Taking Your Thoughts Captive
TAKE ALL THOUGHTS CAPTIVE TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST
Never allow yourself to be deceived again.
Taking Your Thoughts Captive to Not Fall Victim to Lies
Satan is the master of deception, he is also called the “Father of lies.” If he can get us to take our eyes off the truth of God’s Word, i.e. the truth about Christ, the Cross, and our redemption, he can control and manipulate us as he desires. The primary way that Satan attacks are through the thought life. He will plant tiny thoughts in your mind that are directly contrary to the Word of God.
II CORINTHIANS 10:5. What am I to do with my thoughts?
Is it possible for me to take my thoughts captive? Think of this scenario and write down your immediate response.
1. My mind says
“Nobody loves me, God hates me”
2. What feelings does this temptation evoke?
3. If I take this thought captive to the obedience of Christ, how should I respond to the previous thought?
What must I do to renew my mind?
RENEWING MY MIND
We must begin to renew our minds by reading and studying the Bible. Memorizing scripture is an excellent way of renewing your mind. Our brain is very similar to a computer. If we put the wrong information into any computer, the output will not be correct. We are much the same. Whatever we put into our hearts and minds is what will always come out.
PROVERBS 23:7. “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.”
I must be careful what I am meditating on and make sure it is the truth of God’s
I. What are EIGHT practical steps for renewing the mind?
1. HEAR THE WORD
2. READ THE WORD
3. STUDY THE WORD
4. MEMORIZE THE WORD
5. MEDITATE ON THE WORD
6. SPEAK THE WORD
7. PUT INTO PRACTICE THE WORD
8. SHARE THE WORD WITH OTHERS
J. READ JAMES 5:16.
What does this verse tell me about prayer?
Why is prayer important for us to discuss? Prayer is communication with God. How can you get to know someone if you never talk with him? God desires a close, intimate relationship with each of us. He desires to communicate with us and help us to make His perfect will become a reality in our day to day lives.
Read PSALM 150:6.
What am I told to do in this verse?
If anyone ever truly understood the importance of PRAISE it was King David. The Psalms are filled to overflowing with praise unto the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. This is another important aspect in our battle with the enemy.
Be diligent in every thought, word or deed to glorify God. Realize that while you will make mistakes, you can say in truth, “I am forgiven!” Remember, Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father ever making intercession for me. Let nothing this side of Heaven keep me from being a victorious overcomer!
READ PSALM 37:4-7.
What are four practical things I can bring about restoration in my life?. Beside each word, list those things you need to work on in that area:
1.TRUST in whom?
2.DELIGHT yourself in whom?
3.COMMIT your ways to whom?
4.REST in whom?
This is a practical step-by-step plan for achieving a victorious life. Delighting yourself in God is being happy and rejoicing over the fact that Jesus died for you and ensures your complete healing. Committing your way unto God means renewing your mind and taking every thought captive unto the obedience of Jesus Christ. Then with every thought captured and controlled, trust God, who will direct your every step. As you let Him become not only your Savior but the Lord of your life, the worries and the cares of this world are no longer yours to carry. This is when you are able to rest in God, knowing that everything is going to be okay. If you can understand and put into action the first phase of the process of living an abundant life as expressed by the Bible, the next major concept to apply is to be sure that you understand who you are from God’s perspective.
What does it mean to be a new creature in Christ?
According to the Bible, in God’s eyes, not necessarily your own eyes, you are a new creation. Please accept these truths as being real for your life!! Say these seven statements out loud in your own voice so that your soul can hear your own voice affirming who you are in Christ.
1- I am now loved in God’s eyes.
2- I am now forgiven in God’s eyes.
3- I am now redeemed in God’s eyes.
4- I am now a royal priesthood in God’s eyes.
5- I am now saved, healed, delivered & divinely protected in God’s eyes.
6- I am now without fault in God’s eyes.
7- I am now righteous in God’s eyes.
Four reasons I have been created and placed upon this earth by God?
1. To bring God glory by my life.
2. To praise God for who He is in my life.
3. To reproduce and replenish the earth.
4. To be a witness of His love to others
DO I MEASURE UP
Review the statements listed and ask yourself, how do I view myself? Do I measure up to what the Bible suggests I should be?
1. Contrast your old self-identity with your new self-identity by completing the following:
a. Before completing Free Me to Live™ I felt like I was…….
b. At this point, I feel like I am……..
2. List every characteristic of your identity in Christ that you desire to see manifest in your life:
3. What one word describes how I feel at this moment?
4. As a result of completing Free Me to Live™, how has my understanding of God been affected or changed?
5. Complete these next few statements:
a. From this point on I need to…..
b. I now ask God to change me in the areas of:
c. I realize that in the future these are likely to be my weakest points:
Remember, the Lord never abandoned you. He loved you then as He loves you now. He loves you more than you know how to be loved. He loves you more than you want to be loved. He loves you. The old familiar hymn says:
“Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.”
Keep seeking to peel back all layers of your life. God’s sanctification process is lifelong, moment-by-moment. As a woman, never give up on the goal of becoming the handmaiden of Jesus Christ. As a man, never give up on becoming the bond-servant of Jesus Christ. Let your goal in life not be things and positions, but let it be that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life. Let your new identity become the testimony of your life to replace the old story of your life. With God’s strength, you have survived. Now is the time to do more than survive. You are no longer a victim. Now you are a victor! It is time to live, to love and to laugh as you celebrate who you are in Christ Jesus.
NEXT: Rebuilding Trust