Take Captive Every Thought
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
It is important to take captive every thought because not all your thoughts are not your own. My question to you is what is fiery darts? Our thoughts come from three sources – God, yourself and the devil and many times it sounds like our voice. I have found in most cases that our thoughts and the devil’s thoughts are almost one, because when anyone seeks ministry, it’s because their thoughts are not God’s thoughts and they are listening to the devil and believe the devil over the Word of God. We are Taking Every Thought Captive that does not line up with the word of God.
How do we recognize when we are thinking God’s thoughts or the devil’s thoughts? Here’s a simple test:
Matthew 18:12 Jesus asked, “What think ye?”
So, what are you thinking? Phil 4:8 breaks the thought process down for us. So anything that we think that does not line up with this passage, are the devil’s thoughts (or ours). Who are you allowing to mold you? The Word of God or what your mom, dad, husband, bosses, friends say about you? God’s word overrides all evil words spoken from others. God is your Father in Heaven who created you and created you with a purpose. What His Word says about you is love and not evil. Satan speaks evil in our thoughts.
What are Fiery Darts?
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Ephesians 6:16 says “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
The enemy throws fiery darts into our mind that are against God’s Word about you. He speaks evil and we have to quency all the fiery darts of the wicked which are negative thoughts such as “you cannot do it”, “I am a failure”, “I am going to loose my job,” etc. That does not come from God. That is satan and/or enemy projecting thoughts into your mind to doubt God’s power over the situation you are in. It is to bring fear and stop you going forward.
Example: You see a person hurting and you want to comfort them but you hear a voice saying “they may not receive your comfort and reject you.” Then you don’t move forward.
What do you do? You renew your mind with the Word of God and say to the enemy “I can do all things through Christ…” and I am going to help this person regardless of my fear of rejection. That is how you “Take Captive Every Thought.” The enemy will try to stop you but you refuse and put down that fiery dart with a scripture.
Take Captive Every Thought To Christ – the mind the battlefield
Are you going to allow the thoughts of others stop you from your God given purpose and calling? That is exactly what the devil wants to happen is you living in the thoughts of what others say that are not true. God’s Word is true about you. You must take captive every thought into submission and cast it down. That means casting down anything that does not line up with the Word of God. If it does not speak love, it is the devil. Are you going to allow evil words spoken over you creating low self image or insecurity? It does not come from God. What God says about you is true and what others have said don’t matter. Why do you live in rejection?
God or DEVIL:
- Truth or negative, dishonesty, lying, deceptive, worry, confusion
- Honest or fearful, worry, confusion, bitter
- Pure or sinful, unclean, filthy
- Just or victimized, distrusting, comparison, questioning God
- Lovely or ugly (also including self-hatred), hardness
- Good report or gossip, slander, suspicion, judgment, criticism, envy, jealousy, filthy communication, slander, blasphemy, wrath, malice, anger
- Virtuous or cowardly
- Praise or unthankfulness, unbelief, distrusting God
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I Cor. 13:5 says to not think any evil. (This chapter, the love chapter, really goes into detail what we are to think as well.)
Why is thinking so important? Because what we “think” comes out of our mouth. And when it comes out of our mouth, that’s when sin has conceived. The bible says that what we think in our heart, so we are. (Proverbs 23:7) James 1:13 -15 says that temptation comes first, and it’s when we act upon it that it becomes sin. It all starts with a thought in temptation – the mind is the battlefield
Our thinking has been the culprit! Our stinkin’ thinkin’!
Simply put the Mind is the Battlefield : Positive thoughts are of God, Negative thoughts are of the devil. Even if the thought you are thinking may be true in nature, perhaps someone did do you wrong, but we are to still “think” good thoughts all the time. Like the saying goes, “If you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.” It has been apparent in ministry that everyone (100%) has thought problems.
If we had the “mind of Christ” we wouldn’t be thinking any of the negative thoughts. (I Corinthans. 2:16). This passage says we “have” the mind of Christ. So we as believers, have what we need to “have the mind of Christ” real in our lives.
