Take every thought captive to the knowledge of Christ. I don’t know if others are like me, but I imagine there are at least some, and probably many. Perhaps, as I have grown older, I think more about dying. I don’t mean my dying, but loved ones, and not just dying but I picture… well, I can’t tell you what I picture, or rather I won’t tell. As I was capturing the scene with my words, the Spirit of God said I should not, and weird or not, as I started writing those things out, I quickly felt the darkness was pressing to break through. These are some of the vain imaginations that God does not desire you or me, to dwell upon in any way.
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(NIV)
The same happens when I begin to picture the scene in my mind, which comes all too easily and in very vivid detail, so much so that I quickly “look away.” I worry about car accidents; then I realize I am being unreasonable. Both my husband and daughter have cell phones, both carry identification, even if it’s just a driver’s license, which has our address, which means if something has happened I will find out pretty quick. But I picture the car sailing over the guardrail and down into the trees where the car cannot be seen. Satan is a cunning tempter. When I am unable to contact either of them at a time I think they should be available, my mind drags up what I know about violent crimes and starts a mind-movie of grotesque images.
Are these thoughts demonic? I’m not sure, but it is easy to see how it could be and why we should take back control in Jesus’ name. Throughout human history, our society has been captivated (hence we need to take those thoughts captive) with notions of alien civilizations invading Earth and taking over or worse. Horror movies make millions of dollars in the theater and home DVD sales, and there seems to be no end to what people will imagine and bring to life in the name of entertainment.
The real risk is real demons and their master, Satan, who catches the unknowing in the web they made for themselves by opening the spiritual door and allowing those images to invade their thinking. We love the thrill it gives in the theater, knowing it was not real. These, I believe are demonic and those who give too much attention to these thoughts may find themselves in way too deep. The film is make-believe, but Hell is all too real.
No matter how gruesome the make-believe demons are, it thrills many and it’s fun to scream and shout, then shake it off and go to dinner and talk about how scary it was over dessert. Many misguided people think Hell is a joke; there is even a new drama on television called, “Lucifer.” Satan is no laughing matter and I would not want to be that actor playing the title role. I think it is way too dangerous, and anyone who thinks otherwise is in real danger themselves.
My child, listen carefully
to everything I say.
Don’t forget a single word,
but think about it all.
Knowing these teachings
will mean true life
and good health for you.
Carefully guard your thoughts
because they are the source
of true life.
Proverbs 4:20-23 (CEV)
End Part One; come journey with me to Part Two and learn how to keep your spirit safe and the demonic out.