Monday, April 11th, 2016
Bad Ideas (Part 12)
He's A Crook!
Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.' But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 'Why does this Man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?'
Mark 2:5-7 (NASB)*
Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil... Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, 'This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.'
Luke 7:36-37,39 (NKJV)**
Before ideas are spoken out loud, they're thoughts. And the more we think them, the more real they become, eventually erupting out of our mouths, like nourishing water or blistering lava. Because 'The tongue has the power of life and death' (Proverbs 18:21).
I am alternately sobered and comforted to know not one my thoughts escapes God's notice. Of the bad ones, He tells us to take them captive.
'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). So if I'm headed down a twisted mental path, I think about Scripture or the 'Whatever' Verse.***
As demonstrated in the two stories above, Jesus read the minds of scribes and Pharisees, who considered Him a sinner and charlatan. They later shouted out curses much more evil--all because they could not accept by faith or works a Savior's plan. Their finite minds could not grasp it.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Be extremely careful what you think. Are your hopes and dreams God-honoring? Are your thoughts toward other people positive enough for them to hear? For better or worse, God hears them all.
When bad ideas turn into words, Satan and his demons hear them, too. And if they're cutting or negative, he'll send legions to make them happen, damaging their speakers most of all.
To Be Continued...
* Entire story of The Paralytic Healed: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%202:1-12
** Entire story of A Sinful Woman Forgiven: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+7%3A36-50&version=NKJV
*** When I have trouble controlling my thoughts (like in bed), I turn to the 'Whatever' Verse (and start speaking things I know to be true, noble, right, pure, lovely admirable, excellent and praiseworthy)...
*** 'Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things' (Philippians 4:8).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.