Mindfulness is a technique that therapists use to help those who feel that they have anger management issues. It breaks down each anger episode into trigger-emotional memory-physiological sensation-action. What it tells us is that we are triggered into each and every response that we make. But before we make that response, even if it is a rash decision, we go through a process, and if we can be constantly aware of that process, and which stage of the process we are in, we can contain that response at that stage, and prevent the onset of the undesired final action.

Beloved, Jesus wants you to know that in the same way, you who believe in Him and His redeeming work, you have been made clean forever. And though you may occasionally fall into actions that are not pleasing to our Father, that does not make you unclean; that does not make you sinful again. Instead, if you are aware of the trigger when it comes, and bring that trigger to Jesus, trusting that in Him, He will overcome your trial, your temptation, for you, then you will begin to experience breakthroughs in the very areas in your life which you thought problematic. Here is why.

The apostle Paul tells us,

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

Though we are not of the world, we are still in the world, this paraphrase is purposed. This because we, who believe, have died to sin and are now alive in Christ for it is written,

“For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:10-11 [ESV]

Therefore, the world we live in, the flesh that still encases our spirits; is no longer natural to us because we are now in Christ. But because we are still in the flesh, the world still makes its demands of us and trips us up now and then.

Yet beloved, Paul tells us that we do have weapons for this warfare and they are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and brings every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Notice what the weapons that our Father uses to guard us do for us? They tear down the areas, things and obstacles that cause us to stumble in our walk with our Father; the strongholds. So that arguments will be cast down and we will have peace; and those things which seek to usurp the place of our Father in our lives, will be removed so that we can have a closer walk with Him. And beloved, if these strongholds are people, our Father has already promised us that,

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.” Deuteronomy 28:7

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17

But if these strongholds are habits and thoughts, Jesus, through Paul, tells us, that we can bring such thoughts to the obedience of Christ. The English Standard Version translates it as this,

“take every thought captive to obey Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5 [ESV]

Such thoughts are loose and emotional and impulsive (2 Corinthians 10:5 [MSG]) and they include purposes too (2 Corinthians 10:5 [AMP]). And if we are mindful that these are thoughts that do not originate from our new self which is walking in the newness of life in Christ and with Christ, we can disown these thoughts, committing them to Jesus and trusting that since He has already forgiven us and given us full remission of sins, through the shedding of His blood, He will take the thought, impulse, emotion, purpose and banish it from our lives so that that stronghold will be torn down forever. Remember after all,

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

Let us try this exercise together. Think of an action, a stronghold, which you have been trying to overcome. Even if the action is impulsive, and came about in a split second, in the clarity of mind that you have now, think of how you were feeling in the body when that action came about. Was your heart racing? Were you perspiring? That is your physiological sensation. Now think of the emotion that you were experiencing. Was it anger? Was it injustice? Did that remind you of a time when you experienced that same emotion and it led to you being severely hurt? That is the emotional memory. Now think of the thought that originated that. That is the thought that you must be aware of and bring captive to the obedience of Jesus. For once your thoughts, emotions and impulses, even purposes obey Christ, then your walk will be perfect not only in our Father’s eyes, it will also be in the eyes of man.

But at the same time beloved, know that even when you slip, Jesus does not condemn you. He does not want to punish you. Neither do you need to seek His discipline and punishment because,

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

And since Jesus Himself tells us,

“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

Yet there is mention of punishment for disobedience.

“being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

So how do we reconcile that?

Notice when the punishment is to be meted out? When your obedience is fulfilled. ‘When’. Not ‘So that’. Not ‘in order that’. ‘When’. That means after you are obedient, then the punishment comes.

But that does not make sense, does it? If we are now obedient, then why are we to be punished? Yes, it does not make sense, because that it not what it means.

“Being in readiness to punish every [insubordinate for his] disobedience, when your own submission and obedience [as a church] are fully secured and complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:6 [AMPC]

Beloved, we who believe in Christ, are the church, and the punishment is not for us, is in for those who are insubordinate. The King James is even clearer.

“And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10:6 [KJV]

Once we are secure, our obedience fulfilled, the disobedience that we see around us will be avenged, but not by us, for it is written,

“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:19

So therefore beloved, our Father waits for you to take every loose thought, every undesired impulse and emotion, even every unwarranted purpose into captivity and commit them to Jesus and when you do that, one day, in That Day, Jesus shall return and all disobedience will be avenged. But till then, remember that our Father has sworn,

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.” Isaiah 54:9

Stay mind-full of the price that Jesus paid for you on the cross. Stay mind-full of His love for you. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus and bring you into a life that reflects His abounding glory, a life that He has always purposed for you to live.

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