Taking Every Thought Captive

By Neil Anderson
Taking Every Thought Captive
2 Corinthians 10:5 
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
Satan’s perpetual aim is to infiltrate your thoughts with his thoughts and to promote his lie in the face of God’s truth. If Satan can control your thoughts, he can control your behavior. He can introduce his thoughts, tempting you to act independently of God, as if they were your own thoughts or even God’s thoughts, as he did with David (1 Chronicles 21:1), Judas (John 13:2) and Ananias (Acts 5:3).
One of my students exemplified how deceptive Satan’s thoughts can be. Jay came into my office one day and said, “Dr. Anderson, I’m in trouble. When I sit down to study, I get prickly sensations all over my body, my arms involuntarily raise, my vision gets blurry and I can’t concentrate.”
“Tell me about your walk with God,” I probed.
“I have a very close walk with God. When I leave school at noon each day, I ask God where He wants me to go for lunch. If I hear a thought that says Burger King, I go to Burger King. Then I ask Him what He wants me to eat. If the thought comes to order a Whopper, I order a Whopper.”
“What about your church attendance?” I continued.
“I go every Sunday wherever God tells me to go.” For the last three Sundays “God” told him to go to a Mormon church!
Jay sincerely wanted to do what God wanted him to do. But he was passively paying attention to a deceiving spirit (1 Timothy 4:1) instead of “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). In so doing he had opened himself up to Satan’s activity in his life, resulting in the sabotage of his theological studies.
We must assume our responsibility for choosing the truth. We can’t always tell whether the thought comes from the TV set, our memory bank, our imagination or a deceiving spirit. Regardless of where a thought originates, examine it in the light of God’s Word and choose the truth.
Prayer: Lord, help me today as I assume my responsibility to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.


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5 replies

  1. After many years of working with teenagers, I’d like to think that nothing surprises me any more, but I can’t. Over the years I’ve had teens ask me to pray about whether or not they should do certain things – things which are very clearly labelled as sin in the Word – and they have been surprised when I’ve told them they CAN’T pray about such a thing. How can you pray about doing something that God has clearly forbidden?
    I made several bookmarks with 2 Corinthians 10:5 for those teens.

  2. Hi Greg, Mate – that prayer of yours at the end is incredible – so simple yet awe inspiring! Thank you – made me think!!
    God bless you Greg – God is so so using you!

  3. I cannot take any credit…this was all written by Neil Anderson!


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