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The Power of Taking Your Thoughts Captive

Sometimes, as leaders, we find it difficult to do what we know we should do and what God has called us to do. If you’re feeling this way, know you are not alone. The book of Romans records that Paul has felt a similar way.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Romans 7:15-20

The resistance to doing what God has called us to do can show up in different ways in the life of a business leader:

  • Avoiding calls from a supplier/vendor you owe something.
  • Putting off work and responsibilities for a problematic client or when you don’t know how to do something.
  • Delaying a difficult conversation that could be unpleasant, even when a direct conversation (with love) could course correct bad performance leading to a good result.

If you find yourself these or similar situations, do not despair. The Bible has the solution to get you back on track for success with Christ-like leadership and it’s in 2 Corinthians.

We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

You can activate this verse into your life as a leader in 3 steps:

Step One: Identify the exact feeling/emotion/thought that keeps you from doing what has to been done. Ask yourself … What’s stopping me from [INSERT TASK]? Write down the answer.

The feeling/emotion you’ve identified is either a lie from the devil himself designed to keep you from God’s promises or a warning from heaven promoting you to reconsider something. This exercise is akin to “capturing” these thoughts.”

Step TwoSubmit what you’ve just identified in the exercise above (thoughts/feelings/emotions) to God and ask God to replace these things with His truth about (i) who you are through Christ Jesus, (ii) what God is calling you to do through Christ Jesus and (iii) what you can do through the power of Jesus.

Ask God to help you replace anything that is not of Him (e.g., the spirit of anxiety, worry, and fear) with the spirit that He’s given us (e.g., power, love, and self-discipline) so we can do what He has called us to do.

Ask Jesus for discernment and wisdom to avoid sinkholes of negative emotions and instead bring out the best in the difficult people and difficult situations you encounter throughout your day.

Step ThreeMove forward in full confidence with the power, love, and self-control that Jesus has given you.

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It’s my prayer that this message is a blessing to you. If you need help aligning your actions in business with your desire to serve God in business, hit reply to let me know. I may be able to help.

Grace & Peace ~ Coach TC

Tasha “TC” Cooper | Founder of #FaithFocusFlow™ President of UpwardAction® Media

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