“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Captive Thoughts

 by Macy Johnson

“Those who make them will be like them, 

and so will all who trust in them.”

(Psalm 115:8 NIV)


We become what we think about – it’s either God or not God. We become love or hate, slaves to the Ruler of Love or the ruler of this world. The Psalmist reminds us that whatever captures our thoughts will mold our minds and hearts.


What or who do you spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about? Have you noticed that you are becoming a lot like that thing, that person?


People who think about others, fall more deeply in love with them. People who are insecure and want power over others will eventually be destroyed by the power that overcomes them. We fall into the pits we create.


“He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.”

(Psalm 7:15 NIV)


“The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;

their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.”

(Psalm 9:15 NIV)


I realized years ago that if I think about myself, what to get for myself, I become very self-centered, looking for ways to feel better about myself. I used to think food and drink satisfied me, but they only distracted me from Jesus and made my body bigger, my thoughts disoriented. In a strange way, I became the food and drink I tried to avoid. 

When we attempt to ignore something, it takes up more of our field of vision. It reminds me of a computer-programming term: GIGO – Garbage In, Garbage Out. The key is to replace it with a vision of Jesus.


Our thoughts will be taken captive by someone or something. What will you think about today?


I will jerk my mind off anything that does not glorify God. I hope you will, too!

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