by Homer Slack – Article / Oct – Dec 2019
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
“The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans. Rather, they are powerful weapons from God. With them we destroy people’s defenses, that is, their arguments and all their intellectual arrogance that oppose the knowledge of God. We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (GW)
Note that the powerful spiritual weapons from God that we fight with are for destroying hostile, intellectual, arrogance and unproven false theories put forth as facts. They are for capturing harmful thoughts brought about by false arguments and interrogating them until they confess their deception and acknowledge the truth of the gospel.
If our bodies were a country, our minds would be the seat of government from which our whole body is governed. The ruler of our mind and thoughts control our whole body and actions. There are three who are competing for the throne of government: satan, self and Christ. Our will has the power of choice to decide who ends up there. Genuine believers have chosen Christ.
Our city where our seat of government dwells has five gates. These gates are our five senses through which information is sent to our brains. Truth must be posted as guards for each of the entrances into the believers’ mind. The body of information we have called truth must rigorously check every other piece of information that seeks to enter our city (our minds). The devil will continue to battle to overthrow a mind ruled by Christ. His most effective strategy is to send us a Trojan Horse i.e. information masked as friendly, harmless and truth. Those who unwittingly allow this horse in, will soon find themselves battling confusion and doubt etc. Knowledge of the truth, therefore, is essential in the battle for the mind.
How can we tell what’s truth? Simple, test the information presented to you. God has so designed this world that everything has defining characteristics. If someone presents a stone to you and tells you it’s an apple, are you going to try to eat it? Our minds are constantly bombarded with information, most of which is anti-Christ. We must robustly, defend against the infiltration of such lies. “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
For, “If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die.” Romans 8:6 (CEV)
Paul in another place, tells us what thoughts govern a healthy mind, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
We are the ones responsible for the state of our minds. We have been given a mighty spiritual weapon to use in our defence i.e. the truth of God’s word.
- Let us know it –
- Understand it –
- Battle with it –
DON’T neglect it – you will fall prey to the wiles of the enemy and could eventually lose your mind.
“Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:13
Our brain = our city
Our mind = the government
Our body = our nation
Whoever conquers our city and overthrows our government will rule our nation i.e…
The information that dominates our brain will soon take control of our thoughts and then go on to dictate our speech and actions.