Many times, Satan will bombard our minds with negative thoughts and sensual images to stir our emotions to the point of physical reaction. Emotional warfare is spiritual warfare. Thoughts and words are spiritual, so he pressures us with these ungodly thoughts in the hope of us reacting with our words and actions. It is our own words that defile us and allow Satan an entrance into our hearts. Our words tell him where we are weak, where to focus his attacks, and whom he may devour. Our words and actions reveal the chinks in our armor, the weaknesses of our faith. Jesus said this about our words,
Matthew 15:11 “it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
The devil roars in our minds like a lion, seeking whom he may devour. He is looking for those that open their mouth in response to his temptations, showing him where he can most effectively plant his corrupt seed.
The first step in taking thoughts captive is to refuse to give them a voice or act upon them. Once he gets seed into our hearts, he waters that seed with more thoughts until it produces the fruit of more words and actions. It is a devious and highly effective plan that tricks us into embracing fleshly desires and abandoning our walk in the Spirit.
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