“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
As born-again believers, we must be diligent to cast down thoughts, reasonings and ideas which are contrary to the Word of God. For example, if you have a financial need and are standing on God’s promise in Philippians 4:19, which reads in The Message: “You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus”, and Satan whispers in your ear, “Not this time. He’s not going to come through for you this time,” cast down that thought in the Name of Jesus and declare, out loud, the truth of God’s Word.
One of my mentors in Christ taught me a valuable truth and it is this: You can’t fight thoughts with thoughts. You have to fight thoughts with words. The words we fight with are the very Words of God.
Back to my example above. When Satan lies to you that God is not going to meet your need, get in Satan's face and tell him that according to the Word of God, God has promised to take care of everything you need. Remind him that God clothes the lilies of the field, and that you are more valuable than they are.” (Matthew 6: 28-30). Tell him that Jesus told his followers to “take no thought, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.” (Matthew 6: 31-32). Inform him that you’re going to do what Jesus told you to do – not to worry but “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be given to you.” (Matthew 6:33). In other words, you must fight to keep the seed of faith planted in your heart by the Word of God, for “… faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 NKJV). Don’t allow Satan to steal the Word of God out of your heart. If you do, you allow him to steal your victory.
In 1 Timothy 6:12, NKJV, the Apostle Paul told us to fight the fight of faith. “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” I believe one aspect of the fight of faith is holding on with dogged determination to the promises of God and casting down anything that is contrary to His Word. Like a dog who has a bone and will not let go, we will not let go of God’s Word, no matter the whispers from the enemy, the circumstances, or the contrary reports. We must be like Abraham, who “staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God…” (Romans 4:20).
The Greek word for stagger is diakrino, which means “to waver”. Remember what James says in James 1: 6-7 (Berean Study Bible). “But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Today, may we determine as men and women of God, to cast down anything contrary to the Word of God, to fight the good fight of faith, and not to stagger at the promises of God. May we be strong in faith, like Abraham, so we can receive all that God has for us.