2 Cor 10:4 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 exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Matt 7:1-5 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
The most intense battlefield and war zone on planet earth is the mind of man. In these Last Days there is an intense mental and emotional warfare that every believer must learn to win. Yes, these are perilous times, but our weapons are mightier than the peril and we can win this mental warfare. 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 speaks of strongholds the enemy establishes in our mind. They are imaginations (or reasonings), high things (pretensions and proud assertions), and thoughts (perceptions, dispositions) that are like enemy held fortresses within our soul. The devil tries to control us and manipulate us through these strongholds.
Strongholds can influence our judgments (the way we perceive, interpret, evaluate, and view things) in negative ways. We end up holding on to distorted views, faulty opinions, drawing wrong conclusions, and making wrong determinations about people and situations. We then write people off, cut off relationships, and label people in a negative way. That is not righteous judgment (John 7:24). The mind of Christ is a spiritual mind that judges all things righteously (1 Cor. 2:15, 16). When our mind is renewed to the Word of God we are able to judge and perceive people and situations like Jesus would. Jesus warned of the dangers of wrong and negative judgments Matthew 7:1-5.
Verse 1 – we will reap what we sow – it will come back on us.
Verse 2 – we will reap the same kind and measure of judgment back.
Verse 3 – in negatively judging others we will fail to see our own sins and weaknesses clearly.
Verse 4 – by negatively judging others we lose our ability to see the needs of others and the ability to help heal them.
Verse 5 – it makes us a hypocrite (a person who pretends they are better than they really are).
Verse 6 – only if we judge our own negative judgments, will we be able to see clearly to help others.
Our weapons are more powerful than these strongholds to dismantle and destroy them but it is up to us to confront them. God will not force us to challenge them but supplies the weapons and power to overcome them. The power is His but the choice is ours. If we challenge them, we can change. Thank God for the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to deliver this power to us. Thank God the mind of Christ, which is free from strongholds, is a provision of grace Jesus paid for.