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.
By the time Noah lived, the human race had rapidly increased in number, along with evil thoughts that produced corruption and abject wickedness. Their choice of sin prevailed over truth and righteousness, and with regret, God made the decision to destroy every living thing by a flood. Genesis 6:7, 17
We have a natural inclination toward sin, it is easier for the winds of strife to enter our minds than it is for us to possess pure and wholesome thoughts. Proverbs 23:7 tells us, “For as a man thinketh, so is he.” Our thoughts come to fruition by our behaviors and our actions. You are what you think.
Under normal circumstances, we are entirely predictable. It is not difficult to listen to the words and observe the actions and behaviors of another person. Our habits, our choices, our strengths, and our weaknesses reveal our real character. The secret thoughts that only God knows about define who we are, and it is those weaknesses that provide the leeway for temptation. So, isn’t is Satan’s fault that we desire to do evil based on sinful thoughts?
Satan is a fallen being and does not possess the powers of the Trinity Godhead. Satan is not Omniscient; therefore, God has not given him the supernatural ability to read our minds or to control our thoughts. He uses a process to manipulate us based on observation, he watches us closely. Do our negative words, facial expressions, or actions reveal our innermost thoughts? Yes, we are 100% responsible for our thoughts and the fall into the temptations of sin. We cannot be compelled by Satan to think evil thoughts or to do evil actions.
Sinful thoughts lead to evil actions. Is there a way to effectively control our thoughts? We must do our part by practicing conscious awareness of ungodly thoughts and halt them immediately. Even so, it is through constant prayer, that we will gain the victory over sinful thoughts and the evil actions that follow. By asking God to help us to focus on His righteousness, we will overcome evil.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020