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    How extensively do you all follow the direction given by Paul in 2 Corinthians 10 when he instructs that we take every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ? How thoroughly do you all examine your thoughts and make sure they are in agreement with God's perfect will for your life?

    Folks would be amazed how much the enemy tries to work through their thoughts if they would only pay a little attention to all the things going through their mind. It doesn't always necessarily have to be wicked or sinful things either. The world will try to consume our thoughts if we allow it. The more our mind is consumed with worldly things the less transformed to His will we are going to be.

    Thoughts?
    "What you do does not define who you are; it's who you are that defines what you do."

    -- Dr. Neil T. Anderson

  • #2
    It's a matter of self control, to catch things and change what is there in that moment so that a permanent change can take root as we become more tuned into where our mind is more often.
    Seek ye FIRST the kingdom.
    Not second or third, but first.
    Only when all else pales to God, when He receives all glory,
    when He is the source of all hope,
    when His love is received and freely given,
    holding not to the world but to the promise to come,
    will all other things be added unto to you.

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    • #3
      I know one thing and that is when I know that a thought is unwholesome, unclean or anything I know is wrong or that the Holy Spirit convicts me of I guess you can say, I don't allow it to become an action. I replace it with the Word.
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      • #4
        I have a horrible time taking every thought captive.

        Honestly,
        I am the stony ground where the seed of truth is dropped, I receive it gladly and hold it long enough for Gods Spirit to confirm its truth to me, but before long it is taken away or made null by my choice to regard what ever pops into my mind........
        This is the/our enemy at work, this is the enemies mode of operation, how he (the enemy) robs kills and destroys.
        If I could just take my thoughts captive my mind would be a sanctuary full of the knowledge of God, a mind guarded and continually fed by His word.

        How many times have I came to the conclusion that I am just not fit or worthy to continue to seek Gods mercy and grace, because I am like a cleaned up pig which returns to its filth.
        How many times have I came to the conclusion that I am just building up Gods wrath on my account by me continuing to seek His tender mercies and His long suffering patience and His deep endless compassion for His creation, because I am like a dog cleaned up but then returns to its own vomit.

        Thank you for creating this tread, practicing taking every thought captive is so very important, something I find myself neglecting to do and then confounded and disappointed when I fail and am robbed.
        It is just as important as getting to know God by feeding on His word, but if we don't take every thought captive then what we just fed on will be taken from us by the enemy and destroyed.
        We all need to be reminded of how our enemy works to rob and destroy us, and how Gods mercy and long suffering patience is our salvation.

        The solid undeniable evidence of His goodness brings my repentance.
        I fear His wrath, but not as much as I desire His mercy and patience with me always returning to Him after I fail and am robbed.

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        • #5
          Yep, the spiritual warfare Paul talks about is real, and the prize is our minds. We have two natures that are at war with one another. The old man which we must daily nail to the cross, and the new man which is renewed by the Spirit of God.
          As the old man dies, the new man lives. Which one lives depends upon which one we feed.
          We feed on worldly entertainment such as popular music, movies and sports, etc, the old man will thrive. But if we Eph 4:22 put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;23 And be renewed in the spirit of our mind;
          24 And put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
          then we are allowing God to take control of our minds, and our thoughts become captive to Jesus. The actions will inevitably follow.

          Regards
          BL
          Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and
          rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

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          • #6
            I have literally written this scripture down before and carried it with me! When I first became a Christian and satan would always throw my past sins in my face I would picture his words going up against a brick wall that God put up for my protection. I would say this scripture out loud and think on Godly things and it helped me to begin the process of forgiving myself.

            One of my favorite songs is Slow to Fade by Casting Crowns and it speaks a bit of this. The chorus sings "it's a slow fade when black and white turns to grey and thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid" and so I think of this scripture when I hear it.

            It's not a far distance from our thoughts to our lips/hands and if we allow ungodly thoughts to invade we will find ourselves in a mess. If we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ then we're less likely to allow ourselves to be in sin.
            Love in Christ,
            Robin


            "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."


