Giving Satan A Foothold

READ:  Luke 22: 1 -6   The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching.  The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people's reaction.   

Then satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them.  They were delighted, and they promised to give him money.  So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren't around. 

The word of God tells us that satan entered Judas Iscariot.   One thing I think we try to tell ourselves is that Judas just never loved Jesus and Judas was never truly one of Jesus' followers.  But this, in my opinion, is not true.   Judas was one of the twelve disciples that was with Jesus for three years of his ministry.  He was included when Jesus told his disciples to "heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give,"  Matthew 10:8.  No doubt, Judas performed miracles and did just as Jesus instructed.  So what happened? 

Judas opened himself up to satan.... and satan took full advantage of this.    We too must guard ourselves and be careful we don't open ourselves up to satan.  How do we do this?  

* The battle begins in the mind.  Proverbs 4:23  More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it.    The bible tells us to guard our thoughts - just like satan planted thoughts in Adam & Eve's mind - he planted them in Judas and he will plant them in you.   The thought isn't the problem - the problem begins when we meditate on that thought instead of casting it down.   "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he".    The thought then becomes our imagination and from there we turn it into a stronghold over our life. 

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Let's take for instance a man looks at a woman.   The devil plants the thought in his mind that this woman is pretty and she smiles at him and talks to him more than his wife.   Now at this point - it's just a thought.    What should the man do?  He should cast this thought down (and it would be gone)!!! But he doesn't.  Instead he thinks this over and over - he thinks about her smile and her words.  He hears them over and over again in his mind.   He is meditating on them.   Giving the words place in his mind opens the words up to giving them root.  They begin to grow and they grow into what is called his imagination. Now the man is beginning to imagine what it would be like to have 'this woman' as his wife instead.  He sees them together - laughing, talking, dining, dancing, etc.  He is imagining his life with her.    The root has taken hold.  It is no longer a root, but has become a full grown stronghold in his life which he will eventually give into.

This is exactly how satan entered the life of Judas.  It was through his mind and satan used his love for money to entice him in further, until the notion of more money for betrayal took root.   

The lesson in this for us is to take captive what we are thinking about.     2 Corinthians 10:5, "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".      

What are you thinking about?  

Make sure your thoughts line up with God's Word!!