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 (NIV)
Over the last several weeks, I have felt the Lord speaking to me about various issues on contentment. Last week, I had the privilege of guest posting on my friend, Angela Mackey’s blog, Rethinking My Thinking where I shared my personal story of finding Contentment in God Alone.
Today, I share my last blog post on the contentment series. This will also be my final blog post. Comfort to Comfort will continue to exist as an informational website with my testimony, book information, and speaking events.
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Now, back to Captivating Contentment…my last post dealt with contentment as a heart issue. But it is also very much a head issue.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “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.” It took me a long time to understand this verse. Unfortunately, for most of my life I didn’t know it, much less practice it.
And even once I heard it, was a tough one to digest. How many times did I let my negative thoughts control me and defeat me?
Too many to remember or count, I’m sure.
Finally one day, it clicked. I envisioned a little thought bubble appearing in my head like a cartoon character. Then, I hold up those thought words beside words of Scripture, relating to the same topic. If my thought words go against God’s words, based on what I know to be Biblically true, my thought words get taken captive.
They are moved out of the way. And they get thrown out! Out of my head and into the dark place where they belong!
Our thoughts lead to feelings. And our feelings many times lead to actions.
Contentment is a choice. We first make that choice in our mind. If we don’t deal with it there, it can settle down inside of our heart where it breeds discontentment.
Here’s one way to remember:
When a negative thought enters your head, take God’s Word and strike it dead!
It really goes back to Armor of God (Ephesians 6). Sword of the Spirit (the only weapon mentioned in the armor) is the Word of God. But we first have to know His Word so we can defend ourselves in those mental battles.
So be proactive with contentment. Before those negative thoughts stick around and stir up trouble, take it captive. Pierce it with the sword (of God’s Word) and throw it out!
If you’re struggling in area, ask yourself, what does God’s Word say about that? If you’re not sure, find a Bible concordance and search by topic. My Bible has one in the back and it has been a wonderful resource.
Remember, the enemy loves mind games. His goal is to make us ineffective, feel defeated, and ultimately worthless in the Kingdom of God.
Choose your weapon carefully and learn how to use it.
God Bless You, Friends!
For His Glory,
Lord, I pray that instead of trying to fight my own battle inside my head, that I would instead commit Your Word to memory. Help me to remember to use Your weapon effectively against the schemes of the evil one so that negative thoughts do not breed discontentment in my life. I want to live a life that glorifies You. Amen.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Moody Publishers 2001
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