See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8 (NIV)
How will I ever be able to make sure that I am not taken captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy that is based on human tradition that comes from the world’s principles? That is a very good question. On your own, with your own strength you will easily fall prey to hollow and deceptive philosophies. Without my help, you will come to adopt traditions and principles from the world. Without my teaching and training, you won’t even be able to realize that your life is in danger of being conformed to all the patterns, practices and values that are of the world. On your own, you will think that you are wise, while you live out a foolish life. I don’t want that. I don’t want that for you either.
What must I do if I want my life to be built on your principles? That is another very good question. You must let me teach you. You must let me train you. You must let me guide you. How will I do that? You will listen attentively to my word. You will meet me with me in my word daily. Daily, Your life is being bombarded with worldly thoughts and opinions and values. You must let me speak into your life. My word is stronger than the words that you will hear from the world. But, in order to hear my word, you must set a part a time and a place to meet with me in my word. You will need to quiet yourself before me. You will need to consider carefully all that I will say to you. As you hear my word you will know the truth. The truth of my word will set you free. I will use my word to change your heart. I will use my word to transform your mind. You will begin to think my thoughts. You will begin to walk in my ways. You will be able to know and do my will. My word will make you able to recognize what is false. You will know what principles, values and practices are from the world. You will reject what is false and hold on to what is true. I am the way, the truth and the life. You will hold on to me. I will lead you through life. Hear me, follow me, and obey me. Yes Lord, I will hear and follow and obey you. I will hold on to you and your word. That will be very good.
Lord, help me to be on guard so that my mind is not taken captive by any of the deceptive and hollow philosophies of this world. Help me to evaluate and weigh every thought by your word so that I will be able to live in your truth. Amen
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