Monday, September 16, 2013
Taking every thought captive
Because of past wounds, Ray doesn't even have to do anything for trust to be hard for me. All it takes is satan whispering in my ear "He is probably cheating on you again". Does that happen to you? Or how about when you are having a really really good time with your husband, and all of a sudden an image pops in your head of him drooling over a woman on a computer screen....special moment ruined right!?
I have come to realize through many ruined moments, and many self inflicted pity parties that went on for far too long, that I always have to make a choice when that lying voice invades my space. Will I give the enemy power to lie to me today? Or am I going to take that thought captive? You see just like we hope, NO expect our husbands to take their thoughts captive if they see a half naked girl, or hear a crude song on the radio, God hopes for the same from us.
2nd corinthians 10:5 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.
How are you doing?? See it isn't just for your husband, and it isn't only a command for those who struggle with lust. When the enemy comes at me telling me that Ray is a no good liar who is cheating on me and doesn't love me...my GOD GIVEN job is to consider the source and immediately make those thoughts come under the Lordship of Christ.
What about when the enemy lies to you and tells you that you are too fat, or not worth the love of those around you? Is that the truth? Cause I can promise you that God would NEVER tell you that. So it obviously isn't coming from him. I know it is hard, but in those moments, the most powerful thing you can do is take the enemy's power away by agreeing with the truth of who God says you are. God's hope for you is that in that moment, you will not even give satan 5 seconds of your time.
Taking every thought captive comes with an enormous blessing in our marriage relationship as well. Not only does it role model a Godly attribute that inspires your mate to work on his thought life, but it blesses the restorative work that God is trying to do in your marriage. Let me explain- if you are not constantly giving way to lies that cause you to nag and control your husband, or hound him with accusations, he might have a chance to believe in the work God is doing in your marriage. He might have enough break from guilt and shame to have a glimmer of hope again.
And what about the lies you believe about yourself? Our words have power, and if we are constantly telling our husbands how fat we are and how worthless we feel, or how there is probably a better wife and mother out there, he will slowly begin to believe it. When someone hears something over and over again, it eventually starts to resonate in their brain as a truth. Why not take those thoughts captive and speak life about yourself?? When you believe in the beauty that God has put inside you and walk out your day in confidence instead of oppression, your husband will take notice. And there is nothing in this world more attractive to a man than a woman who knows who she is and isn't afraid to be confident in it.
So, my challenge to you is to examine the areas where you may be letting satan lie to you. If you see some, be conscious as you walk out your week. When a thought comes into your mind that doesn't line up with the truth of God, take it captive, refuse to go down that road in your mind. Sometimes I honestly have to just sing a worship song in my head to get my perspective back on track. Or maybe get out a scripture that I keep in my purse, but whatever works for you to bring your thoughts into obedience with Christ....Do it! I know you can, because.....I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-14