To get rid of wrong thoughts like the Polar Bears discussed earlier on this blog, I replace them. Scripture says when I have an unwelcome house guest or an ungodly useless idea, and I sweep my house clean, the person or original haunting meditation will come back with seven pals to overpower me even more. Seven additional trains of thought, often strangulating worry or passionate flesh-pleasing sin, or deeper sensualities will overwhelm that empty house or formerly occupied space in my mind. It will leave me worse off than I was at the beginning, because there are so many other considerations connecting themselves to me and threatening me, or tempting me, along with that original thought.
Scripture teaches when I try to get rid of an unclean spirit or thought, it returns and finds place in the mind and passions where that thought or spirit hasn’t been replaced with the powerful defense of a Scriptural response. This time it can bring seven times as many veins of linked spirits or demonically inspired thoughts, even more wicked than before. This would leave me in a worse state (Matthew 12:43-45).
I think about how to close all the doors to that thought, but end up with a network of devil-initiated lies saturating my mind even more. My goal then is to put new thinking in the place of the cast-out, useless notions, like the college students being introduced to the magazine in the Polar Bear story.
Though living in a flesh suit, I don’t have to war according to the flesh’s rules.
God’s Word is the weapon of my warfare, not the carnal, but that which is mighty in God for pulling down those strongholds in my thought life. Scripture is used to cast down arguments and every high thing exalting itself against the knowledge of God. It delineates a clear dividing line revealing God versus what draws me away, bringing every thought into captivity to be judged in the obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Kent is interim director of music at Church of Our Savior and teaches music at Loretta Elementary School in Mandarin. See more devotions here.