FLEX YOUR MIND
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;) (2 Corinthians 10:3-4 KJV)
In the first nineteen capsules this year we spent quite sometime on working on the Christian mindset particularly in the area of divine healing. I truly believe that once we get this right we can build on a solid foundation. The greatest satisfaction I get from teaching the word of God is to see a change in the approach in our Christian walk from beggarly to confident , from desperation to quiet assurance , from timidity to boldness (Hebrews 4:16, 1 John 5:14). It makes all the difference, it speaks well of the unconditional love of God. We must and should never approach God as if He is the author of our problem. With God the provision/supply is always more than the demand (Ephesians 3:20). If this is not our experience as it can be on occasions (myself included) the problem is a knowledge problem and not a God problem (2 Peter 1:2-4).
As promised, we would check out practical application of what a renewed mind can achieve i.e. the transformation you expect. We would start with what is usually referred to as spiritual warfare. Our index scripture is 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, but to make things easily digestible and understandable we will consider verses 3-4 first. In essence what this verses are saying is that we might be in a physical world but we are contending with spiritual forces. These spiritual forces have become strongholds that need to be pulled down with weapons designed by and through God. Taken on face value this is a scary picture, but if we are to make a headway in defeating them and tearing them down as we should, we need to know the constituent parts or what is the make-up of these strongholds (The word translated strongholds appear only once in the NT and refers to fortified opinions or stand points that are difficult to defeat)
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; (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
Verse 5 describes these STRONGHOLDS as IMAGINATIONS, ARGUMENTS, THOUGHTS AND PRETENSIONS that set themselves against the knowledge of God. It says the way you defeat them is to use your superior weapon to bring them to the obedience of Christ. This sounds like a commentary on Romans 3:4. When I look at all the weapons and strongholds, it appears to me that the battle ground is your mind, (that is where the battle is won or lost). Strong holds come in different forms and 'religion' is the vehicle. If the devil is going to control you he needs your cooperation to believe his lies, and once you believe his lies the rest is easy for him, you cannot fight against what you believe . The best and only form of deliverance that works on a long term basis is self deliverance. The reason for this is that before you can effect it you would have pulled down 'strongholds' in your mind, in other words you would have brought them into captivity . What this means is that you are no longer subject to them.
The reason why people go for repeated deliverance is because the strongholds are still there, they are cutting the branches when the root is still intact (Matthew 12:43-45).The devil is as powerful as you allow him (I know that is a controversial statement but it's true). Except you renew your mind you really don't have anything to aim for and you are on shakey grounds (John 8:30-32, Proverbs 11:9). To be continue....
FLEX YOUR MIND , FREE YOUR THOUGHTS