It’s been a while since I’ve written about daily affirmations or scripture affirmations. Right now over on Periscope in the mornings (replays on Katch), we’ve been working through some verses I used when I was really struggling with my mind. My mind was in a constant struggle with fear, anxiety and scary thoughts. Part of this struggle was a spiritual attack, “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.”[note]Ephesians 6:12[/note] And part of this struggle was forming the bad habit of thinking about whatever popped into my mind and letting my mind wander all over the place. I was a slave to my thoughts. When I started the discipline of daily affirmations, one of them was, “I take every thought captive.” This affirmation was based on the scripture found in 2 Corinthians 10:5.
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When I realized part of my problem was a bad habit of bad thinking, I knew I needed to break that habit. But, I knew I couldn’t just “stop thinking bad things;” I had to fill that thinking void–take something out, put something in its place. I had heard the scripture about having the mind of Christ. If I believed the scriptures–and I do–and they said I had the mind of Christ, I needed to know what that meant. So I asked myself, “What does the Bible say about my thoughts?”
This a question I have revisited and will continue to visit and write about.. I wrote about our thoughts in the Bible again, “Bible Quotes: Our Thoughts in the Bible” and included a free printable listing scripture verses about our thoughts.)
I mentioned one of the daily affirmations I repeated to myself was, “I can take every thought captive.” I specifically included the word “can” to remind myself I had a choice. I could decided what I wanted to think about and what I didn’t want to think about. The thoughts that popped into my mind that I didn’t want to think about, I could restrict them, capture them, replace them, and confine them…take them captive like the scripture said.
Reading through and spending time in meditation with those verses on my thoughts, made me realize what I didn’t want to do or think about. But as I mentioned above, I had to fill what I didn’t want to do with what I wanted to do. If I didn’t want to think whatever/whenever, I had to choose what I did want, so I did, “I want to be a joy thinker!” With the help of the scriptures and one of my favorite books, The 4:8 Principle, I learned and continue to learn how to choose what I wanted to think about! Such a simple and profound concept…but not always easy!