• Bishop Keith Butler

Throw Down Thoughts with your Words

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)


When the enemy attacks, he always goes for your thoughts first. He bombards your mind with concepts that separate you from faith in God’s Word.

That’s why Paul used the word imaginations in 2 Corinthians 10:5. The enemy will send you images that don’t line up with the Word. They may not be logical, but if you receive them, you can get stuck in a cycle of anxiety and fear.


If you don’t buy the imagination from the devil, he will throw thoughts that seem more severe and valid than what God has promised. He will tell you things like "Sure, God heals, but not for you this time because it’s more serious.” What is he doing? He is trying to exalt his thoughts as more important and more valid than God's Word.


But Paul wrote that we could throw down imaginations and capture every thought. How? By speaking God's Word when the negative thought comes.


When the thought comes that you are going to get sick, you need to speak out loud, "I'm the healed and not the sick. By Jesus' stripes, I am healed." When the thought comes that you are going to fail, you need to speak out loud, “I am more than a conqueror.” When the thought comes that you cannot do what God has called you to do, you need to say out loud, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”


Your words clear the way for you to think God’s thoughts and not let the enemy have any ground in your mind.


Practical Application – What thoughts does the enemy attack you with regularly? Write down some confessions from the Word and keep them with you to speak and attack those thoughts when they show up.


Mark 11:23; Proverbs 6:2

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