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; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
Scriptures tell us that even though we live in a flesh body and walk in a natural world that we do not war with weapons that are carnal, or of this world. The weapons that the Christian uses to wage war are mighty through God. This means that our weapons are able, powerful and strong, through God. That is, we wage war not in our own ability and might but by God’s ability and might.
The objective of this warfare is to cast down strong holds. The Greek word for strongholds is ochyroma, which means a strong fortress of arguments and reasoning by disputation in order to fortify an opinion. (Strong’s concordance)
We wage war against strongholds of the enemy through God’s mighty power and we do this by Casting down imaginations. That is, by kathaireo, (Greek), the use of force that is non violent, we pull down and demolish the subtle reasoning of opponents by refutation. (Strong’s concordance)
This warfare may be an enemy attack on the mind of the Christian but may also be an enemy position which is contrary to the word of God in the mind of the unsaved. We wage war also for the souls of men by casting down imaginations AND every high thing which exalts its self against the knowledge of God. In other words, we also cast down everything that elevates itself against the understanding, moral wisdom, and doctrines of Christianity.
Through God’s weapons which are mighty and powerful to demolish carnal or worldly reasoning’s, we bring into captivity that is we capture the mind which is in opposition to the truth. To captivate the mind, means to carry away from oppositional thinking and remove it from deception of the enemy into obedience (submission) to Jesus Christ.
With a readiness, (prepared for service, action, progress) to revenge (to vindicate, bring to justice, protect, defend), ALL disobedience to God. (Error, hearing wrong, refusal to submit)
What exactly are God’s weapons? Scriptures tell us that we are to put on the full amour of God. Truth, righteousness, faith, our testimony, the blood of Jesus, prayer, alertness in the Spirit, sober mindedness, watchfulness, are some examples but the one that I want to concentrate on for casting down imaginations is truth.
In order to capture a mind filled with the devil’s lies we must counteract those lies with the truth. The Bible tells us that it is the truth which sets a person free. This truth is contained in God s word and we use it like a sword to separated truth from error.
“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Satan blinds the understanding of the unsaved so that they believe lies rather than truth. Jesus can take away that blindness through prayer and speaking the truth. Prayer is needful, but, remember, that we also need to cast down strong holds by taking the thoughts captive to the truth. In other words by refuting strong arguments of men with the truth, those arguments come down and are brought to obey the truth.
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:14
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 2 Corinthians 4:4
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3
The Bible shows us that it is God’s peace which will keep our hearts and minds. If you have no peace in your mind about something then I would examine yourself to see if you are in the truth as scriptures exhort.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Scriptures also tell us to cast down imaginations in our minds, which disobey God’s word. That is we must cast down reasoning and beliefs that are disobedient to the truth by guarding what goes in and out of our minds. Examine your thoughts, examine what you believe is truth. Don’t just believe something you were told by another person even if it’s someone in authority. Many are deceived and they in turn deceive others. The Bible tells us to test and prove ALL THINGS!
Go to church armed with truth, be an informed patient when you go to the doctor, have some knowledge about what you are into so that you do not get deceived. TRUTH is our safeguard.
Finally, scriptures tell us that whatever is TRUE and truth is God’s word, just according to God’s word, noble according to God word, and lovely, according to God’s word; think on these things.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8