Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Captive Thinking

They told me how they thought their friends had rejected them.  A few days afterwards, they received news about their friends.  What they thought had been rejection was  actually a reaction to the news that some of their family had been in a devastating accident.
The way we think changes how we respond to life.
Intentionally working on our thought life is imperative to live a healthy and whole life. We are different people when we learn to think as Christ would think.  Our relationship with God shifts, when we realign our thoughts: 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 (2 Corinthians 10:5).

In the Greek translation, to take captive every thought is written as a present tense ongoing action. In other words, in this moment . . .right now . . .  we are to take the thought captive . . . . make it obedient to Christ . . . . constantly . . .  without stopping.
How is that possible?
When we ask Christ into our life, we receive a new way of thinking. Rather than thinking through the power of our own logic we are invited to think through the presence and power of Logos. We are limited when our thoughts are constrained to our own logic and empowered to think beyond our limitations when we take every thought captive to Christ.
John 1:1 introduces Christ as the divine Logos, translated as Reason or Logic: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The thing is . .. there are thoughts such as doubt, worry, and fear which become an obstacle to take each thought captive.  It happened after the people had watched the Red Sea open up, walked on a dry path bordered with walls of water, and turned around to see their persecutors destroyed.  Their Red Sea experience must have been etched into their minds forever; however, after being thirsty for three days they responded through their own logic rather than to God:   There the LORD issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test. He said, "If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you"  (Exodus 15: 25-26).

The essentials to responding to life were delineated:
Listen carefully to God.
Do what is right in God's eyes.
Pay attention to the Word of God.
These three essentials are essential to living life through the presence and power of the Spirit. So, rather than responding to a circumstance through our own logic,  we respond to it through the Logos . .. rather than our response being dictated by what we see . . . it is through what God says.  (See Hebrews 11 for more.)

Take captive every thought in this moment of time.
Renew your mind through listening to God, doing what is right in God's eyes, and paying attention to the Word of God.
Think in alignment (obedience) and  power of Logos.

Learning to KickStart the day taking captive every thought in alignment with Logos,


(written by Kerrie L. Palmer © 2010 All Rights Reserved)