2 Corinthians Chapters 9 and 10
This week’s reading is from 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “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 and bringing every thought into captivity.” Most people are not aware of the battle that goes on for the control of our minds and their thought life. Many people don’t realize the power of our thoughts and are not even aware that they can control their thought life. Many times when you get down to the heart of people’s problems, somebody is seriously mixed up on their thinking. All of us tend to get mixed up on our thinking at times, and often we don’t even see the problem. But Jesus Christ can straighten out our thinking a whole lot better than Dr. Phil or anybody else in this world. Paul would not say this if it were not possible to control our thoughts. As Christians, we CAN take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. Our thoughts do not have to control us; we can control our thoughts.
We are called to cast down arguments, and every high thing that is contrary to the ways of God. Other translations call these “imaginations (v.5).” That means we are to conquer them. We are to attack and conquer imaginations of this world. Paul is saying “Be your own thought police.” With God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within you, you CAN do it. It is time we stop letting the devil win the battles for our minds and our lives and our families. It is time to identify his wiles, and his schemes and defeat them with God’s weapons. When we allow the devil a foothold in our lives it pollutes our mind. There is a war raging in our souls and in our minds. Satan is out to destroy you and your witness for Jesus Christ. He is out to capture, corrupt and control your mind. You don’t have to let him win! What are some things that you do that have helped you to gain victory over your thoughts?