we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5, GNB)

The GNB translation is very vivid here: “we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.”

We have to admit that it is often our thoughts that get us into trouble.  Spend too much time pondering the depressing state of our life and we begin to question God’s goodness, not to mention his care and concern.  Struggle in a bad marriage and pretty soon we are blaming God for our marital problems.  There are any number of thoughts that can trip us up and send us down the road of unbelief.

Paul understood the human psyche.  He was well aware of his own proclivity to wrestle in his thoughts and so fully comprehended the same issue in others.  Rather than let our thoughts run amok, we take every one of them captive and we make the thought obey Christ.  It is an active approach in which we analyze our thoughts and try and understand which ones are submitting to the authority of Christ and our knowledge and understanding of the truth, and which ones are not doing so.

Those unruly thoughts?  We make them obey.