On Taking The Thoughts Captive…
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
When wrong thoughts persist in staying, start speaking the Word, never try to wage a silent mental battle. Take your thoughts captive with the Word of God by speaking the Word. Try this exercise as an example. Begin counting silently in your head from 1-100. At the same time begin quoting scripture and praising God out loud. What happened to your counting?
from John MacArthur:
The verb here where it says we are taking every thought captive means literally to take a prisoner with a spear. It has the word spear in it in the verb. It means to take a prisoner with a spear. We smash the fortress to the ground, went in and put a spear in the back of the prisoners and marched them out. That’s a magnificent metaphor of rescuing a soul from damning lies, isn’t it? We marched them right out and brought them into subjection to Jesus Christ, that’s what it’s saying. Wow.
Then what you’ve got, Paul knew this, is a lot of people who have been convinced by the wisdom of men and that’s not salvation. The Scripture is the weapon that smashes the fortresses that people have built up to buttress themselves against the knowledge of God. “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,” Paul says, “for it is the power of God unto salvation.” Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word is alive and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword.” The Word is the weapon. And that’s what we read you earlier, 2 Corinthians chapter 4, it says it, verse 5, “We do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord.” That’s the message of power. Over in chapter 6 verse 7, “In the Word of truth, in the power of God by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left.” It’s the Word of truth that carries the power of God that makes up the weapons of righteousness. Scripture is the only weapon that smashes the fortress and takes the people captive to Christ.