Taking Every Thought Captive

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer 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 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)

January 15 – Taking Every Thought Captive

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

Read Romans 12:1-2 out loud.  It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.

"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

There is a battle going on in your mind and heart.  Part of you wants to do what God wants and part of you wants to do what you want.  Suppose for years you have told yourself that you are worthless, but recently you’ve discovered from God’s Word that you are loved, wanted and have a purpose.  Part of renewing your mind involves taking captive the wrong thought, literally stopping it, renouncing it and then bringing it to obedience by replacing it with the truth of God’s Word.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

What thoughts do you need to begin to take captive? 

Read Ephesians 1:3-8 below and embrace how special you are to God.

Praise God that you are blessed, chosen, adopted, redeemed and forgiven.

Father, I need Your help as I battle the thoughts in my mind.  Help me take them captive and bring them in line with the truth in Your Word.  Help me to discover all the blessings that are found in Your Word.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will, to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us."  Ephesians 1:3-8

"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ."  Colossians 2:8

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."  John 15:5


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