Taking Control of Anxious Thoughts

Whenever we are faced with a trial, it’s as if we’ve come to a fork in the road—one road named fear, the other trust.


We can't walk both roads at the same time, so what are we to do when faced with worrisome situations, so we don’t get carried away with anxious thoughts? The answer: take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Consider the power of our thoughts:
Sow a thought, reap an action.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny.
--Author Unknown
When I need to bring an anxious thought into submission, before it is left to run wild, I imagine a mother watching her toddler play in the front yard with the road right in front of them. As long as the child plays in the safety of the yard, the mother rests easy. But the second something catches that little one’s eye and the child is off and running towards the street, a good mother will waste no time in sprinting after the child, capturing them, and bringing them back into obedience for their own safety.

Likewise, our anxious thoughts can run wild, and take our mind into dangerous territory: causing us to jump to conclusions, doubt God and His goodness, and take matters into our own hands. Our thoughts are like that impressionable child who is easily distracted and will run wild if allowed.  When our mind starts thinking anxious thoughts, it is so important we waste no time in bringing these thoughts into captivity, and make them obedient to Christ, just as that good mother captures her child headed towards danger, and brings him into obedience. May we diligently guard our thoughts as we do our children.

The best way to bring your thoughts into captivity is to find a Bible promise that counters your anxious thought. Consider this example, someone created:

YOU SAY... BUT GOD SAYS....

You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible
(Luke 18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest
(Mat.11:28-30)

You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you
(John 3:16 & John 3:34)

You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient
(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things
(Philippians 4:13)

You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able
(II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it
(Roman 8:2)

You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I Forgive you
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs
(Philippians 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
(II Timothy 1:7)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME
(I Peter 5:7)

You say: "I don't have enough faith"
God says: I've given everyone a measure of faith
(Romans 12:3)

You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
(Hebrews 13:5)

Is anything discouraging you today? If so, just for today find a Bible promise to counter, and help you bring into captivity, whatever is weighting on your mind. Strive to get into the habit to run to God's Word the instant an anxious thought enters your mind. As you run to God's Word for a promise you can cling to, the more you do this, the more you'll notice yourself be taking control of your thought life instead of your thought life taking control of you.

Question for you: What is your personal strategy for taking your thoughts captive, so you stay on the path of trusting God?



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Copyright © 2012 Brooke Espinoza.

8 comments:

  1. I love your list! I don't think I have an intentional strategy for taking thoughts captive....I might print your list and keep it in my planner!
    Thanks,
    Sue

    visiting from http://journeying-sue.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Sue! That's a great idea to print out the list and put it in your planner! God bless yo much!

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  2. This is excellent! Found you by way of the link-up. I think I need an intentional strategy to take thoughts captive. I usually refer to Scriptures to help me through the moment (rather the Holy Spirit brought them to mind), but I'm sure there are many times where I ignored those promptings and kept on thinking things the Lord would not ought I have. I've committed most of Philippians 4 to memory to guide me in what thoughts please the Lord. Going to think on this some more.

    Great post!

    Blessings,
    Katie

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    1. Katie, so glad you stopped by! That is phenomenal that you have Philippians 4 hidden in your heart! That is the best weapon we have in overcoming anxious thoughts! Great job! Thanks again for stopping by! God bless you!

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  3. wonderful - great job putting this together - following you now

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    1. Thanks Kelli for your kind words! God bless you much!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! I just love how there is a Scripture to counter every anxious thought that crosses our mind, so we can rest easy in Jesus!

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