L. A. Marzulli
2 Corinthians 10:5
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;
I’ve covered this before but as I was on my run yesterday I felt that I needed to go back over it. It’s OK, as there’s always another skin of the onion to uncover.
The mind is where we hold our thoughts. No one knows what we are thinking. Here’s what I mean. We can be sitting next to our wife in church and looking at the woman in a pew across the aisle in a lustful way! We can be smiling while talking to someone and acting like they are our friend but our minds are steeped in bitterness towards this individual and who knows? We can say one thing and inwardly know we mean exactly the opposite of what we are saying.
We can imagine that we are more than what we are, that we should have this job or drive that car, or live in some mansion somewhere. We can all think to highly of ourselves. We can entertain imaginations, or as some translations say, vain imaginations. It all happens in our thought life. The mind is truly the battle ground. James warns us against this when he admonishes us:
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:14)
A thought comes in to our minds. If we do not take charge of it, if we do not check it at the door of scripture and what the word of God tells us, we are in big trouble. If we entertain it, before we know it, we are captured by it and it has control over us.
This is why knowing what is actually in the Bible arms us with the truth and allows us to distinguish right from wrong.
For the word of God—the Bible—is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
When a thought comes in that is contrary to the word of God we are to take charge of it. We are to cast it out, annihilate with prayer, and bring it into captivity. In other words we make sure we are in control of it, not the thought in control of us. This is the charge of every believer.
In closing todays Bun: I have a “quiver” of arrows on my iPhone. These are scriptures I use in warfare, some I have committed to memory, others are old friends and I literally wash my mind with these when the unwanted thoughts begin, or I am tempted. The good news is this, once the spirit of the Living God is in us, it is He who will help us with this. Then, when we put on the armor of God that we read about in Ephesians 6, we are armed to do battle and we can take every thought captive.
We can and should as believers walk in the victory!