Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:5
Most of us have probably heard this particular passage preached, but likely about the negative thoughts or ideas in our life. And I understand in the context of the passage that’s precisely what Paul was saying. Paul wanted the church of Corinth to realize there was a spiritual battle happening and they needed to take captive their every thought so they would obey Christ and not the flesh. I agree, but I also see where it says every thought, that also includes the good ideas and the God-ideas.
Here’s an example, several months back an idea for a nonprofit popped into my tiny mind. I knew there was absolutely no way this could be a Cassie idea, but I saw a need in the community, and I felt as though God had given me this thought. However, I didn’t immediately start building a board of directors or apply for nonprofit status, but I did take the thought captive. I prayed and allowed it to become obedient to Christ. In this case, obedience was to act on the idea.
Maybe there are some thoughts you need to take captive, perhaps they are negative ones, but I guarantee there are some God-ideas in there also. The bible says every thought, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Maybe for you, the thought came to mind to start a small business, take it captive, make it obedient to Christ, and see what he says about it. Maybe it’s as simple as giving of your time or resources to your local church or charity, take it captive. Perhaps adoption is on your radar, take it captive, make it obedient to Christ.
It doesn’t matter how big or how small, I believe God has incredible dreams and plans for each of us, but too often they slip right past us because we choose not to take them captive and make them obedient to Christ. If he says act, then step out in faith. If he says no, then walk away, but let’s be obedient. Blessing always hinges on our obedience to Christ; if we want to live blessed, we have to become obedient.
So, by all means, let’s take the dangerous thoughts captive and not allow the flesh to win, but may we not miss out on a magnificent blessing in our life because we didn’t take the God-thoughts captive too.