Taking every thought captive...

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I am revisiting a book by Joanna Weaver (which I highly recommend) titled, Having A Mary Heart In A Martha World. Fear continues to be one of my greatest struggles and a passage from her book really spoke to me today.

She writes, "We must be willing to take an active role in the battle against anxiety. For too long, I'd allowed Satan total access to my thought life, and by doing so, I'd given him free reign. But as I began to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ, anxiety began to lose its hold. Instead of being led astray by fear, I took a second look at each thought as it came. Many were incognito, disguised to look like ordinary emotions. But instead of entertaining them, I handcuffed the intruding thoughts that triggered fear and took them to Jesus. Together, we interrogated them, asking two questions:

1. Where did you come from? (What is the source of this fear? Is it real or imagined?)
2. Where are you going? (Will this thought draw me to God or into fear? Can I do anything about this problem or should I turn it over to God?)
For so long, I had let thoughts come and go without realizing that if Satan controls my thoughts, he controls me." [Having A Mary Heart In A Martha World, p. 44, Waterbrook Press, 2000]
I needed to hear those words today and thought perhaps someone else does too. Do you struggle with fear? If so, how do you deal with it?


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1 comment:

Jon said...

Mother's Day is to celebrate those people who have the biggest but quietest influence in our lives. It can be mom who balances work and home beautifully or grandma who stuns you with her spirit and courage. It might be your daughter, sister or your friend! These women touch our lives and make it better!

Happy Mothers Day :-)