Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ – 2 Corinthians 10:5.
When the mind is unmanned it can run wild. It can control and deceive to the extent that one would not know their front from their back. You would not know the difference between your own thoughts and the ones cleverly planted by demonic agents through varying mediums unbeknownst to you. The uncaptured mind is open to satan’s cunning and disobedient towards the Spirit of God. When you don’t audit your thinking you are sure that you are sound in judgment but the fruit you bear in life testify to the contrary. Many people continue in this maddening, cyclical way of doing life while hoping to break through. 1+1 can never equal anything other than 2, so if your way of thinking always lands you in a fix, you are never getting out until you match the components to the equation that gives you the desired result, simply put ‘change your mind’.
How will you know when your mind is captured by the Spirit? You will know when your mind starts becoming aggressive towards carnality and hankers after the Spirit. When things like certain songs, movies or conversations that were ungodly but you partook of are suddenly revealed to you for their corrupt nature. From that awareness there is no turning back unless one hardens their heart. You are never the same once you are renewed in the spirit of your mind by the Word of God. Your body may lag behind but your mind is more perceptive of the spiritual implications of every decision. You might proceed to do wrong even against your own will but your conscience would be clear as day.
So how do you discipline the mind? Well it’s right there in the scripture, bring it into captivity to the obedience of Christ. No one can do this work on someone else’s behalf, it takes an act of your own will, that is the only way by which any of us can stay the course. Think about the things you think about, view them in the light of God’s Word, put aside the feelings attached to them and that influence your thinking and you will easily find the answers to your puzzle. Match your thoughts to the Word with all your heart. The Bible encourages us to have the mind that was in Christ, Who made Himself of no reputation, humbling Himself even to the point of death on the cross because He was disciplined in faith, He walked perfect in faith and never had to overthink all the irrelevant aspects of life but the purpose for His life.