“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.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
The phone rings. Unknown number. You answer. The voice on the other end starts telling you things about yourself, your future, talking about your past and asking confusing rhetorical questions. Weirded out, you eventually hang up, only to realize you never even asked who it was. The unidentified voice rings clearly and the lack of identity makes the words seem eerily factual.
Praise God for caller ID, right? If you’re like me, dodging phone calls is a skill [cue my friends’ eye rolls]. Russian iRoulette would be a nightmare (or Droid Roulette if you’re one of…those).
Most of us would find it odd to accept soul-deep statements from an unknown caller, and we would [or should] be hesitant to base our decisions or thoughts on those words. But do you know that we do this every day? Our minds replay opinions and statements, taking them as truth. We become transfixed with hypothetical situations and accept murmurs of fear as reality. All without stopping to consider where the voice is coming from.
Accepting anything as absolute without first bouncing it off of Jesus is a dangerous habit that the enemy desperately wants us to adopt. When it comes to our thoughts, one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is “says WHO?”
When it comes to our thoughts, one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is “says WHO?”
Personally, this question has been revealing significant things in my mind lately that are not rooted in Jesus. Many of my beliefs and assumptions are founded on people’s words, well-intended or not. They are rooted in experiences, both good and bad. Some of the foundational beliefs I operate out of on a daily basis are actually not validated by anything, encouraging the tendency of basing my view of Jesus on what I have heard or seen instead of who He is.
Accepting anything as absolute without first bouncing it off of Jesus is a dangerous habit that the enemy desperately wants us to adopt
The Bible tells us to take every thought captive and make it obedient, testing the things we hear to make sure they are from God (2 Corinthians 10:5, 1 John 4:1). Since obedience requires us to align our views and choices with what God says, and we know all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17), the main way we can do this is by taking our beliefs back to the Bible and making sure they mirror who He is and what He says. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, we see the way God loves us. Using this love as a reference point is a great way to test our thoughts against His truth.
God’s voice will always direct our self-esteem in the direction of security, peace, and rest. The enemy will always try to pull us in the opposite direction. Thoughts like you are a mess up or you will never be good enough are not from God. Beliefs like I can do anything because Jesus is with me and I am enough because of who made me are from Him.
God’s voice will always direct our self-esteem in the direction of security, peace, and rest
So push back today. Ask who is on the other line. Start questioning the voices you hear. You might be surprised to find that some of the heaviest words come from sources other than Jesus.
Evaluating Your Thoughts:
- Whose words are absolute in my mind?
- Where do my insecurities and/or my security come from? Are those sources truthful?
- What are 3 beliefs I can test against the Bible today?
- Because we are imperfect human beings, anything self-created is guaranteed faulty (Isaiah 55:8-9)
- Satan is the father of lies (John 8:42-44)
- God is incapable of speaking anything other than truth rooted in love because of who He is (John 14:6)