2 Corinthians 10:4-5
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;
The spiritual battle on this planet takes place in the minds of men and women. Everyone around you might look calm, but they all have a fight going on.
Sometimes the battle is so intense that the greatest testimony is that you are still standing. We celebrate you today because you are still here, still in faith, and doing another day.
You may have been taking a beating all week but no one knows it because you are strong. They may not realize that you are just holding on for dear life! They may even envy your blessings! That is why as the body of Christ, we are charged with being good to one another. We never know what fight is going on in the mind of another, but when we come together we are all strengthened because every joint is supplying kindness, goodness and encouragement.
Maybe you are fighting discouragement, depression, doubt or fear. Maybe you are having a battle with laziness, self-hatred, or brokenness. Maybe you are fighting images in your head of poverty, a sense of helplessness, the thought that you will always be alone and unwanted, or that you will never overcome addiction and sexual perversion.
These persistent thoughts that haunt us, and are more often than not backed up by experience. You grew up with images of betrayal and insufficiency. You experienced rejection too many times, and now you cannot see yourself prosperous and whole, wealthy and restored.
The Bible calls these firmly fixed images strongholds. They are strongly established patterns of thoughts that govern our behavior and attitudes and affect the way we interpret life. Whenever a particular situation arises, or a certain topic comes up, you go into autopilot. You even know that behaving that way is not good for you, but you do it anyway and sabotage your own efforts to break out of the cycle of sameness.
These thoughts are like armed fortresses in our minds, declaring that things are, and must be, a certain way. There is nothing for it, we are going to have to pull them down!
Pulling down is not the language of comfort. Sometimes you have to be ruthless with yourself and your dysfunction. I hate to say it because it sounds harsh, but if your current friends are constantly making excuses for you, they are not the best friends for you right now!
You must face up to what those strongholds are producing in you, and simply say, “I need to change that!” Don’t be nice to yourself over this issue!
Pull down those imaginations by taking whatever ideas and beliefs you have which fly in the face of the Word of God, and replacing them with images of the will of God coming to pass in your life.
To help you shake an addiction, or a lifestyle you know is wrong, stop going where you used to go. Stop hanging out with those same people. Stop talking about yourself as if you are a victim and struggling and sorry. Get some new images of yourself living the good life and fulfilling your calling. Start seeing yourself going further, living in that house and enjoying that family. As you make every thought obedient to Christ, you put yourself on the road to destination manifestation!
Heavenly Father, Thank you for giving me control over the direction of my life, as I take authority over the images in my mind. Please make me aware of images and pictures of myself that need to change. I am ready to attack strongholds head on and pull them down.
I believe you that I am able to overcome in every area because your Word says I can. I take hold of those weapons of warfare and I fight another day because I know you are with me and you give me victory. Thank you for your grace to leave behind self-sabotaging behaviors and attitudes, and to start to rise like never before. Thank you, Lord!