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Taking Every Thought Captive

My reading for today was 2 Corinthians 10. In this letter to the Corinthians, Paul says that every thought is being taken captive for the obedience of Christ.

What does it mean to take every thought captive? At first read, it seems understandable enough, thinking about it a little, about how a person can take every thought captive, I am not sure I understand what Paul is talking about. I do know that God is so awesome to have Paul choose these words so that I would study more and learn what this means.


Nuggets from Scripture

This morning as I was reading 2 Corinthians chapter 9, the verses that stood out for me were 13 and 14. While we have all heard sermons on giving from this chapter, I wonder how many sermons have been preached on verse 13 which says, “… they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ …” To have someone glorify God for my obedience to Him, what a blessing! What a testimony!

Oh Lord, create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.

Can We Hear the Voice of God? (Part 4)

Who Wrote the Bible?

The human authors of the Bible include kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, a doctor, and scholars. The books of the Bible cover history, sermons, letters, songs, and love letters. There are geographical surveys, architectural specifications, travel diaries, population estimates, family trees, inventories, and numerous legal documents.

The Bible is written by both God and man; but it was not co-authored. It was not God and humans collaborating, or a human writing the drafts with God making revisions, or God giving ideas that the human authors put into words. They were not words dictated to humans as with the Koran. It is not one of many books containing the religious insights of ancient sages, as many liberals teach.

People who were providentially prepared by God, and motivated and superintended by the Holy Spirit, spoke and wrote according to their own personalities and circumstances in such a way that their words are the very Word of God. God’s supernatural guidance of the writers and their situations enabled them to receive and communicate all God would have them know for His glory and our salvation.

The Holy Spirit inspired the human writers to convey God’s message so accurately that every word is inspired and important. There is not one chapter, paragraph, sentence, verse, phrase or word that is not exactly what God wanted us to know about Him. This is why the apostle Paul told Timothy “All Scripture God breathed and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Taken all together, the Scriptures make incredible truth claims. The scriptures are:

  • Given by God’s inspiration;
  • The very words of God;
  • All we need to know God;
  • A perfect guide for life;
  • Pure;
  • True;
  • Trustworthy;
  • Perfect;
  • Effective;
  • Powerful;
  • Not to be taken from or added to;
  • For everyone;
  • The standard by which all teaching is to be tested;
  • To be obeyed.

I’m Back

It has been a long month since I last posted anything in this forum. It has been longer since I’ve received any comments. There are some of you that are encouraging me keep this up. I really appreciate you. For the rest of you, jump right in and challenge me. I will try to give you something each day. If I don’t, chastise me, please.

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