Arguments or Obedience
2 Corinthians 11:3; Hebrews 13:9; Ephesians 4:13-15
9-17-20, Simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. A saint does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a saint ought to see clearly without any difficulty. We cannot think through spiritual confusion [2 Timothy 2:7] to make things clear; to make things clear, we must obey.
In intellectual matters we can think things out, but in spiritual matters we will only think ourselves into further wandering thoughts and more confusion.
If there is something in our lives upon which God has put His pressure, then obey Him. Bring all your “arguments and…every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” regarding the matter, and everything will become as clear as daylight to you (2 Corinthians 10:5). =>
<= Our reasoning capacity will come later, but reasoning is not how we see. We see like children and when we try to be wise we see nothing (see Matthew 11:25).
Even the very smallest thing that we allow in our lives that is not under the control of the Holy Spirit is completely sufficient to account for spiritual confusion, and spending all of our time thinking about it will still never make it clear. Spiritual confusion can only be conquered through obedience. As soon as we obey, we have discernment.
This is humiliating, because when we are confused we know that the reason lies in the state of our mind. But when our natural power of sight is devoted and submitted in obedience to the Lord Jesus, it becomes the very power by which we can see clearly. From Oswald Chambers archives here
- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
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