Let’s go back to John 13. The disciples were totally perplexed by Jesus’ statement that one of them would betray Him. Verse 3 is a stabilizing verse for us. No matter what our circumstances are, we can stand in truth because it is eternal.
A betrayer thought is a lie! It is designed to refute God’s word. Have you ever said ‘I can’t’ or had a negative thought against yourself? It is imperative to remember that most betrayer thoughts will come in the first person.
‘I can’t’ opposes God’s word because Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Have you ever spoken a derogatory word over yourself? That is a betrayer thought because we are made in the image of God.
We cannot know what others think. Have you ever had a thought like this: ‘they don’t like me’ or something similar? Unless they told you to your face, you were hit with a fiery dart. If you brought that thought in and began to dialogue with it, you would build a barrier in your heart so keep from being hurt.
Betrayer thoughts are cunningly designed to destroy relationships. The enemy of our soul hates God so he hates us. He knows he can’t stand against God. Therefore he has to use deceit to get to us.
We must be watchmen over our thoughts. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says to bring every thought captive. We do that by implanting God’s word into our heart which is our belief center. When our heart believes God’s word over anything thrown at us, we will stand. That inward truth is a sentinel on the ramparts of our heart. Truth watches for the lies. They are captured before they can hit and penetrate.
Psalm 15:2 says, “He who walks uprightly and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart.” We speak it when it becomes part of our thought processes.
Here is one of my favorite watchman verses. Nahum 2:1 says, “He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily.”