L. A. Marzulli
2 Cr 10:5 Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought to the obedience of Christ. (the anointed one)
Years ago when I was a new believer and I was plowing my through the Guidebook to the Supernatural, i.e. the Bible, for the first time, I came across this verse and said to myself, this is impossible for anyone to do! How can I keep track of every thought! That was 30 years ago and much has changed in me because of Him! His word is faithful and true and when it goes deep into the center of our beings we can become cut-to-the-quick when we entertain a thought that is against the knowledge of God. In short we can take every thought captive, but it takes practice.
This doesn’t mean that I’m never going to have a thought that is undesirable, because as long as I’m in this fleshly body that will occur. It does, however, mean that I can capture the thought, take it by force, and expunge it from my mind.
I engaged in this yesterday as I encountered someone who was steeped in what I would call witchcraft. While this person was saying things to me, I was immediately put on “red alert,” as I sensed that something wasn’t right, but I couldn’t grasp it at the time. After they left and I was in my car, it hit me and I immediately began to rebuke it. I felt like I had been slimed! I shouted out loud, you will not reside here, you foul and unclean thing, and then I said, The blood of the Lamb has cleansed me and I stand in that. No weapon against me shall me prosper. You may not enter here, The Lord rebuke you! The bottom line was that I would not allow this thought to take residence in me.
Because of the culture we live in we are bombarded with images, words, and expressions that try to exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. We must take these thoughts that go against the word and take them captive, bring them into obedience and when necessary go into warfare mode!
We are in tenuous times and by renewing our minds, washing them on a daily basis with His word, we are built up so when the thoughts try to enter, and they will try, we know what to do with them. For those of us who have the spirit of the Living God dwelling in us, it is His spirit that will help us bring this practice of taking every thought captive so that it becomes second nature!
Sometimes, as I’m going to sleep, the Spirit will remind of a thought left unchecked. It amazes me how many times this has happened. It can also be at two in the morning! I am reminded and then I bring the thought into captivity. It is when we fail to do this, that we get into trouble.
In closing, the enemy of our souls enters through our minds. This is why we are told to bring every thought captive. The slime bag will try to deceive us, entice us, cajole us, appeal to our egos, humor us, relax us and in short do anything he can to get a foothold in our minds. However, greater is He that is in me then he who is in the world! Saying this along with, the blood of Jesus goes along way to keeping our minds clean of the junk that the enemy, the world, and our flesh would have us engage in. Take every thought captive!
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