Thursday, August 18, 2011

Take Every Thought Captive! - August 18th, 2011

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

History and Context:
We already talked about the history of 2 Corinthians on August 13th. There is a long history between Paul and the church in Corinth. In fact the letter we named 2 Corinthians was actually at least the fourth letter which Paul wrote to this church.

The Text:
Paul seems to be referencing some of their past arguments in this text. He is begging them to understand that our battle is not in the flesh but it is against strongholds and arguments which come against our knowledge of God. This is where the real battlfield is; in the mind, in our thoughts. We must learn to fight the battle in the mind in order to win the battle in the flesh. It is our mind and our thoughts that tend to direct our actions and beliefs. We must continually cast down thoughts that come against our knowledge of God for these thoughts will take us away from God and from our walk in Him.

The Challenge:
Today, as you go through your day, pay attention to what thoughts come into your mind. Before you immediately accept them think about them. Are they God's thoughts? Are they thoughts of faith, or fear? Are they thoughts of love, or hate? If they are not God's thoughts, if they do not line up with the Word of God, then throw them out and direct mind to think the opposite. If you find yourself worrying about finances, remind yourself that "my God shall supply all my needs" (Phil. 4:19). If it is a sickness that is worrying you then remind yourself that "by His stripes you were healed" (1 Peter 2:24). Whatever it is that doesn't line up with the Word, make it a point to throw that thought out and replace it with what the Word says. You will find yourself much more victorious.

The Prayer:
Lord, help me to win this battle in my mind. Help me to take every thought that is not of you captive and replace it with your Word. Let me think as you think. In Jesus' name, Amen!

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