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“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, NIV).
Years ago I woke up to the life changing truth that “as a man thinketh, so he becometh” (Proverbs 23:7). Do you know that the moment we have a thought is the moment we choose whether to come into agreement with that thought?
Our words indeed hold power as well! Proverbs 18:21 says that “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words.” The power of our thoughts is even greater because all belief begins there.
We have often heard it said that the battlefield is in the mind. Do you know how many thousands of thoughts we have run through your mind today? And it is those thoughts that we choose to come into agreement with that end up changing our perception on life. These thoughts manifest as we live on a day-to-day basis.
I was reminded of the power of agreement in reading about the life of Joseph. He had been imprisoned for about 12 years. Known for his gift of interpreting dreams, Pharaoh called upon him to interpret a dream he had. In hearing the interpretation that God gave to Joseph, Pharaoh immediately recognized that the Spirit of God was within him, and put him in charge of his entire house and made him ruler over the people as Pharaohs right hand man.
He set him over all the land of Egypt. Because of this, Egypt was spared from a famine that could have been detrimental. Because Pharaoh came into agreement with Joseph, his land and his people and many others were made secure and protected. That is what the power of agreement can do: It can save an entire nation!
I believe Pharaoh had a choice at that moment to either accept Joseph’s interpretation of his dream or to disregard it. I believe he took his thoughts hostage and weighed very carefully what he was going to come into agreement with.
No doubt, we have a choice with the thoughts what we come into agreement with as well, and that’s why it is so vital, to take our thoughts captive. One choice, one moment can change our lives forever. In Pharoah’s case, it saved an entire nation!
Questions: Why is the response we have to our thoughts so important?
About the Author Brigitte Straub