The Importance of the Mind

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV)

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

The Bible places a great deal of emphasis upon the importance of the mind. The mind is the reservoir of ideas, and ideas govern both our beliefs and the way we live. For this reason the Bible commands us to exercise vigilance in our thought life. Here in the Corinthian passage, Paul reminds his readers that a vital part of effective spiritual warfare involves the careful use of the mind. Paul tells them, "Even though we are ordinary human beings who live in this world (we walk in the flesh), we do not rely upon ordinary human means when we engage in spiritual battle" (we do not war according to the flesh). Paul was well aware of the fact that we live in a dangerous world where our minds can be easily seduced into thinking about and believing wrong, even harmful things. That is why our mind is often portrayed as a battlefield where truth and falsehood are at war. Furthermore, some beliefs can be so deeply and stubbornly entrenched in a person's mind that they can become strongholds. In fact, ideas of this sort are so powerful it is impossible for that person to free herself by using ordinary human means. It requires a different set of "weapons" besides mere human reasoning (the weapons of our warfare are not carnal). Divine weapons are needed, which are mighty and can tear down the false belief systems that imprison a person. With the Lord's mighty power, a person is enabled to cast down arguments (or reasonings) as they are brought into the light of God’s truth. After all, Our Lord is far more powerful than the most addictive and destructive of thoughts. With His infallible assistance we can capture those unruly beliefs and bring them under His rule: much like taking a wild animal bent on killing and putting it in a cage so it can no longer harm or threaten us. But our task is to be on the alert whenever a godless thought enters our mind. We are to submit it to God’s truth and allow it to be captured and rendered harmless. In 2020 make it your ambition to read and meditate upon Scripture every day. We have a Bible reading plan located on our website if you need one.

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