Mind and Matters of Fortresses we build up and Tearing down what we erect To Protect

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May 31, 2016
2 Corinthians 10:3-6

Amplified Bible

3 For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. 4 The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete.

The mind has a bad habit when the person lives and works and is surrounded by
the world. It builds up barriers, strongholds to protect itself because the world cuts down the
person who doesn't conform to the world's way of thinking. The world disheartens
and confuses the individual's identity. The mind takes this all in and tries to protect
itself from the hurtful news that it doesn't match up to the world's standards, and the
mind hides behind walls.
The Word of God is every believer's refuge from the world. The mind needs a
rest from the world--a rest from the world and its bombardment sinful, dark ways of
thinking. The Word is our rest from the world. When the mind has been cleansed
from all the trash of the world, then the body can rest. The body will follow the
leadings of the mind, whether good or bad.
But the strongholds of the mind are still there to nag the believer that he does
not fit into the world's mold of how to believe, think, respond, or act. If the mind is
deluged by the surrounding flood of darkness and becomes discouraged and
depressed, the body will follow by becoming sick or at least nervous.
The new believer must begin new habits, one of which is learning who he is in Christ Jesus.
Another related to that, is reading and hearing the Word of God daily and
strengthening his faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God
(Romans 10.17).