Summary: A call for believers to take seroiously the manner of thoughts that they accomodate in thier hearts and recognise that it is an area that must be handled as a warfare if victory is to be attained.
Topic: War of Thoughts
God is resolutely committed to having those of us who are born of His Spirit operate from the position of power, the realm of dominion where everything Jesus has accomplished will be translated into the physical reality by our presence. We are the “little christs” left behind to put to use all that the Lord Jesus had paid for. The Bible says that by the Church, God’s manifold wisdom will be made known to the principalities and powers. This calls for real combat .When we talk of dominion, I’d like to remind you that it means being lord, it means to master, being able to subdue; being able to rule and have control over situations and circumstances. It entails bringing everything to bow to the will of the Almighty.
One of the reasons we are kept here is to ensure that the will of God is done on earth, the way it is being done in heaven. How do we ensure that God’s will is done here as it is being done in heaven? We do it by making sure that we are in tune with what is happening in heaven and then constantly translate that to the men, women and situations around us.
The way that the will of God is being done in heaven, is not known to the natural man. It is we that will receive the pattern of the heavenly and translate it and enforce it; that is why we use the word ‘dominion.’ To dominate means to compel a thing to be the way you want it. You have the mental picture; you have the spiritual insight as to what the reality is, so you are to compel obedience because you have been empowered to do so. We see this expressed when the seventy disciples went out two by two; they came back excited with a testimony, that even the devils were subject unto them in the name of Jesus. All around us are devils, situations and circumstances that are waiting to be made subject to you in the name of Jesus. It is just for you to arise and begin to walk in this authority. However, the dimension we are going tonight is concerning an important warfare that will precipitate dominion in your own life. If you’ve not been able to subdue your own immediate territory, you cannot carry the war beyond your zone. The way of life is, is that you first of all establish yourself on a stable ground before you can rescue others.
When you start a business and it begins to thrive, then the motivation to expand begins to well up in you. That is extending your area of influence, or scope of dominion. But that thing must have taken root where you started from before you can embark on extending your branches. The warfare that must be consistently undertaken to keep you on that platform of dominion is what I am focusing on tonight. The topic once again is:" WAR OF THOUGHTS"
There is a war that thoughts and our thinking pattern wage on our faith. It is important because when we talk of ‘thinking,’ some people consider it a mere psychological word. But when we look at how the Scriptures present this matter, we see that it is rooted in spiritual warfare. How you think influences how you act. The pattern of thoughts that take root in you determines the pattern of attitude and actions that your daily life yields to. That is to say that you are simply a product of your thought life and that is where life’s battles get really hot. The Bible says in
2Corinthians 10:3-5: "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.
5 Casting down imaginations and every high thing that, that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,"
This tells us that we are engaged in warfare. If you connect verse 3 to verse 5 by-passing verse 4 which is in bracket (that means it is just by the way), you will have something like this: " For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 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."
This scripture clearly tells us that we are engaged in a war that involves casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. The warfare also includes a dynamic process of bringing into prison, capturing every thought and compelling the thoughts to obey Christ. This is a war which the Bible says is not in the flesh.