IICor.10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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.”
The battle for sin always starts in the mind. It is clear here in this passage that we are to control our minds. It seems that the opposite is true at times. It seems that instead of us bringing our minds into captivity we walk around as prisoners of our own minds.The Greek word aichmaløtizø there means “to control, to conquer, to bring into submission.” We are to take it captive. We should make our minds submit. What seems to happen instead is that our minds take us captive. We submit to fear of failure, worry, seeking approval of others, guilt, resentment, insecurity. These can all become strongholds. All these battles are in our minds. We allow our minds to exalt these things against our knowledge of God. These things become victorious over us when it is time to speak up for or stand up for God and do right. The problem is our knowledge of God(or lack thereof). We need a new investment strategy. We need to stop investing so much time on the things that foster fear, worry, insecurity and renew our minds. Get off those social media sites that are proven training grounds for creating these strongholds and invest that time in the book that exalts God.In Romans 12 we are to renew our minds, in Phil.2 we are to have the mind of Christ.We need to allow our knowledge of God grip us, constrain us to do right by thinking right. Retake the battlefield of our minds by allowing our knowledge of God to be exalted.Our image of who God is and what He can do in and through us will never be what it should be if it comes from a Facebook post or some snappy placard we found on Pinterest. Get in the Book!