WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE – Part 2
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
The above Scripture also tells us four major impacts of the use of these our weapons. They have the ability to pull down stronghold, cast down imaginations, cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and can bring to captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. Let us study this impacts one after the other.
Pulling down Strongholds: A stronghold, according to the Scriptures, is a fortified and secured hiding place. A place of security and protection from the enemy or from assailants. In Judges 6:2, the children of Israel hid themselves in strongholds away from the Medianites, David in 1 Samuel 22:4 hid himself in strongholds away from Saul. One cannot but ask the question, ‘Why will Paul write that we need weapons of God to pull down strongholds if they are meant to be a place of security? The point is that a secured stronghold can turn around to become a prison if care is not taken. An ideology or principle held strongly to which hitherto should have protected one from a particular way of living can become a stronghold that prevents one from fully exploring and actualizing one’s potential. Literarily, strongholds in the New Testament context are philosophies, ideologies, principles, traditions, norms and arguments that over the years have become entrenched in one’s belief and having a strong hold on how one behaves and perceives things in general. It becomes a negative stronghold when such beliefs or ideologies begin to conflict with knowledge of God and make such an individual subservient to such ideology rather than to God. Therefore, at this juncture, such strongholds need to be pulled down or destroyed so that the one who has been held captive by what he has erected for himself can be set free from captivity. Now, because the stronghold was originally created by him which has now become a prison, he will need one that is greater to help pull this down, hence the need for the weapon that is mighty through God.
Casting down imaginations: The expression – ‘casting down’ is the same word in Greek for pulling down. The weapons of God have the ability to pull down images that have become a nation in one’s mind and to destroy a nation you need to cast down the walls. When we allow the mind to feast on negative thoughts, they begin to form images in the mind and one can be so engulfed with these images that they begin to affect one’s language and one begins to verbalize the images in the mind. This consequently, affects the way one will act. As the Scriptures says in Proverbs 23:7, ‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.’ A wrong image in the mind is a stronghold and a negative one for that matter. If allowed to stay, it can incapacitate one’s potential and can become a snare which places a limit over one’s life. Negative thoughts cannot be pulled down with positive thoughts. You need something more powerful than thoughts and that is the word of God which is quick and powerful. The word is a weapon that can pull down every negative thought. This exactly was what Jesus did when the devil bombarded Him with negative thoughts. He responded with a corresponding counter word: ‘It is written’ Matthew 4:4. So, whenever the enemy sends you a negative feed in your mind, don’t dwell on it, just open your mouth and speak the word. I tell you, the thought will varnish just as it came.
For further study:
1 Samuel 22:4, and Mark 11:23.
Personal declaration for the day:
I will not tolerate any thought that is against the plan of God for my life.
Questions for you to reflect on
How do you pull down stronghold and cast down negative imaginations?