And this is nothing more than a trick - a subtle but deadly trick of the enemy. So don’t fall into his trap. Just as Paul says in verses 4&5...we need to bring every thought into the captivity of Christ. We need to replace that lie with the truth of God’s Word! Paul was speaking this as he was undergoing a difficult trial personally.
Paul’s credibility was called into question and he responds that he may seem weak, but he fights his battles using God’s mighty weapons - not man’s. He says, "I’m doing it Jesus’ way! Because these weapons are the only ones that will tear down the strongholds of the enemy. These are the only weapons that will ensure spiritual victory."
And this is the only way to overcome the devil...by using the Word of God! Remember, the devil is not only a liar, he is the father of all lies! He can’t tell the truth.
Have you become convinced that your destiny is to suffer defeat...to suffer pain...to suffer from sickness...to suffer from broken relationships? Have you become convinced that your life is messed up and can’t be fixed...or maybe that your family...church...
Well I’m here this morning to tell you that you can change your "destiny." But let me tell you this...You will never be healed...you will never be set free...you will never be delivered and revived as long as you think that your present state is all God wants for you!
It’s the devil who wants you to suffer...it’s the devil who wants to rob you of your joy...and your peace...and your family...and your relationships...and your church. It’s the devil who comes to steal, kill and destroy!
Faith is an action. And to believe, to have faith in the Word of God is to act on the Word of God! Paul says the weapons available to us are mighty through God not just to get by...but to demolish these strongholds! Do you see how this works?
When the enemy comes in with these thoughts, and tries to torment us or cause us to live and act contrary to the Word of God...we need to begin to fight with the same weapons Jesus used to defeat Satan. And that is to quote the Word of God, with faith and assurance.
If the devil says you’re not saved...replace that thought with the words of John 1:12 - "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on His name."
If the enemy tells you God will not forgive your sin or heal your particular disease, replace that thought with one of God’s precious healing, delivering thoughts like Psalm 103:2-3 "Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases."
If the enemy tells you that you’re rejected and without hope or resources...replace that with Psalm 102:17 which says "He will respond to the prayer of the destitute, He will not despise their plea."
We need to remind Satan of 2 Corinthians 5:17 that says "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature...the old has gone, the new has come." So we can boldly stand up and say..."I’m a new creature in Christ! I’m more than a conqueror! Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!
We can boldly stand up and say, "I rebuke you, you lying demon! In the name of Jesus Christ I cast you and your thoughts out of my mind! Go, in Jesus name!
And he will go...and the fear will go...and you can smile and stand up tall and proud for Jesus - HALLELUJAH!! This is the plan Jesus used when He whipped the devil. Satan placed the thought in His mind, "Turn these stones to bread." But Jesus rejected that thought and replaced it with one of God’s thoughts by saying, "IT IS WRITTEN!"
And you can whip the devil every time by saying, "It is written!" Then go on to say what is written in the Word of God. Bring every thought into the captivity of Christ! That means we need to make the devil’s thoughts bow to the infallible Word of Almighty God. We need to drive them out with the power of His Word! We need to pull them down with "Thus saith the Lord!"
Jesus has conquered Satan for you...and now He has given you His authority to demonstrate the devil’s defeat. In Luke 10:19 we read these powerful words, "I have given you authority...to overcome all the power of the enemy!" And in Mark 16:17 Jesus says, "In my name YOU shall cast out demons! We have the power...we have the authority...Hallelujah!
The thought life is the battlefield. So guard your thoughts! Watch what you read...watch what you look at...watch what you let into your mind. Be careful who you listen to. Don’t let wrong thoughts linger there. Romans 12:1-2 (READ)
How are we transformed? By renewing our minds! And that means to live in the Word! Walk daily in the Word! Think God’s thoughts daily! RENEW YOUR MIND! Learn to think like God thinks about salvation, forgiveness, mercy, sickness, healing, deliverance, goodness...and all the other wonderful things in the Bible.
David was a man who said he was blessed. WHY? Listen to Psalm 1:1-3 (READ) Notice that it says his DELIGHT is in the law of the Lord! And on His law he MEDITATES...and meditates when? Day and night. It is the one who delights and meditates on the Word of God who can pull down strongholds and cast down imaginations. Now you know that God has given you the power to pull down strongholds...and what are you going to do with it.
This is warfare...and the battle is raging. But we do have weapons. And they are mighty through God! He has given you His Word...the Blood of Jesus...and the name of Jesus. If you dare to do your part...all heaven will come to your aid - and you will be victorious!