Thoughts can be captivating! Dictionary.com defines captivating as “to attract and hold the attention or interest of”. When we repent and receive Jesus Christ as Lord, we are still human beings with flesh and wrong thoughts and desires. We can find our thoughts filled with sexual immorality, hatred, bitterness, hurt, rejection, selfishness, self-centeredness, self-pity, worry, vengeance, anger, pride, etc. All sin against God. When our thoughts, words, and actions are not pleasing to God, we need to get rid of them. We need His forgiveness. We need to change direction. What does God in the Bible tell us to do?
Take EVERY thought captive! EVERY thought, yes! The good ones and the bad ones. Captive? Dictionary.com defines captive as “made or held prisoner”. To what do we take our thoughts captive? To the Lord Jesus Christ! To the Bible! To obedience to Him! In other words, EVERY thought we have should be in obedience to Him. It should please and honor Him. It should not be ungodly and immoral. He teaches us in the Bible what honors Him and what is sin. Every thought needs to pass the test. If it doesn’t honor the Lord, we need to purge it from ourselves. Get rid of it!
Friend, when we are CAPTIVATED with Christ Himself, and with the Bible, we will want and even crave to love, honor, adore, praise, worship, please, fear, revere, bring pleasure and joy to, and obey the Lord! The more time I have spent in the presence of the Lord, the more I have studied the Bible, the more I have prayed to Him and been changed by Him, the more I have surrendered myself to Him, the more in love with Him I have fallen, the more I have despised my sin and hungered and thirsted to please Him.
The more captivated I have become with Jesus, the more I have desired to take my words, thoughts, and actions captive to Christ and the Bible and to purify myself for Him.
Fall in love with the Lord. Chase after Him. Humble yourself before Him. Make sure your thoughts are pleasing to Him. When they are not, take them captive. Purify yourself. Please the Lord in your words, thoughts, and actions. Be captivated with Jesus. Be captivated with Him, oh yes!
TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE! AMEN!
Lord, thank you for showing me all this about the word captive and the word captivated. Draw us to yourself, oh Lord. Help us to fall ever more in love with you, strengthen us to be pleasing to you, and oh, Lord, may we honor you in all things right down to our every thought. AMEN!
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-6