2 Corinthians 10:3-6 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”
You and I are what we think.
Our enemy, Satan, assaults humanity to either keep in bondage or bring into bondage by bombarding our minds.
It might be that we are prone to covetousness. The devil will put possessions in front of us to see what captures our attention.
It may be we are prone to lying, anger, stealing, or overeating, laziness, or overly-controlling.
We may escape our reality through an addiction.
It may be that we want the excitement of the flesh, however that may come.
The devil tries to keep our phones in our faces to keep us from real human interaction and communication. More and more, we are seeing the inability of humans to interact with each other.
Where is God?
Where are the revivals of old?
Where is the desire of those seeking God?
All are valid questions, deserving answers.
It begins individually with our walk with God. It is easy to look around and point the finger. Yet, we must self-evaluate.
2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
Being ‘in the faith’ means that our lives show outwardly the Christ that lives within.
Romans 8:10 “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”
The challenge is for us to show the world through what we do. It matters not what we say if our words do not reveal a life and testimony of the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
James 2:17-18 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
We all have our excuses.
We say, “But God,…” and the next thing to follow is an excuse as to why we cannot, or rather, will not do what we know is right. We say:
“But God, what I am doing isn’t hurting anyone.” Really?
Romans 14:7 “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.”
Our sinful habits DO hurt those who follow us.
Daddy, those little ones are watching and learning. Your sons are learning how to treat a woman by how you interact with your wife. Your daughters are seeing how a man ought to treat a woman. Moms are no different.
Parents, we can say all we want to try to tell our children what they should do. The only lesson they will take to heart is the one we live every day in front of them.
Our neighbors are watching. They see as you go off to church. But they also see the activity in the home all the other days of the week. Is what they see matching how a Christian ought to act or speak?
Do your coworkers notice a difference in you from their other coworkers? How do you handle stress? What do you say when anger rises? Is your work your best, and does it reflect well on the Savior?
Our minds need to be affected in such a manner that we carry our God with us wherever we go. If you were able to quantify the thoughts throughout your day, what would be the majority thought?
Would it be worry, doubt, or fear?
Would it be stress about situations and circumstances?
Or, does the world have our attention? Are we captivated by amusements, distractions, or the flesh and pleasure?
Are we trying to make a name for ourselves, or is it His name we promote?
If someone were to ask if you have hope, how would you respond?
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
Most often, the word “but” is followed by an excuse of some kind. There is only one way to use that word properly.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Deliver truth about sin’s judgment, but then, give the incredible gift to all who will hear!