TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE
The average person has 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day.
- 90% of those thoughts are repetitive.
- 80% of those thoughts are negative.
Romans 12:2 (KJV) Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.
. . . Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. – MSG
Sin is not necessarily the bad things we do, as much as the bad things we believe. What we think about we bring about!
Matthew 12:34-35 (CP) The tongue is powered by the overflow from the heart. The good man produces good deeds from the good things stored in his heart, while the mean person produces mean deeds from the mean things stored in his heart.
Deuteronomy 15:9 (NLB) Be careful that there is no sinful thought in your heart.
Romans 14:23 (KJV) . . . whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
- The Church has us focused on what we do.
- God wants us focused on what we believe.
Colossians 3:10 (ERV) Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of the one who made you. You are becoming more and more like him.
God has given you a gift called, “Today!” Will you use it to grow closer to Him? Or will you be distracted with other things. If you grow in your knowledge of God today, you will become more like Him tomorrow.
THE PROCESS OF REPENTANCE
Repentance is one of the tools God has given us to take thoughts captive. Repentance means, “a change of mind and a turn of heart.”
Matthew 3:8 (NIV) Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
When we repent, God helps us turn around the way that we think (change of mind) and the way we feel (turn of heart).
1. We allow God’s Word to examine our heart.
Psalm 139:23-24 (TPT) God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting way.
We’ve all grown up with junk from our past. We’ve all learned ways of pain. We have to stop making excuses and own it.
Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV) There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
2. We bring our faithless thoughts into captivity.
Intentionally build into your heart the things you want. The beliefs of our heart either enslave us or free us! Jesus said, “the truth will make you free (John 8:32).”
2 Corinthians 10:5 (ERV) We destroy every proud thing that raises itself against the knowledge of God. And we capture (catch) every thought and make it give up and obey Christ.