TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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.” 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5

A stronghold is anything that Satan uses in our lives to divert attention away from God.  This scripture clearly tells us we have divine power and divine weapons to demolish those strongholds and any argument and pretension that is contrary to God’s best for us.  We begin by taking captive every thought we have and make that thought obedient to Christ.

Today, resolve to take captive every thought.  If every thought we have is obedient to Christ, the strongholds begin to disappear.

 

HE HAS MADE EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN HIS TIME

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart, yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV.  This well-known verse assures us God’s timing is perfect. 

We live in a fallen world, and that seems to become more apparent every day.  The world is on the brink of destruction. 

Today take comfort in knowing no matter what is happening in the world around you, God is in control, and it will make sense and be beautiful in His time.

NOWHERE TO HIDE

My husband left today for a two-day road trip.  I wondered all day how his trip was going.  It occurred to me late this afternoon I could track him by my smartphone.  The phone has an application that locates any of our mobile devices wherever they are.  I tracked his phone and was able to see precisely where he was.  He was surprised when I sent him a text telling him I knew he had just crossed the river from Memphis TN into Arkansas.

Though I had never done this before, he knew I was tracking him on some gadget. He could not hide from me.

As I thought about this later, I thought how God follows us every moment of every day.  He knows where we go, what we say, what we think, and how we feel.  We cannot hide from Him.  Unfortunately, we often try. Rather than hide from Him, resolve today to embrace and reside in His presence and feel the comfort from knowing He is always with us.  We can’t hide!

DO WHAT YOU ARE CALLED TO DO

I am an avid golfer.  By avid, I don’t mean I am good, I just mean I love the game and play every chance I get. On one unusually hot day, I was walking the course with a bag full of clubs. At one point I asked myself, “Why do I carry so many clubs?” The answer was apparent.  Each club in my bag serves a special purpose.  I would not use a putter from the tee box, nor a driver on the green.

As I continued to play I thought how God uses each of us for a different purpose to advance His Kingdom.  You have gifts I don’t have and I have gifts you don’t have.  The Scripture is clear He equips each body of believers with the gifts needed to carry on His work.

Consider today if you are being used for the purpose for which you were created.  Another thing to consider is, are you trying to do more than you are equipped to do?  Often we are so eager to do God’s work we try to do too much.  That may lead to burnout, or you may be preventing someone else from doing what he or she was created to do.

DO YOU OWN THE ESTATE?

YOUR DAILY MOMENT; Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
August 18, 2016

“As long as the heir is a child, he is no different than a slave, even though he owns the entire estate,” Galatians 4:8.

We all know that children rarely get to enjoy their inheritance until they are grown.  Any wealthy person leaving an estate to a minor child knows he must have a stipulation that the child cannot receive anything until he (the child) reaches a certain age.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Galatia, is trying to explain that if we, as Christians, choose never to grow but instead remain babes in Christ, we will never really enjoy the inheritance God has for us. The Christian child cannot grow unless he receives nourishment from the Word of God, spends time with God, and exercises discipline to remain in good spiritual condition.

Resolve today to grow so that you may enjoy your inheritance.  You have the keys to the Kingdom, but you cannot experience its wonder until you grow into spiritual maturity.

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PRAISE: A POWERFUL WEAPON

Many years ago, in a time of meditation, I was reading Psalm 8.  I was familiar with the passage, but, that day, as often is the case,  one verse seemed to jump off the page.  For some reason, I had never really noticed this verse  “From the lips of children and infants, You have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” Psalm 8:2. While I love praise, I had never thought of it as a weapon against the enemy, (Satan).  Praise has many purposes.  When we use it as a weapon, Satan will flee.
Today, as you face temptation, trials, and attacks from our enemy, use the weapon of praise.  Begin to praise God in your circumstances and watch Him begin to work.
Praise: It may the most powerful weapon in your arsenal.

BEING FULLY COMMITTED

One of my favorite scripture verses is 2 Chronicles 16:9. “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” 

Wow, that is powerful.  The God of the universe is always looking to strengthen us.  There is a condition; our hearts must be fully committed. The verse does not say, partially, or halfway committed, but fully committed.

As you go through this day, think of ways you can commit to Him, everything you do.  When at work, in the grocery store, on the beach, at a ball game, in an airport, or wherever you are, keep in mind not only who you are, but Whose you are.

Be blessed as, today, you advance the Kingdom of God on earth by being fully committed to Him.