Yesterday I woke up to this verse: “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.” It was in my heart when I woke up. I couldn’t remember it all but I had the gist of it on my mind all morning. How many times do we have to take thoughts captive during the day? I would say that I have to do that all day long. I have moments where peace and love and Jesus are all I think about but the rest of the day I have to fight against those ideas and thoughts that pop into my head. I am not always aware of the weight of the words that I hear on the inside but I am working on having a filter that would help me weed out the negativity. Something happens to me and a deluge of thoughts attacks my mind. Thank God I have put a dam in place to stop those thoughts and to give me a minute to pause and refuse the negative thoughts. That dam is God. God, Jesus , the Holy Spirit and the Word of God are the dam that stops the river of negative thoughts. They are the barriers that say, “Stop! No trespassing!” The more I remain in the Lord and the stronger the barrier is. The closer I am to God, the more natural that barrier is. It is becoming a part of me and it is changing the way I look at things. The Holy Spirit can always give us a hint or a nudge but we don’t always recognize it. The best way to become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit is to get to know Him better. I know I always say that and believe it is important because it makes life better and it fulfills our purpose which is to stay connected to God.
Today I want to invite you to take all thoughts captive and to put a filter in place. Consider the Lord as your filter. Don’t let thoughts go through your head and build strongholds of negativity. An innocent looking thought can cause more harm than good and more damage than we think. God is interested in our thoughts and He wants to help us with our thinking. He tells us to keep our thoughts pure and noble and He can assist us. When I soak in the Word of God, I feel pure and more noble. The Word has the power to purify and to take our impurities away. Would you say that negative thoughts are impure? Would you say that anything that is not for God is against God? I would answer Yes to those two questions. Well, the Word of God can scrape off the negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. Our exposure to the Word of God is key and if we stay in the Word a lot we will get transformed by it. Our problem is often the fact that we let the world influence our thoughts and guide us. We use the manual of the world more than the manual of God. We give more thoughts to the lies of the enemy than we do to God’s words. I think that is just how we are programmed but the Lord can reset our default settings and change us from the inside out. He can chip away at the negativity with the power of His Word. One word from God can change everything. Let’s find the words of God that can change our thinking. Let’s find the power that can take our negative thoughts captive.
That mind-transforming power can only be found in God. He is the only One who can have a lasting impact on our minds. His words are charged with power. His words are filled with an incredible amount of love and hope. If you are trying to take negative thoughts captive, use the power of God’s words against those bad thoughts. Anything that is against God can be subjected to His power. There isn’t a negative thought and a negative idea that can’t be controlled by the power of God. Speak His words with confidence. Let each word drop hope and peace into your heart. Make His words louder than the negative thoughts. Don’t just accept anything that is going through your mind. Not everything has a right to stay there unless you give it permission. Be active against those thoughts. Rebuke them. Reject them. Promote Jesus where the enemy is trying to promote lies. You can do it. You can do it with the help of the Holy Spirit. Take every thought captive and set free the love and the peace that reside in you!
Suggested reading: Romans 10:17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Corinthians 10:5