We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
This verse is about destroying arguments. Another word for arguments is strongholds. Strongholds are belief systems, attitudes, ways of thinking, or opinions that are not of God. They are from Satan and they keep people away from God or in bondage even as followers of Him. Paul was dealing with opponents of Jesus and of the Gospel. He was demolishing their secular or pagan world views and then taking their defeated thoughts captive for Christ so that they could understand the Gospel and obey God.
When we encounter people that are stuck on their philosophy, religion, pet theory, or mental blocks of some sort we can pray it down. Pray and name the ideology that you are hitting up against specifically in prayer, asking God to demolish it in the heavenly places. That would give you the Heavenly power you need to see that lofty opinion brought down. Practically applied, if the person you are praying for is influenced by atheism, secular humanism (I can save myself), narcissism (stuck on self), evolution, or Eastern religions of some sort you can pray that down by name. You can also pray against the addictions that bind people, breaking the power that it has over them–or over you if you have addictions in your life.
Praying specifically against the contrary mindset or thought pattern is one weapon. The second is using Scripture. The Word of God, the Bible, is the sword of the Spirit. In Hebrews 4:12 we find that the Word is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword that can pierce through to thoughts and intentions of people’s hearts. That means that if we use Bible verses in our persuading of people, the verses penetrate in ways that our own words don’t. A third weapon is the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to show you how to pray, to give you power in your words that are God inspired, and to do a work in others’ hearts and lives that you can’t do.
You can apply this to yourself too. As you get into the Bible and it gets into you, you may encounter things in your life that contradict God’s ways. Are you willing to ask God to destroy, demolish or dismantle any world view, opinion, or habit pattern that is in your life? That would be called surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus. It is telling Jesus that He is more important than the coping mechanisms and belief systems that you hold about life, and asking Him to destroy anything that isn’t pleasing to Him. Ouch.
We need to guard, strengthen and renew our minds because that is where lofty opinions and things that raise up against the knowledge of God begins. In other words, the battle against sin starts in the mind. We can have attitudes that are ungodly, or have worry, guilt, fear, resentment, insecurity and a host of other things take up residence that need to get kicked out in the name of Jesus. Maybe the reason people live defeated and ineffective Christian lives is because they don’t know how to fight this battle for the mind.
But if you take this to heart, you can fight the battle for others’ minds as well as your own. Use the divinely powerful weapons that are ours in Christ Jesus.