” The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4,5
What’s a stronghold you might ask?
Well, that’s a great question! It’s basically an argument or pretension that sets itself in our minds, “pretending” to be bigger or more powerful than our God. It steals much of our focus and causes us to feel …
It may be an addiction, unforgiveness towards a person who has hurt you, despair over a loss, or anything that consumes so much of your emotional and mental energy that…
Abundant Life is strangled.
Therefore, your calling remains largely unfulfilled and your believing life is virtually ineffective.
This is the goal of the enemy.
The goal of our warfare as stated in 2 Corinthians 10:5 is to steal back our thought life and take it captive to Christ instead. The enemy’s chief target is the mind because the most effective way to influence behavior is to influence thinking. Our minds are the control center of our entire beings. The enemy knows far better than we do that nothing is bigger or more powerful than God. That’s why everything that “exalts itself” in our thought life is called a “pretension”. Satan plays make-believe. He can only pretend because he lost all rights to presume authority over the believer’s life when Christ,
“having disarmed the powers and authorities… made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” –Colossians 2:15
Repeat after me… NOTHING IS BIGGER OR MORE POWERFUL THAN GOD! Absolutely NOTHING!
Not even the strongest addiction or overwhelming feeling of rage. Everything in your life is commanded to bow to the authority of Christ. I finally have learned (and am still learning) that the way to make our exalted, overpowering thoughts bow down in obedience to Jesus Christ is to think His thoughts about the matter rather than my own or those influenced by the enemy.
I cannot encourage you enough to PRAY SCRIPTURE!
In praying Scripture, I not only find myself in intimate communication with God, but my mind is being retrained, or renewed.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasingand perfect will.
As I think His thoughts about my situation rather than mine, He resumes His proper place in my thought life as huge and indomitable and my obstacle shrinks.
Which Scripture will you pray today?