2 Corinthians 10:3
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,
(a) We walk in the flesh. We live in the world.
(b) We do not war according to the flesh. We do not fight in the way the world fights. We don’t claw and grasp and manipulate. We don’t throw people under the bus or shoot those who oppose us.
2 Corinthians 10:4
for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
(a) Divinely powerful. We are not defenceless lambs at the mercy of the devouring lion. We are armoured with Christ himself, and his shield of faith is able to extinguish all the fiery arrows of the evil one (Eph. 6:16). Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
(b) The destruction of fortresses. Fortresses or strongholds speak of mindsets that are opposed to the things of God.
2 Corinthians 10:5
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,
(a) We are destroying speculations. We demolish or pull down thoughts and mindsets that are contrary to the knowledge of God.
Most spiritual warfare takes place in the battlefield of your mind. Since we are facing a defeated foe (Col. 2:15), the only way Satan can win is if he gets you to take his side. Swallow his lies and fall for his schemes, and you empower a disarmed enemy. Worse, you end up with a distorted picture of your heavenly Father’s good heart. This is why we need to guard our hearts and watch our thoughts.
(b) Taking every thought captive. Not every thought that comes into your mind is good. Some thoughts come from the world. Others come from the demonic realm. When a dark thought or lie enters your mind, grab it by the scruff of the neck and make it bow down to King Jesus. Often this will involve speaking out or declaring the promises of God over your life. Say the following thought comes into your head: “You are not doing enough for God. You are a miserable sinner.” You can reply, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. My Father is well pleased with me and I have nothing to prove.”
(c) The obedience of Christ. Usually condemning thoughts point to our behavior. “Look what you did.” An effective response is to point to what Christ did (the obedience of Christ). Because Christ obeyed, you have been reconciled, justified, and made right with God. Your obedience or performance doesn’t come into it.
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