When we want to know if something is of the Lord, we bring it into the light. We bring things to the Lord for clarity in our perceptions. This eliminates assumptions and misconceptions, and enables our decisions to be filled with confidence in the Lord.
There are some stores where we shop that the light is so dim we have difficulty seeing what we are getting. There have been times where I thought a piece of clothing was one color, and discovered it was a different color when I placed it under a better light. The same is true for objects and most of all, relationships. What appears to shine on the outside needs to be placed under the light of the Lord to determine if it’s the same way on the inside? This is accomplished in the presence of the Lord.
It’s in our fellowship with the Lord that our fellowship with others becomes free from what is unseen in the natural. When we praise the Lord, pray, worship, read the Word of God or fellowship with other believers, the light is even brighter. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Light. We can trust that as we abide in Him deception will attempt to hinder us, but will utterly fail and come to nothing. We shall know the truth and the truth sets us free, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 5:13 “But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”
Our perception of what is said or done may not be accurate when it is filtered through past experiences. We take every thought captive by submitting it to the Lord before jumping to any conclusion. An assumption based on perception can lead to deception. As we submit ourselves to the Lord, we surrender our thoughts to Him and receive His truth by faith. Humility brings safety.
One of the keys to make sure we receive and walk in truth is this: do not take anything personally. Many times when people speak, they are expressing what they perceive regarding what pertains to them. Often, it is not to describe who the other person is or isn’t; it is more to explain who they are or are not. When in doubt, it’s important to ask the other person, “When you said this, this is what I heard; is that what you meant?” Usually, the answer of truth will remove a wrong perception and bring peace.
Taking thoughts captive refers not only to what we think, but also what others think. When we stop reasoning, give all things to the Lord and rest in Him, we take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. As we are transformed into the image of Christ, we are able to quickly know the truth of God. We take the thoughts captive by replacing them with these truths. The moment the lies come, we declare the truth and walk in victory, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 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.