Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Cor 13:12
999 is an upside down (right side up?) mirror image of 666. Just a thought. I have lots of them…thoughts, I mean.
Another one of my thoughts is about how much Jesus loved word plays. The scripture comes to mind about his teaching on the last days and how he said that when we see the “abomination that causes desolation” we should pay attention. Does anybody else have the thought that the “Obama-nation
that has caused nationwide economic desolation” is a pretty good word play on “abomination”? Just another thought.
“Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23
Where do thoughts come from?
One of my favorite verses is “Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” Ever asked yourself, “Why?” I’ve learned that I indeed HAVE to MAKE THEM obedient to Christ because they don’t want to submit. My flesh does not like God. My flesh does not want anything to do with God. My flesh hates Jesus. My flesh hates the Truth.
I am, too, when my flesh rises up inside me. You know that Dr. Seuss book, “Oh the Thinks You Can Think!”?
If my brain were a Dr. Seuss book you wouldn’t want to read it when I’m operating in the flesh. Oh no! Nosiree! It would go something like this…
Well…here’s the titles. You can just imagine. I can’t even write any of those thoughts down because I do not want to indulge my flesh in the sin. And so I’ve learned the hard way to meditate on scripture by the grace of God.
I’ve been meditating on a teaching from the gospels. It was when Judas betrayed Jesus. One of the translations I was reading said that Satan “put the thought” in Judas’ head to betray Jesus.
There it is! Did you catch it? Where do thoughts come from? Well, obviously according to this scripture some of our thoughts come from the devil. It doesn’t surprise me. I can look back over my life and pretty much see where he was, and still sometimes tries, influencing my thinking. When he does try to attack my thoughts I cry out like Peter did in John 6:68
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!”
God, this world is full of thoughts and words. Fill me with Yours for they are Truth and they are Life! You know that in a cursed, darkened world ruled by the prince of darkness, in my flesh I helplessly hate you, but you have made me alive in the Spirit and the new
woman loves you more for it is born of God. Thank you for my baptism. Help me to effectively use the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. In Jesus’ name, Amen