Written by Emmie Stanley
“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
Everyday thousands of thoughts run through our mind, often without “a thought” to what we are thinking. Significantly, every action we take starts out as a thought, so it is important that we are aware of what we are thinking! Our thoughts are often charged with feelings (fear, anxiety, confidence, excitement etc.), and they are the basis of making decisions. And decisions made over and over can bypass the thought process and become automatic, forming a habit. Our habits form our character and our character determines our destiny.
So it looks like this: I think I should help that person (thought), but I am afraid that they will reject me (feeling), so I will just go about my own business (decision). From there my habit may become walking past those who have needs, building a character that can be fearful of taking risks or indifferent toward others. Such a process cuts us off from our destiny of being the hands and feet of Jesus to the lost. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. It is our destiny that he wants to thwart, and it is our thoughts that he starts with.
Jesus always leads us in triumph by faith, through taking courageous steps by the power of the Holy Spirit. The enemy leads us into defeat by fear, through thoughts of what could go wrong, what others might think, why we just shouldn’t be bothered to take the time or to do “that thing.” So we have the choice of who to follow, and it starts by capturing that first thought. What am I thinking? Where is it coming from? Is it from the Holy Spirit or is it fear based? Cast down those arguments of the enemy that come against the knowledge and plans of God. Take courage and make a decision to deny fear and choose faith. Build a habit of being led by the Holy Spirit, develop the character of God, and fulfill your destiny as the person God has made you to be and the plans He has for your life.