DEVOTION: Thoughts

Take every thought captive.

2 Corinthians 10:5

As I began praying this morning, I was led to take authority over my thoughts. Last night I was listening to Rabbi Curt Landry talk about the importance of looking forward and thinking about the future. One of the things he mentioned was how we all have a tendency to rehearse things from the past.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 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,”

What we focus on determines our direction. If we’re constantly trying to figure out the past or living in “the glory days”, we’re going backward. While it is good and even Scriptural to remember past victories, we must still always be forward-thinking.

In the Old Testament, we see Caleb at eighty years old ready to take possession of his promise. Because he stayed focused, he was as strong in his old age as he was as a young man. Joshua and Caleb held to God’s promises, while others looked at the circumstance and surroundings.

One of my favorite Scriptures is Philippians 4:8 NKJV “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

The mind is our battleground, and what we think about determines where we’re headed. Make the decision every morning to live 2 Corinthians 10:5 and Philippians 4:8. Don’t give the enemy place in your life through your thoughts; stand fast on the Word of God, submit to God, and resist the enemy. Follow the example of Caleb and pursue the promise until you receive it.

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