Tag: Captive

Get Moving! (1)

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

Abide in Me… —John 15:4

In the matter of determination. The Spirit of Jesus is put into me by way of the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I then have to build my thinking patiently to bring it into perfect harmony with my Lord. God will not make me think like Jesus— I have to do it myself. I have to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). “Abide in Me”— in intellectual matters, in money matters, in every one of the matters that make human life what it is. Our lives are not made up of only one neatly confined area.

Am I preventing God from doing things in my circumstances by saying that it will only serve to hinder my fellowship with Him? How irrelevant and disrespectful that is! It does not matter what my circumstances are. I can be as much assured of abiding in Jesus in any one of them as I am in any prayer meeting. It is unnecessary to change and arrange my circumstances myself. Our Lord’s inner abiding was pure and unblemished. He was at home with God wherever His body was. He never chose His own circumstances, but was meek, submitting to His Father’s plans and directions for Him. Just think of how amazingly relaxed our Lord’s life was! But we tend to keep God at a fever pitch in our lives. We have none of the serenity of the life which is “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).

Think of the things that take you out of the position of abiding in Christ. You say, “Yes, Lord, just a minute— I still have this to do. Yes, I will abide as soon as this is finished, or as soon as this week is over. It will be all right, Lord. I will abide then.” Get moving— begin to abide now. In the initial stages it will be a continual effort to abide, but as you continue, it will become so much a part of your life that you will abide in Him without any conscious effort. Make the determination to abide in Jesus wherever you are now or wherever you may be placed in the future.

by Oswald Chambers

Minding Your Mind

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8

We treat our thought life as if it’s something that just happens. The Bible says, “Take every thought captive.” This tells us that God has given us the ability to have charge over our thought life. You have the ability to bind and loose them, cut them off and lead them in the right direction. But what if it’s just something you feel? “I can’t control my feelings,” you might say. In Hebrew, one of the words for feelings is “lev,” which also means “mind, thoughts.” So don’t confuse your emotions and your thoughts. They are the same thing. God has given you the power to lead your thoughts, emotions and feelings – take all of it captive. It’s not the end of the story, it’s the beginning of the story. When you despair and say, “I can’t help it. It’s just the way I feel.” counteract this and say “But I’m not going to be stuck with it,” David asked, “Why are you so downcast?” He told his heart what to do. Start leading your thoughts. As Messiah leads you, you’ll have the power to lead them. It starts when you take every thought captive.

by Jonathan Cahn