Taking Every Thought Captive Part 4

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,”
(2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB).

 

In my past three post, we looked at two steps for taking every thought captive.  Today, let’s look at step three: Reject the Lie.

 Once I had a door-to-door vacuum salesman come to my house. To my detriment, I let him in. Before I could convince him I did not need a new vacuum cleaner, he had his demonstration trash sprinkled all over my foyer floor. Almost two hours later, I finally got him to leave.

What was my first mistake? You know it! My first mistake was to let him cross the threshold of my doorway and enter my house. Once he was in, it was difficult to get him out. It is the same way with our thoughts. Once we entertain a thought, once we allow the “salesman” to scatter his “trash” in our minds, it is hard to dismiss it or push it back out again. The place of easiest victory is at the threshold; don’t even let the trash in the door. It has been said, “Every spiritual battle is won or lost at the threshold of the mind.”  I think victory is possible once the thought has passed over the threshold, but it sure will save us a lot of heartache and pain if we begin to recognize Satan’s lies and reject them from the start.

Let’s go back to 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 and dig a little deeper by discovering the rich meaning of some of the key words in the original Greek language of the New Testament.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 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.

 This verse tells us that through Christ, we have the power to demolish strongholds. What is a stronghold? The Greek word for stronghold is echo, meaning, “to hold fast.” A derivation of that same word, echuroma means “a stronghold, fortification, fortress.” Bible teacher, Beth Moore, describes them as “anything in our lives that we hold on to that ends up holding us.” They are formed when thoughts or habit patterns “echo” time and time again in our minds. They are negative thoughts that are burned into our minds through repetition (such as verbal abuse) or a one-time traumatic incident (such as a rape). These thought patterns have the potential to grab hold of a mind and rule a life.  Many strongholds are built brick-by-brick for protection, but inevitably they become prisons. Beth goes on to say, “No matter what the stronghold may be, they all have one thing in common: Satan is fueling the mental tank with deception to keep the stronghold running.”

The word demolish implies a kind of destruction requiring tremendous power – divine power.  One reason many Christians have remained in a yoke of slavery to past sins and lies of the enemy is because they swat at strongholds like they are mosquitoes instead of blasting them with the truth like they are concrete fortresses formed by years of construction.

We cannot destroy demonic strongholds on our own strength even on our best days.  The Holy Spirit can destroy strongholds with His power even on our worst days. The power of the Holy Spirit is the Greek word dunamous, which is where we get the word dynamite. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

The verse goes on to describe another area that needs to be destroyed.“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.”  I don’t know about you, but on a few occasions, (OK, on more occasions than I can count) I have argued with God and against the knowledge of God. Guess what? God always wins.

The Greek word for arguments is logismos, meaning “a reckoning, calculation, consideration, reflection.” A calculated thought might be a conclusion that you are a failure, after you have failed at something. That seems logical. It all adds up. Upon reflection, it seems highly probable. However, that’s not what the Truth says. It is against the knowledge of God. Regardless of your calculations, God says you are a saint who has been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, a child of God, and a co-heir with Christ. You are not a failure and you need to reject the lie. When the thought comes into your head, simply say, “I reject that thought. It is a lie of the enemy and not the truth of God. I failed in this instance, but I am not a failure.”

So far we’ve looked at three steps to taking every thought captive:

Step One:  Recognize the Enemy’s True Identity

Step Two: Recognize Satan’s Lies

Step Three:  Reject the Lies

Join me next time as we look at the final step to taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.

Let’s Pray
Dear Father, I’ll admit that I toy with thoughts that I know are not true. I feel sorry for myself, entertain thoughts of rejection, and sometimes even feel like nobody loves me.  Those are lies. All of them. Right now, I commit to reject the lies of the enemy as soon as the thought comes into my head. Thank you for the truth that sets us free from feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength – and that’s the truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Now It’s Your Turn
I want you to write down five lies that you tend to believe about yourself and leave some space between them. Now, I want you to write down a truth from the Bible for each one that lets you know it is a lie.

Let me get you started.

Lie: I can’t do anything right.

Truth: I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

 

Lie: Nobody ever prays for me.

Truth: Jesus said: “I pray for …those you have given me. John 17:9

I’d love to hear your truth to replace a lie. It might be just what one of my readers needs to hear.Click on comment and share the truth thata corresponds to the lie you have believed.

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8 Responses to Taking Every Thought Captive Part 4

  1. Elizabeth May 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Blessed by these series of devotional. Very much needed at this point in my life. I need to trust God more and remember HE is always in control. Thanks for letting yourself being used by God to bless my life.

  2. Lorraine May 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Another great analogy…not allowing that slick salesman to cross over the threshold of my mind! Regecting the lies and clining to the truth of Gods’ word. What peace I felt as I read your reminder from John 17:9 “Jesus said: “I pray for …those you have given me.” Thanking the Lord …for He knows the groanings of my heart , so that when I can’t even find the words, He intercedes on my behalf!
    Bless you richly Sharon!!!

  3. Mari May 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Lie: No one will really miss me when I move away. They’re just saying so to be nice.

    Truth: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord…

  4. Judith Miller May 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    These devotionals are tailor-made for me! Lie: “Things never to seem to work out for me”. God’s truth: “All things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose”. Thanks Sharon!

  5. Patricia May 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    I can’t do it anymore. I can’t fight this battle anymore…..

    Phl 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

  6. Kristina May 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    These devotionals are exactly what I need to hear right now in my life!
    Lie: I’ll never be good enough for anyone or anything.
    Truth: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
    How can a masterpiece not be good enough? I’m a masterpiece and God’s delights in this masterpiece.

  7. Stephanie May 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Lie:I have made so many mistakes as a parent my prodigal will be out the door as soon as he can and I will never have the family relationships I have dreamed of.
    Truth: Children are a heritage of the Lord. He our my heritage. God will restore the brokenness in the relationship we have with our son. Not only will he restore it he will be used in mighty ways. He will have a deep relationship with everyone in this household and God will use both our children greatly in the kingdom of God. And they will marry Godly woman and produce Godly off-spring. The spiritual stronghold that are in this family line will be once and for all put under the blood of the lamb.

    • Sharon May 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

      Amen Sister!

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