Summary: Part 5 of series Every Thought Captive. Here Dave takes on the lie, "I’ll Grow Into It." This is when people assume they’ll grow spiritually as they age physically. Contains an explanation of where the lie comes from, the problems it causes, and what t
“I’ll Grow Into It”
Every Thought Captive, part 5
Wildwind Community Church
February 18, 2007
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
5 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.
Taking every thought captive… The last four weeks we have looked closely at a few lies Christians believe that keep them from living spiritually productive lives, with the intention of taking these thoughts captive, of de-clawing them, diminishing their power over us. We introduced the topic in week one, exploring the critical link between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. This link is the reason lies are so powerful, because they work on the most fundamental level – the level of our thoughts. Thoughts lead to feelings lead to behaviors lead to consequences. That’s why lies matter, and why truth matters. Week 2 we looked at the lie that spiritual experience is all in our heads, that we’re just wishing it into existence. Week 3 was the lie, “I’m too weak to serve God.” Last week was, “God can’t really expect me to live like Jesus said to live – that’s impossible.”
Today in week five I’ll talk you through the lie, “I’ll grow into it.” Next Sunday I’ll be out of town, and Dr. Joe Hendricks will bring this series to a close with a look at the lie, “I’m missing out – my old life before God was better.” Our series is called Every Thought Captive. In saying those words, “We take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ,” Paul told us a great deal. He told us that there are thoughts we have that are naturally disobedient to Christ. He told us that there’s an element of intention, of intensity, that’s necessary for us to identify and pursue these thoughts. He used the language of capture. That’s intense language. And he told us that we have to make our thoughts obedient to Christ. Do you know what this means? It means there are thoughts in your head that are keeping you from Christ, and unless you identify them, capture them, and force them into submission, they will run roughshod all over you. That’s Biblical. They must be captured and brought under discipline. Too many Christians are living laissez-faire lives, just allowing anything to trip through their heads whenever, not even consistently asking the question, “Yes, but this thing I’m thinking – is it true? Does it lead to freedom? (Because remember, truth always leads to freedom). Or does it leave me confused, upset, panicked, and stressed?” Today we launch into a look at another lie that will stall your spiritual life, and that’s the lie that you can just kind of mope along and God will come alongside you eventually and magically change you into a spiritual person. I’m calling this lie, “I’ll Grow Into It.” I’ll just let time go by, and eventually I’ll grow into this and become closer to God. I don’t really need to pray or read God’s Word or be in a small group or go to church, or whatever – my heart’s in the right place and eventually I’ll just learn through osmosis the things I need to know.” I want to talk to you about where this lie comes from, the problems it causes when we believe it, and what we can do about it.