Taking it Captive

29 Nov

He has given us His unmeasurable grace. The all knowing, all seeing God of the universe has pardoned us, set us free.

Do we live like He has? Or do we hole up in our corners nursing our fears and failures until we forget what He’s accomplished.

We begin to listen to the lies of our enemy:  You always mess this up.  Surely you aren’t asking for forgiveness for that sin again? or Those are your thoughts?  And you profess Jesus? He can’t use you. You’ll never make it. Don’t you remember …?

Does the rhetoric sound familiar?

But His Word 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.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

Sometimes we let things slide,  don’t we?  We think that because it’s just a thought, it’s really not too important but then we start to believe the lie…

Thought precedes action, doesn’t it? And then sin begins to compound because we don’t repent and make use of the grace available to us…unmeasurable grace and we turn aside because we think we have no need.

Can I challenge you this week to take your thoughts captive?

Saturate your mind with the truth of His word.  Read about Him. Worship Him.  Let the words you say bring glory to Him.  Remember what He has done and the love that was poured out for you.

Then come back and share in the comments or on your own blog.  I would love to know how Jesus is teaching you through His word.











One Response to “Taking it Captive”

  1. stephanieswalk December 1, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Of course, I love this post, sweet Becca. God has been tapping me on the shoulder with the “taking every thought captive” message lately. It’s a real battle: like playing whack-a-mole at times, or playing the net in tennis, but it is so worth it, for me. And, even if I think it’s not worth it, per se, it’s VITAL. Thoughts do drive actions, and lies whispered in ears and minds have been felling people since the serpent in the garden felled Eve, and consequently Adam.

    And you know what? I don’t have those conversations with myself much anymore, in fact, hardly ever. But they used to dominate my world (those circular, self-defeating mental conversations, filled with lies from the pit). And once the thought, then the action, then the defeat and starting back over, all again. Ugh.

    For me, taking each and every tiny thought captive has been a true key to an ongoing journey in FREEDOM! YES!

    For someone who should be dead, who WOULD most likely be dead but for truths like this, and for the miracle of a cleansed heart, that feels soooooo good.

    The battle really does start in the mind. So, that’s where I’ve been focusing my time lately, just me and God. And (surprise, surprise) He’s been faithful.

    We’re memorizing James this year in school, Timothy and I, so permit me a bit of practice, because this whole conversation brought to mind these scriptures:

    (I’m going to type from memory; we use the NIV.)

    “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me’, for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. But each one is tempted, when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, when desire is conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

    I know for me, the dragging away starts in the mind, with the thoughts.

    Great post, Becca! Sorry for the long comment, but this one is dear to my heart these days.

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