Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5 NKJV
The fall of Adam and Eve led to the first human death of their son Abel by the hands of Cain his brother. Cain had anger toward God because his sacrifice was rejected due to disobedience. His displaced anger resulted in an innocent victim losing his life. When sin entered the realm of humanity, evil escalated until man’s/woman’s thoughts were continually wicked. It is hard to imagine being around just one person with constant evil thoughts. However, prior to the Great Flood, the entire population chose evil over good, and only Noah and his family were saved from destruction.
Satan uses a process to control our thoughts. God has not given him the ability to read our minds or our thoughts, but he is able to execute his plan because he watches our behaviors and our actions. Since we have a propensity toward evil, it is easier for the seed of strife to enter our hearts than good thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 tells us, “For as a man thinketh so is he.” Our thoughts come into fruition through our behaviors and actions. You are what you think.
There is a popular evangelist that calls our bad thoughts-stinky thoughts. She says that we need to practice conscious awareness of our stinky thoughts and halt them immediately. A few years ago a co-worker and I were eating lunch together and a young lady walked into the break room and she said, “I don’t like her and I replied, “Why? you don’t even know her” and she responded, “you know how it is when you just look at someone and you don’t like them.” I remember giving her direct eye contact and relaying that it was not a productive way to live. Unfortunately, she is unable to keep a job because of her poor interpersonal skills and negative thought processes.
Is there an effective way to control our stinky thoughts? Our prayer group discussed the importance of having godly thoughts in great length. My cousin interjected a very humorous solution; she recommended identifying the bad thought by verbalizing the words, “Stinky thought,” and immediately praying for Divine intervention. Although we enjoyed a good laugh from saying these words out loud, our group has started using the method of saying these two words to acknowledge and stop a bad thought. Confession of ungodly thoughts by praying is required to eradicate the evil thoughts that prevail because of sin. We can gain the victory by inviting God to help us replace bad-negative thoughts with good-positive thoughts.
Prayer for today: Dear God, Please help me to manage my stinky thoughts by always focusing on your love and your goodness. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz