For many years I have known the passage of scripture 2 Corinthians 10:5.
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, andwe are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
It is a scripture passage that I have embraced for a long time. Years ago I didn’t realize that I truly had any control over what I thought. I didn’t realize that everything that went through my brain was not worth thinking about and it often led me to times of excessive worry and subsequent stress related to whatever I was worrying about. You have to know that I was raised by a mom who REFUSED to worry. She would frequently tell me “Things have a way of working out for the best.” This was followed by the reminder that 90% of the things we worry about never come to pass anyway. Even if they did we would still be wasting our time worrying because we should spend that time dealing with the situation or problem instead of worrying about it which was completely non-productive. For her amazing input I am forever grateful.
As I a Life Coach I work with many women who are interested in changing things in their lives. Recently, I have encountered women who struggle with worry and an over abundance of negative thoughts. As we work through the process implementing 2 Corinthians 10:5 in their lives they too realize this process doesn’t happen over night. The first thing to do when embracing this scripture is to realize we are not commanded to “not think the wrong way.” Most people will spend time saying to themselves, “don’t think that, don’t think that, don’t think that.” This serves only to cause the very thing they are trying not to do which is to think about the thought. Instead, it is more about taking the thought captive and replacing it with the truth from the Word of God. Replacing the lie with the truth. By embracing the truth of God’s word in relationship to your situation/thought will not only help eliminate worry but it will also increase your faith and bring joy.
For nearly 5 years, my sons struggled with drug addiction. I remember the day when my son, Levon was arrested because of drug use. To say it was traumatic would be an understatement. However, by choosing to embrace the word of God and reminding myself of Proverbs 22:6 that says if I train up my child in the way he should go when he old he will not depart from it, I was able to build my faith that no matter where he was at this moment, the Word of God that had been put in his heart as a child would produce a man who would serve God. I am happy to report that my once drug addicted, arrested son is now a worship leader and is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies. To say that I’m so proud of him would be an understatement. Enough of the proud mom. By taking my thoughts captive as far as Levon was concerned I was able to stand in faith and believe that he would be everything that God had called him to be. It wasn’t always easy and truthfully many days I would have to take if a few minutes at a time but in the end I was a much happier, confident person. My trust in God was built as I lived out what I said I believed.
Recently I posted a video blog in which I talked about a book that had been written by one of my pastors, Jennifer Crow. Her book, Perfect Lies deals specifically with the idea of replacing the lies we tell ourselves or let ourselves believe. Jennifer does an amazing job of teaching how to replace the lies with the truth. If you are struggling with jumping on the thought train and letting negative thoughts or untruths take you to the land of worry, depression, anxiety, or any place other than where the Bible tells us to live, buy a copy of Jennifer’s book “Perfect Lies” and allow it to help you as you work to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I promise it will be one of the most life giving things you will ever do.
You can purchase at jennifercrow.tv. Make the investment in yourself that this book will bring. You are worth it and your live will be so much better and happier as you embrace the truths identified in this book.