How do we take our thoughts “captive?” Changing how we think is critical in becoming everything we should be. Blake Healy, author of The Veil, has some practical encouragements about how we should think. Here is a summary of what Healy states in his book:
- THINK – your thought-life should focus on the “Fruit of the Spirit” (all of these are listed in Galatians 5): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Think about why you feel the way you do – why are you offended? Why are you sad, or mad? This gives God a chance to help reveal the deeper issues going on inside your soul, and you’ll grow from this practice and change how you think.
- LOOK FOR GOOD – when you look for the good in every situation, it’s hard for the devil to twist your perspective. Don’t make assumptions or be quick to judge – give people the benefit of the doubt.
- TALK TO GOD – Make everything in your life part of your pursuit of God. A mind that has been captured by God can receive the full blessings that He promises to give us, if we only seek His will. We can get partial blessings, but don’t settle for less – go for the gusto!
I don’t know about you, but I want the full blessings from God. I’ve seen too many people settle for less, and end up unfulfilled, or in mediocre circumstances. That is not God’s best for us! We need to let His will become ours, and take each thought captive.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV), “ 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.”