Noun – the process of considering or reasoning about something.
Adjective – using thought or rational judgement; intelligent.
We consist of spirit, soul and body 1 Thes. 5:23 and our spirit is that invisible part that knows – the seat of our intellect, mind, and will, and that which gives us self-determination and makes us a free moral agent and a rational being 1 Cor. 2:11a; Mat. 26:41; Prov. 20:27; Phil. 1:27; Heb. 4:12
It is in this area that the enemy attacks us through theta brain waves which we perceive as thoughts and thus the warning to “put on the whole armor” so that we can stand against the enemy’s wiles and to “take the helmet of salvation” Eph. 5:11,13,17
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalt itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ 2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV
The Word command – not request or suggest – that we CAST DOWN imaginations and everything that exalt itself against His knowledge (that which He revealed in His Word) and to take every thought captive to obedience of Christ (that which He commanded us to obey). To set our affection on the things above, not on the things on the earth Col. 3:2 and to Think On These Things:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 KJV
- True things: all that is in harmony with eternal truth 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17
- Honest things: all that is grave, decent and honorable 1 Tim. 3:8, 11; Tit. 2:2
- Just things: all that is in harmony with justice and righteousness Rom. 3:24-31; 8:4; 2 Pet. 1:4-10
- Pure things: all that is chaste and holy for body and soul Rom.12:1-2; 2 Cor. 3:16-17; 7:1
- Lovely things: all that is pleasing and tends to bless others 2 Cor. 13:4-8; Gal. 5:22-23
- Things of good report: all that is in harmony with the best public good, virtuous and praiseworthy Rom. 13:1-10; 2 Pet. 1:4-10
The weapons of our warfare are NOT carnal but mighty through God to enable us to pull down the enemy’s strongholds 2 Cor. 10:3-4 and therefore we are commanded to resist him 1 Pet. 5:8-9 and therefore implement James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Verb – accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person.
Verb – withstand the action or effect of.
In the name of Jesus John 14:13-14 we can rebuke all thoughts that come to mind and that are not acceptable to the standard that was set for us by the Word of God that we are suppose to live accordingly… we have been commanded to do so, for the victory has been provided for us, but the choice remain for each individual to choose….
I choose to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report…. do you?