by mrs violet
The Bible teaches us that our mind, or rather our thoughts should be taken captive to the obedience of Christ. What?? Hold it right there lady, what are you trying to say?
I don't know about you, but if your mind is anything like mine in a day, my thoughts sometimes seem more numerous than the grains of sugar in the donuts display case of your local Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donut. I would like to think that all of them were as sweet as well, but in reality some of them are down right wrong. Yet here it is, plain as day;The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
I did a bit more reading about this passage because I wanted to try and understand what Paul was saying to the people at Corinth. Apparently Paul was having a bit of an image problem. The people of Corinth were being led astray by a false teacher/apostle and this false prophet was pointing at Paul's human weaknesses as a way of undermining his ministry.
Paul then goes on to challenge the Corinthians about their minds. He urges them, that in the midst of false teaching, as well as in the everydayness of life, to examine their thought life.
One commentator says
this about what Paul is saying.
Paul's first application is towards the carnal, worldly thinking of the Corinthian Christians that made them despise Paul and his "weakness," doubting his apostolic credentials. But Paul's principle has a much broader application. We are not helpless victims or recipients of our thoughts. We can choose to stop our thoughts, and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Thoughts of lust, thoughts of anger, thoughts of fear, thoughts of greed, bitter thoughts, evil thoughts they are part of every thought that may be, must be brought thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Someone might object: "I don't want my thoughts to be captive to anyone. I don't want my thoughts to be captive to Jesus. I want my thoughts to be free." This is wrong on at least two points. First, you belong to someone no matter what; ultimately, we either serve Jesus or Satan. Second, if you are a Christian, you are a purchased possession of Jesus Christ. You belong to Him. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 puts it this way: Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's-David Guzik.
Wow, a pretty radical concept in today's world. The Bible tells us we can control our thoughts, and we are able to make them obedient to Jesus and His teachings.
Have you ever made a conscious decision to examine your thought life? How successful was this for you?