ThursdayJuly 30, 2015

Daily Devotional

Taking captives in the battle

By: Pastor Ed Young

Posted: July 30, 2015

From Series: Mental Wealth

In Topics: All, Honor, Obedience

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…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

Think

You’ve heard it said that the mind is a battlefield. Every day – every moment – we face a fight that is focused on our thoughts. After all, how we think is how we feel. How we feel is how we act. And how we act says more to people than anything we could ever say.

God wants us to be an example to the world. He wants us to show others what it means to have a relationship with Him. However, when we become Christ followers, that doesn’t mean we don’t still fight that battle in our minds. The reality is that our thought life is often the primary target for the enemy. Because he knows that if he can mess up our thought life, he can mess up the rest of our lives.

So as you think about what it means to have a strong mental wealth portfolio, look first to your mind. What thoughts are you allowing to run through your mind? If they aren’t thoughts that are pleasing to God, take them captive and make them obedient to Christ!

Pray

Ask God to guard your mind as well has your heart. Pray for the fortitude to take captive those thoughts that don’t honor Him and to focus instead on those things that honor Him.

Act

When a thought enters your mind that you know should not be there (and those kind of thoughts will enter your mind), practice “bouncing” that thought out of your mind. Shift immediately to thinking of something else. Don’t give that thought time to sit there in your brain!