"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
Is it really possible to forget the very real wrong that has been done to us?
For years I have quoted the second half of the key verse, “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ," because that part changed my life. My stinkin’ thinkin’ held me captive, but this nugget of truth released its hold on me.
However, it was only recently that this entire concept became crystal clear. God puts everything in order and this verse spells out the direction we must follow. Before we can take our thoughts captive, we must demolish arguments.
Demolish: ruin on purpose; tear down; bulldoze; explode; annihilate.
During one of our radio shows we discussed forgiveness. But when I asked our guests if God really expected us to forgive and forget, the well-meaning arguments ensued:
“There was only One Perfect One who lived on the earth! We could not possibly be expected to forget.”
“Don’t ask me to do that!”
“You don’t understand. I forgive him, I just can’t forget.”
“It is paraded in front of me. How can I forget?”
Paul said, "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
How? How do we forgive, forget, demolish, take captive our thoughts? Back up in the Scripture just a little bit and you’ll find the necessary first ingredient to this victory.
"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV)
In the middle of our forgiving and forgetting conversation, I cued the producer.
An earthshaking, atom bomb explosion sound effect hit the airwaves. Silence fell over the studio.
I prayed, "Lord, obliterate the strongholds in our lives! Alone we can do nothing, but with Your power, annihilate the arguments and set us free.”
"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Dear Lord, our enemy wants to keep us bound and chained to his lies. Set us free with Your divine power and annihilate the strongholds in our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.