I hear Christians speak all the time about how they have a weakness about this or that. They say that they have a weakness towards gambling, or gluttony, or white lies. It’s so easy to mindlessly excuse such faults.
“It’s a weakness of mine”
It sounds innocent, but it isn’t. Children are weak, sick people are weak- Bible believing Christians who have the Lord working in their lives should not be weak! And they should not be content with sinful thoughts or actions in their lives.
Living rightly before God is a war. It’s a war between our carnal desires, and His desires. We can’t afford weaknesses. Soldiers don’t mention a weakness and then continue on as if it is acceptable. Weaknesses are a matter of life or death to them.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 communicates this idea perfectly, “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 strong holds;) Casting down imaginations . . . and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
I would encourage you read the entire chapter, but for now we will focus on these verses. God tells us that even though we are living an earthly life, we do not fight an earthly war.
We fight a war that is in the spirit and in our minds.
We fight against imaginations. We fight against thoughts. And sometimes they are hard to notice. Perhaps you are thinking of exaggerating a story, eating more dessert than you should, or letting your thoughts stray to immoral things.
When you succumb to those temptations, that’s not weakness, that’s allowing the enemy to cross into your territory. When you allow sinful thoughts to occupy your mind it’s like allowing the enemy army to occupy your land. Eventually they’re setting up camp, getting used to being there, and they start building castles- and they’re harder to drive out.
Just like an enemy army is hard to evict once they’ve been in your country a while, evil thoughts are hard to banish from your mind once they’ve set up camp.
But don’t give up! There’s hope!
God promises that his power is strong, even unto the “pulling down of strongholds.” There may be a castle of sin in your mind, but it doesn’t have to stay. God has the power to remove it!
What sinful thoughts or actions are hard for you to resist?
What castles of sin are in your mind today?
Won’t you ask God for the power to remove them?