The Captivity of our Thoughts

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There are many things that battle for our attention. The culture has been built in such a way to try and capture our imagination. In America today the attention span of us is pretty short. Thoughts creep in without us even knowing from whence they came. Now with video chat, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, books, blogs, etc. is it any wonder that everything is built for soundbites and quotes. How can we ever bring it down where our thoughts are ours again? Have you ever had thoughts that you wish you hadn’t? Thoughts that you have had that would bring dishonor to God or your family. If you are like most of us you would have to say an emphatic “yes” to that last question. But what can we do with so much of our culture and technology driven to mould our thoughts almost daily. The Bible tells how to handle those thoughts that would derail our relationship with God and those around us we care about. Here is what it says:

2Co 10:3-5 KJV 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 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;

In this passage of God’s word we see the Apostle Paul writing to a church where in the affluent city of Corinth the senses of its population are on overload. In Corinth the glistening temple of Diana was a sight to behold and immense market, there were so many distractions to occupy the mind. Paul is reminding the believers at Corinth that they must take back the control over there thought and bring them under the control of Christ. In order to bring our thoughts under the “obedience of Christ” takes a considerable effort on our part, but it is possible.

In this world where every system seeks to bring us so much that is contrary to Christ, we need to bring it through the filter of scripture, bring every thought under the “obedience of Christ”.

Have a great day! Remember to stay positive and stay in the Word!

The Positive Pastor

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