by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
II Corinthians 10:5
July 1964

If you have your Bibles, friends, I would like for
you to turn with me to Second Corinthians 10:5, and
we want to speak to you today on this subject,
"Watch Your Thoughts."

Paul says in verse 3, "Though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war after the flesh." The word WAR reminds
us that we are carrying on a warfare, carrying on a
battle. All the Christian life is a battle. It's a
fight, from the first day you accept the Lord Jesus
Christ right on through till you meet Him face to
face. We are fighting deadly enemies: the world, the
flesh and the devil! And though we walk after the
flesh, Paul says, we do not carry on our warfare
after the flesh. "For the weapons of OUR warfare are
not carnal (not of the flesh) but they are mighty
THROUGH GOD to the pulling down of strong-holds
(pulling down the devil's strong-holds)."

Then this is our text: "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."

Imaginations! They are in the inside of us. They are
in our thinking, and we are to bring every thought
into obedience to Christ, let every thought be that
which pleases Christ! We are to let every thought be
that which we shall not be ashamed of, as we
recognize that Christ is looking upon us and
watching our thoughts.

The Psalmist said, "Set a watch, 0 Lord, before my
MOUTH and keep the door of my LIPS," but this
Scripture goes deeper, to this matter of our
THOUGHTS. Our THINKING is that which controls our
very lives.

CONTROL OF OUR THOUGHT-LIFE is the thing we are
thinking about here! Right thinking! Oh, there is so
much wrong thinking. How we need to know what God
has to say about our thoughts and our responsibility
regarding our thoughts. God help us to study His
Word and bring EVERY THOUGHT into captivity ...

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