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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. 2 Cor 10:5 NIV
Vain imaginations are thoughts that stand in rebellion to the mind of Christ. These thoughts are planted by the enemy to try to take our focus off of who God is. Every time we take our eyes off Jesus, we are getting ready to fall. These imaginations come in the form of , “woe is me” and, “I’ll never be good enough” and, “this will never work”. They come in the form of comparisons turned into discontent and worry turned into anxiety.
Vain imaginations puff themselves up to seem larger than they really are. The devil wants you to think your problems are bigger than they are. And certainly too big for God. So he tries to impress you with smoke and mirrors and trickery to get you to buy into the lie that somehow, what Jesus did on the cross may not be enough for your particular situation. The imaginations are just that. Stories and pictures concocted in our minds to make us think our situations are somehow beyond God’s reach.
If we know God, we know He is faithful; we know He is good; we know He loves us and we know He is unchanging. Worry and fear are forms of pride because they are self-focused rather than God-focused. We focus on our limited abilities instead of God’s strength and power. They try to exalt themselves – make themselves loom large over the knowledge of God. But it is up to us to take our thoughts captive, to grab negative thoughts by the neck and evict them from our minds. Serve them notice with the Word of God and tell them they must go!
Think about what you’re thinking about. Be aware of the thoughts that come into your mind and replace them with what the Word says – with the knowledge of God. As you begin to recite and rehearse and remember who God is, things are brought into proper perspective. The problems shrink down to size and Jesus stands tall. We make our thoughts obedient to Christ as we focus on Him and all He has done. As we look to Him, trust Him, lean on Him, rely on Him, our issues are rendered powerless.
The truth of who God is shows up all the lies the enemy tells us to keep us bound. The truth of God’s Word tears down the funhouse mirrors and takes the fangs off the ‘boogey-man’. Our vain imaginations are not real. They only have as much power as our belief in them gives. Problems are like monsters from our childhood. They seem so scary until God comes in and shines the light of His Word in the dark places and suddenly we see – there was NOTHING there all along.
Love & Blessings,