“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.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
We have established the need for resistance, several things we could be resisting, including an actual enemy (Satan) and our primary weapon of resistance. But what do we do with an enemy that is “inside the lines” so to speak?
We live in a time and culture where argument and debate happen non-stop. Whether it is the news on television, social media, YouTube, discussion at the office or even around the dinner table with friends or family, there are opinions flying around everywhere. They are often contentious and many times adversarial. We are called to be prepared with an answer to others when they notice that we are different in how we approach things as a Christian.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
1 Peter 3:15
But what about when those arguments are rising up in your own heart and mind? Don’t be blind to the influence the world is trying to have on us even as Christians. We must be vigilant to pay attention to the lies the enemy wants us to believe and be ready to resist even the most subtle of attacks.
I love the picture the Apostle Paul gives us of demolishing arguments and pretensions that want us to doubt God. That sure feels like a step up from the initial act of resistance. As kingdom men when we recognize a bad argument going on in our head we must put it in its proper place with authority and strength. Even more, we must take control of the bad thought – take it captive – and turn it around to follow Christ’s commands.
Have you ever found yourself believing a lie about yourself? That you’re not good enough? That you are a fraud and if people really knew you they wouldn’t be too impressed? Maybe it’s that you have failed at something and so now you see yourself, your identity, as a failure. These are good examples of thought as kingdom men we can and must take captive. Call them out for the lies they are and then use the weapon of the scripture to replace the lies with God’s truth.
The Joshua Commission Creed is a great additional resource, based on scripture, to remind us of who we are in Christ and what, and who, we are committed to obey.
Daily Battle Order:
So Kingdom Man, what arguments have gotten inside your battle lines that are setting themselves up against God? Name them when you recognize them. Use that word picture Paul gave us and literally see yourself binding up that thought, taking control of it and reversing its effect on your relationship with God.
Join us tomorrow as we wrap our discussion of resistance by looking at our duty and obligation to resist anything that stands against God in our lives.