Believing the Truth We Know
“For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Our hearts may raise lofty statements against the truth. In our minds, we can store up theology and truth we have studied in the Word of God. But it’s one thing to know the truth and another to believe it. And some days, it will be a fight to believe it.
In the middle of the hurricane of turmoil, grief, fear, and uncertainty, our hearts will raise up proud arguments against the knowledge of God. Our hearts may tell us God is not near, He does not care, He does not know, or He is not in control.
These are the times we need to fight to believe our theology. We need to take those disobedient, unruly thoughts captive, rather than allowing them to roam freely in our minds and hearts. Our theology must shape us, not just intellectually, but also emotionally and physically. How we respond and feel when life tilts a little bit differently should be fashioned by our theology.
As those who love theology, we are so quick to dismantle the false teachings of others, yet we allow the same heretical beliefs to rule in our own hearts. Friend, let us, with Paul, demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ—not only against others, but also against our own wayward hearts.
Dear God, help me today to take my thoughts captive to Your glory. Help me to keep my thoughts obedient to Your Word, to keep them on what is pleasing to You. Help me to recognize any false teaching and any incorrect theology in my own heart and put it to death. Amen.
What truth do you struggle to believe in your heart? What doctrine do you know in your mind but battle to believe in your heart? Find a Bible verse that can remind you of the truth and work on committing it to memory.