Passage: 2 Corinthians 10:5, Sept 8 and 9 of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Who is this from/to: 
 – Paul writing to the Corinthians, some who supported him, some seeking to cause disunity in the church.

Why? 
– Some in the church criticized Paul for being an unimpressive speaker and liar (v 10)

– Paul emphasizes that as Christians they fight not as the world does, but with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Conditional or non-conditional? 
– Yes, to “demolish arguments and every pretension against the knowledge of God”, Christians must intentionally bring every thought into submission before Christ.

What is being asserted: 
– othing can hold a candle before the truth of God’s Word. It doesn’t just debunk the false assertions, it demolishes them. Like a tank before a chicken. (Sorry for the cheesy Chinese word pun)

Postive or negative consequences? 
– Positive! Able to confidently proclaiming the Word of God, knowing that it is absolute truth.

Application:

– I must bring every thought before God, and if it is contrary to God’s Word, dismiss and turn from the thought.- Satan will seek to attach God’s Word and seek to bring us to doubt, like Adam and Eve. I must cling on to God’s Word.- To cling on to the truth, I must know the truth! Spend time, humbling myself before God and His Word, asking for understanding.

Devotional:
 
(Sept 8) We cannot fight against lies by our own wisdom, but by asking for God’s divine power.
(Sept 8) Our fight is not against sin, but to turn our natural life into a spiritual one. (One that makes decisions not by natural tendency, but bringing every thought into submission to God’s will)

– Our plans, services for God must be brought before God. Apart from obeying Christ, all the works we bring to Him will be nothing, like dirty rags. God commands and delights in obedience, not our own methods of sacrifice.

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