Take every thought captive. As I'm talking through with my friends about my weekend, the verse comes up. 2 Cor 2:5 "...take every thought captive.." There is more at the beginning and end, but that is what has come through. Take every thought captive. Why does that matter? We have all heard that what goes into our minds affects us. We try to limit our kids exposure to “bad” things as much as we can. Not too much violence, no sexual “stuff”, no swearing, etc. But as I’m reading a book over the past few weeks, that verse is taking up a whole new meaning.
The book I am reading is "Mind Over Medicine" by Dr. Lissa Rankin. I am not recommending you read it…but you could J It is fascinating. It’s not Christian, but it’s not anti-Christian. It’s a book about how our minds can heal us. I am intrigued by the placebo effect. The fact that given a placebo (not the real medicine but a sugar pill or something similar) people get better. The fact is, is that we may be predispositioned to certain ailments but it may only come out if our environment is toxic. It could be our physical environment or our mental environment. But if we think we are “healed”, we may very well put our body in a position to heal itself and we actually will be healed without the actual medicine. Oh my goodness. Did you read that?? Heal ourselves!?!!?
OK, let’s not go crazy, or get ourselves into a heated debate. But let’s just look at what this is. IF we choose to “take every thought captive” and focus on the good so our mental environment is not toxic, and we believe that we can heal our bodies, we just might be able to do so. If we follow our Heavenly Father’s advice from Phillipians 4:8” Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”, maybe we could put our bodies in a position to heal. Jesus heals. I believe that. And sometimes he doesn’t.
Please don’t read this as “everything will get better if you think better”. Let’s just ponder what we think about, the things we say. I’ve been repeating to myself “I am not sick. I do not have an autoimmune disease. I am well.” Honestly, I am feeling better. Not because I’m repeating some mantra, but because our God command us to “take every thought captive”, so I am.
I end with this quote from Jeremiah 17:14” Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”