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 (NIV)
What are you thinking about right now?
Is anything causing you stress, fear, or concern?
Honestly, I have spent much of my life struggling with negative thoughts. I’ve been learning a lot lately about how important our thoughts today are to our health- spiritual, mental, and physical; for the long run. I’m no scientist, but I’ve been fascinated to read up on some things about the brain that God has been using to impact me and help me to change old thinking patterns.
Because, honestly, who wants anything toxic in their lives?
We live in a generation obsessed with organic, vegan, detoxing, supplements, good skin and hair, and generally healthy living. I think it’s great to try to eat and live in a healthy way. In fact, during this time of healing I am working on those things. I want to be healthy in every way so that I can be fully alive and fully available to the Lord for all that He has for me. Also, it’s not my life, it’s His. How do I want to treat it in light of that?
On that same line of thought, are.. well, my thoughts. Thoughts of worry, fear, stress, and even at times struggling to forgive (aka unforgiveness, which turns into bitterness, which defiles many. See Hebrews 12:15 and do a word study on it if you want to dig deeper.)
Why do I, and so many of us, not take our thoughts captive like we are commanded to do? Oftentimes, we have patterns of negativity. We have histories that have caused us to be fearful or angry all the time. The bottom line is: we all come with baggage. But that’s not the way God intended us to live. And the good news is that, we CAN take our toxic thoughts captive. We can lock them up in prison where they belong, and throw away the key. God tells us to do it, and He would never tell us to do something that we can’t do.
Here’s the catch. We can’t do it without His guidance and help. We don’t need a self help coach, we need the Living God, the Holy Spirit, to walk alongside of us and to make us aware of the thoughts that are causing toxicity and bondage in our lives. It will take effort on our part to recognize them and be willing to let them go, but He is the One who holds the power to capture them and replace them with new thoughts.
I’m willing (and a bit excited even) to start diving into this whole business of being a judge over my thoughts and sentencing them to life without parole; or better yet, death.
What about you?
Every lie that we believe has an opposite truth in God’s Word.
Are you fearful? Perfect love casts out fear.
Are you guilty? The blood of Jesus and His Sacrifice on the Cross paid for that, just give it to Him.
Are you walking around looking at the negative? Start to look at His promises all throughout the pages of the Bible.
Whatever lies you believe, find out the Truth to counter them and render them powerless. Then capture those toxic thoughts and put them where they belong. It helps me to write out scriptures that I need to truly allow to sink in to my heart and live out in my life. I have post it notes everywhere. Different colors, and sometimes even from different Bible versions.
This week as I thought about taking my thoughts captive, I looked it up in six different versions. They were all great and gave me a richer understanding of what God is asking me to do.
We all have a different style and way of doing things. Discover yours, and get crackin..
A dear friend of mine said something so simple and so impactful to me recently. I was doing some soul searching and realizing that I have many thoughts that I allow to take up residence in my life that I NEED to let go of in order to be healthy and free. I was asking her how. She told me: turn them into prayers! So simple, but so deep. (Thank God for friends who speak Truth into our lives!!) A simple example of this would be: Hey God, I'm feeling worthless. Please help me. Show me the truth, and let me stop dwelling on this lie. And pray out the scriptures that you find as well.
I have much more to say on this topic as I am learning it and walking through it. Next week I would like to expound on the urgency that we have to take these thoughts captive, and even get into a little bit of a science lesson for all of you. Don’t worry, it won’t be boring! At least, I find it fascinating!
I leave you today with this familiar verse from Philippians that we all need to remember from time to time (in my case, I usually need to remember it multiple times a day.) :
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8
I would love to know what you think about all of this!
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