Every Thought Captive:
by Kim Larsen
2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against them knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
God wishes us to have mastery over ourselves. But He cannot help us without our consent and co-operation. The divine Spirit works through the powers and faculties given to man. Of ourselves, we are not able to bring the purposes and desires and inclination into harmony with the will of God; but if we are “willing to be made willing.”
The Saviour will accomplish this for us, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
We have been given so many precious gifts from our Father, one of them being amazing freedom and ability to choose the focal point of our minds. Of course this takes practice, I know this is true because my mind wanders sometimes so far that I have lost track of what I had started out thinking in the first place. This is especially true during silent prayer. We are to lasso those thoughts and bring them back to His presence.
He will untangle confused ideas, and bring peace to the troubled mind, when the mind is focused on Jesus.in His presence anxious thoughts shrivel away and are replaced with confidence in Him who has the power to make us like Him! I especially like the part of consent being needed to make this a reality. He doesn’t force, he requires our consent and cooperation. May this be our desire to give consent and be willing to be made willing!