By Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin

Casting down imaginations [reasonings], and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

Many people’s minds have never been renewed with the Word of God. They may be saved, filled with the Holy Ghost, and members of a Full Gospel church, but their minds still need to be renewed with the Word of God.

Second Corinthians 10:4 and 5 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Many people are in a battle between their head and their heart. This is spiritual warfare, and these verses say that our weapons are not carnal, or natural. They’re not guns, swords, or even fists. But our weapons are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4).

Paul is referring to “casting down imaginations.” Imaginations can also be translated reasonings, which involve people’s minds.

As long as Satan can hold you in the arena of reason, he’ll defeat you in every battle. But if you hold Satan in the arena of faith, you’ll defeat him in every battle. How do you do that? The Scripture says to “cast down imaginations (reasonings).”

Confession: I cast down imaginations and reasonings. I bring every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. If the thought doesn’t line up with the Word of God, I reject it. I believe and think on only what God’s Word says.

Copyright © Kenneth Hagin Ministries  – Used by Permission


  1. Sometimes when people are not talking and just have a blank mind satan can use that to his advantage. We need to be in constant prayer or have praise music on which satan hates so as not to have a blank mind. If you do have an overwhelming imagination it is best to start adding 2+2=4 4+4=8 because you may not be able to speak out the words to bind satan and call out Jesus to help. Resist and satan will leave.

  2. Butch , as you start reading His word more, send time in His word , intentionally feed the Spirit just as you look feed your body with food, so you need to feed your spirit also claim His promise for yourself , praise, praise, praise at all times,the word is life,the word is power,the word is God! Be blessed,God loves you too.

  3. To imagine is not inherently evil. Our imagination is given by God as part of His creative nature, that we created in His image, as that is where root of the word comes from. Casting down imaginations refers to the evil thoughts that the enemy bombards our mind constantly night and day like “firey darts” as the enemy of our soul seeks to kill, steal and destroy.

  4. God bless you Sir, I am blessed by this sermon. Perfect timing.

  5. I’m always confused by this. Does this mean we are not allow to imagine anything, for example when reading a book and doesn’t go against the word of god and is not sinful? Does it mean we are not allow to imagine anything?

    1. We are allowed to imagine and reason things , but if in anyway it’s nothing line with the word of God, hen we must cast it down and bring it to obedience to Christ

    2. You can have imaginations provided their are aligned with the word of God. Read Philippians 4:8

  6. Love all of Pastor Hagin’ s books and sermons. I even still you tube his sermons. They are still so amazing and powerful! Thank you

  7. A very big thank you to Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin for his inspirational short sermons which has been a great Blessing to us in our WhatsApp Christian Group CHOSEN GENERATION.
    More anointing sir.

  8. My name is Robin Fisher, an RBTC graduate from South Africa. I pastor Word of Faith Community Church in Cape Town. I have been preaching, teaching and sharing the Word of Faith since I first heard it in 1990. I share Pappa Hagin’s teachings from his various books in our church online chat group every day. People love it and we’ve seen miracles if supply, healing, deliverance and salvation as our faith grows and grows.

    We’re a small church but our redemptive purpose is to establish Faith in our beautiful city so that when Jesus returns he will find Faith in Cape Town. (Luke 18:18.)

    We’re now believing God for a Word of Faith radio programme and to establish an annual Word of Faith Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Its already done in heaven, now we just have to do it on earth.

    Isaiah: 59. 1. Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

    1 John: 5. 14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15. And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

    John: 14. 13. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

    John: 15. 16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

    Thank you Lord for hearing us, choosing and ordaining us so that whatever we ask the Father in your name, we are now qualified to receive. We receive what we requested and thank you by Faith in Jesus name. Amen! Hallelujah!

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    When a thought different to the word of God comes into your head, speak out loud Gods word. god has not given me a spirit of fear but of love power and a sound mind. It takes work but you will eventually see the results don’t give up

  10. Mr. Hagin’s sermons and books have helped me see who i am to God, and many gifts that are there in God’s word.I have been a born again christian for many years but i did not realize how to use the gifts. I am enjoying better health and a spirit of joy that i never had before. Praise God! I have introduced Mr. Hagin’s books to my bible study group and Praise God we start his study on prayer this morning. These resources are wonderful for teaching and a great companion to the bible.

  11. I am trying to learn how to cast down vain imagination. Having trouble.

  12. i’m blessed! I’m really taken onto another level spiritually. My mind is undergoing redemption…!

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      Evian – That is great! The whole issue, once we become a born-again Christian, is to allow the word of God to renew our minds. We are to have the ‘mind of Christ’ and to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. God bless you

  13. Dear Rev. Kenneth, I am sharing this message of yours to my friends this evening! I am sorry that didn’t ask you earlier. But I am grateful for a wonderful message. I am sure this will open most of our minds. Thank you and God bless

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