Troubled Thoughts

How do we keep our thoughts from troubling us? In 2 Corinthians 10:5, Paul writes: “...we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV) Jesus Christ is the “Prince of Peace”. (Isaiah 9:6) And in Colossians 3:15, Paul writes: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...” (NIV) So every thought that disturbs the peace of Christ that is to rule in our hearts must be actively attacked, subdued, and taken captive. How do we do this?

When a thought that is contrary to the will and Word of God “comes calling” in our minds, presenting itself for our consideration and acceptance, we must address that thought directly with a counteracting truth from God’s Word. For instance, if a thought enters my mind that is trying to incite me to worry about something, I can quote to myself,  and at it, 1 Corinthians 7:15, which says: “...God has called us to live in peace.” (NIV) And then: “So I am not called to live in anxiety and worry. Troubling/disturbing/worrying thought, I take you captive with the Word of God.” The final step is one of expulsion of the Word-contradicting thought: “Go from my mind now, in Jesus’ Name!”

Just as our bodies prevent or fight off infection by means of components within our immune system, which literally confront and combat foreign “enemy” bacterias or viruses, neutralize them, and usher them out of our system through our waste processes, so our minds, under the active control and authority of our human spirits, in submission to the Holy Spirit, can confront and attack “foreign, hostile” thoughts that are contrary to the will of God for our lives. Just as our human bodies cannot allow harmful bacteria and viruses to “coexist” with our healthy cells, so our minds cannot allow thoughts that are inimical to our spiritual health and well-being coexist with good thoughts that are in harmony with the Word of God, and with the Word of God itself. Rather, we must literally capture and cast them out, or “flush” them from our minds, in order to maintain a homeostatic, peaceful environment in our minds. Want to “keep the peace” in your mind? Use the Word of God! As the Scripture says: “God’s Word is living and active. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God's word judges a person's thoughts and intentions.” (Hebrews 4:12 GOD’S WORD(R) Translation)

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