A thought and a question continues 9/15/17

It does not take much to open the door without realizing that you have let the enemy in, and once he is in he is difficult to evict. I however have made the decision to kick him out and guard that door window and any other way he could come in. I remember living in a mobile home in the country and my daughter told me we had a rat in the kitchen. I told her it was probably a mouse but when I turned to look it was a possum! It was difficult to chase him out but when we finally got him out I yelled “I am not Ellie May and animals are not allowed in”. Later I found that it had eaten a hole in the wall behind my refrigerator and had a nest with its’ babies living there. Once we rid ourselves of these creatures I found the hole in which they had made to move in. I not only covered it up but bought steel wool and placed in in any place I thought they might try to make their way back in. I kept a watch out to make sure they did not return and thankfully they did not, but then a wood pecker decided to make its’ home in my bedroom wall. How I found this out was every morning I would be woken up by a knocking on what I thought was my door. I would get up open the door and no one was there. This went on for a number of days. Now I lived in the country and neighbors were not close. I never heard or saw a car drive away and I knew if it was a child playing ding dong ditch I would still see them. So every morning I became more and more annoyed. One morning I saw things going by my bedroom window making me believe that someone was on my roof throwing things down. So I storm out run around to the back of my home in time to see a woodpeckers head sticking out of the outside wall of my bedroom tossing out pink insulation. Once again I felt like Ellie May, but unlike her these were not welcome guests. Until I was able to have new siding put up, I would go to bed at night and bang on the wall and yell at the bird, “How do you like being woken up?” So why am I bringing up this old story? Well with this continued journey to get my thoughts right with God I was reminded of this time in my life. If I did not work at riding myself of these unwanted guests they would have made my home theirs and they would outnumber me and I would never had gotten them out and I would have been the one who would have to leave. It took effort and in order for me to train my brain to think on what is right I will have to put in the work and keep putting in the work. Every time I slack off  and let my guard down and even welcome these unwanted guests in it will be harder for me to get rid of them. If I catch them early it will be easier for me to deal with and rid myself of this poisonous way of thinking. I am thankful for those of you who have already left encouraging comments yesterday, including scripture on my first post regarding this topic. So I will fight the good fight and even if I stumble I will get back up.

Todays Question; What are some things that we do that allow the enemy to come into our thoughts?

Scripture to meditate on

1 Peter 5:8-9 (ESV)  Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

Matthew 12:29 (NKJV)  Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

Matthew 12:43-45 (NKJV) “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

Psalm 94:19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ

Prayer;

Father, 

I submit myself to your will. Asking for your help in taking every thought captive and riding myself of that which is offensive to you. I am choosing to focus on Your goodness and mercy. Thinking of ways that I can please and honor You. Thank you for loving  and forging me. Alone I could do nothing but with Jesus all things are possible. Thank You Lord Jesus I need you this and everyday of my life. Amen

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13 thoughts on “A thought and a question continues 9/15/17

  1. This is awesome. You made me laugh with all the critters getting in. 🙂

    Believe it or not, I actually learned a couple of good things from all those scary movies I watched. Monsters can’t get in without an invitation, like leaving your window open. Don’t open the window and take the cross off your neck when in vampire territory.

    Also, we have full authority and dominion over all bad things, authority vested in us by our heavenly Father. So, just like you tossed out those possums, you are totally empowered and fully authorized to toss out anything the enemy might try to sneak into your territory.

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  2. This is actually quite funny, though I’m sure you weren’t laughing. When there’s something uninvited in our midst, our first inclination is to kick them out I guess.

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  3. I have made a mp3 recording of Bible verses and listen to them at night and during the day while gardening or walking. Each one is about twenty minutes long because that is all that the mind can concentrate on at one time.
    They help control my mind so as when the evil one attacks these verses automatically come to mind by the grace of Jehovah. he quickly flees.

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  4. Enemy is strong…sometimes..we don’t have to open door..somebody else does for us..for example the death by Adam’s sins…and poverty due to ancestors carelessness, i remember when Jews said, Let His blood be upon our sons and daughters when they murdered Jesus on the Cross…may be we are free..but when we look around Satan has opened plenty doors…Reminds me of Sodom and Gomorrah,,,where Lot was troubled in his righteous due to demonic ways in the city…Sadly we have our free will only to dispensed on us…nothing more..yet others free will do affect us on some ways…

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  5. My daughter in law would be in full sympathy with you. They had raccoons in their attic for a season. They also had a squirrel that found a way in. It would climb their Christmas tree and ate their chocolate chips right off the table. They also got rid of them all and made sure they could not find a way back in.
    Great comparison to keeping the enemy out of our lives!

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