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Taking Every Thought Captive
2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Primary Purpose: To encourage the congregation take every thought captive
to the obedience of Christ.

Early on in this chapter, the tone of 2 Corinthians changes. Some
believe that Paul has received information from Titus about the situation in
Corinth. Evidentially, it may be that he has found out some are questioning
his authority as a apostle. They suggested according to 10:1 that he was bold
in his letters, but timid when face to face. Paul speaks to them about what
power he does have. It is a power that is divine and from God. It is given to
fight a spiritual battle. The weapons are to be used to fight a spiritual war or
strateuo, a spiritual conflict. They are used to destroy strongholds or evil
fortresses, used to destroy argument that try to establish themselves over the
knowledge of God. This warfare also goes on in the mind. We have power
to overcome a worldly or fleshly mind.
Paul was always in spiritual warfare. Everyday began with his putting
on the full armor of God. Satan was never taking a nap against the ministry
of Paul. We are in a war also. The same power that was available to Paul is
also available to us.
Ernest B. Beevers tell us a story how a friend of his named Herbert Jackson
was a new missionary. He was assigned a car that would not start without a
push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school
near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had
them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he could either park on a hill
or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two full
years. Ill health forced Jacksonís family to leave, and a new missionary came
to that station.
When Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the
car started, the new man looked under the hood. Before the explanation was
complete, the new missionary interrupted, ďWhy, Dr.Jackson, I believe the
only trouble is this loose cable.Ē He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the
car, pushed the switch, and to Jacksonís astonishment, the engine roared to
For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was
there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from putting that
power to work.
Ephesians 1:19-20 says ďHow tremendous is the power available to us
who believe in God.Ē When I make a firm connection with God, his life and
power flow through me. I have the power through Christ to overcome
anything the devil may throw my way.
The enemy is real. It seeks to raise up the same kinds of things that occurred
in Paulís day in our day. We see it all around us. Paul describes these things
with several key words. He calls them strongholds or the NASV says
ďfortressesĒ. The devil also uses worldly argument and pretensions. Paul
saw this battle as primarily going on in the mind. He calls on us to take our
thoughts captive.