MMM4 Progress Report #1: When Right Thinking Takes You Captive

By January 4, 2010 faith, language No Comments

Day 4 of MMM4 has just begun. So far, so good—I’m working on my verses from Colossians 2:6–15. Here’s what I’ve learned over the past three days (omissions and errors in olive):

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. See to it that no one takes you captive with through philosophy and empty deception, according to the elementary principles of this the world, rather than according to Christ.

So I forgot have and used with instead of through and this instead of the . . . not too bad, eh?!

You may be wondering how I’m going about this memorization process. Although I’ve mentioned it during previous MMM challenges, here’s a recap.

First, I create verse cards and bookmarks so I have the verses at my access in spare moments. Then I find about 10 minutes each day to sit down and work on the verses, using these general steps:

  • read the verse through several times
  • speak the verse aloud, only glancing back to the cards as needed
  • use first-letter prompts to speak the verse aloud until I can repeat it without looking to the cards
  • write/type out the verse using the first-letter prompts
  • speak and then write out the verse by memory

Let me reiterate: My goal is not to become a master at spouting off verses. My goal is to work these truths into my way of thinking so that it works its way into my way of living and loving.

For example, just these few verses have reminded me to walk daily with Christ in the manner in which I received Him . . . and how did I receive Him? In faith. So I am to walk with Him in faith, not in my own striving to do life perfectly. This has already affected how I approach the day—I have been communing with the Lord more, asking Him to help me live well, walk well, love well. And I see how easy it is to revert back to the elementary principles of this world that tell me my performance is more important than my connection to Christ. According to these verses, I can reject performance-oriented thinking.

Too often I find myself swirling about in thoughts that aren’t profitable at all. I’m going to try something different for a change. And maybe it will stick.

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