(2 Corinthians 10:5 )
We would never say that we would purposely allow anything to operate in our hearts that would be displeasing to God and harmful to us, right?
It could never be said enough, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” (James 1:19)
When thoughts are allowed to run loose like a “bull in a china shop” something will break.
In the book of 1 Samuel we read that “Saul was very angry” (1 Samuel 18:8) because of something he heard.
Saul’s insecurities had his ears perched to every word; words that became thoughts and thoughts that became action.
His anger invited jealousy and the Scriptures read that, “The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul.” (v.10)
We have heard, read and learned that we must not let anger settle into our hearts. “because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” (James 1:20)
As I read 1 Samuel 18 I put myself in Saul’s place.
What if Saul decided not to meditate on what he heard?
Saul was the king; should not the king be honored?
Saul indeed was honored!
Actually, Saul was extremely pleased with David’s accomplishments. We read, “Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army.” (v. 5)
So what’s the problem Saul?
Saul had erected a “vain imagination”, an unproductive or ineffective belief that gave root and footing for his own detriment.
“The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul.” (v. 10) Wow, this is a difficult verse!
Saul, did you wrestle? Did you look to cast down this evil thought? Did you call upon the God of Israel?
No, Saul embraced the anger and opened the door for destruction.
We must take every thought captive lest it take us.
There is a lot to be said about Saul’s life, his kingdom, his rise and fall, his disobedience and how a humble man became so proud.
Let’s be reminded again today, thoughts become kingdoms in our mind that manifest into action.
Let’s take the weapons of our warfare and use them!
Bring that kingdom of evil down. Let’s not allow jealousy to be the builder in our mind. Anger, dissolution, distrust and all its relatives have no place in our mind.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5 )
Run to the door and shut it!
Christ will sit in the chambers of my heart as my mind is being renewed daily by his Word.