There is a war going on, a spiritual war, between the forces of light and darkness. They are fighting for our thoughts.
What we think directs who we become. Who we become determines who we belong to. Who we belong to defines who we are. Who we are shows everyone Who we worship. It all starts with what we think, our thoughts.
The battle is a fight for our will. It is fought silently. Sometimes overtly but usually subtly. On the outside the fight is through our senses; what we see, hear, smell, feel, all influence what we think. Within our minds thoughts begin to develop. How they develop depends largely on which of the armies has the designs or characteristics or qualities most attractive to us.
Here is where we decide what is truth and what is lies, what is faithful and what is folly. This is where we choose to follow wisdom or fools. In this place we acknowledge and proclaim our God…or gods.
Though we cannot see the battles being fought we can see the results. Some of the results are seen or felt only within ourselves; calm or quarrels, forgiveness or desire for retaliation, peace or pandemonium. But much is seen and felt by others; love or hatred, warmth or coldness of heart, service or slavery, kindness and compassion or selfishness and cruelty.
If we do not admit to ourselves that there is a spiritual war taking place, a war with constant fighting and hostility we will be vulnerable. Our defenses will be weak and not at the ready when the assaults come. And they will come, this is war!
But remember, this is spiritual warfare being fought by spiritual forces. We are not the ones actively engaged in fighting the war. Still, we are not to be passive onlookers. The battles are being fought for the possession of our thoughts. We are to do what we can to protect our minds, our thoughts, during this warfare.
We must know what the deceptions are and recognize the arguments against the truth. When we see the lies and foolishness we are not to entertain them! We must sweep them up and lock them away. We are to capture and imprison all thoughts and things that raise themselves above God until the time they acknowledge Christ and are obedient to Him…and only to Him.
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 kjv
My mind may be the battlefield but it is a comfort, to me, that I am not assigned as one of the soldiers fighting the war. My assignment, in God’s army, is to be a guard. Keeping the disobedient thoughts captive until they see the light, bend their knees, and bow down to the Victor, Christ.
I wonder how good a guard I am? Sometimes one, or more, of those captives do seem to escape on occasion and have to be captured again…and again…