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 May 11, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: 2 Chronicles 2 – 5
Audio: 2 Chronicles 2 – 5

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret,
whereas worldly grief produces death. ”
(2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV)

2 Corinthians 10 (ESV)

I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

Look at what is before your eyes. If anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we. For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed. I do not want to appear to be frightening you with my letters. 10 For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” 11 Let such a person understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present. 12 Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

13 But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you. For we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ. 15 We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, 16 so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence. 17 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

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  1. As I grow in my faith, I realize that I used to use facebook to boast about my life – where I was going, things I got to do, and things I had. I now understand why I did that, and I've prayed that God would take that trait from me, replace it with humility, and help me to make wiser decisions.

  2. For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. (2Co 10:3 ESV)
    For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. (2Co 10:4 ESV)
    We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (2Co 10:5 ESV) 
    being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. (2Co 10:6 ESV)

    I walk in the flesh, and temptations are all around me. But the weapons of our warfare are not of this world, of our own design, but are spiritual, divine, and have real power to destroy strongholds. What type of things does Paul rely on God's power for?

    • Arguments
    • Philosophical arguments against God
    • Personal thought life
    • Obedience to Christ

     
    Too often when faced with temptation, I give in … more like cave … to the temptation. There isn't any measure of resistance, of taking thoughts captive. Sometimes we toss the temptation around in our mind, doing mental gymnastics and savoring the 'immediate gratification' and tossing aside the internal voice of woe. Sin is deceptive like that, and devours like that.
     
    Lord, help me to take every thought captive to obey you.

  3. Take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5b)

    All the way back in the first book of the Bible we read, "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5). 

    The two words that jump out at me in this verse is "every" and "only." "Every" intention was "only" evil – and not once in a while, not often but continually. 

    Back to 2 Corinthians 10:5b, how many thoughts should believers hold captive? Every. And not just hold them captive but captive to obey Christ. 

    For those of you who were at church on Sunday, you'll remember that I taught from Psalm 1 – specifically verses 1-2 which read:

    Blessed is the man
        who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
    nor stands in the way of sinners,
        nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
    2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
        and on his law he meditates day and night.

    As we left, I asked everyone to try to hold every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and you will be surprised just how often our minds venture off into the abyss of ungodliness by nature. When we meditate on God's teaching and instruction day and night, we will be able to hold every thought captive. 

    Those of us who have committed our lives to Christ still have a sin nature but if we walk in the Spirit we will not gratify the desires of that nature (Galatians 5:16). If we walk in the Spirit, we will hold every thought captive. 

     

     

     

     

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