(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 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; (2 Cor. 10:4-5)
Notice what our weapons are not, what they are, and what they can be used against. Pay attention always to details, God doesn’t use idle words, every word is powerful and impactful if utilized strategically as He has provided. They are not carnal, so if you are using your flesh as the weapon of choice, know that this is not the weapon that God has given you, in other words you’re on your own. At least as it relates to pulling down strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing (not person) that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Who are these weapons used against? Whose thoughts are you targeting your arsenal at? Your own. When do these weapons have to be used? When we are walking in the flesh, and leaning towards siding with the flesh over His spirit. The context is clear, you have no authority to bring anyone else’s thought into captivity but your own. There is a battle going on everyday and many of us are losing it because we don’t even know that we are the greatest enemy to God’s work being done in our lives. Simply because we haven’t recognized the Judas in us, we haven’t brought our thoughts into captivity, we haven’t cast down our imaginations, and the high things that we exalt against the knowledge of God. If we haven’t done that for ourselves we are in no way prepared to handle the next instruction that is required of us in this text in 2 Cor. 10.
(2Co 10:6) And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.