Are you familiar with this verse?
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Well this morning I came across a blog post that I think did an amazing job of illustrating exactly HOW we can actually do this. Enjoy!
That morning as I listened, I sensed the enemy was using worry as a weapon to still, kill and destroy my child's joy, hope and peace. Although I couldn't take my child out of the battle, I could equip him for it! I wanted to give him the confidence he needed to fight courageously so I assured him that worry is kinda normal. I reasoned that it must be a normal part of life since God tells us not to so many times in the Bible.
But God also tells us what to do when we do worry. I shared 2 Corinthians 10:5 where Paul tells us to demolish all arguments and any pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, by taking every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Now I just needed to take that concept and put it in terms he could understand.
"Andrew, when you have a thought that makes you feel anxious, catch it like it’s a baseball.” I then cupped my hand like I was holding a ball and told him to look at it and ask, “Is this something Jesus would say to me?” If the answer is “no” - then throw that thought back into the outfield! Then we talked through some of his thoughts and fears:
Worry says: “Your mom isn’t going to be here when you get home.”
I asked him, "Would Jesus say that? Andrew replied, "No."
Then it’s outta here!
Worry says: “Your teacher isn’t going to like your science project!”
Would Jesus say that? Again, "No."
Get rid of that one, too.
When we finished talking through each worry, I shared Philippians 4:6-9 and we prayed - telling God Andrews concerns, asking Him to replace his worries with promises, and thanking God for what He's done in the past and would do that day. After the Amen, Andrew looked at me, smiled so big and said, "Thanks Mom!" as though all his worries were gone.
God's word really works. God knew we'd have lots of reasons for worry but he also knew that worry would be Satan's weapon to distract and destroy the peace and joy that is rightly ours as children of God! Worry can ruin our day and our life, can't it? That's why Jesus tells us not to let our hearts be troubled but to come to Him. He wants to replace our worries with His words. He says He'll give our minds a place to rest and promises to keep us in perfect peace when our mind is steadfast (fixed in a direction, firmly established) on His truth because we trust in Him and not our troubles.
So, what thoughts are flying at you today? If you were to catch 'em and listen to what they're saying - would they match what Jesus says?
...I'm learning that it's not just about throwing our thoughts out, it's about replacing our worries with God's words."
~Renee Swope, Proverbs 31 Ministries