Mountain Moving Monday: Obedience

Monday, October 01, 2012

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 
(2 Corinthians 10:5)

Word Study: Obedience

The original meaning of obedience in this verse is taken from the Greek word, Hupakoé, which means attentive hearing, compliance, or submission.

Let’s look at the word obedience in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

The 1st century Corinthian church was known for their worship of idols. The culture that surrounded them demanded it and their newfound obedience to the gospel of Christ was a foreign practice. However, Paul did not hesitate to admonish the church and instruct them to remove idol worship from their new lives in Christ.

Today, we may worship idols in the form of fashion, food, frivolities, fortune, and fame. Christ has taken backseat to these stronghold delicacies that we can’t get enough of. Instead of casting down imaginations, we’re dreaming up schemes against our sisters; we’re exalting ourselves and our strength versus leaning on the Lord and His; we’re dressing to be captivating to men, rather than capturing God’s heart with service.

We tell self: This mountain seems moveable; God isn’t acting fast enough; I can do this and ask forgiveness later; but we usually come out broke, busted, and can’t be trusted.

Turn over those thoughts to the obedience of Christ. When we’re obedient to God, we’re submitting and committing our lives to Him daily. Obedience to self and not the Savior is a recipe for disaster. Cast off strongholds that place you higher than God. It’s not about you; it’s the God in you that you're to be compliant to! Move your mountain by being obedient to God, not self.


Lord, help us to turn our idols over to you. We desire in our hearts to love you, yet many times satan dangles his superficial charms in our faces and we can’t help but grab them. Teach us to obey you, rather than dictate our own lives. Sometimes when life’s storms come and we don’t see how you’re going to get us out of them, we go about it ourselves. We don’t obey the scriptures that say wait on you. You tell us to trust, we don’t. You say love, we hate. We acknowledge our sin of disobedience Lord, and ask forgiveness. Show us how to move a mountain today by obeying you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

How will your obedience move mountains today?

*Word definitions taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*

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