Kidnapped. Scared. Clinging to hope that mom and dad would discover a way to find them. Against all odds, they stood their ground. Lead by their captors, they walk into an empty room. They are firmly told to stand in rows. They scurry along and form about three rows- standing one next to the other, not even arms length apart. Fear floods their faces, uncertainty of what is about to happen. Quickly, their captors hand each child a paper, and they are to read what is on this paper. Over…and over…and over. All at once, a sound erupts as the group of children read the few sentences their enemy wrote. It went something like this:
Boy 1: “My dad cannot help me.”
Girl: “My mom will never find me.”
Boy 2: “My dad is the president. He cannot find me.”
An assistant to the mastermind behind the children’s captivity, asked the Mastermind, “How long do we make them do this?”
And the Mastermind calmly replied, “Until they believe it.”
*a scene from a tv show*
“But what people say with their mouths comes from the way they think…” – Matthew 15:18
We all have an Enemy. An Enemy who knows our vulnerabilities, who knows how to manipulate and exploit. He knows our identity. He has seen our ultimate destination, our inheritance. He has seen the face of the One whose eyes are like flames of fire and whose face outshines the sun in all of its strength. He has been in the presence of the One that spoke creation into being and upholds the universe by just the word of His power. And he hates it all. He hates you. In crafty, strategic action, he prowls around to attack those who he fears. He is out to make war.
The Bible says that there is the power of life and death in the tongue. I, also, believe that there is the power of life and death in our thought life. The two are linked in a perpetual cycle- whether for good or bad. What you meditate on is what you will come to believe, and therefore it is what you will speak. What you consistantly speak is what you will dwell on. The more you talk about it, the deeper the roots will go and those things will start to dominate your thoughts.
The Enemy comes and sows a thought into your mind. If you don’t take the thought captive, you will internalize it and begin to dwell on it. You constantly rehearse it in your mind. It’s what comes out of your mouth. Even in the secret place it dominates your conversation. The Enemy knows that if you read the paper he has written for you enough times, you will begin to believe it. It doesn’t have to be true. If you repeat it enough times, it will become your truth.
Many people live in such captivity because of the things they think and the way they speak. They rehearse the lies the Enemy spoke to them. They dwell on a situation that occurred that left them deeply wounded and misunderstood. It becomes a destructive cycle.
Sometimes, we are one thought away from breakthrough. One declaration away from freedom. If we would change the way we talk and stop rehearsing the wounds, stop rehearsing the lies, and start speaking who God is, declaring the Word of God, filling our inner dialogue with truth, we would find a greater level of freedom. If we would take those thoughts captive, filling our minds with the Word of God, meditating on scripture and the character of God, setting our minds on things above, we would find life filling our bones again. Restoration in all its glory.
It may seem so simple, but it is the the most powerful and liberating thing that you can do. Sometimes, it can be a fight, but if you press through, it will change your life!
“…let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” – Romans 12:2