2 Corinthians 10:5 – Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
What does it mean to cast down spiritually? to reject, dismiss, to bound, to rid yourself of, to denounce, to let go of, to loose,to throw away. These words are to be put into action (thought process) in our attempt to rid ourselves of every thought of the enemy of our minds that are contrary to the Word of God.
Thoughts run through our minds 24-7. These thoughts are coming from one of many sources; God, ourselves, the world or satan!
How can we identify the thoughts of satan? Well, if what you are thinking or hearing in your mind does not line up with the Word of God, then you know that is not God.
Well, what should you do when these thoughts that are not of God jumps up in your mind and attempt to take control of you to the point of making you brokenhearted, down trodden, sad, depressed, downcast, low-spirited, sorrowful, unhappy, etc.?
Well, the Word of God tell us to CAST THEM DOWN! How do we cast them down? With the Word of God. The Word of God is our weapon in warfare. Remember saints, we are in a spiritual battle!
Ephesians 6:12 reminds us this morning that – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The battle is of the mind! The enemy wants to control your MIND! If he can control you mind, He has full control of you! God, in His Word, have given you power and authority to reject every thought from the enemy!
The Key to defeating these destructive thoughts of the enemy is to armor yourself with the Word of God. It is your WEAPON! Your arsenal for spiritual battle! You have to pray and study God’s Word. Having the Word in your car, your house, your pocket book, suit coat or in your office is not good enough, it has to be in YOU! We must eat it daily. It is our spiritual food for Christian living.
There will come many times in all of our lives when the enemy will come against we and you won’t have a bible at reach! That is when we will have to pray and ask God to allow you to dig deep down in the treasures of His Word that He has already placed inside of you.
God has promise to do that for us. Let’s listen to Him om In John 14:26 – But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative–that is, the Holy Spirit–he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!! LOOK AT MY DADDY! LOOK AT GOD!!! He promises to send a Word in our time of need! WHO WOULD NOT WANT TO SERVE A GOD LIKE THAT? YOU MUST BE CRAZY IF YOU ARE NOT!!!!
Saints, we must gird up for battle! Indeed, we are in spiritual warfare! Ephesians 6:11 exhorts us to put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. The devil’s schemes is not always physical attacks. If we could be honest for a moment, his most effective schemes and attacks against us is MENTALLY! He comes to our Mind for battle!
God’s Word exhorts us to today to take a bold stand against the enemy of our mind. The enemy of our mind is so real!! We can look out among us at our family members, coworkers, friends, neighbors, spouses, children, parents, the news medias, etc and see what the enemy is doing to the minds of the people.
So many have believed the lies of the satan to the point that they actually believe there is no hope concerning the thoughts of the enemy of their minds! We as Christians, knows that JESUS IS OUR HOPE! OUR ROCK OF AGES! OUR SHELTER, REFUGE IN THE STORM!
How do we take a bold stand against the enemy of our mind? I AM GLAD YOU ASK! God, our Lord and Savior, The Sovereign God has given us a way of escape from the enemy of our mind. Let’s listen to what He says in 2 Corinthians 10:5- We defeat the enemy of our mind by Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Our mind is the battlefield! We MUST DAILY put on our battle gear.
What is our battle gear? GLAD YOU ASK? God, once again has given us some help in Ephesians 6:13-18 – Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
SAINTS, THERE IS A BATTLE OF THE MIND THAT IS RAGING! THE ENEMY IS WAGING WAR AGAINST US FOR OUR MINDS!
The question we all must answer today is “WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO ABOUT IT?” Are we gonna lay down and take it or we gonna rise up and FIGHT? God in this text, commands us to fight against IT BY REJECTING EVERY THOUGHT, EVERY HIGH IMAGINATION, EVERY TACTIC OF THE ENEMY THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD!
I do not know about you, but I am determined to FIGHT FOR MY LIFE! WOUNDED, BATTERED AND BRUISED, BUT THE FIGHT GOES ON FOR ME!
A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE! What is your mind worth to you? Is it worth fighting for? If it is, you MUST cast down every thought that is NOT of God! Every contrary thought that tells you to listen to it and not to God’s Word! CAST IT DOWN! REJECT IT! PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST IT!!!
Saints, you have the power! GOD HAS GIVEN IT TO US! USE IT!!God has given us authority to use HIS NAME AND HIS WORD! He knew that we would one day need it!
Matthew 28:18 declares these Words – Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Philippians 2:10-11 declares – That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
JESUS, MY LORD AND SAVIOR, HAS BEEN GIVEN ALL POWER IN HEAVEN, EARTH AND BENEATH THE EARTH! WHO’S REPORT WILL YOU BELIEVE ON TODAY?
THE ENEMY ONLY HAS THE POWER THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN HIM!
Empower yourself with the Word of God and take every thought captive that the enemy has brought to your mind that is not of God!
Why is thinking so important? Because what we “think” comes out of our mouth. Matthew 12:34 says that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” We speak out of our mouth according to what we have allowed to come into our thoughts!
God in His Word, tell us what to focus our thoughts on ! He says through the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. WHAT WORD GIVES US THE ASSURANCE OF THESE THINGS LISTED ABOVE? GOD’S WORD THAT IS FOUND IN HIS B.I.B.L.E.! USE IT!
Each negative thought you give in to makes room for more negative thoughts. They build on each other one by one. So be careful about the thoughts that listen to on a daily basis! Reckless words born out of wrong thoughts NOT taken captive to the obedience of Christ leads to mistakes, unkind ways sin and possibly tragedy.
Positive thoughts are of God, Negative thoughts are of the devil. Even if the thought you are thinking may be true in nature, perhaps someone did do you wrong, but we are to still “think” good thoughts all the time. Yes, it may be hard, but Philippians 4:13 declares that I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
AS PEOPLE OF GOD, WE MUST RID OURSELVES OF “STINKIN THINKIN!”
AND GUESS WHAT? WE MUST BEGIN RIGHT NOW! IT MUST START IMMEDIATELY!
Once a fire gets started, sometimes it is be hard to bring it under control!
WHAT ARE THINKING? WHAT HAVE YOU ALLOWED TO SEEP INTO YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS MORNING? IT IS GOD’S WORD? IF NOT, CAST IT DOWN IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
Philippians 2:5 – Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
TELL THE LORD THANK YOU FOR A MIND LIKE CHRIST! A MIND TO TEAR THE devil’s kingdom DOWN! THANK HIM THAT AS OF THIS DAY, IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN DOING IT, YOU WILL CAST DOWN EVERY THOUGHT OF THE ENEMY THAT TRIES TO EXALT ITSELF ABOVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD!
I love you all with the love of Christ.