We live in an age of relative truth, which is another way of saying whatever your truth is for yourself is fine. The problem with that is that it’s not what the One true God says. It is truly a “lofty thing” raised up against the knowledge of God. This morning I heard the definition of a “lofty thing” in the podcast by Tony Evans, Reversing Addiction Consequences. Think of a large room that has panels or a partition, floor to ceiling, in order to divide the rooms. The purpose is so that more than one meeting can be held at the same time, and it’s purpose is to keep meeting A from hearing meeting B.
“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 Cor 10:3-5).
If God’s truth is being told in meeting A, but the devil’s twisted truth (speculation) that almost sounds right, but misses the mark (definition of sin) is being told in meeting B, the partition between is a “lofty thing”. If what we hear on Sunday is God’s truth, but we don’t let it take root in good soil so that it grows before the devil’s lies try to permeate our mind on Monday, then we are still held captive to sin, and are double-minded (one thought in God’s truth and many thoughts in the devil’s lies).
How do we take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ? Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32) Continuing in His Word, hearing His truth, and doing what His Word says to do is what creates the good soil. When we know His truth, the truth makes us free.
But there’s a difference in being free, and being set free. Being set free is immersing ourselves in God’s truth, humbling ourselves before Him and giving Him all that we are and we have (warts and all), and accepting true freedom. “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:34-36)
To be set free from sin, is to embrace the freedom Jesus Christ has given us, and to walk freely, no longer a slave to sin and what this world has to offer. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Gal 5:1)