Read: II Corinthians 10:3-4
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
Waging warfare in the spiritual realm is often very tricky. By that I don’t mean that Satan tricks us though he often does. I mean that the target is a moving target and the battlefield is a hidden one. God has given us some clear marching orders. “We live in the world, but we do not wage war as the world does.” The battle the world wages is fought most often in the open. In territory we can clearly see with our eyes. The spiritual battle is not. The battlefield Satan prefers is soulish. It encompasses our mind, our will and our emotions. All three of those are moving, living things. All three are also hidden from the eyes of people.
That is why Paul goes on to say in II Corinthians 10:5, “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.” We demolish arguments, logismos in the original Greek language. We all recognize that word don’t we? Logic, or as the word is defined, reasonings and speculation. Satan loves to fill our heads with logic, and speculation that confuses us or those around us. How can we know what is just our minds and what is demonic in our thoughts or in the thoughts of those we pray for?
Paul answers that question with the second part of verse 5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” Every pretension, that word is a huge key to understanding the battlefield of the mind. The word pretension is also translated in different versions of the Bible as, lofty things raised up, high things that exalt themselves, every proud thing that raises itself, I think you get the picture. The word is hyposma in Greek and it means arrogance, uppity, to lift up or exalt. Words or thoughts that set themselves up against God, prideful arrogance, haughty and egotistical declarations and beliefs that exalt the hearts of people over the person of God. This is where Satan does battle. Taking those thoughts captive before they become cancerous is crucial in the battlefield of our minds and in the minds of those we love and pray for. That is why reading the Word and knowing the Bible are so important to healthy living. Remember our actions follow our thinking.
There will always be people who mock Jesus, who deride faith in God and who belittle those who believe. Remember our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the powers and rulers of darkness and every evil thing lifted up against God. So when we pray for ourselves or when we pray for others remember to take a stand against pride and prideful thinking that enslaves both us and others. Pray for both your own thoughts and the thought lives of those you intercede for to be pure and humble, thoughtful and kind. Pray for Satan’s influence to be cut off and the living active Word of God to make its way into the unseen battlefield of the hearts and minds of those you intercede for.
Father, with so much information flying all over these days it is easy to lose the battle for our thought life. Please teach me to be more discerning in what I read and what I listen to. Holy Spirit, direct me to information that is life giving and thoughtful throughout my day today.