5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. -2 Cor. 10:5 NLT
After admonishing the Corinthians for allowing impurities in their worship service and then expressing his joy because of their repentance, Paul expresses his concern that some of them still haven’t gotten the full message. They are still trying to bring the world into the church instead of carrying the church into the world. Just as with the Corinthians, our actions do not always back up our teachings. Paul starts teaching the Corinthians and us about where the problem is and how we should attack it. The problem is our mindset and that is not a battle that can be won with worldly weapons. The world and satan hits us with a constant barrage of violence, sexual innuendos, and all manners of chaos. To protect our minds, we need to fill them with the knowledge of God and be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit. Every thought that comes to our mind, must be immediately processed and either deleted or stored in our arsenal of divine weapons. We can’t dilly-dally or play games or we will be overpowered with fleshly desires. Be on the alert! Be ready to punish and cast out every vile and sinful thought.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. — 1 Peter 5:8, 9 NIV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
4 “I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’ I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists!
— Psalm 75:4 NLT
Psalm 75:4-10 NLT
In Ephesians 6:4, Paul warns us to “be angry and sin not”. God is big enough to handle all of our anger. But when we become angry with God, we need to be careful how we present that feeling to Him. We are not to be defiant or boastful of our own power. If we allow ourselves to be controlled by the anger rather than us controlling the anger then we get into the area of sin. When we have thoughts about not liking what God is allowing to go on in our lives, we need to present those thoughts to Him. We can’t hide them from Him since He knows our every thought before we do. We have to be honest with ourselves and with God while at the same time showing Him respect for who He is. Instead of shaking our fist at God, we need to fall on our faces before Him and ask Him to give us wisdom to understand why He is allowing us to go through each particular situation. God is not a God of chaos, He has a plan and a reason for allowing things to happen in our lives. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us capture all of our rebellious thoughts and bring them under obedience to Christ Jesus. 2 Cor. 10:3-5 NCV When we have done this and repented of our anger, God is always faithful to forgive us, pick us up, wrap His big arms around us and restore us to the family. We must be careful to never, never let satan use quilt to defeat us after God has forgiven us. We must agree with God and forgive ourselves. He still has work for us to do in His Kingdom.