One of the greatest reasons I know to slow down and take a seat for a while is the way it allows you to see and hear things you’ve never noticed before–or haven’t noticed in a while. When we slow down things “resonate” within us on a different level. We see things we may have missed or things we have been missing.
It’s no surprise that the more I learn to slow down and quiet myself, the more God is allowing me to hear and discern. Yesterday when I was reading 2 Corinthians 10:5, I couldn’t help but think about how important the word demolition is to this verse. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says:
“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 10:5
I’ve noticed that we, as women, (I don’t know if men do this or not) tend to focus on the “take every thought captive” part more than we focus on the demolishing. We take every thought captive, alright. I’m just not so sure that we are taking our thoughts captive to make them obedient to Christ. We take these thoughts which we should have demolished and we nurture them, chew on them, and obsess on them until we can’t let go. It would seem that we often take captive that which should be let go, and we let go that which should be taken captive, and we completely leave out the demolition.
It would seem that we often take captive that which should be let go, and we let go that which should be taken captive and completely leave out the demolition.
We have locked up within us our insecurities and fear, our hurts, pains and past offenses; and like captives we have imprisoned, day after day after day or night after night after night we return to visit the cell in which we have placed them. But what we should have done is demolished them as part of the “every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” We often hold onto these things with the same fervor we are called to hold onto the Word of God, and in doing so we miss out on the joy and victory that comes when the old is gone and the new takes its place.
These things that we have locked up inside of us are actually keeping us from the full knowledge of God, and it’s time to get rid of them. Ya gotta love the strength of the word demolish, because we aren’t just talking about sweeping them out the door like Mary Poppins, we are talking about DEMOLITION!!! Gone! Destroyed! Demolished! No More! Impossible to return! Dead! And seriously, who doesn’t like to go out a do a little healthy demolishing sometimes?! (The unhealthy kind where we demolish others with our words and actions is what we are getting rid of here and that’s another blog post entirely!)
As we demolish those things, we are free to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ without those “old” captives clamoring for our attention. Things will still come against us and try to get into our lives, hearts and spirits. But by His power and grace, we are now free and strong to take those thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ, and we are free to let them grow, which frees us up to grow.
So get out your spiritual sledge hammers and let’s get to demolishing. Because just like an old building is demolished so a new one can be built in its place, so God is wanting to build new things into our lives as well.