2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (ESV) For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
This simple strategy is designed to “take thoughts captive” and not to be held captive by your own mind.
Preparation: Take index cards or anything to view this strategy and keep it handy/accessible. It is important to write down anywhere from four to ten or twelve verses that reinforce key spiritual principles. Example: 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 139:1ff, Psalm 119:1ff, 1 Peter 5:7, etc.
Immediate Response Action Plan:
This plan has both defensive and offensive components to help a person transition for a negative/ungodly way of thinking to a positive/godly way of thinking.
Repeat this process as often as needed throughout the day to combat the wrong thought patterns that have become your “normal”. It is imperative that you engage in a positive proactive assault to change your thinking as opposed to a helpless, “let your mind run wild, and/or do nothing approach. Telling yourself that you won’t think about it will not work. The negative, debilitating, and/or sinful thought must be replaced with positive, enlightening, and/or godly thought.
NOTE: It is not uncommon, at some point, in this battle to have a need to release emotional energy. This is not a strange or weird phenomenon but rather a natural response to an emotional, mental, and spiritual battle. Suggestions: hit a pillow, scream in a safe place, go for run, do some basic exertion exercises, or whatever fatigues you physically. There is a deep connection between the body, soul, and mind so emotions are often released during physical exertion. One is interconnected with the other.