How to Make Your Thoughts Obey Christ (and why it’s important)

I’ve always been a worrier. I’ll admit it. My thoughts often get the best of me. Maybe it’s the fact that like to have everything planned out. I need to know what’s going to happen and when. And even though I say I like surprises, I actually don’t handle them well. Why? Because I’m a bit of a control freak. Yes, I said it. I, Alyssa J Howard, like to be in control.

I’ve always known that I shouldn’t worry. After all, the Bible says so – right? But I don’t think it really hit me until I saw some of the same “worry” traits in my oldest daughter. She’s always been that way for as long as I can remember. As a young toddler she would organize her toys by color and size (which was very cute at the time!) But now that’s she’s older, her toys must be organized and in their place or she can’t fall asleep at night. She gets that from me. Watching her worry about such small details made me realize that I needed to change.

 

It’s not enough that I strive to obey Christ in my actions; my thoughts need to obey Him as well.

 

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The weapons we use for the fight, you see, are not merely human; they carry a power from God that can tear down fortresses! We tear down clever arguments and every proud notion that sets itself up against the knowledge of God We take every thought prisoner and make it obey the Messiah. – 2 Corinthians 10:5 (The Kingdom New Testament)

 

Worry is a sin. So is worldly thinking. And I’m guilty of both on a regular basis. And when I say worldly thinking, I’m not talking about obvious sins and temptations. I’m referring to my to-do list. Every day my mind is consumed with everything I have to accomplish – dishes, laundry, food preparations, errands… even my Bible study becomes something to check off on my to-do list. I don’t have time to think about the things of God, the unseen and the eternal, because I spend all of my time thinking about my responsibilities.

Now I’m not saying that we should neglect our day-to-day tasks, but what I am saying is that they shouldn’t consume our thoughts.

What consumes your thought life? What do you think about most?
Here’s the truth: We have the power to make our thoughts obey the Messiah. We don’t have to allow our thoughts to take control, rather we can take control of our thoughts.

 

  1. Learn to recognize the thoughts that are out of line. Identifying “disobedient” thoughts is that first step to taking them captive. Worry, fear, doubt, temptation – we need to be proactive in recognizing that these types of thoughts are not of God.
  2. Replace disobedient thoughts with obedient ones. When we take thoughts captive, we are literally capturing them and forcing them to change. As 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us, we make them obey Christ.

 

Instead of worrying about finances, I change my thinking and remember that Jesus promised to meet my physical needs. If I’m facing an illness, I remind myself that I serve the Healer. Rather than thinking about everything that could go wrong, I speak the truth of God’s Word into my situation.

 

I take every thought prisoner and make them obey my Savior.

 

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8 Replies to “How to Make Your Thoughts Obey Christ (and why it’s important)”

  1. I struggle with the sin of worry also. 🙁 For years. God has brought me some healing with it, but my natural tendency is still to think too far into the future with worst-case scenarios, forgetting that God’s grace will be there waiting for me, regardless of what happens. Speaking the Truth into our situation is definitely the best thing! Thanks for sharing this, Alyssa.

    1. Lisa, thank you for sharing that. I keep reminding myself that worry is simply lack of trust. Do I trust in my Savior enough to carry me through? Do I trust that He’s in charge of every circumstance? If so, than worry has no place. 🙂

  2. I love this! So glad I was your neighbor over at #TellHisStory today. My husband has been off work for a month so once again we had to tell our flesh to hush and trust in God. He always provides so we know there is no point in worrying -yet we find ourselves being like the Israelite’s, falling back into old patterns that need to be realigned with the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus always speaks gently to my heart when I quiet myself and let myself just be, putting the to-do’s aside to hear from Him. You are right that it isn’t wrong to do these things, but it is so important to come before Him and get on the right foot each day. Sharing today!

  3. I am a worrier too. I try praying my worries away so help me pray those thought away. Isn’t sometime I have talk with Jesus help me through the worry about finances, and the everyday action of my life. Thank you for having this article.

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