2 Corinthians 10:3-5
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 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.”
Written by: Courtney Flocken
Imagine collecting every thought into a jar and then sifting through them at the end of a long day. What an exhausting task! On the low end, experts estimate we have 50,000 thoughts per day or 2,100 thoughts per hour. Paul urges the people of Corinth to take each of those thoughts captive. As believers, we should look, think, and act differently than the world. This seems like an overwhelming feat. It helps to know where each of those thoughts come from: yourself, the enemy, or God.
When we come into agreement with things that do not line up with God and His word, our armor will have cracks from the inside out and allow for more lies or untruths to creep in. That’s a dangerous reality! Your mind is the frontline to your own spiritual wellbeing and health. We have all experienced the believer that “looks the part.” But when it comes to our experience with that person, we feel the “pricklies.” It feels horrible! We trusted this person to be like Christ. But instead, this person grabbed the toolbox of the world—whether it be through their words or actions—and went to battle not in the spiritual realm, but in the world. Obviously, we cannot control others. We have complete freedom to master this “taking every thought captive” aspect of our own lives. Let’s drop the tools the world uses in our relationships, social media, workforce, schools, and elsewhere. Instead, let’s use the power the Lord gave us to “demolish strongholds.”
Thought of the day: The power of thoughts is that they eventually make up the components of our hearts. What thoughts do you need to eradicate that were authored by either yourself or Satan?
Prayer: God, thank You for Your grace and wisdom to help me sift through my mind and banish any thoughts that do not align with You and Your word. You have given me a spirit of power. Help me take every thought captive and make them obedient to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.