Prefer God’s Wisdom and Knowledge


“For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way, since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.”  (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Greetings fellow sojourners!

The word translated ‘demolition’ in this verse is the Greek word ‘kathairesis,’ and it means to destroy or pull down.  We can think of it as, ‘taking down for oneself, i.e., forcibly yank down; destroy (demolish), leaving nothing ‘standing,’ or even in good working order (HELPS  Kathairesis is built from the word katá, meaning ‘down’ and haireomai meaning ‘to take for oneself, to prefer it or choose it’ (Strongs,  

So what makes this demolition so successful?  Because the stronghold or proud obstacle that keeps us from being drawn to God in His complete truth will get pulled down and destroyed by the power which is made available through God.  But we must first have preferred and chosen something else in order for this pulling down and destroying to be effective. What is it we must have chosen? God’s wisdom and knowledge over the rotten lie.

The power of God is sufficient to route any thought, behavior, illness, or any lying demon. Through the power of God, strongholds will be demolished.  Think of strongholds not as demons but places we have allowed lies to take root and; therefore, created a foothold where demons now have access.

The word translated ‘arguments’ is the Greek word logismós. These are a person’s “bottom-line reasoning that reflects someone’s values, i.e., how they assign weight in determining what they find reasonable. It emphasizes reaching a personal opinion, i.e., what comes out of a personal reckoning” (HELPS

With the assistance of the divine strengthening power of God, we are well able to demolish any and all arguments that exist within ourselves as to: 

Why we are not equipped

Why we are not able, and 

Why we are hindered from being able to pulverize our worn out excuses and self- defeating thought life.

The word translated ‘stronghold’ in this verse is the Greek word oxýrōma.  It is ‘a heavily-fortified containment, used figuratively of a false argument in which a person seeks shelter, i.e., a safe place to escape reality.’ (HELPS Word-studies

Any of the four following strongholds are areas in which a person uses to entrench themselves against reproach and are all areas in opposition to Christ.

Arguments.  Arguments are calculative reasonings we use to attempt to convince someone that our opinion is correct.  Some people love to be right and will defend their position because to back down would be considered a confession of mental inferiority. We even use arguments to convince ourselves why we should not budge from an idea, such as why we should not forgive someone, or why our thoughts and behaviors are completely justified. 

Wisdom.  Wisdom is knowledge gained by our natural life experiences.  This comes with an ability to understand the circumstances of the world.  It is different than the wisdom of God, as it is the wisdom of man. This wisdom concerning life experiences can inflate with pride because we are tempted to think we understand matters that other people do not have the ability or experience to understand. 

Logic.  Can we logically deduce God?  God indeed gave us intellect, and we are not availing ourselves to His resources if we refuse to use it.  However, some things about God cannot be traced out (Romans 11:33).  Creation is a witness to Him (Romans 1:20), but we are also commended to live by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7).  Help us, Lord, when we use our God-given intellect to serve our own pride.

Pride.  When we exhibit a kind of deep pleasure resulting from others admiring us personally or our achievements, it is then when we are most closely aligned with the enemy. Pride desires accolades from others because in this way it keeps itself elevated. Pride seeks more and more adoration to keep it lifted high.

Thank you, Lord, for your truth and freedom. You are the only stronghold I desire, and the only one I was fashioned to cling to. You make me safe and secure; every other stronghold is sinking sand and a trap.

In His grace,