“I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness." Romans 6:19
Goal: Be sanctified in heart and mind so God can do wonders among us. (steadfast mind).
Satan fights dirty. He jumps on anything that could keep you from centering your thoughts on Christ.
Captivating thoughts are controlling thoughts - things you find yourself meditating on too often. With the power of the Holy Spirit, I will control them. God will do a miraculous work in your heart and mind.
It begins with admitting the truth. With our cooperation, Christ begins to strip the power from the controlling thoughts, so they no longer hold destructive power over us. It's about admission versus denial.
Those "high things" are the people, things, or circumstances that outgrow our thoughts of God. Anything we exalt over God in our thoughts or imaginations is an idol. Idolatry is not only a terrible affront to God but it is also an open invitation to disaster.
We don't have to love something or someone to idolize or exalt it in our minds. We can easily idolize something we practically hate.
We can either tear down our strongholds with the might power of God, or they will eventually tear us down.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5