by Gordon Lanpher, ATS Graduate Intern, Children’s Pastor @ The River
‘The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” - Romans 12:1-2
Picture yourself on the top of a staircase leading to a pitch black basement. Every step you take down it gets darker and darker. The further you step down the harder it comes to see the light. At the top of the stairs, you see clearly and every time you step down it becomes less clear. The closer you get to the basement you not even sure which way is even up anymore. You taking a step down represents you believing a lie about your identity or purpose God has given you. At the top you still understand some of the truth God speaks to you about who he says you are but every word you believe that is not true causes you to descend a step into deeper darkness. These lies are not always so apparent but subtly find their way into our thinking. It is important that we take every thought captive as it says in 2 Corinthians 10:5. As one pastor says “We can’t afford to have a thought that isn’t of God.” We need God’s truth to be the only things we allow to stick in our minds.
Identify and verbalize at least one lie you believe about yourself and verbalize the truth of what God says about that area.