Hurt feelings and demonic suggestions
Please read Genesis Chapter 4 before continuing this article.
How is your thought life? What things to you ponder on? Do you know that God is interested on the content of your thoughts (Philippians 4:8)?
Some of us do not even realise that God is interested in our thought life. Indeed He is. Listen to what he said to Cain.
Then Abel brought the first lamb born to one of his sheep, killed it, and gave the best parts of it as an offering. The Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering, but he rejected Cain and his offering. Cain became furious, and he scowled in anger. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why that scowl on your face? If you had done the right thing, you would be smiling; but because you have done evil, sin is crouching at your door. It wants to rule you, but you must overcome it. Genesis 4:4-7 (GNB)Cain had just seen his brother Abel's sacrifice accepted by God while his was rejected. He was furious. Worst still, Cain refused to heed the warning from God about the evil thoughts he was harbouring. This led to his evil thoughts becoming an evil deed (Genesis 4:8-9).
God also warns us about our thoughts and even tells us how to deal with them (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).
Let us be aware that thoughts can come from three sources.
1. Cain's first thought was from his own mind. It was one of anger and depression. It affected his whole attitude and emotions. He became angry and it showed on his face (Genesis 4:5). Our anger can attract demonic attention.
2. Cain's second though was from Satan, who else would suggest he murder his brother (1 John 3:11-12)?
3. Cain's third thought was from God (Genesis 4:7). God warned Cain that sin is lying at his door. That sin was the demonic influence and presence that would overcome him once he accepted the thought from satan to kill his brother.
When we accept the thoughts or words of God they bring us life. If we accept or make as our own the thoughts of satan they bring death. If you accept the thought of God they open your heart to the life and power of God.
Cain could have accepted what God told him in Genesis 4:7. He would have been able to stop the demonic thoughts satan had brought to him - He did not.
What about you? Are you playing with or entertaining demonic thoughts. Stop right now. If not they will produce death (James 4:7-12).
God wants you to have life in all its fullness. Joy and peace are the after effects of those who refuse to entertain evil thoughts.
May you continue in Christ, with Christ and for Christ.
Keep your thoughts pure and your deeds will be clean.