Every Thought

“Every Thought” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
What we think about throughout each day is important.  In time, these thoughts will come out in both our words and actions.  When our minds begin to become saturated with carnal and worldly thinking, it will come out in what we do and say.  This idea is similar to what Jesus stated in Matthew 12:34.  There, he states that what comes out of the mouth flows from our hearts. 
In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul transitions from writing in a warm and loving way to defending himself and his ministry against opponents (see also 2 Corinthians 11:13, too).  Rather than resorting to human forms of warfare, Paul states that Christians should choose to use spiritual weapons (Ephesians 6:10-18).  These weapons are primarily the Word of God and prayer.
In 2 Corinthians 10:5, one specific area that Paul mentions that we choose to have control over is our thinking.  We must not allow carnal or worldly thinking such as lust, greed, anger, revenge, etc. to take over.  Instead, we must choose to stop thinking these types of thoughts and submit all of our thoughts over to Christ’s total control.
When a wrong type of thinking comes to your mind, prayer and bringing to mind scripture will help you overcome the wrong thinking.  We do not have enough strength in ourselves to overcome sinful thoughts.  See Psalm 139:23, Proverbs 4:23, Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:22-32, and Philippians 4:8 the next time you need to bring a thought under Christ’s control.
Pastor Steven