We don’t do anything without first giving it a thought. Oh I know there are those impulse items such as having an ice cream cone when you know you are on a protein diet! I am talking about going back to school to get a degree, buying a new home or a car, those are not done on impulse, you must give it thought before you do it.
Now look at the negative side. When Eve handed over her authority on this earth to Satan he really took his position seriously. He had already done a number on Eve’s thinking by talking her into taking the fruit and eating it after God had told her not to do that. Satan convinced her that there would be nothing wrong with it, that she would only be smarter and more like God.
That was the beginning of a “beautiful friendship” between Satan and all of our thinking facilities. Our thought life can be good, but it can be toxic also. The Bible tells us in the Proverbs that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. We have all seen hypochondriacs, people who “think” they are sick for so long that they actually do become sick.
Who is in charge of YOUR thinking? I did a lesson one time on “Stinking Thinking” and sometimes we get that stinking thinking and do things or say things in what we think is a private forum, on a computer, that we would never say out loud to someone. One young girl hanged herself because an older woman pretending to be a young boy insulted her and told her she was too ugly to live. Oh my God, what have we come to as humans?
In order to overcome the thoughts and temptations that want to grab you and say “Gotcha”, put on the Whole Armor of God!
Ephesians 6:10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 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. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
Did you put on the armor? Yes? OK, now you are armed and dangerous! Remember to think good, Godly, thoughts!