Not only does this spiritual warfare require that we change our old thought patterns, be we are called to renew our minds, putting on the mind of Christ.
Spiritual Warfare requires that we change our old thought patterns and be renewed in the mind, but we also must learn how to change these patterns. First this requires that we cast down every imagination that exalts itself against God’s truth. We are not in a war with other people or innocent bystanders that are ignorant to these things. Instead we are in a war with that and those that we cannot see. As we read,
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 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, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2Corinthians 10:3-6
Friends, we must cast down the thoughts, pull down the strongholds in our mind, and bring them all into captivity, every thought and act of disobedience against Christ we must bring them into the obedience of Christ. This is normally called REPENTANCE! After we have repented and begin to show the fruit of repentance we are assigned a new task. This new task calls us to seek revenge against all the disobedience against God that brought us to this place of sorrow and even shame. “Having readiness to revenge all disobedience” No more can we tolerate these things, no more can we accept this disobedience, and no more cane we turn a weakened eye towards sin! God hates sin and we are called to hate this sin also! Don’t consider this in error, for it is not the person who sins that God hates, but rather it is the sin, and the agents that cause this sin to come. What agents are these? As it is written, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12