I decided that I would memorize 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
For though we live in this world we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
I have it memorized and since I still have a week before it's time to pick a new verse I've just been letting these verses roll around in my head and my heart.
You see, there IS a war going on. God is real. Satan is real. They both want our hearts... God, because he is loving and good and wants relationship with us. Satan, because he wants to destroy us and keep us from God's best.
The war is spiritual.
"Our battles are fought in a realm unseen, and our enemies are not the people we know." ~Lisa Bevere
I love looking up definitions to help me gain greater understanding of what some of these words mean so let's get to it...
*to throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy, as a heap or structure; to ruin
The picture that comes to mind is a wrecking ball taking out a building until it is nothing but a pile of rubble that is good for nothing.
*to subvert (overturn) from the foundation; to overthrow; to destroy
*To erase; to obliterate
As I looked up more words in those definitions I was seeing words like "to kill" and "annihilate". When you demolish something, what is left of it is not a pretty site. And it's not rebuildable.
After working through the word "demolish" I moved onto "strongholds". What is a stronghold?
I didn't get very far. It was saying things like "a safe place" and "a fortified place". Huh? Why would I want to demolish those? So I looked up what it means to fortify.
I found that it means "to surround with a wall or ditch with a view to defend against the attacks of an enemy."
And that's when I remembered what I shared in my post Why Change Takes Time. Lysa TerKeurst wrote about it in her book Unglued...
Brain research shows that every conscious thought we have is recorded on our internal hard drive known as the cerebral cortex. Each thought scratches the surface much like an Etch A Sketch. When we have the same thought again, the lie of the original thought is deepened, causing what's called a memory trace. With each repetition the trace goes deeper and deeper, forming and embedding a pattern of thought. When an emotion is tied to this thought pattern, the memory trace grows exponentially stronger.
Do you see that? Our thoughts create memory traces that go deeper and deeper each time we think them. I imagine them forming deep grooves with high walls. I've been thinking about that all week. And then BAM!
Here we are at a fortified place!
Our wrong thinking, when done over and over, creates memory traces that are deep... like ditches, surrounded with a wall. And that's right where Satan wants us. Trapped behind those strongholds because he views God as the enemy and he doesn't want our help (God and truth) to be able to reach us.
But God is bigger than that! There is no pit too deep for God to pull you out of!
Psalm 40:2 ESV
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
You see... we have been given weapons with divine power to demolish, raze, annihilate, pull down, ruin, destroy those fortified places. Not only can we escape these strongholds but we can completely demolish them!!
However, if we try to do that in our human strength and in worldly ways we will only find ourselves exhausted and worn out. Why? Because we do not wage war as the world does and our weapons are not weapons of this world. We need to start using our weapons that God has given us that hold divine power!
We don't need to remain prisoners of these strongholds forever. No! We can demolish them!
Don't just take whatever this war throws at you and accept it as your lot in life. RISE UP AND BE A WARRIOR!
Get your wrecking balls of prayer and truth out and use them!
And be on guard... especially with your thoughts.
Let's check out 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 in another translation and tack on verse 5... NASB...
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 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.
Take thoughts captive! Don't let them form memory traces that become strongholds. And if you have some thoughts that have already become strongholds don't forget that you have weapons with divine power to destroy them!
It's time to stop living as prisoners of war and run to the front lines with weapons drawn!!