Every Thought Captive?
We take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
I used to think that taking my thoughts captive meant struggling to shove my self-righteous and self-condemning thoughts down deep enough that I could put a lid on them, and hope to God they stayed buried. Or wrestling them into submission to my will that they be still. But they always resurrected and the battle resumed, leaving me feeling exhausted and defeated. But God provided a more excellent way–a simple way that acknowledges His already-won victory over the enemy.
This is what He showed me: As long as I was doing the work to shove my thoughts down and press them into submission, then I was the one in captivity. As I considered His instruction to “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” He showed me a picture of grabbing those thoughts by the throat and offering them to Jesus. What a glorious shift! They are not mine to struggle with, but to take – and leave – at His feet. This is His battle, and He has already won! He is my defender and my liberator. I need only to acknowledge His victory and authority . . . and surrender the battle to Him.
So the next time those wanton and wayward thoughts rear their ugly little heads, instead of pushing them away, grab them by the throat and hand them over to Jesus. “Here Lord. I can’t deal with these, but you already have.”