There are 12 women sitting around a nicely decorated table sharing stories and our answers to our bible study Children of the Day by Beth Moore. One minute we were intently listening to a friend who was answering, and the next minute it was complete chaos. One lady jumps up and starts screaming and dancing in circles and starts taking off her sweater. The chair goes flying as our fearless leader jumps as well, not really understanding what is going on, runs to the opposite end of the room and plasters herself against the wall with her eyes open wider than I thought humanly possible. The rest of us laughing hysterically and wondering what was going on all at the same time. A spider… a spider had lowered himself down and landed somewhere on our friend. As she saw the spider approaching she jumped up and swung the spider away, but apparently no one knows where. The spider had disappeared…
By this time I am laughing so hard tears are strolling down my face and the scene continues to play itself over and over in my mind. After about 10 minutes of the group laughing, we start to settle down, but the thoughts keep lurching in the back of our friends' minds about where the spider was. Our leader kept itching herself as she thought the spider was hiding somewhere on her as well, and this is how it went for the rest of the meeting.
One thing came to mind. It can take one small event or thought that starts the downward spiral of our thinking and therefore our actions. Just as a spider can take hold and start spinning his web trying to snatch his prey, Satan can try and take our thoughts that will lead us down a path of destruction that results in us separating ourselves from God. So what do we do?
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 Corinthians 10:5
If you have crazy thought patterns like me you know that our thoughts can go all over the place. One second you are sitting on a bench at the beach enjoying the sunshine, and the next minute you start thinking it might be earthquake weather, which leads into an earthquake centered in the middle of the ocean, which then triggers a tsunami that is coming your way, and then you are thinking you need to run to high ground, oh but you should probably help people, so maybe you should run down to the beach to help others who can’t move so quickly. I know crazy right?! But that is sometimes how our brain works, and Satan will try and expose that portion of us and try to bring us down. So we must be aware of our surroundings, and our thoughts, and take those thoughts captive and give them to the Lord.
I know for myself I am constantly giving my thoughts to the Lord because if they stay in my head who knows what destruction will come. Believing lies of different truths can also cause destruction with your thoughts. There are so many different lies, but one of the lies that comes to mind for us women is who our identity is in this world versus who we are in Christ. We so often believe the lies of this world, such as our identity is based on our sexuality. We see so many different commercials and actions today that tell women that they should be a size 2, and they should wear revealing clothes, and they should be the perfect model. That leads our thoughts to destroy our identity and make us insecure, when we should be realizing that it doesn’t matter what size we are, what clothes we wear, or how we have our hair or makeup. It matters that we are a child of God and that God loves us unconditionally and that we are secure in him.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
So let’s figure out which spider web we are caught up in and start to be aware of our thoughts and giving them to the Lord. Let’s stay in the word and build our relationship with Christ even stronger with our obedience and live out a faith filled life!