FRIDAY, MAY 15
“Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. [Our weapons] have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish any argument 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 10:3-5 (NLT)
FREE YOUR MIND
Elizabeth Keckley was a slave in Missouri before the Civil War. Her greatest desire was to purchase freedom for herself and her son. Her owner agreed that if she could raise $1,200 she could gain her freedom. Keckley worked as a seamstress and came up with a plan to go to New York City and work there to raise the money, but her owner feared that she would not return.
Instead, some of her wealthy clients in St. Louis contributed the money she needed, and Elizabeth Keckley paid the price for her freedom as well as her son’s. She moved to Washington, DC, where she counted Mary Lincoln among her dressmaking clients. Without the help of someone else, Keckley would never have been able to purchase her freedom.
All of us were enslaved to sin with no hope of ever gaining freedom. Without God’s help we would all still be slaves to sin. In mercy and compassion, Jesus gave His life for us, purchasing our salvation by shedding His blood on the cross. And now with the help of the Holy Spirit we can set our minds free from fleshly, sinful and worldly thinking.
What are some of the enemies that you fight in your mind? Where do you think some of that thinking comes from? The Bible promises to give us power to demolish any strongholds in your mind. Take some time to share those battles with God and ask Him for His power to demolish them!