Text for Today – 2 Corinthians 10-3-6 – . . . bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ . . .
When Jesus spoke the words recorded in Mark 4:26, He spoke a universal truth about which there is no alternative. He said the kingdom of God, and He meant the WHOLE kingdom, operates on the principle of seed faith. He said a seed, planted in the ground, produces first the blade, then the ear, and then the full corn in the ear. There we see a four-step process, Stated again – seed, blade, ear, full corn. When Paul wrote 2 Corinthians 10, He approached it from the opposite direction, understanding what any good farmer knows; you must first prepare the ground before you can plant the crop seed. Paul started with the full corn idea. His terminologies were strongholds, imaginations, high things that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, and finally thoughts.
Then when Paul authored Ephesians 6, he used the same order Jesus used. Only this time, Paul used different terms. He started with principalities ((first points of encounter, or seeds), then powers (high things, or blade), then rulers of the darkness of this world (imaginations, or ear), and finally, spiritual wickedness in high places (strongholds, or full corn in the ear).
Note closely that the smallest element in each case relates directly to thoughts; thoughts that can fly faster than machine gun bullets. Thoughts area the seeds that are planted in our thinking, that if not properly managed, can either produce harmful results if they arise from darkness, or once again, if not managed properly, will be stolen from you by Satan as soon as they are sown, if they are from God’s Word. The short of it all is this. It all starts in your head. I encourage you today to make sure you are wearing the helmet of salvation, and above all, take the shield of faith to quench the fiery darts (thoughts, first points of encounter) of the enemy. There is an old adage that says, “You can stop birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from nesting in your hair.” To state it in the context of our discussion today, you can’t stop thoughts (first points of encounter, or seeds) from coming at you, but you can prevent them from taking up residence in your thinking.
Manna for Today – 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Ephesians 6:10-18; Mark 4:1-32; Philippians 4:8