Saturday, January 21, 2012

Taking Our Thoughts Captive

Recently a verse caught my attention…

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, - 2 Corinthians 10:5

I thought How can we take every thought captive? Apparently there is power in this action. We cannot control the thoughts that “pop” into our heads, but we can control what we do with them. We take a thought and follow it into a line of thinking, but where does that thinking lead? It can lead us to one of two places: it can lead us to the foot of the cross (drawing us closer to God) or it can lead us to the trash-heap of life (I heard that term once and really liked it – isn’t that what life feels like sometimes, a trash heap?).

It is up to us. So before we follow a thought, we first need to decide what direction we are going to let it take us. Is it going to help us heal, help us understand ourselves or others, help us realize the need for a savior? Or is it going to lead us down a path of self destruction, depression, and helplessness? We choose what direction it will take us. How? We take the thought captive and we make it take us toward the cross. We have the control and the power because Christ is in us, it’s His power and He will lead us if we let Him.

What thoughts do you need to take captive today?


  1. Excellent post. If only we would, what a better world this would be. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. I like the part of the verse that says we are to take our thoughts captive "to the obedience of Christ." Not easy to accomplish but what rewards when we do. Thanks for you post, Sandy.