Taking Thoughts Captive

Many of the topics I have written about in this blog are things I’m struggling with in my own life. Today’s topic is no exception. All of us who are Christians have our own thought lives. We can think of ways we can serve Christ and act on them. We can also think of things that can discourage us in our Christian walk. Those thoughts come from Satan. Since we are still living in this world and we are imperfect, our thoughts come from both places.

So, how do Christians defeat the thoughts that come from Satan? There is a specific verse about this topic in 2 Corinthians, specifically in chapter 10, verse 5.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.”

Paul doesn’t pull any punches, does he? What exactly does this mean? Our thought lives are where Christ does His best work in us. If they’re not focused on Him, He doesn’t have the opportunity to work, and Satan has the opportunity to get in and discourage us and then encourage us to sin. God does have some ways to prevent this though, but it takes effort on our part, and it’s an effort we should be willing to make if we truly want Him in our lives.

The first of these ways is prayer. If we’re not talking to God, how are we supposed to know what He wants us to do? Psalm 61:1 says, “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.”  Romans 12:12 says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Jesus says this about prayer in John 17:20. “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.” So, prayer is important in our relationship with God. It’s how we talk to Him.

Are there any other ways God can communicate with us? Yes, through our study of Scripture.  2 Timothy 3:16 – 17 aptly demonstrate this. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching , rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God wants us to know how He wants us to live, and Scripture will tell us if we take the time to read it.

There is one additional way God can communicate with us, and it’s through other believers. Believers who are steeped in prayer and the study of Scripture often have insights that God can use in our lives if we take the time to listen. That can be a hard thing though as Christians, especially those in the United States, deal often with the sin of pride and thinking they can do it all alone when God did not mean us to be alone by any stretch of the imagination. We, who are Christians, are supposed to live in community and be able to trust our fellow believers enough to be authentic with them.

I say all this like it’s easy, but I know it’s not. I know it’s something I will have to pray about every day for the rest of my life.  God wants us to talk to Him about everything though–our victories and our struggles. He knows we will struggle because we are still living in an imperfect world where sin resides, and He knows our thoughts are the first place we will struggle. I am so thankful that my God is with me through it all!

God’s blessings on all of you today!

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