2 Cor. 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but powerful before God for the overthrowing of strongholds, as we overthrow reasonings and every high thing rising up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought unto the obedience of Christ. Psa. 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxious thoughts.
The third symptom of problems with man’s thoughts is rebellion. Some saints may be touched by the Lord, but inwardly they are still rebellious and unwilling to submit. They harbor various thoughts that are disobedient, stubborn, and offensive to the Lord. Hence, we have to bear the responsibility to intercede for them, because our warfare is spiritual, not fleshly. We cannot confront a brother and say, “Brother, your thoughts are rebellious.” The more we chastise him in this way, the more rebellious he will become; this is unacceptable. We must pray that all his reasonings and rebellious, stubborn, and disobedient thoughts would be taken captive unto the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:4-5).
Another symptom of problems with man’s thoughts is corruption. Some saints do not have hardened thoughts; it seems that they receive the Lord’s leading. Neither are their thoughts blinded; when we speak of spiritual things, they understand. However, there is still a danger that their thoughts can be corrupted. This symptom is very difficult and quite deceiving. Although many saints are somewhat turned toward the Lord and love Him, they are also turned toward other things. Their thoughts are not focused, pure, single, and simple. (CWWL, 1967, vol. 1, p. 144)
Remember that we are pure virgins….The requirement of a pure virgin is a single love, a pure love, a simple love, and even a foolish love. A wife must love her husband to the extent of being foolish; that is, no matter whether her husband is good or bad, her consideration of him is always good. If a wife is always criticizing her husband, …there is a problem with her love.
Although we may not criticize the Lord, Satan often seduces us with things other than the Lord…. If we do not love the Lord very much or enjoy the Lord when we pray-read, it is because our thoughts are not pure or clean; our thoughts have been corrupted…. If we desire to be pure virgins loving the Lord, our thoughts must contain no mixture. This requirement is strict. Our thoughts must be pure. Once our thoughts are pure, our hardened thoughts will be softened, our blinded thoughts will be unveiled, and our rebellious thoughts will be subdued…. Blinded thoughts come from hardened thoughts, hardened thoughts come from rebellious thoughts, and rebellious thoughts come from impure thoughts.
Romans 8:6 says that we should set our mind on the spirit. In order for our thoughts to be rescued, our thoughts must be turned, our thoughts must be focused, our thoughts must be purified, and our thoughts must be on the proper track.
I hope we all have this prayer: “Lord, have mercy on me; I have no way to deal with my thoughts. O Lord, rescue my thoughts, gather my thoughts, focus my thoughts. Lord, rescue my thoughts so that they can focus on You. Search my thoughts and rescue my thoughts.” We should spend a good amount of time to thoroughly pray about this matter.
We must allow our thoughts to be rescued, dealt with, focused, and gathered so that our thoughts can be pure. Then when we go to a meeting, we will discover that our thoughts are as transparent as crystal. Once our thoughts are pure, they will be softened, unveiled, and subdued. Then our enjoyment of Christ will be thorough and transparent. May the Lord have mercy on us. (CWWL, 1967, vol. 1, pp. 144-146)
Further Reading: CWWN, vol. 8, pp. 25-35; Life-study of Romans, msg. 62; Life-study of Job, msg. 37