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 10:5).
Does the following scenario sometimes take place in your mind? An oppressing thought enters your mind. You receive it and start entertaining it. Before you realize it, a whole debate breaks loose in your mind. As if you were watching a movie, you replay the painful argument that happened that day over and over and over again. Going back and forth between your part and that of the other party, you relive all the accusatory thoughts…all the bad emotions…all the contemplated actions. At some point, you hear the little voice of the Holy Spirit, prompting you to demolish the argument that started in your mind, but you do not listen. “Just a little while longer,” you insist, “I just want to replay it one more time. I almost have the whole thing figured out in my mind.”
THE LORD DOES NOT LOOK AT THE THINGS MAN LOOKS AT. MAN LOOKS AT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE, BUT THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART
(1 Samuel 16:7).
Beloved One, no matter how many times you replay an argument in your mind, you will never be able to figure it out by yourself. Child, you need to understand that I know you better than you know yourself. I know your thoughts from afar. I am acquainted with all your ways. I know your heart. I can figure things out for you in your own mind. Therefore, let go of the destructive debates that often take place in your mind. Bring them to a stop. Demolish them. Instead, hand the whole war-of-words over to Me. I will examine, deduce, and point out the Truth to you. And My Truth will set you…and your debate partner…free.
O LORD, YOU HAVE SEARCHED ME AND KNOWN ME. YOU KNOW MY SITTING DOWN AND MY RISING UP; YOU UNDERSTAND MY THOUGHT AFAR OFF. YOU COMPREHEND MY PATH AND MY LYING DOWN, AND ARE ACQUAINTED WITH ALL MY WAYS. FOR THERE IS NOT A WORD ON MY TONGUE, BUT BEHOLD, O LORD, YOU KNOW IT ALTOGETHER
What are your reasons for keeping destructive debates alive in your mind?
What will it take for you to refute the arguments in your mind, and hand the whole war-of-words over to the Lord Jesus, daily, in exchange for His Truth?
PRAYER: Jesus, I invite Your Presence and Participation into my daily arguments. You understand my heart and the pain these debates cause. Inhabit my mind, Lord Jesus. Cast down all arguments that form in my mind. May I be a bearer of Your Truth.
Maintain an Awareness
Obedient surrender consists of three steps: EMBRACING, EXPOSING, and giving permission to be EXCHANGED.