My mind is such a mess. I’m a processor, and I often find myself playing twenty questions in my head. One thought enters in and before you know it, I’ve chased the thought to a very ridiculous place. Let me give you an example of this craziness. Let’s say my head is hurting… I think, “Oh no, I hope nothing is wrong.” I get on Web MD (never get on WEB MD) and before you know it, I’ve convinced myself that I have a brain tumor and I’m dying.
Okay, that example is a little extreme, but you get the point. Our minds can quickly become filled with toxins that pollute our actions, speech, and emotions. If not addressed early on, unhealthy thoughts will lead to unhealthy lives.
James 1:15 NIV says “Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
Desire starts in the mind. If our unhealthy desires are not shut down, they will lead to death.
The only way to shut down unhealthy thoughts and desires is to submit them to a perfect Jesus.
2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV says “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.”
For us to truly live with a pure thought life, free from worry, chaos, and darkness, we must take every thought captive.
One of the definitions of captive as defined by Merriam-Webster is “Kept within bounds.”
The KJV of 2 Corinthians 10:5 uses the word captivity instead of captive. Captivity is defined as being kept in a place and not being able to leave or be free.
We have to set boundaries around our thoughts. Unclean, sinful thoughts are occasionally going to enter into our minds because we live in a fallen world and we struggle with a sin nature. The good news is that we can choose to hold them in captivity.
We take our unhealthy thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ so that they don’t run wild in our minds. When we take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ, we begin to rid our minds of the thoughts that keep us awake at night, and we make way for the thoughts of Christ.
Colossians 3:2 NIV says “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Philippians 4:8 NIV says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
We have to clear out the unholy things, so that we can focus our minds on the holy things God has for us. We have the mind of Christ, and the mind of Christ is peaceful and free.
What are some of the thoughts that you know you need to take captive and make obedient to Christ?
Take a minute to take some thoughts captive to Christ and then ask Him to show you when your thoughts are beginning to run wild. In those moments, stop and take those thoughts captive. It’s a process of retraining our our thought life and it’s totally worth it. To take your thoughts captive you pray something like, “God I take this anger towards my husband and I submit it to Christ. I love him because you first loved me and I choose to love instead of hate. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Romans 12:2 NIV says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Remember this week, transformation is a process. Don’t fret when you fail.. the cross covers that. As you learn to take thoughts captive, your mind will be transformed.