Think of a large pen packed full of hundreds and hundreds of wild horses. Imagine what might happen if all of a sudden the gate to the pen suddenly or accidentally opened and all of the wild horses escaped. Think of the destruction those horses would be able to do, not to mention how difficult rounding them might be. Now, picture your thoughts especially negative thoughts as those same horses. Every day our minds are flooded with a never-ending stream of negative thoughts, doubts, guilt, worries, and fear. While any one of these can make us feel overwhelmed and defeated, the truth is we are often inundated with more than one.
Our minds are packed full of hundreds to thousands of thoughts, which are just waiting for any opportunity to be let loose and ultimately cause much destruction in our lives.
Satan wants us worn out, wrung out and ready for nothing. He wants to steal all of our joy and leave us feeling empty, full of questions and bombarded with reasoning.
He wants us defeated, discouraged, and particularly depressed. Our everyday life is full of us fighting the war to take every thought captive to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “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.” If we take all of our thoughts captive to Christ, especially damaging and destructive ones we can prevent ourselves a lot of pain, discomfort, distress, anxiety and many other undesirable feelings.
When a wild horse gets loose, we must immediately go after it, if we ever have a chance of catching it. If a negative thought sets itself up against us, we too must immediately go after it. We must not let bad thoughts, one after another, run rampant destroying our hearts and lives. It is much easier to gather up one loose horse than it is to try to gather up a hundred horses and get them back into a pen. The key is to not let any of our thoughts run loose. When a negative thought pops up for example, “I am no good”, “My child will never succeed”, “What if?”, “I bet I have cancer”, “I will never get well”, “No one really cares about me.” Instantly turn that negative thought into a positive thought, reframe it using God’s Word. “God made me and He doesn’t make mistakes”, “God loves my child and nothing is impossible for Him”, “By His stripes, I am healed”, “God loves me!” The truth shall set you free.
Don’t be deceived into believing those negative thoughts.
Decide today to get into the habit of taking back your thoughts and putting them back in the pen, captive to Christ. The Bible presents a lot of detailed instruction on what kinds of things we should think about. Philippians 4:8 alone tells us to think about things that build us up, not tear us down. “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].”