2 Corinthians 10:4&5 “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.”
It is amazing how little things can sneak into your life. When you are least expecting it (and from the craziest places), wrong ideas and thoughts can enter the mind and totally upset your world.
It kind of reminds me of living in an old house. I love this historic farmhouse that is our home, but there are certain things that I will always have a hard time getting used to. About this time every year, as the weather turns colder, intruders disrupt our usual routine. Though I have no problem with cute gray mice in cartoons, I have a big problem with them invading my house. Yet every year a new troop of them decides to find warmth and comfort within our walls.
The funny thing is that mice show up in the most random of places. You never know where to expect them. One day a few weeks ago I came downstairs to a sink full of dirty dishes. I usually do them before going to bed, but this particular night I had been too tired and left them for the morning. I thought I would make quick work of loading the dishwasher before fixing myself breakfast, and one by one began to rinse and stack the plates. Grabbing the blender pitcher I turned it over and stuck it on the bottom shelf only to hear a thump. To my horror a soggy, dead mouse had fallen out and landed on the dishwasher door. My piercing scream proclaimed my surprise to the rest of the household.
Negative thoughts, like little gray mice, can make their entrance into our minds at the most unexpected times. One can be doing the normal activities of life when, out of the blue, a doubt about a loved one’s loyalty can fleet across the mind. Sometimes it is an irritated feeling brought on by a misunderstood comment. The flash of a worldly desire can make an entrance through a passing memory or visual reminder. At times we may even mistrust the Lord’s love for us, or we might question His wisdom in a situation that we don’t understand.
Often we don’t discover the bigger, more destructive problems that these unwelcome visitors cause until much later. Like mice these types of thoughts enter our minds unexpectedly. The problem occurs when, instead of fleeing quickly through and out the door, they decide to stay and take up residence. This is when real damage can be done. Occasionally we find a nest in a barn cabinet or a hole in the dog food bag. Just recently Nathan even found that mice had destroyed the cushion from his motorbike seat. The unwanted thoughts that often come to each of us can be the impetus for sin, bitter arguments, and even broken relationships and lost faith.
It is imperative that we capture these little nuisances and remove them immediately. Don’t let them stay and set up strongholds in your life. Wage war against them and “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” through adherence to God’s Word. It’s worth
Trust me – the mice will come. But if you let them stay, they’re sure to end up where you don’t want them. You may even end up with a dead mouse in your kitchen sink.