Bringing Into Captivity

We have observed 100 days of marching, rioting, and looting in American streets. A determined effort, at whatever the cost, to create change in our culture. The people involved in this violent social uprising, are not citizens of another country, nor or these followers of a militant tyrant trying to overpower the nation. The battle is not over land or power, it is a battle over the way we think.

This is not a new activity in human history. In the Garden of Eden, Satan caused Eve to act in rebellion by influencing the way she thought concerning the Tree of Knowledge.  Paul brings this fact out in his letter to the Corinthians.

“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;) 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; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”(2Co 10:3-6)

Paul says that we do not arm ourselves with weapons. We arm ourselves with the knowledge of God, the Scriptures. Jesus in his prayer made this request:

“They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so, have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes, I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;” (Joh 17:16-20)

The 144,000 in Revelation 14 have the name of the Father written in their foreheads. This refers to, not a physical mark, but who they allowed to shape their thinking. Just as it was vitally important for Eve to watch who influenced her, it is imperative that you and I also be careful who and what guides our thoughts.

Bro Alton Thornhill