Every once in a while I come across a verse in my Bible reading that for some reason "Jumps" out at me. It causes me to pause long enough to think about a number of ways in which the verse could be applied to my life.
One such verse is 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 which states, ' For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds."
Paul argues in the verse for the idea that as believers, we have a divinely potent strategy when it comes to dealing with strongholds in our lives. In essence, as long as we use the strategy of God in dealing with our problems, there is nothing that can overcome us. We are more than conquerors in Christ.
Unfortunately, as human beings we often try to deal with the problems in our lives in the flesh. That is, in our own strength and by using man-made strategies. These, however, will always fall short of what God want to accomplish in our lives, and in our churches.
Paul uses another word in this text that most certainly should catch our attention. He speaks of weapons and warfare. Simply put, this is not a game. It is war. It is war between the forces of evil and the forces of the kingdom of God. As long as we use the weapons of God, we are able to deal with anything that comes our way.
Our goal is to take every opposing idea and place it in submission to God. Our goal is to find out what pleases God the most and live out that truth in full obedience. This must begin at the very first appearance of an opposing thought or behavior. It's at that point that we take it to God and thus take it captive, preventing it from doing any damage.
My prayer for my life is that I will be able to be obedient in this task. I do not want any thought or contemplation of sin to enter my mind to the degree that I give it the opportunity to be acted upon. I want to take every thought captive in order that I may move closer to being obedient in the way that God wants in the first place. May you experience this as well!