For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that [exalt] itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 KJV
Godly thoughts are not like the thoughts of the unrighteous, neither are God’s ways like the wicked. God’s ways and thoughts are immeasurably higher (Isa. 55:8-9). But in Christ, believers “have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).
Like the physical body, a believer’s mind can come under attack. In fact, the enemy’s battleground is in your mind. If your mind isn’t renewed with God-centered thinking, you’ll react to the enemy’s attacks with carnal impulses rather than with God’s thoughts and God’s ways. So, when the enemy comes against you: think! Thinking requires formulating renewed thoughts in the mind and exercising the power of reason and belief in the Word of God (Rom. 12:2).
You are what you think (Prov. 23:7). Thoughts begin in the mind but they take form and are shaped in the heart. What you think and believe is reflected in what you say (Matt. 12:34). What you really think about God and His Word must permeate both your heart, soul, and mind (Matt. 22:37). Paul, the apostle, taught us that believers are constantly faced with spiritual warfare but our weapons aren’t carnal—not fleshly nor physical (2 Cor. 3; Eph. 6:12). Thinking is always required to wage successful warfare. War is armed conflict. For victory, you need to be armed with a clearly thought out strategy, tactics, and spiritual weapons. You must respond—not react to the mental attacks of the enemy (Rom. 8:7), “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, and being [ready] to revenge all thoughts of disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled” (text). Spiritual warfare can only be fought with spiritual weapons: the Word, the Spirit, prayer, faith, hope, and love, etc. But think! You have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). Now, let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5). Think and you’ll find victory and peace when responding to the enemy with Godly thoughts which produces Godly ways (Phil. 4:8). Think!