Devotionals by Greg Laurie

Don’t Even Think about It

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. - (2 Corinthians 11:3)

It is in the human mind that we can commit some horrible sins. We can reach into the past through our memories, and we can reach into the future through our imaginations. And often when the devil wants to tempt us, he will get us to simply think about something.

“You don’t have to do it,” he’ll whisper. “Just think about it. That’s all. It doesn’t have to go any further than this.” That’s how Eve was hit: Eve, check it out. Have you ever seen a piece of fruit like this?

Satan attacked Eve’s mind. The apostle Paul wrote, “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

Why do we get tempted in our minds? Because it is command central. It is here that we reason. It is here that we contemplate. It is here that we even fantasize. It is here that we dream. The Bible says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4–5).

First you think about it. Then it transfers into your actions. After a while, thinking about it isn’t enough. After a while, fantasizing about it isn’t enough. You want to take it to the next level. So you start flirting. You start touching. You start tasting of it. You start playing with it. And the next thing you know, you are caught up in it.

The devil is subtle. He wants to get you to dabble. Stop listening to him. He is a liar.

Social Media Summary: The devil wants you to think, dabble, and act on the sinful thoughts in your mind.

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