My biggest struggle in my Christian walk and in my life in general is allowing wrong thoughts that enter my mind to take habitation. We are humans and it is not unusual for a not so savory thought to pop into our heads. The problem comes when we allow it to stay there and don’t actively cast it down. Examples of wrong thoughts are thoughts that question your self-worth and your value. It boxes you in and picks at your mind leading you to feel insecure in one way or another.
2 Corinthians 10: 3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. 4 The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete. (AMP)
I am a big fan of Paul (formerly Saul) and his letters to the various churches. I believe he writes with clarity and understanding. He not only wanted to encourage people in their Christian walk, but he really wanted them to get the gospel. In 2 Corinthians 10: 3-6, he states that as Christians we are no longer operating in the natural. Our battles/struggles are in the spiritual realm. Those unsavory thoughts that come to our mind are spiritual attacks. However, he states in verse 5 that we have the power to take every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ. One of the winning strategies on a battlefield is to take your enemies ‘captive’. Wrong thoughts are our enemies.
Wrong thoughts are our enemies.
God’s ‘knowledge’ (2 Corinthians 10:5) is that we are pretty awesome! He thinks we are ‘wonderful’! Not only are we wonderful, but we are wonderfully made. I want to break the cycle of negativity in my mind and I want to think the way God thinks about me. I want to get to a better place in my life where my first response to negative thoughts is to say what God says about me and not only say it but believe it!
Psalm 139: 14
I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
If you find that you are struggling in the same area join me on this journey as we win this battle in our mind! More blogs to come. God Bless You!
My name is Claytine Nisbett, aka Clay, and as the saying goes, “I live where you vacation!” I live in the Caribbean. I was born in the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda but I grew up in New York. I came back to the Caribbean several years go (six years at the time of writing this) so I have that famous New York accent, lol. I love to write and have had several blogs throughout the years. However, the commitment was not there. I am committed now though (smile).
I recently wrote a come of age young adult novel called, Life As Josephine You will find a lot of encouraging words and inspiration on this blog. I post small burst of encouragement on a weekly basis I call #Encouragement101. I also have a series I call To Sis, With Love where I write uplifting creative letters for women, celebrating the joys of life and womanhood. You will also find full-length featured blog posts that can vary from faith to career. Finally, I have a section called The Writer’s Corner which is specifically dedicated to the process of writing.
OH, and every once in a while I will do a book review. If you want me to review a book then check my contact page and send me an email or leave a comment!
I look forward to this journey with you!