Wednesday

Taking Thoughts Captive

Taking Thoughts captive, godly thoughts, 2 Cor. 10:3-5
We often think of spiritual "strongholds" as something non-Christians have.

But we should also examine our own lives for strongholds. They typically begin in our thoughts. That's why Scripture warns us to take our thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

It might be a relationship problem we bitterly "debate" in our thoughts. 

It might be an injustice or offense we've obsessively relived in our thoughts, memorizing each detail.

It might be an unrealistic fear that haunts us.

It might be an ungodly desire we enjoy pondering.

We need to take those thoughts captive:
1. Replacing thoughts with prayers - not prayers that rehash problems, but prayers that lift the situation to the Lord (Philippians 4:6).  See 5 Ways To Process Problems

2. Replacing thoughts with encouraging Scripture passages (Colossians 3:16).  See I Can't Change

3. Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts, praise and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:8).  See Negative Self-Talk

Our thoughts create our mood and affect our actions (Luke 6:45).

Taking thoughts captive is a primary step in dealing with strongholds. 

Think about it!
2 Cor. 10:3-5, Taking thoughts captive
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5 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. God bless you and I pray that this will help strengthen others who are struggling. The biggest part of the battle is in our mind. The word of God is are greatest defense. I'm so grateful for these devotions, I read them almost everyday and I am so encouraged.

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  2. Replace thoughts with praises to Him! Apparently, we unable to think 2 things at the same time. Therefore, when we fill our minds and mouths with praise, we are unable to think the wrong thoughts. So if you are unable to remember any other prayers, scriptures, etc., just praise Him until you do! :)

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  3. Thank you for this one - it was right on target for me. I needed the reminder.

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  4. This is truly the way to go about it! I do find, however, that hormonally driven EMOTIONS seem to override thoughts sometimes and derail them into the darkness. Just got to keep at it and carry on with the Lord.

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    1. Yes, there are lots of variables that make things worse, and women do have some special challenges due to hormones....I know that personally : )

      So glad God can help us through it.
      God bless you,
      Gail

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