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. 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.”
The battlefield of the mind is where the enemy does most of his warfare. Our minds hold the keys to our will and our emotions. Nothing gets into our will and emotions that doesn’t flow right through our minds. The spiritual battle is often so very difficult to discern because the battlefield is inside us and inside of those around us. It is taking place in the hidden recesses of our thoughts. Our thought life is subject to strongholds and that is why Paul said in verse 4 that the weapons we fight with have divine power to demolish strongholds. All of us have experienced at one level or another what it is like to have our thought life taken captive. Captive by greed, lust, envy, jealousy; taken captive by thoughts that hell planted in our heads. This word stronghold or ochurōma means a fortress. It is a military term describing a fortified place. And when that fortified place is in our minds, friends, we are in trouble.
A stronghold is something we rely on so deeply that we cannot fathom letting it go. Thoughts that are so embedded in our minds that we allow them to dictate our destiny. Unfortunately, most of us know someone who has one. An opinion, a reasoning, a logic so strong that they will not budge from it. The thought of letting it go would undermine all of their life and purpose. They are, sold out to it. This is exactly what hell wants to do with our thoughts, take us captive with them. If I am to grow with Jesus and in His character, I have to relinquish my opinions and open to His. My opinion of a person is likely formed out of my own values, not His. He sees people as they were created to be. All too often I see them as they are presently.
If I am to effectively intercede and pray others into freedom, I must see with Jesus’ eyes and not my own. I must see with the eyes in my heart that Paul prayed for in Ephesians 1:18. Eyes that are not bound by a stronghold in my mind, but eyes that are opened by the Holy Spirit. Eyes that know the truth because we spend time reading His Word and filling our minds with truth so we can recognize a lie when we see it. Amos 3:3 NKJV says, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” I have got to fill my mind with thoughts that are life giving and those thoughts are found in His Word. When I fill my mind with His heart then I can walk together with Him. But, when hell is filling our minds with painful lies, it is impossible to walk with God. Today, decide to fill your mind with truth so you can effectively pray against the lies the enemy is pouring out into our world.
Father, if my mind is captive to hell I am of absolutely no good to you or to those around me I love. Lead me into your Word and into your heart. Teach me the truth so I recognize hell’s lies and I can be effective in praying for those around me.