I love the epic speech William Wallace gives in Braveheart when he says, “Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!”
There is something awesome, captivating about freedom. There is also something terrible, devastating about bondage.
2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (ESV)
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
A stronghold can be thought of as a strong pattern of thinking, contrary to God’s revealed will, that is deeply ingrained in the life of the believer. All the words Paul uses here (‘arguments,’ ‘opinions,’ ‘knowledge,’ ‘thought’) all have to do with the way you think.
There are a variety of strongholds (drug addiction, pornography, unforgiveness, chronic criticism, etc.) and they come from a variety of backgrounds. There is one non-negotiable for beating a stronghold. The only way to get long term victory over a stronghold is to change the way you think about it. “Take every thought captive” is the idea of replacing the lie that led to the stronghold with God’s truth that leads to freedom!