Let’s look at the scripture in the same passage, Phil 4:4-7: “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice, Let your moderation be known unto all men, The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
The whole process of our sanctification is to have the mind of Christ. Having this one-mind (Phil 4:2) results in peace. If there were no turmoil, worry, confusion, jealousy going on in our thinking, wouldn’t we be at peace? Of course we would.
So how do we get our minds cleaned out of the filth?
#1 – We need to have the mind of Christ activated in our lives, it’s already there, just needs to become forefront in our mind. We need to know God’s thoughts. And His thoughts come out of the Word of God. You need this in order to “weigh the spirits” as the Bible tells us to do; to know if they are of God or not. Do a Bible study on the words “think” and “thoughts” and “mind”, etc. to see what God says about all of this.
When you understand what He is saying, you will then be able to recognize the thoughts in your own mind, whether they be of good or evil. This is called discernment. Knowing the difference between good and evil. (Heb. 5:14)
#2 – Cast the thoughts out that are not of God, and keep those thoughts that are.II Corinthians 10:5 say, ” Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” We are Taking Every Thought Captive! At this point, decide if the thought is a God thought or not. Yes! Every thought. Did you know that if someone did something wrong to you and you began thinking bad thoughts about them, you have just taken the bait of the enemy? No matter what happens in our lives, to us or around us, we are to “think good” at all times.
Think positive since the Mind is the Battlefield. Make lemon aid when life gives you lemons. Think good of all men – as the Bible teaches. This whole thought issue has to do with relationship with people. If there were no people, half of our evil thoughts would be gone because the people are gone. However, there is still ourselves, so we can think evil of ourselves the rest of the time. We are not to even think evil of ourselves!! And remember, all things work for good. (Romans 8:28)
#3 – Understand that these thoughts don’t just pop in our heads. These thoughts come from what is in our heart! Mark 7:20-23, “And Jesus said, “that which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man, for from within , out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, coveteousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” We need to come face to face with what is truly in our hearts. And if these thoughts start to surface and we begin responding to them, it’s time to begin casting down those thoughts, as II Corn. 10:5 says to do. But I find we don’t do that. We think about it, and think about it, then we feel “bad” because of what we are thinking. Many people think that if they think a thought, it’s sin! It is not. It’s sin to dwell on it and then act upon it (James 1:13-15).
#4 – know your enemy’s thoughts. In order to truly set free, we need to know both good and evil. God’s thoughts and the devil’s thoughts, just in case our thoughts are in there someplace too, we need to discern ourselves. What I believe is this: When we think a thought, it’s because it’s something in us. Because the enemy can only cause us to think wrong if we have something in us he can draw on. For example, I cannot be tempted to rob a bank. It’s not in me. I can’t even be tempted to drink a drink, because I no longer have that addiction. But I can be tempted to each chocolate. I am tempted to judge. I am tempted to fear.
Because these things are still “in” me. The process of everyone’s life is to be sanctified in body, soul and spirit. This is a process! A process means there is time involved. So even though God has already purged me and cleansed me from a lot of things that were “IN” my heart already, there are still many more things to be cleansed from, and evidenced by what I still “think.” If I have a dream that startled me, and I wake up and wonder why I dreamt that, first of all, I cast that “evil” thought out. But then I begin asking God what is in me that the enemy used to cause me to “think” (dream) that dream? And sure enough, there was something God was wanting to get at in me. Sometimes He has to use the enemy in a dream to show us what is in us! Remember, God uses anything to get to us – even the jawbone of a donkey!
#5 – Separate the thoughts now. Remember, our thoughts come one of three places: God, ourselves or the devil. I believe that behind every thought is a “thinking” being! So for me, I saw every thought as a creature. (Hebrews 4:13). It’s either of the Holy Spirit, myself or the devil. Once I categorized them in my mind, I was able to capture the devil thoughts, bind them up and cast them out! At first I had to do this a hundred times a day. Then it got less and less as time went on. Because I believe by taking responsibility for our thoughts, taking charge of what is in there, recognizing if it’s a wrong thought, and telling it to leave, is cleansing my heart at the same time.
I found that many people stay in bondage because they aren’t willing to see what is in their own heart or they are afraid to see what is there. We can’t be afraid to see it, we need to so that it can be purged. Once we “see” it, half the battle is won! We take it captive, cast it out, and God does the restoring, purging, and healing in line with our own words!
