High and Mighty Minds

 

December 9

 

Read 2 Corinthians 10:5

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ...

 

Reflect

Why is it critical to guard our minds?

 

Satan's favorite way to entice believers into sin is to get them to believe that they know better than God. It's the same tactic he's used since the beginning. In the garden, the serpent's strategy was to trick and deceive by casting doubt on God's Word. Genesis 3 quotes Satan as opposing God's Word and making it seem like God was selfishly withholding good things from them. In Genesis 3, verses 1 and 4, we see the serpent raising questions against God's Word and arguing against it: "Did God really say..." and "You will not certainly die...".

 

Satan is still using this tactic. We see arguments against God's Word everywhere-college campuses, in politics, the media... It is not genuine curiosity and asking seeking questions. It is individuals with "lofty opinions." High and mighty minds. People who have the audacity to think they actually know better than God. In their eyes, people who believe the Scriptures are uneducated, simple-minded people. But we know that isn't true!

 

We need to recognize arguments against God's Word for what they are-attempts to deceive. According to Paul, we need to "destroy arguments and every lofty opinion." How do we do that? In Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul talks about the Armor of God. There is only one offensive weapon listed-the Sword of the Spirit or the Word of God. We use God's Word to defend God's Word.

 

Paul also stresses the importance of guarding our own minds against these lies. He tells us to "take every thought captive to obey Christ." We need to put on our armor from God daily, and we can't forget to put on our Helmet of Salvation. We need to study our Bible and grow in the knowledge of God. That way, we will be able to identify the destructive thoughts we think to ourselves, and we will be able to recognize the arguments of others that are in opposition to Scripture.

 

Let's guard our minds today and always, friends. Put on your helmet and wield your sword. Satan's lies are coming, and we have to be ready.

 

Pray

Jesus, help me to be prepared for the deceitful and destructive arguments against Your Word that I am going to hear today. Control my mind with Your truth. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE HOLY SPIRIT PLEASE HELP ME AND MY FAMILY FROM THE DEVIL"S LIES HELP US PUT THE ARMOR OF GOD*THANKYOUJESUS*
Amen
Help me to put on the whole armor daily, dear Lord, that I may defend Your Word daily.
Control my mind with Your truth. When troubles come our way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. When our faith is tested, we have a chance to grow. Let it grow. When our endurance is fully developed we will be perfect and complete.
Thank you Pastor Nat. Daily I need to put on the armour. Amen.
With this will quard our mind on Christ Jesus.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Yes; we need him now more than ever. thanks!
Pastor Nat, Thanks for this timely reminder from God's Word. I regret when Christian friends of mine have substituted man's logic for God's Word and have gone off into doctrinal error. Another way Satan can destroy our faith in God and His Word. Jim L.
FATHER, HELP AND TEACH ME HOW TO BE MORE EQUIPPED WITH YOUR WORD, WHEN I’M FACE WITH DECEITFULNESS OF THE DEVIL IN JESUS AMEN
Amen!
@Chuck - We are glad you found us & can share with others! Thank YOU for your ministry.
I had such a terrible struggle in the night last night (which happens from time to time) with doubting thoughts. Sometimes it’s thoughts of sin from over 50 years ago that assail. This was so timely for this morning. Holding up the shield of faith and will purpose to carry all these captive. Blessings and love.
Lord. Your Word is true. I hear it, believe it, read it, and receive it. I need Your armor each and every day. Lord, the enemy is trying to attack me and family right now. But he is a liar. I am covered, my family is covered. Lord You are in control. You are fighting our, battles and the enemy is defeated. Victory is Yours, I am Victorious. Thank You Lord. GLORY. Hallelujah. I pray this prayer, in Your Son Jesus name, Amen.
In Ephesians chapter 6 verses 10 through 18 the armor of God is the entire Revelation that was given to the Apostle Paul we must clothe our hearts and Minds with this Revelation the instructions and doctrines of Grace because Satan and his minions attack the message of Grace and they attacked the messengers of Grace we must study and understand the revelation of the mystery given to the Apostle Paul as well as studying the entirety of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation the word of God rightly divided so that we may be able to withstand The Wiles of the devil and resist him in the obedience to the faith
Lord thank you for overcoming the world. Amen.
As a bright red sun rises in the the East this morning, I am reminded that it is by the blood of Christ that we are able to fend off Satan as he prowls about the Earth looking for those to devour with his word. Genesis forewarns us of the battle between the Messiah and Lucifer/Satan, and Paul reminds the true believer to be alert to this struggle until our age ends. Yes, our only weapon here is the true Word (logos) of God. Studying the Word enables you, via the Spirit, to discern what is real truth versus Satan’s word (lies) in this world. The true Word has been present since before the Creation and will endure forever, amen!
Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path. God’s promises in scripture about Jesus and his love for us are to be planted in our heart. Holy Spirit use your word to protect us from the evil in this world that will rob us of the certainty of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection for all who believe. Your word I have hide in my heart that I might not sin against you. Amen
This is my first day with this devotional and I really found the words encouraging. I have a pen pal prison ministry that the Lord has blessed me with and this is good direction for my brothers there. Thanks!
Amen
Helpful!!
Amen
Thank God for giving us another beautiful day Amen
It important for me put on the whole amour God because I str6with things everyday but I'm growing each day because the holy spirit is leading and guiding me my thought path has changed I'm strengthening my faith and I thank God that my journey is not over
Important reminder! Thanks Pastor Nat. Lord, help me to be vigilant to guard my heart/thoughts from the deception/lies of the devil today. Help me to suit up in "Your armour" to withstand his attacks, and feed/study and stand firm on the truth of Your Word. Thank You for being my Shield and Defender. Amen.