Read: II Corinthians 10:3-4 NIV
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
Our mind filters all the information we process. It is the clearinghouse for our soul. What moves into our emotions and our will flows right through our minds. That is why it is crucial to fill our mind with His Word and His influence. Both His Word and His Spirit help us filter our thoughts. When our thoughts go unfiltered our soul is in great danger.
This is exactly what Paul had in his sights when he declared in II 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…”
These three words, speculations and lofty things, are huge and they ought to cause each of us to stop and rethink what we allow to get into our minds. Speculations in the original language is the word logismous from which we get our word logic. It has to do with false reasoning, premises that miss the mark and ideas that are devoid of God. Reasoning that is arrogant and disregards faith.
If we were honest most of us have a ton of thoughts like these. Thoughts we have received from TV, movies, the internet, and the world. Thoughts that sound so good on the surface but disregard faith and a living God. Paul says these thoughts, “should be taken captive” because they are raised up against the knowledge of God. Which means, if I fill my head with those thoughts I cannot grow in my heart and knowledge of God. I cannot deepen my journey with Him because these speculations will destroy my faith. Lofty things; if we believe humility is godly, lofty things are not. Hypsoma is the word and it means to be exalted or lifted up. It is literally an exaggerated opinion or evaluation of what you are or what you think you have done. I am sad to say that I know many people who will be in shock when they get to eternity and find out that all of their proud reasonings and declarations were built on false premises. Jesus said, “Build your life on the rock” because it never moves. It isn’t boastful or proud but humble, kind and loving. When we pray, remember hell loves the proud and arrogant because they are totally ineffective in warfare intercession. It is only when we come with a humble and loving heart that we tear down strongholds hell has built.
Father, it is so easy to be persuaded by peoples boastful and wild declarations today. We seem to be drawn to the noise instead of to the quiet humility of your heart. Forgive me for listening when I should turn off the noise. Teach me to hunger for loving humility instead.