Have you ever been trucking along with everything going well and all right in the world and with God and your fellow man when it hits you....an unwelcome thought? This happens to me more than I would like, and it occurs to me that this may be what we are raging our war against.
We are told to not worry, but I DO! OH BOY do I worry. That is in rebellion of His word and I don't even realize that it is because there is something very stoic about worry, you know? It is as if we feel like if we carry the whole world on our shoulders, we're doing God some big favor.
So I'm thinking what are the thoughts that are from God? The apostle Paul says this is what we are to think about:
...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy...(from Philippians 4)
There are a LOT of things in my mind that are not on that list.
Do my thoughts produce the fruit?
...love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control... (from Galatians 5)
Any thoughts that don't produce this are not being made captive to Christ.
Father, help us to bring each thought captive to You, give us the mind of Christ that we may remain in Him, do the good works you have prepared, for without Christ we know we can do nothing. Help us to live as sons and daughters of the Most High that the world will see and know that You ARE.