Incarcerating the Mind
2 Corinthians 10:5
“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;”
The battle for the Christian walk is in the mind. Verse 3 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:” Your battle is not a physical battle. Your adversary is not another person. Your enemy is not the flesh. Your enemy is your mind. Your flesh can only do what your mind permits it to do. Therefore, if you get control of your mind, you can get control of your flesh.
God commands the believer to bring “…into captivity every thought…” The word “captivity” means to be confined, incarcerated, imprisoned, or in custody. In other words, the believer is to incarcerate their mind and not allow it to do what it wants. Christ is to be the prison guard of your mind so that it doesn’t think what it wants to think, but to think what Christ allows it to think. Several lessons can be learned about keeping your mind confined to Christ.
First, your thoughts are confined to something or someone. Someone or something always controls your mind. If you don’t control your mind, your flesh will allow your mind to think what it wants to think. This is why you are commanded to cast “down imaginations.” You are to throw away any thought that would draw you away from Christ. The only way you are going to do this is by imprisoning your mind to the control of Christ. You may think that this is a strong statement, but you have never controlled your mind. Something or someone has always controlled it. It is always best to let Christ control your mind.
Second, you have power in Christ to control your thoughts. The only way to get your thoughts under control is through the power of Christ. One reason the believer must be Spirit-controlled is so that your mind is influenced by the Holy Ghost and not by the world or your flesh. You may say that you can’t control what you think, but the verse above says otherwise. When God commands the believer to bring every thought into captivity to Christ, He is saying that you have the power to control your thoughts through His power. It is a choice to bring your thoughts into captivity, and that choice is exercised when you cast down anything that is against God.
Third, your mind is to be confined to Christ. The purest mind will be the mind that is confined to the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” If you let the mind of Christ control your mind, you will find that every evil, wicked and sinful imagination will be cast down. When the mind of Christ controls your mind, you will think towards your spouse or parents as you ought to think. When the mind of Christ controls your mind, you will hate sin the way that Christ hates sin. The secret to incarcerating your mind is to yield your mind to the mind of Christ.
Fourth, you control your mind through obedience. The way you let the mind of Christ control your mind is through obedience to Christ. The verse above says, “…and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” Obedience is the act of incarcerating your mind to be controlled by Christ. Your mind will be under Christ’s control as long as you obey God’s Word. Do you have problems with the wrong thoughts? The way to overcome them is to confine your mind to the mind of Christ through obedience to His Word.