2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – ” For though we live in the world, we DO NOT wage war like the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself against the knowledge of God, and we take EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE to make it obedient to Christ.”
Our minds are the battlefield where the enemy wages war against us. Every word and deed begins with a thought in our minds. After you have come to Christ, you are a New Creation. Your Spirit is re-created to be just like Christ (Colossians 1:27). “The old is gone and all things are new. All this is from God” (2 Corinthians 5:17,18). The “all this” that the Apostle Paul is speaking of is the NEW CREATION. You are now made up of ALL the nature and ALL the character of God. We are a newly created Spirit man. And since the devil does not have access to our Spirit he can only make suggestions, lies and accusations in our minds. Any thought or any idea that comes against that knowledge of who we are in Christ is a lie from the enemy and must be destroyed. If we allow ourselves to ponder those thoughts, the enemy will continue to attack until he creates a stronghold. In other words, those thoughts will have a strong-hold in our mind and won’t voluntarily let go.
So, how do we gain the victory? How do we live out the character of God that lives in us?
The Apostle Paul admonishes us “to put on the helmet of Salvation” (Ephesians 6:17). This is not a physical activity of putting on a helmet. The helmet of salvation is a reference to guarding your mind with the truth of GOD’S WORD and everything that pertains to salvation. The definition of salvation (SOZO) is healed and delivered from the power of sin, sickness, disease, and lack (Psalm 91:16). This divine power that destroys strongholds is the WORD OF GOD. We cannot have victory without the WORD. We must be filled and saturated with God’s Word so we can win the war that the enemy will wage in our minds.
We must measure every thought, every idea, and every imagination against the knowledge of Christ in us. If a thought doesn’t meet the litmus test of Christ in us then it must be taken captive. This word CAPTIVE means “to make a prisoner.” Every thought that doesn’t represent Christ must be made a prisoner. If you’ve ever visited a prison you know that prisoners have lost their rights. They have lost their freedom. They are under the rule of the Prison Warden who tells them where to go and what to do. We are the prison warden of our thoughts. We must take every thought captive that opposes the Word of God and stop allowing the enemy’s lies to roam freely through our mind. If we don’t take those thoughts captive we eventually become captive to them.
You have authority to take the devil’s thoughts captive and live in victory. My prayer for you today is that you will recognize the real you, Christ in you and exercise authority over the enemy by taking every thought captive.