Renegade Thoughts Part Two

Renegade Thoughts Part Two
When we are walking in His righteousness, being led by the Holy Spirit, our thoughts will be conformed to God’s will. It is imperative that we know satan also has a will.
2 Timothy 2:26 says, “And that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”
The will of satan is to ensnare, entangle, and capture our hearts. Our heart is our belief center. If he can get us to believe his lies, they will become our truth. In my past, there were lies in my heart that truly seemed more real than God’s truth. In 1993 I learned that not every thought was of my origin. That radically changed my life.
That is why John 8:32 says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” It is describing experiential truth. Truth that we have mined from God’s word as we read it daily and bring it into our heart. The truth that sets us free from our captivity then becomes a sentinel to warn us of enemy encroachment.
Encroachment means an intrusion into a person’s territory or rights. Here is an excellent example of how this happens. John 13:2 says, “And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him.”
See, it is through thoughts. Here is another. Acts 8:22 says, “Repent therefore of your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.”
Note that Jesus never sinned. A believer sins more through their internal dialogues than actual physical sins. Years ago I read a biography of Dwight L Moody. He said something like, I have to be kept continually filled with the Holy Spirit because I leak.
Galatians 5:16 says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

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