2 Corinthians 10:5 (VOICE) “We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One.”
The Good News Version puts the same verse this way, “Casting down the imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
If you have a vivid and frequently used imagination, like I do, your mind probably wanders a lot. You are concentrating on getting something done and the next thing you know your mind has gone off on some wild tangent that has absolutely nothing to do with the job at hand.
(Got to remember to go to the store and get some fruit.) Oh, sorry, just got side tracked for a second. What was I saying? Oh, yes, staying on tangents, I mean on track.
The Lord has given us an imagination to come up with new ideas. Some can create new designs with no problems; some come up great stories, new medicines, and so on.
Some people come up with the strangest ideas like, they can get to Heaven if they do enough ‘good works’ or that the good they do will outweigh the bad. They even say that there is no hell and if there is God won’t let anyone go there.
Then there are the folks who want to debate whether or not God and Heaven really exist. For the most part they just want to argue, not to be convinced and the best that will happen is they wind up believing in Christ. The worst is that they will place doubts in your head and that can get your “stinking thinking” started and that gives Satan a foothold in your mind.
Once he’s there, he will wiggle around in your mind until he finds just the right spot and then he’ll start expanding on those doubts until you no longer know which end is up! He’ll continue to reel you in like a fish on a hook filling your head with stinking thinking. You think he doesn’t? Try this experiment.
One night, as you sit watching TV or listening to the radio, actively listen to what the people are saying and try to hear them from God’s perspective. How does what they are saying measure up to what God says we are to be thinking about according to His Word? Are they lifting people up or tearing them down, gossiping or praising them, are they using language that you want your kids to hear? If you wouldn’t want your kids to listen to a particular show, ask yourself, then why am I? The words that you hear seep into your mind and eventually come out your mouth. How you think reflects itself in your speech and your kids catch it and think its ok to use the same words.
If you’re not sure how well you are doing just listen to how your kids are talking to and about each other. If you like or don’t like what you’re hearing, remember they are listening to you talk the same way! Most of what they learn is caught not taught.
So how do you learn to change stinking thinking? First, confess your sins, I John 1:9. Second, put on the whole armor of God as found in Ephesians 6:12-17. Third, find the verses that claim not only that you are a child of the Most High God, but that you have the authority to claim in Jesus’ name and in His Power that Satan leave you alone and take his demons of doubt, fear and stinking thinking and hit the road!
I encourage you to search the Scriptures on how to choose change the way you think. You can do this as a family, pick out some verses to memorize, and choose to find better programs to watch or listen to, keep only the movies the whole family can watch in the house. Practice holding each other accountable; make a game out of it, something like, if I catch you saying something that is not kind or good, then I get to choose what you wear tomorrow! That should be interesting!
Paul says in Philippians 4:8-9 (MSG) “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”
Now that’s thinking wisely.