Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to get a task completed when you have the right tools to do the job?
For instance, when going out to treat cattle in a large field, a rope is a valuable tool that can be used to catch the cattle, bring them under control, and then hold them until they receive the medicine that they need to feel better.
In much the same way there is a tool that I can use to capture my thoughts and bring them under control so that I cam take them captive and make them obedient to Jesus Christ.
This tool is the God’s truth found in His Word.
When I have the right start to my day by awakening the dawn with God – praising Him for who He is, asking Him to teach me from His Word, and then hiding those truth and promises in my heart and mind so that I can think on them throughout the day – I am equipping myself with the truth of God.
When I head out into the field of my day, with His word tucked into my heart, I have the tool that I need to rope and take control of the erroneous, stray or damaging thoughts that so often creep into my mind throughout the day. Instead of letting them run free where they can ruin my peace of mind or plant seeds of temptation that can lead me astray, I can pull out a truth of God’s Word and use that to capture them before they inflict damage.
For example, when I am facing a mountain of duties that need to be completed, I can become overwhelmed and discouraged by thinking that I just can’t get it done. When this happens, pulling out Philippians 4:13, 19 takes these thoughts captive and makes them obedient to Jesus by reminding of the promises that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and who will supply for every need.
This doesn’t magically make my work disappear. The mountain is still there, but it does change my perspective so that I am looking at the situation through the lens of God’s truth, equipped with His strength and provision.
What about those anxious thoughts that can creep in?
Ever had them?
I know these ones all too well. In fact, there are some days when my mind seems gravitate towards worry, and I can find myself wandering down dark paths that will never become reality, but in the recesses of my mind they seem to take on a life of their own…
But when these anxious thoughts are roped in and taken captive by turning them into requests to present to God, their power is broken. Instead, God’s peace surrounds my heart and mind, creating a garrison so that these thoughts can no longer have free rein in my mind.
When I am trying to decide which steps I need to take, I need to remember Proverbs 3:5, 6 and Romans 12:1-3.
When I am facing challenging circumstances, Joshua 1:6-9 is the rope to have in hand to take captive those thoughts of fear and discouragement that are just looking for an opportunity to take root.
When situations are set before me that just seem so tantalizing and their pull “seems” stronger than I am able to resist, I need to pull out 1. Corinthians 10:13 and take those thoughts captive with the truth that God will be faithful to not allow me to be tempted beyond what I can bear. Instead He will provide a way out so that I can stand up under it.
These are just a few of the truths that are found in God’s Word that we can use to rope in our thoughts, by taking them captive and making them obedient to Jesus Christ, before they have the opportunity to wreak havoc in our hearts and minds.
Now, to tackle the mountain of duties I am facing today…
Um…it looks a lot bigger than I thought…I am not sure if…
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me:)
Have a blessed day!