In taking thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, we find that when the first thought is captured it will not lead to another. It’s a chain reaction, a sequence of reactions. If there are too many links in the chain, it can be difficult to pinpoint the lie. Our thoughts come in reaction to a situation, but they can be filtered through a wound from our past and be inaccurate. As we seek to walk in truth, we can trust the Holy Spirit to set us free.
Ungodly mindsets are removed as our mind is being renewed by the Word of God. Thinking on the truth of the Word takes the lie captive and removes it. Although we have the mind of Christ, our carnal mind has been used for so long that it comes forth naturally and hinders the release of the supernatural. As we continue to meditate on what is truth, the supernatural becomes the natural, helping us walk in our divine identity.
If we find ourselves in a battle in our minds, we should ask the Lord to reveal and heal the thought that started it all. When we meditate on what the truths of the Lord untangle, the linked lies and chains are broken, from glory to glory!
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”
We believe that the Lord will raise us up, that all things will work out for His glory because that’s what God has spoken and we trust in His word. It is very important that we speak words of faith in times of difficulty. We speak forth what the Lord has said, repeating His truth so that lies are dispelled. We believe, therefore we speak. We do not lose heart because we truly believe that all things are for our sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
Because God said He will never leave us, nor forsake us, we may boldly say, “the Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” We do not lose heart even though our outward man is perishing, because our inward man is being renewed day by day. We have the spirit of faith and do not murmur and complain, but speak words of life, hope and joy.
Yes, times may be difficult, but we have the spirit of faith. Yes, our bodies may be going through pain and aging, but we have a daily spiritual renewal that cannot be stopped. Yes, darkness is increasing all around us, but the glory of God is increasing much more and will be spread throughout the whole world. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. Hallelujah! We believe, therefore we speak, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 4:13-16 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
Hearing and receiving truths take humility and a surrendered heart. Some truths may be difficult to receive when they touch hidden areas. With the help of our precious Holy Spirit, we can receive all truth without condemnation, shame, or guilt.
When Jesus told His disciples He was the bread of life along with other truths, they complained because it was hard for them to understand such revelation. Others, outside the twelve disciples, left Jesus because the truth conflicted with their mindsets. They couldn’t receive it so it was easier to run away. At times, the truth about us or others is difficult to grasp, and like the disciples, we abide in the Lord and do not move away. Where would we go? He is the Living Word. Even if the truth is hard to hear, we receive it with joy trusting its transforming power.
The Lord teaches us truth to bring us liberty from lies that have kept us bound. Layer by layer He takes away the old so the new can flourish. The Word of God separates the soul and spirit and confronts the flesh to bring freedom in every area. Truth is also a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, and it brings to light what has been hidden so the glory of God can be seen, from glory to glory!
John 6:60-61 “Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can understand it?’ When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, ‘Does this offend you?’ ”
No weapon formed against us shall prosper. However, the Word of God will prosper in the purpose for which it was sent. What God has spoken will not return to Him void. It is accomplishing what He said and cannot be stopped. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God. They avail much!
In the name of Jesus, we condemn every tongue that rises against us in judgment. We refute all charges and accusations of the enemy. Daily, we rebuke lies of the enemy and speak into being the Word of God, the sword of the Spirit. Even when we don’t know where an accusation may be coming from, we come against it with our prevailing prayers. Our weapons are sharpened as we spend time meditating upon the Word. The more the Word of God abides in us, the more everything that tries to come against us comes to nothing. We are equipped to confront opposition; we wear the armor of God; and we abide in Christ.
Even though attempts are made, the weapons formed against us cannot destroy us. Protection from all our enemies is part of our heritage as servants of the Lord. We serve Jesus Christ in every place, regardless of what we do. We do all to His glory. We rest in the Lord, abide in Him and rejoice in our place of victory, from glory to glory.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me, Says the LORD.”