2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Someone once said “the battle always has been, and always will be, for the mind.” This passage reminds us of this battle with three words: imaginations, knowledge, and thoughts. These all have to do with what’s going on in my mind(/heart). This is why it’s so vitally important that we guard (keep) our eye gate, our ears, and our heart from being infiltrated by the imaginations, knowledge, and thoughts that the enemy would like to have indwell us. For, if we do not guard against these, they can easily become strongholds.
I praise the Lord that the weapons with which we fight this battle are not carnal. It’s not a battle I must win alone. If the enemy is sowing thoughts (which he will), or if I’ve allowed a thought or imagination to become a stronghold (which may happen), I have spiritual weapons with which I can engage and be victorious over the enemy, and bring his thoughts and mind games into captivity. Thank the Lord for the Word of God, prayer, and Jesus Christ, which help us to wage war and win the battle for the mind. Might we ask this morning, what thoughts, knowledge, or imaginations do I need to cast down today? And as they come, let us cast them down.