Matthew 11:12 says, “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” In a kingdom there is a king. In Jesus’ Kingdom, He is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. He has equipped us to be His warriors on earth. He is our Warrior Example.
Colossians 2:15 says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Through Jesus’ death on the cross, He made provision for the captives of satan to be set free.
Does the Lord sit as King upon the throne of your heart? Are you bringing every thought into captivity, or are you being held captive through your thoughts?
Wrong thinking becomes wrong actions. We have to take our role as a warrior seriously. We must ‘war’ against every thought that opposes God’s way. As we ‘war’ we bring our thoughts, purpose, and actions into alignment with His rule.
How do we practically do this? Luke 9:23 Amplified is very explicit. “And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself (disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself) and take up his cross daily and follow Me (cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also).”
We can summarize the above verse in two words: dethrone self. SELF is our enemy because it usurps the King’s rule in our heart.