Communication: Take Your Thoughts Captive
The overflow of your heart runs through your mind before exiting your mouth. Your thoughts are the driving force behind the words you say and the actions you take. “Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habit. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” (author unknown)
Everything begins in our mind. That is why the Bible tells us to ‘take our thoughts captive.’
II Corinthians. 10:3-5 “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
What we think will eventually become what we are. When we don’t think before we speak, harmful words flow freely, effecting our welfare and future. Careless words from damaging thoughts destroy marriages.
Unfortunately, the world encourages us to “speak our mind.” It frowns on people who don’t stand up for them SELVES, or fight back when offended. The world looks at these kinds of people as spineless and weak, the opposite of what the Bible tells us.
Many times, the thoughts bombarding our heads come from the devil himself. Our minds are Satan’s playground. That’s the only place he can influence us. His subtle accusations and sinful ideas are dangerous to our well-being if we dwell and act on them. They can change the course of our life in a matter of seconds, quickly becoming words and actions contrary to the Christian life we desire to live.
When we fail to control our thoughts and allow Satan to invade our thinking, we soon forget why we said “I do” to the person we wake up to every morning. When we let our guard down and start looking at the faults and imperfections of our spouse, the devil will seize those issues and plant them in our minds. He will magnify them to be much worse than they really are.
The devil will play a damaging tape repeatedly in our mind that will eventually turn us away from our spouse if we don’t stop it. ALL divorce begins in someone’s mind as a simple thought. Turn off that tape or CD in your head! Change your stinkin’ thinkin’! Think positively about your spouse!
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**I received "Dancing with God" earlier in an email and wanted to share it. It is a beautiful analogy of our relationship with God.
Dancing With God
When I meditated on the word Guidance,
I kept seeing 'dance' at the end of the word.
I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing.
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.
The movement doesn't flow with the music,
and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,
both bodies begin to flow with the music.
One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back
or by pressing Lightly in one direction or another.
It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully.
The dance takes surrender, willingness,
and attentiveness from one person
and gentle guidance and skill from the other.
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.
When I saw 'G': I thought of God,
followed by 'u' and 'i'.' God, 'u' and 'i' dance.'
God, you, and I dance.
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust
that I would get guidance about my life.
Once again, I became willing to let God lead.
My prayer for you today is that God's blessings
and mercies are upon you on this day and everyday.
May you abide in God, as God abides in you.
Dance together with God, trusting God to lead
and to guide you through each season of your life.
This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached.
If God has done anything for you in your life,
please share this message with someone else.
There is no cost but a lot of rewards;
so let's continue to pray for one another.
And I Hope You Dance !