A note to my christian siblings who have stayed focused on God and have not intentionally yielded their minds to evil thoughts:
If you’ve ever found yourself with the wrong things on your mind or heard the wrong things being said in your thoughts,which you never intended, just believe that God knows what you really think. He sees your heart and knows your intentions. From personal experience, I can tell you that sometimes the wrong things pop up in one’s thoughts, even blasphemous things and then the devil comes around and starts to accuse one of wrongdoing, bringing along with the accusations feelings of guilt, condemnation and inadequacy, even though he knows that the thoughts are his. Christians, beware of this ploy from hell! God knows what you think! Never accept any thought that comes into your mind that was never intended by you. Whenever these come, rebuke them in the name of Jesus. They are darts from the enemies.
The nature of our warfare is very unique and the mind is the battlefield. So the devil keeps trying to keep one’s mind occupied with sinful thoughts to either make one fall or wear one out. Apostle Paul said here that:
‘For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.’
Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)
Those evil thoughts that come up are amongst the unseen tools of the devil to bring one down spiritually. They should be resisted persistently. It could be very tiring wading off these thoughts if one were trying by one’s own strength. So, the best approach is to let the Holy Spirit help one. The first step to victory is not to accept the thought. The second is, not to dwell on the thought. The third is, to ask for cleansing by the Lord. This way, you are using the spiritual weapons of warfare that are available to you as a believer.
‘For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,’
2 Corinthians 10:4 (NKJV)
As a christian, you have advantages and the devil knows. The fact that he knows doesn’t mean you should lose them or let him take them. As a matter of fact, he can’t take these advantages from you without your consent one way or the other. So, don’t allow him. He knows that God loves and supports you. He knows that you are heaven-bound. And he knows that he can’t rid you of the advantages unless you get distracted. Those unintended evil thoughts are some of his ploys to exploit you. DON’T GIVE HIM A CHANCE. Once those thoughts prop up, nip them in the bud. Rebuke them instantly. Resist the devil very strongly. The verse below supports such resistance:
‘Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.’
James 4:7 (NKJV)
Jesus wants you to prosper and God wants you to enjoy eternal life. The love God has for you is too much to be swayed by what the devil does. Don’t be deceived. You have to keep your heart on Christ and let faith rule your mind as you study more and more of the living word of God. God knows what you think and he won’t judge you for thoughts that you never intended as long as you do not accept them.
Stay victorious. We will soon get to heaven.
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