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War strategies in the mind…

(Jer 9:24) But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

Did you notice that verse 17 in chapter 10 was all in caps?  It was a direct quote Paul used from Jeremiah.  We can judge ourselves by this verse by asking, “Does the Lord delight in me?”  He does if we understand and know Him.  Do we delight in the things that He delights.  Do we understand judgment and righteousness (which is now by faith, and not by works of the law)?  What is Jehovah exercising now?  Lovingkindness.  (2Pet 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

And, verse 18 in this chapter tells us it is the one whom the Lord commends that is approved.  It behooves us to “make our calling and election sure” so that we are approved by God.  Paul’s boldness in his calling and election enables him to use His God-given/approved authority to instruct this church – and me!

Read the chapter again, and you will notice that obedience must be complete.  You’ve had experience with incomplete obedience if you are a mom.  As a so-called grown-up, is your obedience to your calling complete?  Like children, we could be trying to get by with as little obedience as we can to look good on the outside of our lives – appearance to others.  What does your obedience look like to the One Who can see you inside?

Now, let’s consider a personal application for our edification of verses 2-7:

2Co 10:2  I ask that when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,

2Co 10:4  for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

2Co 10:5  We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

2Co 10:6  and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

2Co 10:7  You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we.

These people were judging Paul outwardly, even suggesting that he was not Christ’s authority to them.   In verse 6, Paul is in readiness to use his apostolic authority in punishing disobedience on the part of his readers.  It is his “job” to destroy speculations and lofty things raised up against the knowledge of God.  To do this, they were to take every thought, purpose, even their disposition, captive (to lead away, bring under control) to the obedience of Christ.  Any fortress against the knowledge of God must be destroyed.  This warfare is to be conducted in the mind of thoughts and intentions which shape our lives and motives – even our personalities!

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June 8, 2010 - Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately

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