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
What might our life look like if we took every thought captive and didn’t allow nonsensical thoughts to plague our minds?
I’ve heard it called the “battlefield of the mind.”
I fully believe that Satan and the world are battling for our hearts, hoping to shipwreck our faith and crowd our mind with fear.
That battleground starts in our mind.
Satan is banking on the fact that most thoughts, will take you to a bad place.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13
The bad thoughts might start with a job interview, friendship, relationship, parenting or anything that Satan can use to distract you.
Ungodly philosophies that will take you from the truth of God are possible targets as well.
You will tell yourself something like, “I’m not good enough.” Or “ they’re purposely avoiding me.” I’ve said this one, “my kids are probably disappointed in me.” and “I always let people down.”
We can also imagine horrible scenarios on a whim and it’s playing in our mental que, over and over. To the point where we often lose sleep.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles”
I think it’s absolutely shameful to live with fear, doubt and unbelief. Allowing it to steal every bit of our joy, all the while ignoring the great and precious promises of an Almighty God.
We may have a thought we didn’t expect to just pop into our mind, this happens to me often. The problem only comes when we don’t stop it. We allow it to take root and then it can grow out of control. We have to knock it out af first thought.
This may mean changing our surroundings temporarily. It may also mean that you get up off your couch and look for someone to serve. It may mean that we change our playground and our playmates… if needed.
Whatever it takes, we must do in order to keep the thoughts from progressing and leading us to sin.
Then when the illicit desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin has run its course, it gives birth to death.
As he thinks in his heart, so is he.
Do all things without grumbling and complaining.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Keep your mind focused on Christ, lest we fall.
I like this post Connie. It’s so true about our thought life. It can wreck us if we allow it. The good thing, as you pointed out, is that we have a choice. We can continue on the hamster wheel or change what we’re thinking. You’re a blessing! Thank you for sharing. xoxo
Thanks Dawn. I love your analogy as well.