At Bible School, we were briefly discussing ‘putting your mind under subjection… I then asked the lecturer “How do you put your mind under subjection?” Full of knowledge, he provided the class with a great response, however, I just felt incline to look a little deeper into it. Simply because I want to master this art, for my mind tend to run a mile a minute with things that really isn't aligned with the knowledge of God.
2 Corinthians 10: 5 says “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”. In seeking to understand and being able to apply this scripture, I was incline to source the meaning of some key words of the scripture. First let’s examine what it means to ‘cast down’. Dictionary.com defines it as ‘to force out; expel; eject’. When something is forced out it means an extra effort must be made to get that thing out; it requires strength, energy, power and intensity. This means we have to literally force all imaginations that is not of God OUT: DEMOLISH IT….Paying close attention to the required power necessary for such, ONLY comes through the HOLY SPIRIT; DUNAMIS POWER. The word expel and eject also reflects the same.
So the next question is “how do we cast down?” In my efforts to apply this scripture, the Holy Spirit had to remind of the verse prior to the above mentioned scripture, which is “our weapons of warfare is not carnal but mighty through God and the pulling of strongholds” 1 Cor 10:4. It means we need the WORD of God and His Holy Spirit; we cannot do it alone. Too often our thoughts over rides our knowledge of God because we try to do it on our own; it just can't work.
Fight the thought with simple prayers. Many times I find myself thinking negatively concerning another person especially if it’s someone who would have hurt me in the past. For example, on Saturday last, I saw someone who was once my ‘best friend’ who would have hurt me to the core. I hadn't seen her in almost two years; my first thought was really negative and judgemental. I did not want my chain of thought to continue this way so I started praying for her quietly and wished her well. It was hard the first few times because of course the past would have been popping up from all different dimensions as it relates to her. Ask God to crucify the thought and by faith thank Him for doing so.
What is the knowledge of God? The word knowledge in the Bible denotes an understanding, recognition, or an acknowledgement. To “know” something is to perceive it or to be aware of it. Many times in Scripture, knowledge carries the idea of a deeper appreciation of something or a relationship with someone. The Bible is clear that the knowledge of God is the most valuable knowledge a human being can possess. But it is also clear that simply being aware of God’s existence is not sufficient; the knowledge of God must encompass the deep appreciation for and relationship with Him. You must have relationship with God.
What does it mean to bring every thought into captivity? When something is held into captivity it means that it is in the state or period of being held, imprisoned, enslaved, or confined. You got to lock those thoughts up. The word of God is capable of doing such. KNOW THE WORD OF GOD! It’s like when you move in a battle and you destroy the fortress and then you take captives. We take every thought captive to obey Christ. For example, you may have a lustful thought, where you see yourself sleeping with a man who is martially connected with another woman. This thought is clearly one to cause you to disobey God. Hence, you got to bring it into captivity using the word of God. A relevant scripture for a thought like this is; Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whore mongers and adulterers God will judge (Hebrew 13:4). Now, this is not a first shot attempt. You got to practice this each time you get an ungodly thought until it becomes no more.
Obedience to God: Joshua 1:8 “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful”. Obedience to God is following His word and doing as HE says; it’s a daily task. Day and Night is better rather than choosing one or the other. If you only meditate on the word in the day by the night the enemy comes in. Even while you meditate he comes in, but you are in a better position to handle him. Hence it must be done day and night. This obedience to God, also requires us to renew our minds. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will”.
Every day is a test and how you study determines your results.