Have you ever had thoughts that just won’t go away? And no matter what you try, you keep thinking about them? So have I. My mind needs to be focused on Christ and by doing so, I am more at peace with the issue or circumstance. However, my mind is so totally preoccupied with that issue that I can’t stand to hear myself think! It is like I enjoy making myself crazy….which is not the case at all! In the last few years, there are some Scriptures that have really helped me with this issue. When I have a thought about an issue or circumstance that is consuming brain power or is a thought that is contrary to what God’s Word teaches, then I remember this verse in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV 84), ” 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.” After I remind myself of this verse, I say to myself, ‘captivate that thought’ or “take that thot captive, Lord”. Just by saying that, I am recognizing that the thought is not what God would desire for me to think and it is now God’s to deal with. Another verse that brings me peace is found in Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV), “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on you, Because he trusts in You”. God promices to keep my mind in PERFECT peace when I keep it totally camped on HIM and I do this because I trust in Him. And why do I trust Him? Because I have seen Him be faithful in many ways and throughout many trials in my life. So what do I put in my mind instead of these nagging thoughts that should be taken captive??? Paul said it well in Philippians 4:8 (NIV1984), “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (italics, my emphasis). My mind should be filled with thoughts that are pure, lovely, admirable,etc. If the thought’s isn’t one of these things, then it frankly should not be in my mind! Have you checked your mind lately? I know mine is a scary “thought” at times and probably even down right ghoulish to be in the ‘theme of things’ this week….but when I most at peace, it is when my bad thoughts are captivated, my mind is focused on Christ and I am thinking about the good things that Paul talked about.