Every Thought Captive

“…casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

— 2 Corinthians 10:5

Christianity involves our actions, our words. Every thought is to be brought into captivity to the obedience of Jesus Christ. This is a tremendous statement.

This kind of thought is reiterated, even the wise Solomon said many centuries before, “…for as he thinks in his heart so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). What you really are is what you think in your heart. “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immorality, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies,” and so on, said Christ (Matthew 15:19).

If people continue to think negative thoughts, those channels seem to be worn down as it were in the mind, and the thoughts like streams running down the side of a mountain find a channel to run in and so our thoughts will run more and more in those kinds of channels. If they are spiritual and heavenly and positive and loving, they will tend to flow more in those directions.

Therefore, it is so important that we learn to control our thoughts because it is out of the thoughts, the heart, and the mind that our lives proceed. You have no doubt heard the old maxim: Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny. Ultimately your destiny will be determined by what you think. There is no way you can escape that. You are what you think.

Lord, give us strength today to think Your thoughts and not sin against You in our mind today. Please break the bad habits of wrong-thinking within us…