L. A. Marzulli
Taking Every Thought Captive…. Even From the Dream State!
2 Corinthians 10:5New International Version (NIV)
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Most of us have learned to take our thoughts captive. It’s a good discipline and is required of us. I am always amazed at the junk that goes through my head some days. As Nancy Reagan used to say: Just say NO to it.
When the thought comes into our minds that does not line up with God’s word we just say no to it. We take it captive by doing this. We make sure it does not get a foothold in our minds.
The enemy comes to rob, kill and destroy. He can do this by slipping a thought into our minds. This is why we put on the armor of God and take every thought captive.
Paul states: In my flesh is no good thing. Guess what? I agree with him. The thoughts that originate from my fleshly being need to be dealt with too. Don’t think so? What do we do when someone cuts us off on the freeway? How about when someone says something nasty about us, or puts a false label on us—like a Radio Preacher recently calling me a false teacher—that isn’t true? The flesh wants to get mad and even, the spirit however, reminds us of the words of our savior: Pray for those who spitefully use you/us.
But then there’s the dream states. When we are asleep and essentially defenseless. We must come to grips with the fact that not all our dreams are from God.
The enemy can and will insert all sorts of junk and sometimes terrifying dreams into the mix. This is why when we wake, we must take authority over them. Bring them into the light. Take them to the foot of the cross.
I have awakened from a disturbing dream, disoriented, confused, upset and emotionally drained! Only prayer can shake those emotions off. This is why it’s important when we get “hit” in the dream state, when we are attacked in the dream state, to take the authority we have in our Messiah, and pronounce—sometimes I do this out loud—that this is not who we are! PERIOD! In other words we renounce the dream. We vanquish it. We say no to it. We proclaim that this is not who we are.
Then, we proclaim, announce, and declare who we are! That we are new creatures in Messiah!
In closing todays Bun: It tells us in scripture:
“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Acts 2:17
Take every thought—even the ones from our dreams as they are thoughts too—captive!