to overcome or to succumb…that is the question (day 10)

i love when God clearly answers a musing i’ve had. yesterday i wrote about my struggle with putting the importance of clothing above Him, wondering whether i would struggle with this forever or if this year’s experiment would get rid of it.

yesterday, i downloaded an app called Praying God’s Word by beth moore, and i read the introduction for my time with Him this morning. wow.!

“for 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. on the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. we demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up agains the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 corinthians 10:3-5 (i love every version of these verses i’ve read; the one i quoted is niv 1984 and the link is to the message version.)

how do we take our thoughts captive? “we take our thoughts captive, making them obedient to Christ, every time we choose to think Christ’s thoughts about any situation or stronghold instead of satan’s or our own.”

beth’s conclusion is that some strongholds, once broken, will never again take our minds captive. “others may contest their defeat and demand a rematch every single day. either way, God has equipped us to overcome.”

God is more concerned with His glory and His plan than my comfort. if it’s going to bring Him more glory, i’m ok with fighting this battle every day for the rest of my life. what i want to become better at is choosing His thoughts over mine; choosing to overcome rather than succumb.

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  • Helen June 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Love your honesty and how you point back to the Lord! Thank you for being a wonderful witness! So nice to read your blog, knowing that you love the Lord.

    • Caitlin June 13, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Thanks for your encouraging words, Helen! I hope you have a wonderful evening. :)

  • kls3 June 11, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    I love this so much. I may need to get this app. (ps- can you tell my work computer internet browser just got updated so it now let’s me comment on your blog?? haha :))

    • Caitlin June 13, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      You should! It’s amazing. And uh can I just say that I love it got updated? It totally made my day to get a bunch of comments from you! Love you mucho!!

  • kls3 June 11, 2012 at 6:30 AM

    oh, also these pictures remind me of those engagement pictures we took downtown. :)

    • Caitlin June 13, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      They totally do! Aww you were the best photographer ever. (Still are.)

      • Caitlin June 13, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        (Except for you, Troy. Muah!)

  • Elisabeth June 11, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I love that verse! What a great reminder that I absolutely needed today – we are called to take every thought captive to obey Christ, and even when we struggle, we will prevail because He already has!

    And, in spite of your limited wardrobe, you look cute/summery :)

    • Caitlin June 13, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      Elisabeth, I’m so glad God used it in your life! I love how you put it- we will prevail because He already has. Ahhhh. Love it! He is so good!!

      And thank you! :) I hope you are having a fantastic week!

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