2 Corinthians 10:4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting away arguments and every high that exalts itself against the knowledge of God bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
As we read the verse above we are advised that our warfare isn’t flesh and blood but we fight against the spiritual realm. Warfare is defined as an engagement in or the activities involved in war or conflict.
2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For although we live in the natural realm, we don’t wage a military campaign employing human weapons using manipulation to achieve our aims. Our spiritual weapons are energized with divine power to effectively dismantle the defenses behind which people hide. We demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind.”
What we think to direct our actions, that’s why it is important that we must watch our thoughts. When I was an unbeliever I practiced what my flesh wanted but once I became a born again Christian I have learned that we must put to death our worldly passions and desires.
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How should we think?
- According to Colossians 3:2 to set our mind on the things above, not on things on earth. For we died and our life is hidden with Christ in God. It went on to say in verse 5 that we must put to death our members which are on the earth fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness which is idolatry.
I lived half of my life one foot into the world and one foot out. I grew religious who looked like I was holy on Sundays and I was wild on Saturday nights getting drunk, practiced fornication until I became to know Christ that this shouldn’t how we must live our lives if I have claimed that I am a Christian. We are warned that those who know the truth because of the gospel God’s wrath will come upon the sons and daughters of disobedience.
2. We must meditate on the things that are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, pure, lovely, good report if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy. – Philippians 4:8
I used to live a victim mentality and believed a lie of the enemy that I would always be in the same situation that no one would marry me until the Lord to show me to meditate on the things that are true which is written above in Philippians 4:8. Meditate is to ponder or contemplate. We must learn to discipline our thoughts and cast out any negative ideas that don’t align with God’s word.
David wrote in Psalm 19:14, “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable and pleasing in your eyes oh God.” Growing up, I thought whatever comes into my mind I had to believe and entertain it until I’ve learned that we can control our thoughts. We don’t have to always believe whatever we think about. We must ask the question of whether our thoughts are not the thoughts of the devil but of God.