Good morning! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of captivity.
KJV 1 Corinthians 10v5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
We that have totally surrendered to our Lord and Savior will bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. We will be casting down every imagination and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. We want to do this with meekness and gentleness of Christ. It is our choice as it was with Paul not to have to be bold. When it is necessary we will just as He was we he needed to be. We will be bold as He was with the same authority God gave Christ he also gives to us. Their may be some people like their was with Paul that think we walk according to the flesh. We like Paul see Christ in everyone even if they do not realize He is within them because their own attitudes and imaginations have led them astray. People often use their imaginations for only the outward appearance of people and this imagination is not the imagination of Christ. Them that only notice the outer appearance due not see the things of God that he has put inside a person, and if they do not see the things of God how can they lead people to know His love that is inside them.(1 Corinthians 2v14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.) They only saw Paul using authority. They did not see where that authority had come from because they had not been given this authority to demolish all strongholds of Satan by the grace of God. They did not know this authority that was given to Paul, the authority of Christ, the authority of God's power that works through Paul to change people. God's authority He had given Him to build others up not to bring them down. The truth we speak boldly is God's truth because every thought we bring into captivity is to the obedience of Christ. God has given us the eyes of Christ and the authority of Christ to bring people from Satan to God not for their destruction but to lift them up by the power of God that is in them, because we know the power and want everyone to be lifted above their natural self and be saved by it. (Acts 26 v17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles, I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.) When God gives us a mind to hold every thought captive to the obedience of Christ through the Holy Spirit what freedom we will have because of His power in us, to be used by God for His purpose for Him to work through to bringing everyone from Satan into the light of God! We will be content in every circumstance and every relationship we face because of the power of love that is within us that will compel us to always please Him! By us wanting to always please Him because every thought is captivated to Him, our true life will begin! Thank you Father, for my life is for you good pleasure because you have given me mine! Read 1 Corinthians 10 and 11 and Acts 26. I love everyone with the love God gives me for you!