"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
How often do you do battle against the lies that Satan plants in your mind? I wish I could say that I'm over it - that I have this whole thought life thing all figured out - but the truth is I battle. A lot.
So what does this battling look like? How do we "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ?" It's very "spiritual" of us to quote scripture and say we're doing battle with Satan in our thought lives, but what does this taking captive every thought really look like?
Here's how I picture it:
1. A thought comes into our minds.Can you see how important it is that we know what's lining the pages of our Bibles? When we take the time to wallpaper our minds with His Word, the Spirit of God will enable us to recognize Truth and decipher it from the lies. It's our single best defense against the lies of the evil one.
2. "Hold that thought." Take it captive. Why? Because we need to make sure we are only allowing Truth to pass through the threshold of our minds. This step has to be intentional. Just as we don't let just anyone who approaches our door come into our homes, neither should we let every thought walk through the door of our
3. Hold the thought up to the Light of God's Word. Is it sound? Does it line up with the Truth of God's Word? If it does, then by all means let it in. But if it doesn't, bind that thought up and throw it away. It has no place in the mind of a child of the King. (Quoted from my study, The Wardrobe of Christ)
Today's challenge: Be more intentional today about your thought life ... that means you have to take time to think about what you are thinking about. How do your thoughts measure up to the Truth in God's Word?