The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)
Be very careful about what you allow yourself to think. Why is that? There is a battle going on. What kind of battle is going on and where is this battle being fought? This battle that I am referring to is being fought over your heart and mind. How will I fight and wage war in this battle? What forces am I up against? What weapons can I use in this battle? Those are very good questions. You are up against the forces of evil that are in the world. Your heart and mind are constantly under bombardment from evil thoughts, values and practices that are in the world. It is the world’s plan to try to conform you to its pattern. It is the world’s plan to enslave you to all its sinful desires and set up strongholds in your life. You must stand against this evil that seeks to fight against you. But, you will not be able to fight this battle against evil with your own power and strength. Why not? You must rely on me and use weapons that I have given to you.
I’m not even sure where to begin to stand to fight against evil in this battle. I’m not sure of what you are talking about when you say that I have weapons to fight against evil and tear down strongholds. What’s a stronghold? What are my weapons that I can use in this fight? Again, you have asked very good questions. First, you must stand with me and believe that you really are in a war and are now engaged in a battle. I have no doubt about that. You must also begin to recognize and take captive every evil thought and make them obedient to me. How do I do that? Let’s talk about my word. My word is a weapon. My word is a sword that the Holy Spirit will use to fight in you, with you and for you. Evil thoughts that are not from me set up strongholds that oppose me. These strongholds can be in the world. These strongholds can be in your life. Can you give me an example? Yes, I can. Pride is an evil thought that sets up strongholds. Pride might tell you that you don’t need me and that you can rely on yourself. This kind of pride sets up the stronghold of independence and leads people away from me. Have you ever recognized the stronghold of pride and independence in the world or in your own life? Yes, I have. This stronghold needs to be torn down so that you will humbly come to know and rely on me. Yes, it does. Will you ask me to tear down the stronghold of pride in your life? Yes, I will. When you do that you will be using two more weapons at your disposal. Can you tell me what those weapons are? I think so. I will be using the weapons of prayer and faith. I will be praying in faith as I ask you to tear down a stronghold in my life. Yes, you will. How many weapons have we talked about so far? We have talked about your word, the Holy Spirit, prayer and faith. That’s right. Let me ask you a question. Go ahead. Why do you have faith that I will fight with you against evil in the world? I know that you love me. You are with me to help me. The love you have for me has caused me to place all my faith and hope and love in you. You have mentioned two more weapons. My love and hope in you are weapons? Yes, they are, you will fight with all your heart and mind and soul because of the love and hope you have in me. Yes, I will.
Lord, thank you for giving me weapons to fight evil in the world. Help me to tear down strongholds of evil both in my life and in the world. Help me to humbly take every thought of mine captive and make them obedient to you. Amen
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