Monday, June 23, 2014

Your Minds May Somehow be Led Astray From Your Sincere and Pure Devotion to Christ

3But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3. NIV.)

5We 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. NIV.)

I, of course, have never seen Christ. But I have NO DOUBT God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) exists. He is as solid to me as, say, my own parents. I love Him above all else. Which, point in fact, one of my beloved children does not understand. I am asked, “How can you love your religion more than people?” In that statement lays the first mistake, my God is NOT my religion. He is my Heavenly Father (whom I love dearly) and my King (whom I strive to obey wholly). As my Father, He is my provider and protector. As my King, He is my Lord and protector, and as Christ, He is my Saviour. And, my hope above all others is that you know Him, too, through me.
20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:20-21. NIV.)

I love 2 Corinthians 10:5 and Galatians 2:20-21. I preach them to myself often. Although, I have to admit, this past week (and probably a good bit longer) I have allowed my thoughts to drift to the point of “wishful thinking”. Which, of course, because I am a sinner are not very Christ honoring or biblical thoughts. They are self-gratifying and ruled by my heart which cannot be fully trusted and is “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). Indeed, at times it is, infact.
5This is what the LORD says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
7“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
8They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
9The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
10“I the LORD search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”
(Jeremiah 17:5-10. NIV.)

I most certainly do NOT want to be “led astray from [my] sincere and pure devotion to Christ”! I must “take every thought captive” and limit the influence of the "god of this age" (Romans 12:2).

3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-10. NIV.)

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