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HARBORING WICKED THOUGHTS

November 5, 2013

Text:  “O Jerusalem, wash your heart from evil, that you may be saved. How long shall your wicked thoughts lodge within you.”   Jeremiah 4:14

Wicked thoughts? Me? Most of us would be greatly embarrassed to admit that wicked thoughts are residing in our hearts and minds.  Now lots of people don’t care what others think about the pollution of all kinds that spews from  evil hearts and plans. That putrid onslaught assaults us every day, and it is growing in our society rapidly.

We are not talking about some little remark that might be taken as naughty; we are talking about a habit that is deadly! You can’t slay someone with your words, but you can hurt, offend, and defame someone with your evil words and actions that are intended to harm and injure another. And it is true that you can hurt someone else without intending to.  It’s also true that wicked thoughts enfeeble you and rob you of endurance and commitment. Do you still have the enthusiasm and ideals the sparked you when you were in your teens and twenties? Are you jaded and wishy- washy now?

From what sources do these corrupting thoughts come? Let’s examine some saboteurs of the soul.

At the head of the list is Satan himself. Don’t think for a minute that he is some buffoon from fiction for our diversion from spiritual matters, although  that is exactly how Satan uses him. Nor does Satan twist your arm or buffet you to do what he wills. Remember the black comedian Flip Wilson? On his TV program he would dress as a character called “Geraldine”. She would inevitably be caught in some misdeed. Her excuse was, “The devil made me do it!” This elicited peals of laughter from the audience. People were laughing at themselves, making evil less threatening. Ridicule frequently makes people more forgiving of sinful actions in others and themselves.

What can Satan do to us?  He can put evil into our hearts. This he did to Judas. “During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him…” John 13:2

Yes, little seeds of sin… little thoughts of  lust…little germs of hatred. Satan gets them to grow and overthrow good. Once the the evil seeds are in the seed bed of your mind Satan finds ways to promote them. He waters them with lust, likewise an evil thought, humor too. He makes the seed bed alluring and comfortable. Fertilizer is applied to augment the growth. Moreover, he uses persons we know and the sin-tolerant society around us to seduce us to sin.

He employs our very selves to inflame sinful thoughts in us. Satan is subtle. God does not tempt man, but he does allow Satan to do so. Satan manipulates souls. Satan uses devious means. He suggests. He cajoles. He entices. He convinces us that some evil is harmless. He beguiles us with the material things about us and the culture in which we live. “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”, for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured by his own desire. James 1:13-14  Satan makes each one of us our own worst enemy!

Stop cooperating with Satan to the detriment of your soul!  Learn to say, “NO!”  Tell yourself, “No!” Tell Satan, “No”!  Keep your thoughts on  “the commendable” and the “excellent”.  Philippians 4:8 Take the “whole armor of God” and, “Stand“.

REM

(Editor’s note.  Please forgive the interruption of articles in this blog. The hard drive in my five year old computer got “fried”. My wife won’t even let me touch her laptop, so that fix was unavailable. We had to get “paid” before purchase. And once I got the new computer up and going I lost part of my article and has to rewrite. Nevertheless, we are “back in the saddle again” and articles will resume presently. Thanks for your patience.)

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2 Comments
  1. Larry permalink

    I’m so glad to know it was just your computer. I was afraid some health problem and reappeared and had you down. I missed the articles. Keep ’em up. Thanks.–Larry

  2. Glad to see that you are back up and running.

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