Taking Thoughts Captive

I read that tea made with 2 Tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon dissolved in boiling water helps arthritis pain. If any of you suffer like I do with osteoarthritis — and I mean suffer — you know we try a lot of different things to find relief from our pain. Rubs. Pills. Remedies.

Among the remedies I have tried are a copper braided bracelet. An apple cider vinegar concoction, which fortunately didn’t work…it tasted dreadful.

I’ve drank white grape juice mixed with liquid Certo. Yep. The same Certo used to make jelly. I’ve never tried the gin-soaked white raisins. Heard they don’t help.

The jury is still out on how effective the honey cinnamon tea is for easing arthritis pain, but it is tasty, unlike the apple cider vinegar mix. And, I discovered a totally different use for the tea…taking gnats captive.

The other afternoon as I sat at my desk, tea cup at hand, I savored my honey tea. Fortunately, before I took my next sip I looked into the tea cup. Floating on the tea was a gnat. Oh, gross.

Seeing the gnat reminded me of a story my junior high English teacher told us. He and his girlfriend were on a picnic where they were attacked by a swarm of Yellow Jackets. Fast-thinking Mr. Moore set his soft drink on the ground, as the two scrambled for his car. Instead of chasing them, the Yellow Jackets dive-bombed into the bottle of soda. Captured in the syrupy liquid, they met their demise.

So, I’m thinking…when the Apostle Paul wrote his second letter to the Corinthian church, and mentioned taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ, it’s like those Yellow Jackets and that gnat in my tea.

As soon as the gnats and Yellow Jackets of incorrect thinking, bad attitudes, selfishness, inconsideration, what-evers, begin to gather, we need to pull out the honey cinnamon tea, and take them captive. See no reason to sit around swatting at the insects, shooing them away, only to have them fly right back again.

We are told to take captive every thought and make it obedient to the way of Christ.

How do you take captive thoughts that aren’t in line with Christ’s teaching?

What are your thoughts on the subject?

It is true that we live in the world, but we do not fight from worldly motives. The weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to destroy strongholds. We destroy false arguments; we pull down every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey Christ.  2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (GNT)

I wish you well.


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6 thoughts on “Taking Thoughts Captive

  1. It helps me if I get those “yellow jackets” down on paper and see them for what they are, pests that keep me from seeing my mighty and awesome Lord. Somehow, writing them down puts everything in perspective.


  2. I love your analogy, Sandy. (Better make me some honey tea.) As far as taking thoughts captive, I stop and thank Jesus for loving me, and accepting me as one of His own. He will heal our hurts and calm our fears.
    If we ask Him, Jesus is always there to help us.


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