Discipline your mind to destroy those thoughts not from God


I have moments where I worry just like you. I let my thoughts run wild. I don’t discipline them, and before I know it, I find myself awake in the middle of the night doing the exact opposite of what I tell other people to do. Anxiety fills me. Fear grips me. Stress takes over my physical and mental being. It’s an awful feeling. I long for morning, because I need a new day. A new grip on life. I need Kris to wake up and reassure me of what I need to reassure myself.

If we aren’t diligent in capturing every wild thought, we will allow fear to grip us. Whenever I find myself caving to worry or fear, I remind myself of this scripture:

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5

DEMOLISH those thoughts that don’t come from Him. Take them captive. Interrogate them. Hold them captive, so they can’t hold you. Remind your soul of who God is.

Recall every time God proved Himself faithful to you. Recall every stone that has piled up in your life as a memorial to the goodness, the faithfulness and the mercy of God.

Remember every situation that looked impossible and how God grabbed you and said, “I am for you.”

Hold onto thoughts of His goodness. Hold onto His love that stretches wider and deeper and longer than anything we can imagine.

Hold onto THOSE thoughts. Hold them tightly.

We get to choose every single day what thoughts we are going to hold and what thoughts we are going to let go, and you can’t let go of a thought of worry and fear without replacing it with something good and something right.

Without replacing it, that same thought of fear will come fill that empty space, so replace it with something good – something you are thankful for – and hold it there.

Demolish those other thoughts. Take them captive. Strip them of their power, because the One inside you is greater. He is truth; He is good; and in Him, we have no fear.

I know what it feels like to be gripped by something that takes the wind out from under you, but I also know what it feels like to send those thoughts back to hell, and to rise up with a renewed confidence, a renewed mind and renewed passion for TRUTH.

His mercies are new every morning, and because of those mercies, our minds and thoughts can be new every single day.

The truth of His goodness is already within you. Sometimes our mind just has to catch up to what our spirit already knows.


  1. Celia Bishop says:

    SO THANKFUL for Dusty Takles devotions. 🙂 What she writes is uplifting and encouraging and we all need this!!!

  2. John Greene says:

    How is this appropriate for a news outlet?

    • Dusty Takle is The GRIP’s religion columnist, and she appears in the Lifestyle section of each print edition. As a columnist, her work is not presented as hard news. I realize I failed to fully identify her as such in her online byline. That has now been rectified.

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