Freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely appointed authority. [for an older child or an adult]
Quickly and cheerfully carrying out the direction of those who are responsible for me. [for a younger child].
2 Cor 10-5. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
When delving into my ‘Believers Bible Commentary’, this is what we found…
This verse tell us what it meant by ‘strongholds’ in verse 4.
Paul saw himself as a soldier warring against the proud reasoning of man, arguments which oppose the truth. The true character of these arguments is described in the expression against the knowledge of God. It could be aplied today to the reasoning of scientists, evolutionists, philosophers, and religionists who have no room for God in their scheme of things. The apostle was in no mood to sign a truce with these. Rather he felt committed to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. All men’s teaching and speculations must be judged in the light of the teachings of The Lord Jesus Christ. Paul would not condemn human reasoning as such, but would warm that we must not allow our intellects to be exercised in defiance of The Lord and in disobedience to Him.
I thought of a particular friend [who may or may not be celebrating a birthday today xox] when coming across the above quote. She feels she needs to be ridiculously smart in order to take on some of the more ‘technical’ [for want of a better word] teaching that God has for us, when in fact, it’s not that AT ALL !! It’s the OBEDIENCE that is the key !!! I have proved over and over again to myself that all information we seek is like seed that drops down into the ‘soil’ of us. So, so so many times I’ve been doing a bible study or sitting under a particular teaching, feeling that there is too much information being taken in for me to be processing it. I used to worry about this a lot… until enough time passed that I realised when that teaching was needed, it was there for me to draw on. I may not have fully processed it at the time of receiving it, but it’s sits in my ‘bank’ until I need it and then God will re-teach it to me through a particular set of circumstances or situation.
My level of obedience around these particular times and the duration it may have taken to process something has shown that the above teaching is accurate. If I’m slacking off in my obedience to God, it will take me longer to learn something… and to my own detriment indeed.
Wilfulness is such a relevant topic for our society today. The media basically TELLS us to be wilful, to ‘Just do it’ [sorry Nike but that just screams WILFULNESS…. and yes, I completely realise how they intended it…. get off your butt already and exercise…. that’s fine, but it’s such a well known slogan now that the attitude of it is used for all sorts of things], Sprite tells us to ‘Obey our Thirst’… well, they’re kinda right, but our thirst shouldn’t be for Lemonade, but for the spiritual ‘food’ only God can provide.
It’s in a child’s DNA [not technically obviously] to be wilful. They need to be taught to respect authority and to be obedient.
Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
The taking thoughts captive area though is a concept not fully understood until a little later. Master 10 does have an understanding of the concept and does do his best, but add some wilful 10yr boy in there at times and it doesn’t always go smoothly. Same goes for Master 13 and Miss 14… they grasp the concept and have the attitude of living in that way, but teenage ‘issues’ sometimes can overshadow common sense and good teaching. Hence why, as a parent, I don’t think this particular teaching stops for quite a long while yet.
I am extremely grateful for the solid biblical teaching I received on this topic at our previous church. I would highly recommend the spiritual warfare podcasts by David Thomas. You can find them on iTunes. I’d share the link but I can’t seem to work out how to. [clearly I’m not that tech savvy after all.. whoops] Just search up Life-House spiritual warfare podcast and you’ll get it.