They Keep Popping Up!

by Cori Smelker

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”  (NIV Study Bible. 2 Corinthians 10:5. Zondervan 1985.)

I work on the internet a lot, and nothing bugs me more than those pop-up ads, or even the pop-under ads. Something new is a pop-up ad that covers a page that I’m trying to read, and then move down the page as you scroll. My skill in closing ads has improved tremendously. I can shut the stupid thing down before all the graphics display!

I find the same “pop-ups” coming in my mind though, don’t you? I will be minding my own business when suddenly “pop” — up comes something unexpected and unannounced! What I do then makes a lot of difference to the outcome. I can allow the thoughts to linger, or I can subdue my unruly thoughts and bring them into submission to the knowledge of Christ.

This knowledge of Christ and who He is can check our thoughts in a number of ways. It answers doubts with promises. It answers temptations with a relationship; it reminds the believer that no pleasure on earth is worth a rift in fellowship with the author and perfector of his or her faith.

As we mature in our faith, the promises of God become reflexes to shut down the thoughts that hinder our walk. We don’t need to rehash the same doubts we dealt with months ago; if God’s promises are hidden in our heart we can cut off doubts before they begin to fester.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that as I consecrate my mind to you, using the weapons you have provided for me, that I can take every thought captive, and not be influenced by just anything.

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 10:4-9

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