taking thoughts captive

Hello dear friends!

Let me say that I am so happy to be here at Beautifully Rooted to share my heart and thoughts with you all. Which is kind of interesting because this post is about thoughts.

I sat down to write about taking thoughts captive and what happened? I was flooded with thoughts. They were not God’s thoughts, they were hurtful, evil thoughts. “You don’t know what you’re talking about. You don’t measure up with these other women. You’re not good enough. This post makes no sense.” It went on and on. Thankfully, I was able to recognize that these thoughts were not the Lord’s. I stopped trying to force myself to type and sat back in my chair and took those thoughts to Jesus. It was clear those were the thoughts I needed to take captive.

What does captive mean? The definition of captive is 1. kept within bounds 2. confined 3. held under control of another. In other words: apprehended, arrested, captured, caught, confined, imprisoned, incarcerated, interned, jailed, behind bars.
“…we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ” – 2 Corinthians 10:5
This is a clear warning that Satan fills our mind with evil thoughts. The thoughts that we aren’t good enough, that we cant do enough, that we don’t speak or write as eloquently as others, they are lies. Do not allow Satan to take hold. Do not allow Satan to steal an opportunity of being blessed by the Lord. Take every single one of those lies to God and take them captive. Lock them away, and then allow God to fill your mind with truth.

So what is true? Romans 8:16 tells us that we are His children. Dearly, dearly loved children. I have a two year old boy and I am crazy about that kid. He’s the cutest kid I’ve ever seen, he’s brilliant, a genius, funniest kid around. Sounds just like your kid, right?

Have you ever stopped to wonder how much God loves you? You are His child! Psalms 139:17-18 says “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered. I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand.”

I’m nuts about my kid but I don’t even have a bucket full of thoughts about him! As crazy as I am for my son (as the filthy, dirty sinner I am), IMAGINE how crazy God is, in his perfect love, over us.

When we are fearful, worried, critical, negative, bitter, may we take those toxic thoughts to Jesus, take them captive, and then just imagine His love for us.

“Negative, fearful, discontented, critical thoughts are not allowed or tolerated. They are your prisoners. You are not theirs.”- Craig Groeschel, Soul Detox 


  1. this is a great post, carly! i really like that passage from psalms and the quote you pulled. good stuff.

  2. Carly girl. Love this. ;) thanks for putting yourself out there. Xoxo.

  3. Beautiful post!! Thank you for sharing!! xo Heather