II Corinthians 10:5 “…and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

What do you allow to occupy your mind? Maybe it’s every unresolved issue in your life where you felt rejected, wounded, misunderstood, and/or disrespected. It’s become a endless rambling loop of reliving your hurtful past…or as I call them, the would of, should of, could of’s I wish I had or hadn’t done. These negative thought patterns are difficult to break free from, for they are deeply ingrained…and when we throw in unforgiveness and bitterness, they become a deep rut to crawl out of. So what are we to do with these old habits that seem too daunting for us to control? The first is to acknowledge what God wants us to think about, which is, to paraphrase Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy – think on these things.” But how do we do that? As the verse says above, take into captivity every thought that’s not of God. It means purposefully turning back to God’s truth…intentionally refocusing our thoughts, and deliberately reining in all the negative notions. And what will happen if we do? Peace will abide in our minds not chaos…for God’s mercy will grant us deliverance and freedom from all distress. Or as a very wise Biblical Counselor said, “Keep persevering to do the right thing and talking to the real one who can help you.”

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