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Take Every Thought Captive (17 of 21)
Series: The Promise of a Sound Mind
2 Corinthians 10:4-6
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
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,
6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
In a previous message we laid the foundation this section will build upon. Since so much of our life is affected by our thought life, it's necessary to break the topic into smaller bites. Now that we've explored how we view problems, set our emotional table, and pray with diligence, it's time to go a little deeper into the process of controlling our thought life in a healthy way.
Controlling thoughts is a difficult process. For some, it can seem like a nearly impossible goal. Don't be discouraged. Everyone struggles to control his or her thought life to some degree. When we're angry, what do we do? We allow bitter thoughts to race through our heads as we relive the offense, analyze it, and often think on how we would like to make it right based on our own standard of justice.
People who are susceptible to sensuality often struggle with lustful thoughts, imaginations, and they harbor impure ideas in their hearts. Others can't let go of wrongs, and fill their time brooding over the injustices they have experienced. Some cling to heartaches, insecurities, and any number of harmful imaginations. Each person struggles with some type of mental battle, but there is a way of escape.
If we allow our thoughts to rule, we are surrendering our minds to the flesh, and eventually these things will come out in our life and conversations. In a recent news story a man who lost his job eighteen months ago returned to his old company to murder his former boss. This means for a year and a half, this man brooded over his anger ...
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