The bible teaches us that “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” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Strongholds can be a world view that sets itself up against who God is, or it can be a personal attitude such as worry, fear, anxiety, guilt, or resentment. These things can cause strongholds in our lives, and the bible says to take these thoughts and mindsets captive and pull them down.

“Taking every thought captive” means to control, to conquer, to bring into submission.”

I have a technique where I stop and think about what I’m thinking about. Far too often, we allow our minds to be occupied with “stinking thinking”. A remedy for this thinking is to imagine taking a net and catching each thought as it flits about in your mind. It’s as if you are pulling down each thought and examining it to see whether it is a productive faith-filled thought or not. If it isn’t, I take hold of it, bring it captive to Jesus, and tell it to go. Then I focus on replacing that thought and thinking on his promises and, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Our minds are like sponges, and what we surround ourselves with our minds will soak up. If you don’t want negativity, fear, evil, and godless thoughts, then don’t soak and surround yourself with them. You get what you put in. Proverbs 15:14 says, “A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash” (NLT). If we don’t want toxic thoughts or things that will weaken our minds and faith, it’s beneficial to fill our minds with the right stuff. “Fix and set our minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1-2)

Today take an imaginary net and pull down your thoughts and examine them. Think about what you are thinking about, and assess their worth. Do they line up with what God’s word says about your life and future and how He thinks.

Prayer: Lord, I want to be free of any thinking contrary to your word. Would you please give me the wisdom to know the truth and recognize the lies so that I can remain strong. In Jesus Name Amen.