Our thought life is a part of our being that we must be in control of, instead of allowing it to control us. Many people do not realize, actions begin in our thoughts. If we have a poor opinion of ourselves, negative or sinful thoughts, we are in danger of turning down a harmful path. Pride and selfishness also begin in our thoughts when we elevate our wants, needs and opinions above those of others and or above God. These are some of the reasons we must take every thought captive. However, we must keep in mind, a great deal of good can come from our thoughts as well. Thinking about and meditating on the Lord is very positive and beneficial to us.
Have you caught yourself thinking about something and ask, where did that thought come from? If you are like most people, you have. The world intrudes on our lives in more ways than we realize. Education, philosophies, theories, false religions, entertainment (TV + Movies), government, opinions of family and friends, all of these and much more, bombard us with ideas that are contrary to God’s Word. It is not surprising to find ourselves thinking about some of it.
Satan can play with our thoughts too. I don’t believe he can read our minds, but he sure can plan a thought or whisper into our minds. That’s another reason we must take every thought captive. We are responsible for what we think. Therefore, if our thoughts do not line up with the Word of God, we must cast them aside.
Have you ever had an imaginary conversation? Have you rehearsed a discussion with a friend or family member? It’s okay to think about or to plan what we will say, but going over and over it may not be healthy. It is not uncommon for people to nurse and rehearse these exchanges to the point they take over reality. That is why two people in the same discussion can remember it differently. I would venture to say, it is because one of them went over and over the conversation to the point it evolved into something it wasn’t. We can’t assume we know what others are thinking and to rehearse in this way makes that assumption. Females have a greater problem in this area than men do. I used to struggle with this, in both positive and negative situations. I had to stop myself.
It takes discipline to control our thought life. It is a part of self-control we need to learn as Believers. We are called to be righteous and holy, just as Jesus is. That includes our thought life. Most sins begin with a thought. I am sure someone contemplating an affair, planned a theft, or any other sin thought about it first. That is why it is important to take our thoughts captive and make them line up with God’s Word. Next time you catch yourself thinking about something unhealthy for your spiritual life, cast it aside. If you do this every time, the thoughts will come less often until they rarely happen.
We are entering a period in history where our faith is going to be tried unlike it has ever been before. We must stand blameless before an evil world. Since our walk begins in our thoughts, we must control them. We encourage you to examine this area of your spiritual life and make any adjustments that need to be made. In addition, Satan will use our thoughts to condemn us. We must remember, whom Christ has freed, are free indeed.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV)
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