Mighty in God. Continuing with the subject of the spiritual mind we will look at what Paul describes as being Mighty in God.
1 Now I, Paul, myself am
pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in
presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I
beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence
by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we
walked according to the flesh.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 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.
2 Corinthians 10:1-5, NKJV
Continuing with the subject of the spiritual mind we will look at what Paul describes as what it means for a believer to be mighty. Verses 1 and 2 are shown to give you the proper context, but we will concentrate on verses 3 through 5 shown above. This passage describes, in a little more detail, what it means to have the mind of Christ.
Because the world walks according to the flesh, their perception of us is that we also walk according to the flesh. Paul makes a distinction, however, by stating, For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. Just think about that for a moment.
Paul then goes on to describe our spiritual warfare. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. It is a good thing for us to realize that we have the power of God within us. Think of how differently we would live if that thought was preeminent in our minds.
We do this in two ways.
1. Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
2. Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
This is our true purpose for being here on earth among those of the world. But, in order to obey number 1, we must first obey number 2. Because of our sin, this is really quite impossible for us to achieve on our own, but in Christ all things are possible. Pray today that God would help you to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Satan has no problem with bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of him. As a matter of fact, he is quite good at it; he already holds the minds of those in the world, but, he would also like to hold the minds of the Christians as well.
We are truly in a war! We must, by the grace of God, conscientiously cast down arguments and any other thing that exalts itself above God. First of all, this is true in our own heart of hearts. Secondly, this is true of those around us. How quickly we are prone to "wimp out" when those around us attack God or use His name in vain.
Pray for strength today that you will, in God, be mighty. Pray, first of all, for the strength to bring every thought (EVERY THOUGHT), captive to Christ. Pray, secondly, for the strength to cast down everything thing that exalts itself above God. Remember, we have the mind of Christ.
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