            2 Corinthians 4:18

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            • #7
              Thank you for mentioning past sins in this thread Dannysgal! I never thought of that Scripture in regards to that. I have a hard time not letting go of past things, and thinking of this Scripture will help me!

              Kind of on these lines, a book that really helped me is Lies Women Believe. It shows areas where we tend to have the wrong mindset. I think it goes along with this thought, that once we find these areas, we are to bring them into captivity and work to fix the wrong thought patterns. (Guys, I am not sure if there is a book for you on this subject...)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by VerticalReality View Post
                How extensively do you all follow the direction given by Paul in 2 Corinthians 10 when he instructs that we take every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ? How thoroughly do you all examine your thoughts and make sure they are in agreement with God's perfect will for your life?

                Folks would be amazed how much the enemy tries to work through their thoughts if they would only pay a little attention to all the things going through their mind. It doesn't always necessarily have to be wicked or sinful things either. The world will try to consume our thoughts if we allow it. The more our mind is consumed with worldly things the less transformed to His will we are going to be.

                Thoughts?
                It's a good idea to keep our small minds in obedience. As how we think is known by what we speak. Even when we do so lightly.

                Just last week I recall a person who has been considering Christianity for some time now and how they asked me about what some Christians had said about some other Christians. To the person it didn't seem as though Christians were very Christ like to other Christians. IOW it caused them to pause when considering what Christianity makes a person into.

                Christ is risen! May He rise in us as well.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by VerticalReality View Post
                  Thoughts?
                  They're currently captive and undergoing processing.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by HisLeast View Post
                    They're currently captive and undergoing processing.
                    Caught on to that one did ya?
                    "What you do does not define who you are; it's who you are that defines what you do."

                    -- Dr. Neil T. Anderson

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by VerticalReality View Post
                      Caught on to that one did ya?
                      Come on... you didn't want me to walk away from that one did you?

                      Anyway... I'm privately studying the Old Testament now. I plowed through Leviticus in a couple days (love taking the train!) and I'm 1/3 of the way through Numbers. What really struck home for me is the direness of sin. Stuff we wouldn't even bat an eyelash over was life destroying for an Isrealite in the wilderness. Even the "minor" stuff required animal sacrifices. In a community living in the dessert, that must have been economically devastating.

                      Its put a brand new perspective on reigning in sin and repenting in my life. If I were an Isrealite post-exodus I'd be in a whopping big load of trouble (if I wasn't already executed).

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by threebigrocks View Post
                        It's a matter of self control, to catch things and change what is there in that moment so that a permanent change can take root as we become more tuned into where our mind is more often.
                        Self-control is not the terminology I would use for it. How about Holy Ghost-control?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by brakelite View Post
                          Yep, the spiritual warfare Paul talks about is real, and the prize is our minds. We have two natures that are at war with one another. The old man which we must daily nail to the cross, and the new man which is renewed by the Spirit of God.
                          As the old man dies, the new man lives. Which one lives depends upon which one we feed.
                          We feed on worldly entertainment such as popular music, movies and sports, etc, the old man will thrive. But if we Eph 4:22 put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;23 And be renewed in the spirit of our mind;
                          24 And put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
                          then we are allowing God to take control of our minds, and our thoughts become captive to Jesus. The actions will inevitably follow.

                          Regards
                          BL
                          Amen! Good words here!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by philloman View Post
                            Self-control is not the terminology I would use for it. How about Holy Ghost-control?
                            Self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

                            Galatians 5:22-23
                            But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
                            "What you do does not define who you are; it's who you are that defines what you do."

                            -- Dr. Neil T. Anderson

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by philloman View Post
                              Self-control is not the terminology I would use for it. How about Holy Ghost-control?
                              At what point are we responsible for our own thoughts and actions? If I'm doing something good, "thats the holy spirit". If I'm being tempted, "thats the devil talkin'". Each statement utterly removes me from responsibility. We're not leaves in a breeze, we're autonomous choosers. When we choose righteousness, WE choose it ourselves... its not a cosmic mind control event. When we choose rebellion, WE choose it ourselves... its not a wicked puppetmaster pulling our strings.

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