casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;2 Corinthians 10:5(ASV)
We must stop looking to other people, to other ministries, to the church, to the philosophy of others and especially to our own understanding if we are to destroy the arguments, perception and pretensions that set themselves up as the authority of God and which so often becomes an authority against God.
Our concern is to bring our heart and our thoughts into line with Christ and to place every thought under the authority of Christ in obedience to Him – taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
Our spiritual safety and strength does not lie in our own knowledge or the wisdom of others but lies in identifying and eliminating those thoughts that have anything to do with putting someone or something in the place of Christ, in our lives and our minds. God may use our own knowledge and the wisdom of others but only so far as Christ is preeminent in our hearts, for the measure of our own self-respect, esteem and wisdom lies in inverse proportion to that of Christ.
When we cast down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, the finger is too often pointing inward. Every prideful thought of the heart, every inflated egotistical word, every haughty look and every vain and scornful attitude, every foolish imaginings of the heart is exulting itself against the knowledge of God and a defiant advance against the gospel of Christ.
Every imagining that invades from the outer and every thought that is conceived within is to be taken captive – so that we are in obedient submission to Him and not to our own arguments, perception and pretensions. The superabundance of Christ in our thoughts means there is less influence from others and less inflation of self.
The more we think of the Lord Jesus the less we think of ourselves. The greater He is the central focus of our thoughts the more we have captivated every imagination in obedience to Christ.
Loving Father, too often my thoughts are not kept in captivity to obey You. Help me to become more and more captivated with Christ so that all else melts away as I gaze on the beauty of Your presence within my heart, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.