Cast down arguments
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, by casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5
Our minds are a battlefield and our words combat our thoughts. The ideas and concepts that come into your head are merely suggestions that you have the power to receive or reject. One of the reasons we submerge ourselves in God’s Word is to discern the thoughts and intents that come every minute of every day. If we do not recognize that we have authority and control over our thinking, our enemy will continuously mess with our heads/thoughts.
Today’s verse starts out with telling us that we have weapons to pull down thoughts that are trying to take us captive. However, we cannot fight thoughts with physical weapons, or even other thoughts for that matter. Our thoughts must be taken captive by our words. When you speak God’s Word, or even the words of what you would rather be thinking about, you are actively changing your mind, or way of thinking.
This scripture shows us how to identify the thoughts that we should cast down and get rid of. First of all, we are to get rid of arguments. These are the internal struggles that plague us when we don’t know what to do, or do not want to do what we know should be done. Usually, my arguments are trying to justify why I do or do not want to do or say something. So now that I know this, I stop arguing and start listening. I ask God for a scripture or “word” to discern which side of the argument is right, and then I ask Him for the strength and desire to do what He is leading me to and what will honor and glorify Him. I don’t always get it perfect, but the first step is to recognize and be honest with yourself since you may need help with your internal conflict.
Second, the verse says to cast down EVERY high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. For years I was confused about this verse. I thought I was to cast down any thought of confidence by belittling who I was, so I didn’t get into pride. However, that way of thinking backfired. When I had a thought that I was a child of the most high God, I would push that aside and think “oh no, I’m just an old sinner saved by grace.” Or if I had thoughts about how much God loved me, I would push that aside and think “what could He possibly love about me?” I thought I was being humble, but actually I was stepping into agreement with my enemy by taking on his way of thinking. This is the reason it’s so important to know God’s Words starting with what He says about you personally. Such verses as “He became sin so you could become His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21), and you are a joined heir with Jesus! (Romans 8:17) The truth is I was an old sinner, but I got saved by grace and He made me brand new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) You are a child of the most High God! (Galatians 4:7) Don’t let the devil deceive you into thinking any less of yourself!
Lastly, bring every thought and I mean every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. This is taking control of your thoughts by guarding what goes in and not letting your imagination run away with you. Make sure you are the one directing where your thoughts are going and what you spend time contemplating. If your thoughts are causing you to fear, you need to turn them to scriptures that talk about the protection and provision of your heavenly Father. If your thoughts are causing you to be stressed, fill your mouth and thoughts with scriptures that fill you with the peace of God. You get the picture. God’s Word is the greatest weapon to cast down any imagination that goes against what He wants you to believe about yourself or anything else, for that matter.
Today I encourage you to take your authority as a child of God and cast that imagination and devil thought down and get rid of it. Then line your thinking up with all the wonderful things God says about you! Once you do that, the devil won’t be able to trick you with those “traps” and arguments ever again!
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 10:1-6
1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.