How many of us are afraid to say, “Search me ... know my thoughts” to God? Could be there are some things in the deep recesses of our minds we are “not aware” of and we would be shocked at their revelation? But when the unwelcome thoughts are uncovered, it takes courage to acknowledge them and allow God’s grace to work in our hearts and minds.
Paul in his reply to the people in the church at Corinth discusses the war that goes on between carnal and spiritual. He was accused of walking “according to the flesh” — that is, allowing carnality (worldliness) to dictate his actions. But he says in 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5, “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 strong holds;) 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;”
Note he says, not “according to the flesh,” but “walk in” the flesh. In other words, we are human, however, we don’t fight spiritual battles with fleshly weapons, but in the Spirit and Power of God.
Imaginations and thoughts will come, but through the sanctifying blood of Jesus Christ, there is the power to cast down, subdue and imprison all things that go against our Lord and Savior. I love the song that says, “We’ve got the power in the name of Jesus ... though Satan rages, we will not be defeated ... we have the power in the name of our God.” Such assurance ... such confidence that is available to every believer.
As I studied this subject, I felt alarm as to how we allow things to take up residence in our minds. We need to watch our diet as we go about devouring the menu that is available from so many resources. The TV we watch, the jokes we listen to, conversations we take part in, the things we read — be sure they are edifying to a child of God.
Be discriminating in your “diet.” Because, eventually everything that rests in your brain will manifest itself — be it good or bad.
I saw a commercial once demonstrating healthy food habits. Different foods were “fed” into the 3-dimensional figure of a young boy. Finally, the front of the figure opened and a young man stepped out. The premise: “You feed a boy the right things and pretty soon you’ll have yourself a healthy young man.”
How healthy are you, spiritually. Are you eating the right things or are you swallowing whatever comes along and ultimately suffering from indigestion? Is your mind consuming what will make you strong? Or are you consuming things that will eat away at your relationship with Christ and ultimately destroy?
We have to take Paul’s advice: “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” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
I read that when a person gets older and no longer has control of his thoughts and words, whatever has been stored in his brain — even inadvertently — is what comes out. If that’s true, there are many who will experience shame of a past, unhealthy menu.