HOW TO DESTROY A FORTRESS
- Key Verse
- For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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The bold and direct communication of God's truth is a powerful weapon against everything that's corrupted and sinful in our lives.
ReflectionsTen months ago, our second son, Kyle, was born. Lisa and I were so excited to bring home another boy! We had dreamed about how wonderful it would be for Jack to have a brother. I was so excited about how much fun all the boys in our family (myself included) could have together and the great opportunities I would have to shepherd their hearts as they grew up.
When Kyle was 2 days old, he started having seizures. He was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital and started undergoing tests. Kyle's seizures were successfully controlled with medication, and we took him home within a week. But the tests the doctors ran weren't really conclusive -- in fact, all we really know is that we're going to do more tests as he grows up.
I think I had centered my life around my definition of a perfect family. I built a "fortress" around my idea of what I deserved in life -- a great wife, two healthy children, and all my material needs provided for. I don't think it's wrong to desire those things, but those things apart from Christ are "food which perishes" (John 6:27a). I had to ask myself, do I want bread that fills me up temporarily, or do I want "food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you . . . ." (John 6:27b)?
God has used our community group in our lives to help Lisa and me process our feelings of worry and hurt that have been revealed in our experience with Kyle. They share Scripture that helps us process our hurt and give our worrisome thoughts to God. That's exactly how Paul describes the bold sharing of God's truth -- powerful for destroying corrupt fortresses and useful for taking every thought captive so that we become more like Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).
When my life is centered firmly on Christ, He always gives me the food I need -- food that endures! I can take every trial one day at a time, knowing that, whatever happens, Christ is enough.
Discussion Questions1. What things (people, relationships, jobs, upcoming circumstantial changes) are really important to you right now? How would you feel if the most important thing in your life changed in a way that you did not expect or did not like?
2. What does it mean to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ?
WEEKLY FAMILY ACTIVITY
2 Corinthians 6-10 (July 16-20)
Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.
• Talk about verse 6: what happens when you plant a few seeds versus planting lots of seeds?
• How does the Scripture compare this to our giving?
• What are different ways of giving? (Think broader than just money or things.)
• What do you think it means to give cheerfully?
• If you give generously and cheerfully, what will God do for you (see verse 8)?
• What does it mean to have all that you need? Is there a difference between your needs and your wants?
• If God gives you more than you need, what does He desire for you to do with the extra?
• When people see you giving generously, whom do you want them to praise?
Activity: As a family, think of different ways that you can give. Think about time, talents, and treasures. From your list, pick one way in which you can serve together . . . give generously and cheerfully.