The enemy comes to seek, kill and destroy. This is true, but sometimes we don’t make his job very hard. We can also seek, kill and destroy ourselves and others with our thoughts and our words. I wake up every morning with thoughts in my mind, and I go to bed every evening with them as well. Throughout the day, my thoughts can motivate me to do good deeds or threaten to tangle and trip me up and cause others to stumble because of them. Words can be used like weapons. Our tongue is the hardest to tame. Thoughts can break down our fruits of the spirit, like an invading parasite, gnawing at those fruits until they are rotten. Only if WE let them.
With God, and by the power of His Holy Spirit, we have the ability to turn from our old ways and turn toward His new creation. We can’t yet see who or what He is transforming us into, but we can trust that He is. The enemy may come to seek, kill and destroy and seem like it is never-ending, but victory has come in the form of a lamb. However, he has roared like a lion over death, defeat and despair. Let the voice of the One who is in us, drown out the voice of the one who is not. For the time is short, although it may seem long.
Prayer is a viable and organic pesticide for those nasty invading thoughts. The more we drop what we are wrestling with, give it over to God and turn, the more He can work in our heart and through our lives.
“Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” Isaiah 55:7