“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT)
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Let us break these verses down.
“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do.” 2 Corinthians10:3 (NLT)
“Waging war” here is the Greek word “stateuo," related to the word “stratos,” which means, “an encamped army.” But do the words stateuo and stratos sound familiar to you? Yes, because this is where we get the English word strategy.
So this verse is saying, in essence, that we do not strategize as humans do; we do not build an encamped army as humans do. We should always be waging war with the enemy in the SPIRIT.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NKJV)
“Pulling down” is from the Greek word “kathairesin,” which means, “demolish, taking down, razing, and destroying.” Now, the word kathairesin should sound familiar to you. This is where we get the English word catharsis. “Catharsis” means “purging of emotions from the mind or relieving emotional tensions from the mind.”
Saints, our weapons of warfare, our strategies, are not just pulling down strongholds, but they are demolishing them and also purging our minds of these strongholds.
“Stronghold” is from the Greek word “ochuroma,” which is where oxyroma comes from, which also means, “fortified military stronghold.” Within this fortified military stronghold is the term “argument” (in which a person seeks shelter to escape).
Does oxyroma sound familiar to you? You got it right! This is where we get the word oxymoron. “Oxymoron” means “apparent contradicting terms; these are words that contradict each other.” “Oxymoron” also refers to reality contradicting reality.
Now let's pull all of this together – our weapons of strategy are mighty in GOD to demolish and destroy contradictory arguments by purging our minds.
“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 12:5 (NKJV)
“Argument” is from the Greek word “logimous,” which is where we get the English word logic. Hence, there is no logical thinking with GOD.
“Thought” is the Greek word “neoma.” the suffix ‘ma’ means, “the RESULT of thinking.” This is the same word or analogy used in Philippians 4:7, 2 Corinthians4:4, and 2 Corinthians 3:14.
We cannot comprehend how GOD works. Every logical thought regarding GOD needs to be brought to the obedience of JESUS CHRIST.
There is such a battle for our mind, that many great wars have been won and lost…in our minds alone. But if we are able to see through Scripture that GOD has given us thevictory, we will be able to open our minds fully to the SPIRIT of GOD. Amen.
*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
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