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2 Corinthians 10:5 (New International Version)

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.

The affair that ends your marriage, (and in the case of Steve McNair, your life), the brawl that results in murder (and in T.I.’s case, jail time), the secret that exposes you to the world as a fraud, all begin with a single thought.

Your mind is a battleground where the enemy engages you moment by moment. You must take every hostile, enemy thought hostage and kill it before it can shuffle off to the dark corners – to GROW.

Why is it so difficult to do this? Partly because of our fallen nature, but mostly because of what we nurture. What material do you allow to populate your thoughts? What television shows do you watch? What movies do you go to see? On which websites to you mediate? What books do you read? Is at least one of them the bible? What conversations do you hold? And with whom? How many of them are holy? How many of them engage the Lord?

You can win the battle of your mind. You can save yourself from some trouble. You just can’t do it own your own for very long. With God’s help, take EVERY thought captive. Nip it in the bud. Kill it. Squash it. Bind it up and chuck it with the trash. Whatever you do, don’t give it entry. Don’t let it gain access. Treat it as you would a crazed suicide bomber. Make no mistake – it is an envoy from your very clever enemy, who lusts for your destruction, but who is patient enough to plant tiny seeds. Dig them up and burn them.

Success will only come by the power of the Holy Spirit. Call on him. He wants you to succeed. He longs to see you win. If you feel led, pray the following prayer:

Father God, help me please! I often let my thoughts run unchecked. Help me to continually take every thought captive unto Christ. Prick my conscience about those sources of unholy thoughts that you want me to give up. Help me to put you first in my thought life. Help me to study your word and to commune with you more and more.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Be blessed, Family!

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