One of my favorite movies is Liar Liar. Jim Carrey has me rolling in almost any movie he is in, but I especially love Liar Liar. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Fletcher (Jim Carrey) goes to pick up his car that has been towed and becomes angry because his beautiful convertible has a scratch on the side of it. Fletcher, enraged, argues that the towing company put the scratch on his car and of course, the towing company employee denies this fact although we all know the scratch was not on the car before being towed. Realizing the towing company was going to do nothing about the scratch on his car, Fletcher, in an effort to retaliate, grabs a hanging pine tree car deodorizer off of the display right in front of the employee, sniffs in the scent and proclaims...
I'm taking this!
This morning as I was searching for a new Bible verse to memorize in February, I came across 2 Corinthians 10:5 and each time I saw the word we, I replaced it with I.
(I) demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and (I) take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Never have I experienced our enemy prey on our minds in the way he has recently. He has pulled out all of the stops to convince us that our inadequacies and shortcomings only represent our fullest potential. In fact, for many of us, he has initiated a full-on assault against our thinking, our living, our loving, our being. In a world where we are taught that our self-worth is rooted in our abilities and outward appearance, it is no wonder so many of us live in a constant state of failure.
Today, as I read the verse above, I realized I had the power, with God's help, to extinguish once and for all these thoughts and these lies that paralyze me from being effective and fulfilling the purpose for which God created me. As I read the words in 2 Corinthians 10:5, I imagined myself being like Jim Carrey in Liar Liar. For each negative thought that comes my way, for each lie the enemy tries to throw at me, I have decided to grab it by the throat and proclaim...
I'M TAKING THIS!
I am taking this thought captive and making it obedient to Christ.
If you find yourself today being haunted by thoughts that you know are not of God, won't you join me? Join me today and decide ENOUGH is ENOUGH. Jesus is the Navigator of my life and He is for you if you have surrendered your life to Him. One of the perks in that is no longer having to carry the burden that comes from our sin, from our thought-life, from our past. He wants to relinquish you from that. Be willing. And with the authority that comes from the Holy Spirit living inside of you, take those thoughts captive!
You are loved,