Although our week-long challenge has been over for a while, she and I continue to learn about the importance of this Biblical admonition. Here is an email my friend sent earlier this week illustrating the importance of taking every thought captive.
"Within seconds, however, the pebble had moved down my ankle bone and was making itself known with a tiny little pain. I kept walking, and, sure enough, the pebble found its way to the bottom of my foot, so that with every step I experienced a sharp pain. Still, though, I wouldn’t stop to remove it.
"A few seconds later the pebble jiggled around and landed where I could not feel it. Ahh, I thought, now I can finish my walk without that little pain. However, you guessed it, the pebble moved back to the spot that caused me pain. Finally I stopped, sat down on the curb, removed my shoe, removed the pebble, put on my shoe, and resumed my walk.
"I was reminded of those thoughts that I should take captive. Those thoughts need to be taken care of right away. I need to be aware of them and then stop and remove them, even if I have to quit walking. Otherwise, I will experience sharp little pains that make my walk painful."
A beautiful illustration about how not taking every thought captive can hinder our walk with God.
Next week I'll share some of the insights I have been gleaning from the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit about those sinful thoughts that I am trying to learn to halt in their tracks.