2 Corinthians 10:4-5 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 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. (NIV)
What are strongholds? They are fortified establishments. Paul uses the word to mean thought patterns, beliefs, attitudes, worldviews, human philosophies, etc. Thoughts are powerful. They influence destinies of individuals, communities, and nations. The Word of God exhorts us to be careful with our thoughts (Romans 12:2; 1 Peter 1:13). One’s attitudes towards life and the world determines how they will respond to their respective circumstances
We are all affected by the worldview of our past generations. We are also influenced by the culture that we are part of, whether we are conscious of it or not. God wants us to align our thoughts and worldviews with His Word. This is does not come naturally. It’s a battle. We need spiritual weapons to fight it.
- Firstly we need to honestly critique some of our attitudes, beliefs and practices—whether they are about how society treats women and children, the unborn, environment, ministry, relationships with people who are different from us, economics, work, etc. Our starting point is the Word of God.
- Secondly, we have to commit to change. The Bible calls this repentance. It means stopping going the wrong way and turning back towards God through faith in Jesus Christ.
- Thirdly, develop Godly habits. Habits are those things we do repeatedly without thinking about them. It takes intentionality to train our minds in ways that honor God.