Thoughts on “Thoughts”-1

Any genuine Christian is very aware of Satan's attacks on us. However, I wonder how many of us are able to say what Paul said to the Church at Corinth. Writing to the Corinthian believers, he said, "…for we are not ignorant of his (Satan's) devices." (From II Corinthians 2:11). It is because few of us realize his too successful strategy for getting at us, that I sense the need to revisit this subject. We are mistaken, if we assume that all our thoughts originate from within ourselves. How does Satan work with us if not through our thoughts? Think back to Eve. The "serpent" implanted in her thoughts the possibility of vastly increased knowledge, and becoming as gods (i.e; like God). Drawing her attention to the forbidden fruit, he craftily engaged her mind. She began to consider that this fruit would make wonderful food. This is the lust of the flesh. This is the same lust with which some today become junk food addicts or a slave to some other vice. Next, it looked so appealing to her. It was a "mouth watering" sight. It looked so luscious! Her thoughts began to crave it. This was the lust of the eyes. The next thought was the possibility of possessing unlimited knowledge. This is the pride of life. The outcome: She ate! The consequences are still with us today! Satan has used this threefold appeal for centuries. He tried to implant it in Jesus' mind during the temptation in the wilderness and he works unceasingly to capture and enslave our thoughts in this same way today. Selah! We are frequently trapped by this clever scheme because we fail to recognize that we are being manipulated. Our lusts are being stimulated by a very shrewd enemy. More on this tomorrow.   Ron 

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