Do you ever wonder where some of your thoughts come from? One of the best visuals for helping me understand this question came from watching the play the Screwtape letters written by C. S. Lewis. In the play, demons are sent out by Satan to talk to, entice, and distract Christians. As I was watching, the Lord really opened my eyes to see how the enemy seeks to destroy us. John 10:10 says, “The enemy comes to steal and kill and destroy, But He has come to bring us life and life abundant.” So daily, some of those crazy and random thoughts that pop into our heads are often times coming from Satan and are meant for our destruction. They can be lies about the way people feel about us, the way the future is going to work out, or you fill in the blank for the next one...
Every day that we wake up, we are in a battle. Scripture tells us about the spiritual battle that is going on around us and the need for us to be aware of what is going on in Ephesians 6. One of the verses that has helped me the most in dealing with taking control of my thoughts is 2 Corinthians 10:5. It simply says that we demolish arguments and pretensions of the enemy by taking our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ. As I began to meditate upon this scripture, take my thoughts captive, and rejecting the ones that were lies, life begin to change for me. I began to be able to recognize the lies more clearly and when they came I began to reject them and say, “no” in the name of Jesus. There is a battle going on every day, a battle for our souls, and the enemy wants to take you out. But the God that we serve is much, much bigger and through His strength, His power we can win the battle! So much of that battle begins with taking our thoughts captive! So today when thoughts come into your head that are irrational, hurtful, or outright lies say “no” to them in the name of Jesus! Take every thought captive that comes into your head today and make it obedient to Christ.