Replenish My Thinking

2 Corinthians 10:5

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…

The story of the birth of Christ reveals that, just like today, many people and leaders had problems with their thinking. The shepherds feared what they ought to have rejoiced in. Herod tried to kill what he thought threatened his throne. Much of Bethlehem paid no attention to the sky or any other sign that something important was happening in their town. In each case, if we add bad thinking to God’s presence, God transforms our bad thinking into redemption and clarity. If bad thinking stands alone, however, there is blood and pain. Much depends on our thinking. The opinions we have of life around us shape life within us. The Bible teaches that this is within our realm of control. My bad thinking is “my bad.” I’m not a puppet to it. I control what I think, which is why I’m responsible for it. The language of Paul suggests warfare. If we take the whole counsel of Paul into consideration, we see that he placed a greater emphasis on mental or cognitive warfare than spiritual warfare. The devil that makes us do evil things is, more often than not, a devil of our own making, our own thinking! More precisely, the Devil himself needs a foothold in our thinking before he can work us over. We have to believe his lies before we act them out. Paul exhorts us. These lies are to be destroyed and our thoughts are to be taken captive. We are the ones charged with arresting our own bad thinking. The Holy Spirit gives us the authority and the handcuffs. He gives us Scripture. Arguments and so-called lofty opinions raised against the knowledge of God better run for their lives! We’re going after them. We’ll show no mercy. Nothing less than obeying Christ is our goal.

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