Shifting our Minds to a Better Place
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God,
and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10: 3-6 –ESV
“Taking every thought captive to obey Christ” suggests we need a filter. A filter that knows and understands when negative or untrue thoughts are capturing our attention. To take captive means to trap, seize, control, secure, and conquer. To stop those ungodly thoughts Paul tells the Corinthian believers, and us, we must destroy arguments and opinions raised against the knowledge of God. There is a clear delineator between untruths and our tendency to hold on to them. This delineator (or pattern) is what we must readjust.
You have heard it said, it is best to not just stop doing something but replace it with something better. The truth of God’s Word is what we want to replace negative reoccurring thoughts that don’t get us anywhere.
Our negative thoughts are a threat to our walk with Jesus. It interrupts our journey forward in faith and obedience to God. The NASB says “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God…”. To “destroying speculations” and replace with truth makes a lot of sense. There is stability in truth.
Shifting Thought Patterns is in Your Control
Our minds are powerful tools that can be trained. As we apply this new thought process with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit we can live in “truth”. We have the power to refocus our thinking on the things written in scripture.
Filtering the input that comes into our lives and into our minds is imperative. The more we think with the mind of Christ – the more we are transformed. When we take time for godly input, to study God, his words, memorize, meditate on his words, and walk in his ways, we build stronger filters. We stop allowing worry to run rampant and enslave us to negative thoughts. What thought do you need to take captive? Trap it, conquer it and replace it with life-giving encouraging thoughts!
Cheering you on!
P.S. If you would like to read more on this subject, I highly recommend Jennie Allen’s book “Get Out of Your Head”.