How to Take Unruly and Stubborn Thoughts Captive

You know those moments when you’re sitting back in the peace and quiet of your home (possibly a rare or common thing in your home) and one of thosethoughts pops into your head. A fear, a what if, a lie, a sin from the past, an unkind thought of another, a false assumption, or some other kind of unruly thought. As much as you don’t want to think on it, it’s there and flourishing. These thoughts are stubborn and sticky—like a fly you keep chasing away, they return just as a determined as before to sink deep into your mind. It seems that no matter what you do, these thoughts continue to return whenever you have a quiet moment to yourself.

 As those who have been redeemed by the gospel, we should have heavenly thoughts. As Paul says to the Colossians, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory,” (Colossians 3:2-4 CSB). But how do we do this? How do we take those thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ? By installing Philippians 4:8 as a guard over our minds.

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