A Spiritual War
2 Corinthians 10:4,5
( For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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 2 Corinthians 10:4, the Bible speaks of fortresses or spiritual strongholds which hold people captive by the forces of evil. How can one dispel the satanic assaults that the prince of darkness promotes? How does one demolish the influences of the evil one and defeat falsehood? Only by the Gospel according to the Word of God can one be rescued from the lies and deceptions of hell (2 Corinthians 4:3,4). Wrong philosophies, false teachings, and those that oppose the Word of God are the enemies of Christ. They are fortresses that seal off the mind, damage good reasoning and assault one’s purpose in life. If we allow ourselves to be taken in by deceptive doctrines and distorted theories, we will find ourselves in a battle called, spiritual warfare.
Be careful what you allow to influence your mind especially through books, articles, internet, etc. As Christians, we are to keep our hearts pure through the reading of God’s Word and sound teaching. To permit erroneous ideas into our minds is dangerous and threatens our ability to view God correctly.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after
the tradition of men, after the rudiments (elementary principles) of the world, and not after
Christ” (Colossians 2:8). When the world tries to say, “There Is No God,” beware!
We are not instructed to fight demons or wage an attack on Satan himself, according to the New Testament, but we are called to dispute error with truth. Only the truth of God’s Word can conquer the fortresses that hold people captive, shattering the chains of sin and making them free indeed (John 3:36; 8:36).
Lord, may the influences I allow in my life help to spread the Gospel of Christ.