#6 – Recognize that those things within you that the enemy uses are NOT you! They are the sin in you that God is wanting out. Romans 7:20 “Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.” In other words, there are things I don’t want to do because I “know” not to, but then I do them anyway. We need to understand that it’s the SIN in us using our bodies to live out their characteristic.
We have simply allowed them to because we didn’t know any better. In order to get them out they have to manifest so you can see what is in you! God can only purge something when you know what it is. You just can’t pray, “Father, purge me from everything that is not of you.” Of course that is a good initial prayer, but then we need to get specific. Father, if there is any evil in me, tell me what it is – as David prayed. We have to see what is there before He can begin the cleansing process. This is the same with forgiveness, we just can’ t pray a blanket prayer of forgiveness, we have to identify each person we need to forgive. This is an every day battle a believer is to do. Our minds are to be renewed every day – His mercies are new every morning.
Our minds are to be conformed, and continue being conformed, to the mind of Christ. (Romans 8:29). When we know that it is the sin in us, and not us, we can stop being so angry and unhappy with ourselves. Now I can love myself better because I’ve separated me from the sin in me. I still hate the sin, but I don’t hate me! So many have made themselves ONE with the sin! You bought the lie if you think you are an angry person! The anger is the sin in you, because truthfully, you don’t want to be an angry person, you may have even tried not being an angry person, yet it just comes out! It’s time to go to work and ask God to help purge your heart of the anger that is within, and identify it in detail.
Simply put Take Captive Every Thought:
Pay attention to your thoughts and cast down (out) any that are not God’s thoughts. Even if the thought is true – if it’s not a good thought, you are not to think it at all!!!! You will stay in peace. And since those thoughts came from some place within us, we need to go to God and ask Him what is in us. There was a reason that thought came up in the first place, perhaps God is wanting to bring your attention to something within that He wants out! It’s not time to go into condemnation and fear. It’s time to get excited because God is doing a work. Remember, things have to manifest in you before they can be removed from you.
A Deliverance Prayer for you:
Father, I come before you with my brother/sister in the Lord. I know from experience that our thoughts need to be renewed and conformed to your thoughts. Help my brother/sister to identify every thought to decide if they are your thoughts or not. Help them to get more of your thoughts in them through Bible reading and fellowship with You. Help them to recognize when the enemy is thinking a thought through them so they can tell it to “GO.”
Help them to know they have this authority to cast things out! I pray courage and fearlessness over their lives. I pray they take back their thoughts, and get rid of anything that is not of you. It may be a bit overwhelming for some at this point because of all the negative thoughts they have. But let them know that it won’t be long the thoughts will become less and less destructive, and only your thoughts will remain. Let them find comfort knowing that every person reading this is in the same boat, otherwise they wouldn’t be reading this. They are not alone, and even the most polished preacher has to take every thought captive, if they know to do so. And as thoughts come up that are not of you, help them to investigate further by asking you to help let them see what is in them that allowed that thought to come in the first place.
Sometimes it could be things as jealousy, fear of evil, doubt, confusion, bitterness and unforgiveness, comparison, feelings of incompetence, etc. And help them not to think badly of themselves for having these things. Help them remember it’s sin in them that has to manifest so that you can purge. Don’t let them fear what they will see, but be happy they see it. Help them to cast out every imagination and high and lofty thing out of their thinking, and only dwell on whatsoever things are good! Let their heart and mind be stayed on your so that whatever comes from within, out of their mouth, will be what would come out of yours.
I know this is a process, but help them to remember when they mess up, to receive forgiveness immediately (as taught in previous teaching), and to go on. We only stay in SIN because we haven’t received forgiveness. Bless my friend now Lord, and let them experience peace within their heart and mind. In Jesus name, Amen.”
It is important to renew your mind since the Mind is the Battlefield!
<strong>Diseases that come out of not taking your thoughts captive:</strong>
<li>negative thinking suppresses the immune system, raises the blood pressure, and creates a general level of stress and fatigue in the body. In short, infections, cardiovascular irregularities, the degeneration of muscles, and the random growth of unwanted cells get more opportunity.</li>
Is it time to put the word into action by casting down vain imaginations?
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