I do not always like what pops in my mind. Sometimes I do not like what stays in my mind. At least, until I put it out of there. Or until I set my mind on not thinking about what I was thinking. Do you have those times, those thoughts, those lingering, disturbing, thoughts?
Right now, in our world, it is so easy to have thoughts that are not becoming, not complimentary, that are downright not nice. It’s easy to have scary thoughts. I sometimes have to fight this. I pray over it. I ask God to take the thoughts away. I say in my mind, “Satan, be gone.” It helps but those thoughts still creep back in.
There are many topics I could choose right now to discuss my theory on thoughts but if I did it could lead to more unsavory ideas. The reason I came up with this theory was because of a verse that really hit me, suddenly, during my daily devotional one day. I had read this verse and others like it many times, but I do not believe I ever heard it the way I did that morning.
In these verses Jesus is casting out a demon from a man. This demon is mute so therefore the man is temporarily mute.
Luke 11:14-18 says, Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?”
What hit me the most was Jesus knew their thoughts. And since He knew theirs, He must know mine! Jesus also knew which people were having which thoughts! I knew this about Jesus but that morning, with everything going on in our world, and knowing my thoughts myself, it did not make for a happy moment. I am a pretty even-tempered person, but I can get some worked up ideas in my head. And that is probably like a lot of people. That morning I stopped and thought about some of those things I would rather not have Jesus know I was thinking. I thought about those things I could think differently. I thought about how at times my thoughts divided my kingdom, my household. I thought about those times I did not say, “Satan, be gone!” And I thought about where to turn to for the answers!
So again I prayed. Jesus, please cast out our demons! God, forgive us! Help us to fight Satan in our world! Help us to come together to divide his kingdom so it falls! Now that is a scary thought!
Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, God!