Bible Study Outline on Taking Thoughts Captive
The devil can attack your mind by corrupting your thoughts with his lies. Philippians 4:8 states that we are to think whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. If you allow the corrupt thoughts in your mind, you are allowing Satan to control your mind. If Satan is able to control your mind, he will also try to control your physical behaviors and attack your life.
Your mind can be influenced by your circumstances, the people you meet and the shows you watch. Therefore, it is very important not allow anything that is bad influence to enter into your mind. This mean you should not expose yourself to shows, music, books, and people that can give you bad influences and lead you away from God. If you meditate on God’s truth, the Holy Spirit will be able to take your thoughts captive. We have a free will to do whatever we want, to be slave to sin, or to obey God’s commandments. We are to pray and seek God at all times.
You must immediately take actions to stop this if you encounter an attack in the mind from Satan. If you don’t, the devil could be more invasive and attack you further. We can hear two voices, God’s voice or the devil’s voice. God can talk to you in your ear and let you see visions and dream dreams. Satan can do this too so you must be careful of everything that you enters into your mind. Sometimes, you can hear the wrong voices and think it is from God. You must pray for God to give you the ability to discern the right voice and wrong voice.
The devil likes to use your weak points to attack you so you must not give in to temptation otherwise he will have an opportunity. To fight the spiritual warfare, you must spend time to be near to God. Often, when you don’t spend time with God regularly, it opens a doorway for the devil to attack. Spending time with God means doing the things God wants you to do such as reading the bible, worshiping and etc.
Christians must always guard their thoughts and hearts at all time. Whatever you say begins with a thought. For example, if you think negatively of someone, you may be rush in opening your mouth to say bad things behind his back. Gossip can lead to quarrel and argument. We are to root out everything bad in our mind and bring every thought captive in obedience to him. If you have difficulties in bring your though captive into obedience to Christ, you should seek God’s help in prayer.
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (Romans 7:23 KJV)
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. (Matthew 15:19 KJV)
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7 KJV)
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. (1 Peter 1:14-15 KJV)
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:21 KJV)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17 KJV)
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. (Titus 2:7-8 KJV)
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer. (Romans 12:9-12 KJV)
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12 KJV)
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 KJV)
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23 KJV)