2 Corinthians 10:5 – 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;
Here, in this tenth chapter of 2 Corinthians, Paul was explaining another dimension of spiritual battle. The spiritual battle for your mind, through your thought life. In order to win this war, Paul tells us that we must bring every thought into captivity, to the obedience of Christ. Why? Because Paul understood that if you don’t bring your thoughts into captivity, they will bring you into captivity.
People who constantly suffer from some sort of captivity became captive in their minds, first. They don’t know how to get free from being sick or broke or confused. They never have any joy. They put on good fronts in public, but behind closed doors they are hurting. Even though they are Christians and should be living victorious lives, they aren’t; because their minds are kept in captivity.
Paul instructs us how not to be taken captive. We must cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God. Both, imaginations and high things are thoughts.
Imaginations can either be good or they can evil. God placed your imagination in your soul to be able to imagine good things. However, if the wrong thing or wrong person gets a hold of your thought life, your imaginations will be evil.
High things are any thought that tries to be higher than what God’s Word says. If you are having thoughts that speak contrary to what God’s Word says, then those thoughts are high thoughts. God’s Word says, all things are possible. Therefore, when difficult times arise, if the enemy comes to you with thoughts that say you are not going to make it, those thoughts are high thoughts.
Renewing your mind is crucial. If you don’t, when high things and wrong imaginations come, you won’t have anything to cast them down with. Live your life today, with a conscious effort to be on the lookout for bad imaginations and high things.
Take the sword that conquers (the Word of God), cast those imaginations and high thoughts down, and take them captive before they are able to take you captive!