The Thought Life
2 Cor. 10:5 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;
The weapons are for the casting down of two things: imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Both of these areas deal with the mind. Our battle against the devil takes place right between our ears.
Imaginations: translated from logizomai, a Greek word that means; computation, logical reasoning – imagination, thought. There are two times the word “imaginations” is used in the New Testament (Rom. 1:21 and this verse). J.B. Phillips translation, uses “speculations” here. The word “imagination” is used once (Lk. 1:51). And the word “imagine” is used once (Acts 4:25). All of these references to the imagination are negative. A positive imagination is what the Bible calls hope.
High thing: from hypsoma (hoop’-so-mah) from (hupsoo); an elevated place or thing, barrier, exalt, lift up.
Captivity: is from aichmalotizo, meaning to make captive, lead away captive, bring into captivity.
2 Cor. 10:5 (Weymouth) For we overthrow arrogant ‘reckonings,’ and every stronghold that towers high in defiance of the knowledge of God, and we carry off every thought as if into slavery—into subjection to Christ;
The mind is the battlefield in which thoughts and reasoning contrary to God’s Word are to be captured and submitted to Christ, our Commander. Just as enemy soldiers are captured in war, so rebel thoughts must be taken captive and made to submit to Christ.
I cast down any reasoning thought that rises up against what I know about God. I take captive every thought and submit it to the obedience of Christ. When I recognize a thought that is not aligned with God’s Will, I captivate it and subject it to what the Bible says about God’s plan for my life.