Student Ministries pastor
"I don't feel like sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with this person today." "Putting down my co-worker makes me feel better about myself." "This addiction makes me feel so good, I can't stop!"
The reality is that our culture is so feelings-oriented that we're almost numb to its effects on our daily lives.
Even if you follow Jesus, you are probably a lot more controlled by your feelings than you care to admit. God's word has a very different view on living according to our feelings:
"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5).
C. J. Mahaney puts it like this in his book, "The Cross Centered Life":
"Each day, throughout the day, we have two simple choices: We can either spend the day listening to ourselves, listening to ourselves in our constantly changing feelings and circumstantial interpretations, or we can spend each day talking to ourselves. We can talk truth to ourselves."
Taking your thoughts captive by speaking the Truth to yourself is definitely easier said than done. Our minds just get so caught up with your own feelings that it's hard to live by the truth of God's word. However, if you claim to follow Jesus Christ you are called to this moment-by-moment task of speaking the truth to yourself so I've laid out a practical strategy below to help you do this.
1. What do you hear? Write down the lies you hear regularly.
2. Write Scriptures or general Bible truths that combat it.
3. Commit to memorizing these verses.
4. Speak them to yourself as the lies come up.