2 Corinthians 10:5 - We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
In this verse we see Paul addressing our thought life. Everybody has a secret thought life that only they know about. In our minds we have all entertained thoughts that have not been glorifying to God. Whether it be unforgiveness, fear, lust, we have all had something.
This is the area of our minds that we have ‘quarantined’ off and are ashamed is even there. But here’s the clincher, Jesus told us that if we think it then we are guilty of doing it. If in your mind you have hated someone, then you are guilty killing that person. Or if you have thoughts of lust toward someone then you are guilty of adultery.
I could go on and make examples of all sorts of things that we are guilty of in our thought life, but I won’t. You know your area of struggle and you know you need to fix it. This verse holds the key.
We are told to “take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” What we must remember is that just because a thought enters our head it is not sin. A thought becomes sin by what you do with it. That is why we must take every thought captive. Any that do not line up with Christ must be thrown out, do not entertain them.
One of the best ways to get your thought life under control is to control what goes in there. You must fill your mind with thoughts that are pleasing to God. In this world it is inevitable that you see things that encourage sin, make sure you are counteracting that with things of God. Read the Word, pray and make sure every thought is obedient to Jesus.