Pulling Down Strongholds

Have you ever heard, “Everything was going fine until I hit a bump in the road?

In the 2 Corinthians we certainly can see Paul hit plenty of bumps in his years of ministry. One of the bumps we find him dealing with is a group of naysayers and negative critics. They questioned Paul’s ability to minister – calling him weak and ridiculing in his speaking skills.

Perhaps Paul’s mind was filled with self-doubt when their vicious whispers first reached him ears. Did he take criticism and retaliate with his own critical thoughts? Maybe he didn’t broadcast them out loud but even thinking about them can cause damage. When we hit painful and unexpected bumps in life it can be hard not to start thinking negative thoughts. Thoughts laced with doubt and tinged with discouragement .

If we are not careful, those kinds of thoughts can take us places we don’t want to go. They can bring us down and keep us from living the life God wants us to live. Paul reminds us that our enemy doesn’t fight the way the world does. But God has given us everything we need to have victory. Paul writes: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have Devine power to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself us against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 4-5)

In other words, what we think matters. Little by little, the Lord by His Spirit teaches us to fight for our mind, to see ourselves only as He does. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen.

If we are Christ’s, this is no passive task. This is war. We destroy lies, take captive our hateful thoughts, look forward to a new plan, and remind ourselves of who we are.

So here it is: this is your call to fight to take action and stand up. Paul tells us we have to take our thoughts captive and make them obey Christ. What does it mean to make our thoughts obey Christ? It means that if Jesus wouldn’t say it about us, we can’t say it to about us, we can’t say it to ourselves either.

2 Corinthians 10: 1-6

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