We've all heard how important our thoughts are and their impact on our daily lives. But do we fully understand the impact they have in the supernatural realm?
One of the most challenging seasons in my life was when God helped me see the severity of entertaining sinful thoughts.
Having left homosexuality and eight years strong, I always patted myself on the back for never falling into temptation with the opposite or same sex. But that frame of thinking was quickly tested as God's prompt to deal with my thought life could no longer be ignored. Whenever my thoughts began to linger toward a person in a sexual manner, I often allowed those thoughts to drift. After a few minutes of indulging in seemingly "lukewarm" activity, I would snap back to reality and refocus.
This was a stronghold in my life that I never quite dealt with until God used a friend to show me my battle being waged in the supernatural. One day, this friend and I were hanging out, and my mind, once again, began to drift away. My friend looked at me and asked, "What are you thinking?" She explained how she had heard the rattle of a snake in the supernatural, and that it was whispering negative things in my ear.
"Those thoughts are not your own, Jessica; it's the enemy planting thoughts in your mind," she said. She reminded me of 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV): "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
It finally clicked: It's not me.
The enemy knows our past and our weaknesses. He will always try to use them against us to get us to ultimately fall into sin. It's not the thought that's sinful, but what we do with that thought that is sin. "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it" (Prov. 4:23).
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