grant us temerity to immerse ourselves in Your Word, to grow in our knowledge of God, and to bring all of our thoughts captive to You.  May we also experience the great joy of being part of Your kingdom building – the joy of living even now in the eternal things of Your heavenly kingdom.  Amen.