2 Corinthians 10:3-5 - For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 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;
Saints, There is a battle raging against our minds daily. This scripture text is proof. Why would we be told by God through the Apostle Paul in this text to cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God if it was not so?
The Apostle Paul offers us help and encouragement on today in reminding us that there is an enemy who wants to fill our minds with thoughts that are contrary to what God's Word says concerning us.
This letter was written to Christians who were just like you and I. Those who daily fight the battles of the mind against the enemy of the mind. The same satan who is also fighting you and I on today. Same devil, new tricks and new methods in his attempt to being them to pass.
There is a war going on for the minds of people everywhere. Satan is no respecter of person. He does not care what your family name is, your title, how much money you have in the bank, your status in society, church, community, workplace, etc. Satan does not care if you are a Sunday School teacher, Preacher, Deacon, Pastor, Missionary, etc. He will use every weapon in his arsenal to defeat us in our minds.
The way we are told to fight these mental battles that are guaranteed to come to us daily is by bringing those thoughts into captivity to the obedience of God's Word that is found in His Bible. You and I will be unable to defeat the thoughts of the enemy if we chose not to read, study and meditate daily on God's Word. Remember, God's Word is our weapon in spiritual warfare.
Yes, our mind is the battleground that the enemy uses in his attempts to defeat us. Saints, there is a battle raging against your mind! The good news on today is the fact that God has given us the cure for mental battles in this text.
We are commanded in this text to cast down every thought of the enemy that is contrary to God's Word. Cast=To throw, fling or send; that is, to drive from, by force, denounce, reject. To throw away, as worthless. To lay aside, as unfit for use; to reject.
The words of the enemy are given to try to convince you and I that the way of the world and satan is more beneficial than the standards of God'S Word. The devil is a liar!!!!
To refute the lies of satan, we must put on the mind of Chirst. We must use our authority in the Word of God and reject, denounce, count as worthless, every word from satan that tries to convince us that his word is true and not God's.
Thoughts run through our minds 24-7. These thoughts are screaming out loud from one of many sources; God, ourselves, the world or satan.
The most fierce battle is in the mind. It is where every thought is produced. Thoughts produce words and words produce action. Action produce consequences. What are you thinking? What's on your mind right now? Is it lining up with God's Word, or is it contrary to His Word?
How can we identify the thoughts of satan? Well, if what you are thinking, feeling or hearing in your m ind causes you to feel down trodden, brokenhearted, sad, depressed, downcast, low-spirited, sorrowful, unhappy, confused, mixed up in your mind, fearful, anxious, etc., then you know that is satan and not God.
The Key to defeating these destructive thoughts of the enemy is to armor ourselves with the Word of God. It is our WEAPON! Our arsenal for spiritual battle! You have to pray and study God's Word. Having the Word in your car, your house, your pocket book, suit coat or in your office is not good enough, it has to be in YOU! We must eat it daily. It is our spiritual food for Christian living.
We are reminded in Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The battle is in the mind! The enemy wants to control your MIND! If he can control you mind, He has full control of you! God, in His Word, has given you and I power and authority to reject every thought from the enemy! The Holy Spirit is our teacher and guide and He will help us do it!
Saints, we must gird up our loins for battle. Indeed, we are in spiritual warfare. Our battle gear is found in Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
God's Word exhorts us today to take a bold stand against the enemy of our mind. The enemy of our mind is so real!! We can look out among us at our family members, coworkers, friends, neighbors, spouses, children, parents, the news medias, etc and see what the enemy is doing to the minds of the people everywhere.
So many have believed the lies of the satan to the point that they actually believe there is no hope concerning the thoughts of the enemy of their minds! We as Christians, knows that God is refuge and strength, our very present help in trouble.
Our mind is the battlefield! We put on our battle gear every morning when we wake up and keep it on.
There is a battle raging for our minds. The question becomes, "WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO ABOUT IT?" Are we gonna lay down and take it or we gonna rise up and FIGHT? God in this text, commands us to fight against it by rejecting every thought, every imagination, every tactic of the enemy with the Word of God.
I do not know about you, but I am determined to fight to keep my mind, regardless of the battle wounds,, bruises and cuts. As far as I am concerned, "The fight goes on for me"! I refuse to surrender to the thoughts of satan. I believe God!
The mind is a terrible thing to waste! What is your mind worth to you? Is it worth fighting for? If it is, you MUST cast down every thought that is NOT of God! Every contrary thought that tells you to listen to it and not to God's Word! CAST IT DOWN! REJECT IT! PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST IT!!!
Saints, you have the power! God has given us authority to use His name and His Word. He knew that we would daily need it!
Empower yourself with the Word of God this day and everyday, and take every thought captive that the enemy has brought to your mind that is not of God!
Remember, the enemy only has the power that you give him.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for keeping our minds stayed on Him.
I love you all.