I think a lot. When I’m working, I think about work. When I’m with my friends and family, I think about recent events or things I thought was funny. When I’m at church I think about church stuff (and food thats waiting at home for me I’m not gonna lie;). When I’m at home, I think about everything. The cats, books, outside, how to keep my potted plants from dying, what I’m gonna do the next day, what I should be cleaning but probably won’t, YouTube videos I want to watch, etc….
I’m sure you think alot too. If you’re reading this your probably thinking “What do I think about?” 😉
2 Corinthians 10:5 is possibly one of my favorite scriptures in the New Testament.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
Did you catch that? Every thought captive. Not just the bad ones about your co-workers, the lustful ones, the hateful ones, the ungrateful ones. EVERY thought.
Do you know how many thoughts on average a person has per day??
50,000 to 70,000. In one day?!!
That’s alot of thinking. How many of those thoughts have I brought captive to Christ? I’m gonna say in the low, well… under a hundred probably. What about you? How many out of your 50,000 thoughts have you taken captive today? What have most of your thoughts consisted of?
We tend to think about the same things that we did the day before.
So how exactly do you captivate thoughts? It’s not like you can trap them with rope and food like wild animals.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us of our thought-trapping device.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing assunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The Word of God can discern our thoughts for us. It can pierce through our flesh to our spirit.
We are suppose to meditate on scripture. Day and night.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night…”
Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
We are here to glorify God. Every thought we have should be to His glory!
Can you imagine how letting Satan get into your head 50,000 times a day will do to your relationship with God?
Can you imagine how bringing every thought captive to Christ 50,000 times a day will do to your relationship with Him?
It’s definitely a game changer.
I’m not saying that you and I will ever get to that point. We are human and will mess up every day, hour, possibly minute. But isn’t it a humbling perspective to see how we much we fail in one day, and yet God’s grace still covers us?
Isn’t is awesome that Jesus took every thought captive while He was on Earth?
If you think your thinking doesn’t affect you, well you’re wrong. You are what you think. What you desire and long for stems from what you think about. How you view life’s circumstances is through the lens of what you think on.
Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
As christians we should strive for our thinking to be like Christs. We are to be Christ-like. Try to align your thoughts up with the Bible, see how it effects your relationship with God.