May 20, 2013 by Anthony Ward
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God….. 2 Corinthians 10:5
The devil tries to control people with lies and half-truths. In this passage we are encouraged to cast down those lies by stopping ourselves from constantly thinking about the problems we are facing in life. These negative thoughts are trying to exalt themselves to become more predominate in our mind than the thoughts of how faithful our God is to deliver us from our troubles. Even trouble of our own making.
By continually declaring the truth of the gospel of peace we are able to keep our eyes on Jesus Christ and off of ourselves, our sins, our failures and our inabilities. When we declare the truth of God’s word we drive the enemy out of our life because we are declaring he is already defeated.
For example, look at the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samual 17:48. What a great analogy of how spiritual warfare works. In the natural Goliath was so much bigger and stronger than David who was simply a shepherd boy. Goliath had greater skills as a soldier and more than likely he had several years of experience. So the thoughts and imaginations rising up in the minds of most of the army of Israel were probably, “We’re doomed. David is completely unqualified to fight. ” That is a half-truth. He may have been unqualified but he was far from doomed.
As the story unfolds we see how David trusted not in the armour of the King but instead picked up 5 smooth stones, took his sling and ran into the battle. David took courage and ran towards Goliath. What gave him the courage to run? He was not comparing Goliath with himself, he was comparing Goliath to the greatness and faithfulness of Almighty God.
It doesn’t matter how big or scary the enemy you may be facing right now or the battle you may be fighting. Don’t compare how big your problem is with how small you feel. The fact is you are a sinner, a failure or unqualified. We all are. That’s why we need a Saviour.
The devil wants you to look at your sins, failures and inabilites. As long as you are focused on yourself and not on Christ you will never feel like you can win the battle.
Spiritual warfare is simply casting down those thoughts. Stop comparing your problem to your ability to fix it and start comparing your problem to the greatness of our God. There is no giant bigger than our God. There is no enemy that He has not already defeated. Through faith we can keep our eyes on the finished work of Jesus Christ that comes to us by grace and grace alone.
Once you discover you are fighting an enemy that has already been defeated through the cross of Jesus Christ, you too will “run” to the battle. There may be times when your sword is bent, your shield is broken and your run is more of a limp. But your thoughts are set on the cross. So with the sword of the spirit and the shield of faith declare war and run to the battle.