A Spiritual War
2 Corinthians 10:4,5
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive 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? Can a person demolish the influences of the evil one and defeat falsehood? Only by the Gospel, 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 through books, articles, internet, etc. As a Christian, you should seek to keep your heart pure through the reading of God’s Word and sound teaching. To permit untrue ideas into your mind is dangerous and threatens your ability to view God correctly. “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to 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 for eternity (John 3:36; 8:36-40).
Lord, may the influences in my life, help me to spread the Gospel of Christ.