Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Determinedly Discipline...

"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV

This is another difficult aspect of the strenuous nature of sainthood.
Paul said, according to the Moffat translation of this verse,"...I take every project prisoner to make it obey Christ."

So much Christian work today has never been disciplined, but simply come into being by impulse.

In our Lord's life every project was disciplined to the will of His Father.

There was never the slightest tendency to follow the impulse of His own will as distinct from His Father's will. - "the Son can do nothing of Himself" John 5:19 NKJV

Compare this with what we do - we take "every thought" or "project" that comes to us by impulse and jump into action immediately, instead of imprisoning and disciplining ourselves to obey Christ.

Practical work today for Christians is greatly overemphasized today, and the saints who are " bringing every thought [and project] into captivity" NKJV are being criticized, and that thy lack zeal for God, or zeal for the souls of others. But true determination and zeal are found in obeying God, not in the inclination to serve Him that arises from our own undisciplined human nature.

It is inconceivable, but true nevertheless, that saints are not "bringing every thought [and project] into captivity," but are simply doing work for God that has been instigated by their own human nature, and has not been made spiritual through determined discipline.

We have a tendency to forget that a person is not committed to Jesus Christ only for salvation, but is also committed, responsible, and accountable to Jesus Christ's view of God, the world, and of sin and the devil. This means that each person must recognize the responsibility to "be transformed by the renewing of [his] mind." Romans 12:2 NKJV
-Oswald Chambers -


  • At 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for sharing this word, it is so true. The Lord has had to rebuke me many a time for getting ahead of Him or just setting out to do what I think the Lord wants me to do and it is not at all what He wants. I am making some progress and getting somewhat better at waiting on the Lord and you know when I do things go so much smoother and accomplishes so much more and I am not stressed. Praise the Lord!


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